The Flight Of The Purple Streak...
the summer of 2009 Channel 4 ran a competition to find new idents, or
stings, for their E4 channel. It had to be 10 seconds long and
feature the logo, other than that it was completely open.
Having the Blue Streak model available I chose to try and create a pastiche of the classic Apollo launch sequences, employing Blender for
CGI and editing. Like the Brunel project with Pro/Desktop it
proved a wonderful way to learn the Blender with a specific aim.
It was certainly a steep learning curve, but an enjoyable one.
Blender is daunting to look at because of its unusual interface, but
as soon as you have a go at the first tutorial it rapidly proves itself
highly efficient and very user friendly.
As my first project
with Blender it is a little basic, and I was aided by the stylised look
of the E4 idiom, but I was pleased with the outcome and am continuing
to develop my skill. For an indication of Blender's true power
check out the online galleries...
below to see a low resolution version of the movie, sound bed provided for the competition by Channel 4.