If you’ve been to our house, you may already know that we record and “produce” a lot of home movies for our own offline private viewing. Daily movies, vacation videos, random films, and other fun thing captured in high definition.
Over the years the production value on these has increased, largely due to a lot of practice putting them together by your’s truly. And to make them “fancier” we’ve got into the habit of adding our own little “Family Features” bumper to the front of those videos. A bumper is a few second clip that shows off the video like we’re some little studio putting these things together. It’s fun.
Part of my inspiration to learn the 3D animation software Blender was that I had the idea of producing a 3D animated bumper. I’ve got a few ideas, but the process isn’t nearly as simple as you might expect. I’ve got those ideas in the works, but the most time intensive part by far has been the rendering.
This first attempt took 9 hours to render, and though it is a little simple I like the idea of adding some kind of personalization into the clip: as you can see, I textured the cubes with photos from my collection: