OpenStreetMaps for Blender

City generator – Custom Maps, Modifiers, Curves and Paths

https://www.openstreetmap.org/ for Blender https://github.com/vvoovv/blender-geo/wiki/Import-OpenStreetMap-(.osm)


These tuts don’t fuck around 😀

Blender (Cycles Shader Guide)

Everything on Shader’s in Cycles


+ extras goodness – http://www.chocofur.com/6-shadersamptextures.html and https://www.blenderguru.com/articles/7-ways-get-rid-fireflies/

and finally,

UV MAPPING (Quick and Easy) – (Instead of selecting full object, you can select ANY face and assign a material to that selectively)

Applying an Image Texture in Cycles

  1. Select the object you want to put the image on
  2. Give it a new material with an Image Texture Shader:
    Object Properties window -> Materials tab -> click the New button
    For the Color, click on the grey dot icon on the right side ( enter image description here ) then select “Image Texture”:enter image description here
  3. Select the image you want to use:enter image description here
  4. UV Unwrap your object and position the image as you’d like it:
    • Select your object and enter Edit mode (TAB)
    • Unwrap mesh (U) -> here, I use Smart UV project

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    NOTE: UV Unwrapping a mesh and positioning the image properly can be a very complex and involved process. So, I highly recommend you study some UV Mapping tutorials to get all the details; YouTube has quite a lot of excellent video tutorials for beginners on this subject.

– source: http://blender.stackexchange.com/questions/8697/how-do-i-put-an-image-texture-on-a-material-in-cycles


March, 25, 2016 – Watched:

Moon (2009)

This was different. And different is good in a world of repetitiveness.

I think I spent 2-3 hours hunting down a sci-fi movie to watch tonight that sounded interesting and promising. It was this versus a Ridley Scott picture, in the end, I picked this one. And thankfully it payed off. It’s a special little film.

This movie was different from your typical sci-fi stuff. What that something “else” was; I won’t really talk about (for reasons of spoilers and surprise).

Its got an interesting story for a backbone supported by Sam Rockwell’s compelling performance. The whole movie involves only him and him alone. From the first scenes to last, his time on screen is effortless it seems.

I found this movie minimal in nature, no prolonged or unneeded scenes, short in duration and to the point. The budget was low ($5 mil) and they made the best of it.

Visually it was inspiring. From the start I noticed a sense of realism that lacks in most Sci-Fi/Fantasty films (think Hobbit). Moon utilized Bill Pearson, (the supervising model maker on Alien) and the lunar rovers and harvesters were all models. This was such a breath of fresh air from the horrid CGI I see in films nowadays. That’s not to say there wasn’t any CGI in this film, but where it was implemented it showed, sadly (perhaps to the budget). As for the model work, it was pure perfection. 🙂

This one leaves you thinking…



The Thing (1982)

February, 20, 2016 – Watched:

The Thing (1982)

In the year 1982, John Carpenter decided to release “The Thing” – hailed nowadays as a “classic horror movie” by some. I’ve never had any interest in Carpenter’s work for the most part, and only by sheer chance tonight I decided to watch this film-making “attempt” at horror. I didn’t read into it, no reviews, no details, no nothing. Just sat down and watched it from start to finish.

So, I’m left with the burning question that most of us ask ourselves after watching a movie.

“Did we enjoy that? Was it good? bad? perhaps only mediocre?” “Did we waste our time on that? Was it life changing?” Thankfully, that’s an easy answer in this case.

The Thing starts off promising and suspenseful in the opening scene and quickly shifts into horrifically bad for an array of reasons.

  • No characters depth, no interesting developments, shallow plot.
  • Bad acting. What were they thinking? Kurt Russel’s stupid hat in the blistering cold? Come on, it was absurd and stupid.
  • Where was the script? All I heard was repetitive lines over and over again. Laziness at its core. The writing was bad and laughable.
  • Repeating story arc. One death after another for no good reason other then showing off the fancy 1980’s special effects.
  • Really boring score.

And that’s where we’ll stop. Too many flaws, no point in listing them all.

I really didn’t think much of this coming into it. So my disappointment isn’t really that high, its actually expected. It seems Carpenter’s work overall never really concentrated or achieved proper character design/development, which should of been a read flag from the start. Thankfully real horror gems (ie. Carrie, The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby) take all these important aspects into consideration and as a result stand the test of time.

The only good points in the movie? The VFX for the time period. Quite uncomfortable at times which was impressive (even now in 2016). And finally, the best for last, let’s not forget this:


Albert Whitlock – “The Thing”

VFX – 8/10

The rest – 6/10

If you want a real horror, don’t bother with this, unless you want a “horrifically” bad attempt at a scare and storytelling.