Hey Noisebridge, Rayyan here! Have been with the Noisebridge community for almost 2 years. Have worked on projects there pre-covid and helped with the moving of Noisebridge during Covid.
Glad to see Noisebridge opening up again slowly. I have a proposal for a class that, in my 10 minute search, didn’t show up anywhere in Noisebridge’s history. (Might have been taught as part of Game Dev but never independently).
I’d like to teach a weekly 2 hour in-person class on Blender 3D Animation and Design at Noisebridge (More details on Blender Software at the end). Free class with sliding scale donations $0-$20. (Wouldn’t mind splitting any donations with NB as well.) Timing and dates: Preferably Sunday afternoon.
Curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
- Blender animation pipeline
- Key framing
- Rendering and Compositing
- Physics simulations
Blender doesn’t need fancy computers to learn and make things, so anyone with a laptop with MAC, Windows or Linux on it can learn. Unless you are using ray tracing for your renders, any CPU can sufficiently render images with no difficulty. (Videos at high quality and frame rate is a different story. My GTX1080L on my laptop can take 8 hours to render a 10 second scene with ray tracing and high quality settings). It would be a great to have a render farm at NB for a small fee to offset electricity and rig cost. Would be WAY cheaper than cloud based solutions and can be a very good service for NB. I can take the lead on such a project in the future.
Blender is also a free open source software built on Python. Blender works on one principle “Free to use for any purpose, forever”. The online tutorial community is great, and I think we are in the golden age of 3D animation and design now, since pretty much anyone with access to a computer can learn and make high quality renders.
Furthermore, eventually, we can have a digital art focus session once a month and just have a nice time building and fostering that community in the city.
For disclaimer: I live in Oakland at a community center, and I am also starting this class there on Mondays for people in and around Oakland.
Let me know how people feel about this. I think this is a much-needed class as part of the Music Produc and Game Dev side of offerings from NB.