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Intro to Indirect Lighting

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Well, once again I have stayed up really late.  Last night I didn’t even go to sleep.  I stayed up, recorded a video tutorial, got it uploading, and then went to church in the morning.  I nodded out a few times during the sermon, and when I got home and had eaten my lunch, I took a LOOOONG nap. :)   Now I’m doing it again – except this time I plan on going to sleep eventually.

Anyway, enough with my fake-insomnia.  Time for my first and second video tutorials for Blender 2.5 Alpha 2! W00t! I recorded another tutorial tonight and so here it is!

Here is the second tutorial first. I made this video to streamline the concept being taught.

Intro to Indirect Lighting from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

And my very first video tutorial! I made this in hopes of enlightening my viewers on the use of indirect lighting, but ended up teaching how to setup a whole scene with mesh lights and a simple node setup. Anyhow, it’s good too, so enjoy!

Indirect Lighting in Blender 2.5 Alpha 2 from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

God bless and have wonderful sleep! I mean, a wonderful day!

I have my music theory homework done, but I really need to practice my voice. I am so unprepared for my lesson this Wednesday – oh wait, I may go to Cleveland over that time! Sweet! Anyhow, as you can tell, I’m quite zany at this hour of the night and I believe it’s time I took a bow and chortled my way to sleep.

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Back From Florida!

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I’m back from a wonderful trip to Florida!  I was able to visit  friends and meet new ones, check out schools, and see the Gulf.  It was a great time and I look forward to going back in April to escort Charlotte to her senior prom.

Here is a quick overview of what I did during my visit to the Sunshine State:

My first flight was quite amazing!  The takeoff was exhilarating, I had a nice conversation with someone on the plane, and had a blast with the turbulence as we entered Orlando – yes, I was smiling :)

Smiling me :)

Smiling me :)

Full Sail was a sprawling, sunny campus set in costly sound stages, a converted stripmall, and buildings with fake fronts for films.  The equipment was unbelievably expensive, with rooms full of high-end soundboards and Mac computers.  They even get the latest RED cameras.  A good friend of the Lynns, Joseph Hancock, a Masters student at Full Sail, and a friend of his, toured us around the the campus.

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Joey, Ben, and Charlotte at Full Sail

DAVE School is set in a warehouse-like building on the backlot of Universal Studios, right next to Universal Resort Orlando.  The school is very small, with a few long rooms filled with students working on projects ranging from texturing a frog in ZBrush or texturing a commercial product to putting their face on a creature from their favorite feature film.  Andrew Kral kindly toured me around the rooms and introduced me to students and teachers.  The school only accepts about 30 students for each class.  Unlike Full Sail, which is a four-year university (with a two-year accelerated version,) DAVE School is a 1-year tradeschool.  I have been accepted if I choose to go.

Andrew Kral and Ben Bailey at the DAVE School

Andrew Kral and Ben Bailey at the DAVE School

The Acting Studio is an amazing, small studio where Dan and Vicki Watson teach teens and college students how to act, sing, and dance.  The studio performs musicals, such as Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, and Return to the Forbidden Planet.  This time around they were doing Godspell, a comedic musical with a 70′s take on the gospel of Matthew.  I really enjoyed watching it (twice,) and loved all the students.  I look forward to joining them someday, if I move to the area.

Charlotte, Ben, and Vicki at The Acting Studio

Charlotte, Ben, and Vicki at The Acting Studio

The Fairs were fun!  We went to the State Fair and the Pasco County Fair.  Charlotte and I walked around and played a few games, such as throwing baseballs at beer bottles, and went to a big tent circus.  Later we went to the Pasco talent show and watched some 46 contestants, ranging from 6-16, dance, sing, or do both at the same time!  And oh, I had my first funnel cake.

The beautiful ferris wheel at night

The beautiful ferris wheel at night!

The Gulf of Mexico was awesome!  Joy, Chuck, Charlotte, and I all walked along the beach on Valentines day.  We also fed the seagulls some heart cookies as I filmed the birds racing to get the food.  After that Charlotte and I walked the beach and watched all the happy couples as they enjoyed a romantic sunset.

Charlotte posing at the Gulf

Charlotte posing at the Gulf

The Conclusion? Well, I definitely want to go back again!  Possibly even move there.  But I’m torn between all the possibilities and responsibilities that lay before me: finishing high school, get a driver’s license, and deciding whether I want to spend my life doing visual effects for movies and commercials, act and direct films, stay at home for another year, move to Tampa for a year of acting experience and worklife away from home, or just up and move to another country and make a singing career.

In other words, I have no idea.

Ben, Becca, Charlotte, and Shelby chilling!

Ben, Becca, Charlotte, and Shelby chilling!

Please remember me in your prayers and shoot me an e-mail if you feel like chatting.  I’ve got a hard decision ahead of me, one that will change my life forever.

Blessings be upon you!

P.S. I had a wonderful time with you, friends!  I look forward to seeing you again!  And a HUGE thanks to the Lynns for taking care of me while I was down there – giving me a place to stay, serving me food, driving me all over the place, and loving me as family.

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