Project 6: Beep Boop Bop A Love Story

Hey everyone!

Here’s project 6:

The goal was to use Blender’s new rendering engine, Cycles, for a compositing project.

Here’s the breakdown!

There are some things I’d change if I was to redo the project, but, overall, I’m fairly satisfied with it!

Also, if you’d prefer to view it on BlenderArtists, here’s the post there:

Let me know what you think in the comments!


A Quick Preview of Project 6

Hey everyone!

I didn’t make it into Project Mango…maybe next time! 😀

Anyway, I just wanted to share a preview of the next project! This is one shot from it. It’s a bigger project than the previous ones!

I’ve also started a work in progress thread for this project over at BlenderArtists if any of you want to keep up with it!

I’m giving myself the next two weeks to finish it.

Let me know what you think…until next time!

Project 5: Water “Blending”

Hey everyone! It has been a LONG time since I’ve posted anything. Some of you might have seen the water bending work in progress, but I’m finally back, and I have the final video.

Obviously, there are some things I would have liked to fix, but I’m calling it done at this point because I am out of time! Anyway…

Here’s the video:

And here’s the breakdown:

Let me know what you think in the comments, and feel free to offer suggestions for future projects! Speaking of future projects, here’s a small preview of the next project coming up in the next few weeks!

I’m going to be integrating Cycles into reality (as soon as my new graphics card comes in)

That’s all for now! Let me know what you think!

A quick update and a bit on Demo Reels

Hey everyone!

I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard anything from me. I’ve been absolutely swamped with work at school, and it’s been preventing me from getting the latest VisFX Blender project done! I’ve also been getting ready to apply for Project Mango, so lately, I’ve been working on my website and demo reel. You can find my website here:

Since I recently had to put my demo reel together, I figured I’d talk a bit about what goes into a good demo reel. First of all, this is the final reel that I put together for my submission:

So, a bit on demo reels that I’ve gathered from my professors and workshops this year:

  • Keep it short. If it’s over 3 minutes, something is wrong. Companies don’t want to waste a bunch of time going through all of your work. They just want to see your best work.
  • Put your best two pieces first and last, and hope that the rest of the stuff in the middle does something for them. The first piece is what keeps them watching, and the last piece will be the freshest thing in their minds.
  • Break down your work. The companies you’re applying for want to know that you know what you’re doing. Show the different passes or steps involved in creating your shot. Unlike Animation, visual effects shots are all about creative problem solving. The companies want to know that you know how to solve problems.
  • Keep the music tasteful, or keep it out. The last thing you want to do is annoy the portfolio reviewers with your music. Think about it for a second. They generally have to go through hundreds (if not thousands) of these things in a short period of time. By the time they get to yours, they probably won’t be in the best mood. You don’t want to make it worse.
  • Make sure they know what you want to do. I’ve seen several demo reels that aren’t organized and don’t make it very obvious that the applicants are looking for a specific job. If you must, make separate reels for different skill sets. You may even want to create different reels for different companies. Regardless, keep your reel FOCUSED.
  • Keep the title slide simple and to the point. Also make sure they know how to get in contact with you, and make sure they know your name. It doesn’t hurt to throw your focus on the title slide either.
  • Make sure they know what you did in each shot on the demo reel. If you did everything, make sure they know that. If you only did a small part of it, make sure they know. You don’t want to get called in for an interview only to find out they don’t need someone with your skill set.
That’s all I have in the way of demo reels for now. However, if you want a reel just to show off work, you can also create a show reel! This is mine:
It’s not nearly as focused, and it shows off work that I’ve done.
I hope you found this post helpful, and I WILL get the next video up sometime in the next few weeks. Finals are approaching here at school, though, and the workload is getting quite challenging! This, for instance was one of my projects this quarter:
We had to script a procedural building of some sort, so I chose a tree house!
That’s all for now!
Have a good day!

Project 4: Real Life Minigame

Hey everyone!

Here’s the 4th VisFX Blender project! It’s a bit late because I’ve been getting settled in to school. However, I should have these videos up every week (or at LEAST every other week now).

Here’s this week’s video.

The breakdown is right here:

Let me know what you think in the comments!

If you have any suggestions for future topics, comments, or criticisms, all of it is appreciated!

Project 3: How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Hey everyone! Here’s this week’s video and breakdown! I’ve done outdoor lighting for the past two weeks and decided to challenge myself with some interior lighting using the Blender Internal render engine this week! Let’s get to the fun stuff!

Here’s the video:


Here’s the breakdown:

As always, feel free to comment with your thoughts, concerns, criticisms and suggestions for future topics!

If you like what you see, make sure you subscribe on youtube!

There won’t be a video next week because I’m moving back into school, but after that, I should have weekly videos!

Project 2: Earth “Blending”

Hello, and welcome (again) to VisFX Blender – the site where I (Chris Folea) explore Visual Effects possibilities in Blender!

Here is this week’s much anticipated project:

Here’s the breakdown (view HD fullscreen for the best viewing experience):

The files may or may not be coming this week (depending on whether or not I can figure out how to shrink them enough)

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, criticisms, suggestions for future topics, etc. PLEASE share them in the comments!

I’ve also started a Twitter account! Make sure you follow it if you like what you see!!/CFolea

Project 1: There’s a Robot in My Driveway!

Hello there, and welcome to VisFX Blender!

This being the first project, I feel as though I should direct you to our “about” page where you will discover what this site is and is not. Here is the first project, There’s a Robot in My Driveway!

This week’s project:

Here’s the breakdown (View it in HD Fullscreen):

You can download the files to play with here:

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future topics that you’d like me to cover, leave them in the comments!