The Basic 3D Modeling workshop is intended for individuals with little or no experience using 3D modeling software. We will be using Blender, an open source software 3D content production suite compatible with all major operating systems. The program can be freely downloaded by participants for use on their own machines. This workshop will familiarize participants with the 3D production environment and interface, basic 3D manipulation and transformation of objects, surface and texture modification, lighting, and scene construction. Participants will have the opportunity to work individually or in groups to create a virtual scene of their choosing based on fictitious or real-world environments, objects, and characters. At the end of the workshop participants will have rendered still images of their scenes for exhibition. Completion of this workshop will give participants the necessary background to begin experimenting with 3D animation.
Brett Caraway earned his Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. His research interests include digital media production, copyright law, peer-to-peer networking, and the economics of new media. Before coming to the University of Texas for graduate school, Brett worked in the local music scene as a studio and live sound engineer and as a recording and professional audio equipment service technician. He currently teaches an introductory digital media course in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at U.T.