1. Blender's Birthday
January 2nd 2016 marks blender's 22nd birthday.
Whilst it's not the date that blender (as a full standalone program) went live, that day an idea emerged from it's egg.
Ton Roosendaal explains it as such the backup data, dates back to 2nd of January 1993.
Thus the blender-father decided for his baby to celebrate it's birthday that particular day. Therefore...
2. Blender, The Origins
Blender originated from an animation company called Neo Geo. The author of the in-house animation application ...?
[someone make a song with ''animation application'' please!]
You guessed it: Ton Roosendaal ! in order to further develop Blender he founded Not a Number Technologies [NaN] in 1998, which went bankrupt though and thus lead to Blender being released for free under the GNU General Public License in search of an alternative income.
It took Roosendaal about 7 weeks to gather 100.000 €, which were demanded by the creditors of the newly founded Blender Foundation.
And that's what you call an ''ANTIFAIL'' !
3. DO UNDO !
The animatiors best friend Ctrl+Z wasn't implemented until 22. November 2003 ! The first version of Blender went live for free 20. August 2003 though. Legend sais that during that period of time higher numbers of heart attacks and deaths by PCs falling out of open windows were registered all around the world...
4. BLENDER, THE NAME
The name ''Blender'' originates from a song by Yello (Album: Baby). Sit back and listen... Or sing it yourself, don't forget to send us the video though ;)
5. BLENDER'S OPEN MOVIES
The first Open Movie by The Blender Institute was ''Elephants Dream''. It was greatly financed by DVD-preorders, granting buyers a spot in the credits.
Back then it took 125 days to render the full project for 10 minutes and 54 second of film (that's 15 696 frames for a 24 fps film).
Next up in the List (the biggest hits/projects):
- Big Buck Bunny ( aprox. 4.650.000 views on Youtube)
- Sintel ( aprox. 4.480.000 views on Youtube)
- Tears of Steal [Live Action] ( aprox. 1.750.000 views on Youtube)
- Cosmos Laundromat ( currently. 389.000 views on Youtube)
Numbers are based on the view counts by Youtube and taken from the official Blender Foundation Youtube Account. Regarding the numbers: there's more than Youtube though, like dailymotion, vimeo and many many others. Also, as the films are released under an open license, people load them up on their own accounts to display them on youtube. Therefore the numbers are probably higher.
Every Blender Foundation Movie greatly helps to improve Blender's funcionality and adds new features to the game. So if you are looking for some great inspiration, go watch SINTEL!
which is my (personal) favourite !
5-10 Coming soon!
The Blender specific testout-mesh: ''Suzanne'' originated from an Orang-Utan in ''Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back''. She's quite capable of defending herself in the movie.
In Blender though ... Let's not talk about all the harassment she's been through (same applies for her BFF ''Cube'').
The Blender-Suzanne was created by Willem-Paul van Overbruggen when Blender under NaN was under threat to vanish into oblivion (bankruptcy). Suzanne was released with version 2.25 and little later Blender was saved by the community.
Even though many people think that Suzanne was the first in space it actually was Albert II, a male rhesus monkey( 83 miles (134 km) on June 14, 1949).
Suzanne contains only 500 Polygons !
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