Blender bpy/bge Brussels Workshop 2013-03-29: zoom

Last friday was our monthly Blender workshop and the day before, my attention was attracted by this post on Reddit. Rorts was mentioning this intriguing video “Zooms From Nowhere” by Chris Timms and was wondering how to do something like that in Blender. I thought this might be a good challenge for the Blender bpy/bge workshop since it seemed to involve python scripting.

Well, it was easier than we thought since there was already a script (addon) called “Import images as planes” available in Blender. We then had to figure out how the particle system worked (this is where you praise working on the same project with more than one brain).

Python scripting came later in the afternoon to scrape images from the internetz and feed the particle generator with “interesting” content. (See the googlesucker01.py file hacked in no time by Frankie Zafe)

Final render was baked during the weekend.

All the project files are available on our Github repo, with the necessary explanations to help you make your own “zooms into internetz culture”. If you make any, please send us a link. We’d love to watch.

zoom-scr-01

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Julien Deswaef

Born in Brussels, Julien Deswaef is a software artist, experience designer and interface developer based in Barcelona. Active both in visual arts as well as in free / libre and open source culture, he has the ability to transform ideas into digital realities. He regularly collaborates with artists in the world of entertainment, music and fine arts. His art practice usually questions copyright, authorship and the impact of technology on our society through generative graphics and social media bots. Deswaef’s work has been visible in multiple art and music festivals across Europe such as Pukkelpop in Belgium, Les hivernales in Switzerland, Les Nuits Blanches in France or Kurzfilmfestival Koeln in Germany. Some of his artworks have been featured in collective exhibitions with institutions including Somerset House, LEAP, ESC Medien Kunst Labor, iMAL, Le Manège, Le Vecteur ou Les Brasseurs.