Vanilla Ball Drops

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Animation in Blender

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  • Software: Blender 2.78
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This exercise is designed to be an application of the information learned in Chapter 3 of the Animation Bootcamp course. The assignment is to animate 3 different kinds of balls. The point being that different balls bounce differently and it's up to you to make each bounce believable.


  1. Download the Vanilla Ball Drops: Source Files from the Downloads tab. Unzip and open the included .blend file with Blender.
  2. Animate 3 different types of balls, achieving believable bouncing for each according to its type.
  3. Render your animation as an openGL viewport render.
  4. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.
  5. Finally, submit your exercise by clicking the Submit Exercise button in the top-right corner of this page and pasting your video's URL.

Rules of the Exercise

  • 1
    Animation for all 3 balls is believable according to the type of ball.
  • 2
    Submission is in video format.
  • 3
    Use the scene file provided, including the Multiball rig.
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Since 2009, I have been producing high quality character animations for everything from commercials to children's music videos. Working remotely for several small studios, I have been responsible for the rigging and animation of several videos that have received over 100 million views on Youtube. (Making for some very happy clients.)
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