Blender has become one of the most popular 3D animation tools on the market because it is robust and absolutely free. Blender Production is the definitive resource for anyone who wants to create short animations from scratch. With this book, and Blender, you have the ideal platform to make it happen. 

Blender expert and author Roland Hess walks you through the entire process of creating a short animation including: writing, storyboarding, blocking, character creation, animation, rendering, and production.

The associated web site includes the full Blender software kit and a complete short animation work broken down into handy modules that animators can study, learn from, and reuse in their own animated films. The sample project files amount to 100+ MB of cool content, including models, textures, materials, scenes and animation work.

chapter 1|12 pages

An Overview of the Short Animation Process

chapter 2|10 pages

Story Story Story

chapter 3|4 pages


chapter 4|32 pages

Storyboarding and the Story Reel

chapter 5|14 pages

Character Design and Creation

chapter 6|22 pages

Libraries and Linking

chapter 7|30 pages

Rough Sets, Blocking, and an Animatic

chapter 8|10 pages

Good Sound

chapter 10|8 pages

Dialogue, Sound Effects, and Music

chapter 11|30 pages

Final Sets and Backgrounds

chapter 12|58 pages


chapter 13|48 pages

Rendering and Compositing

chapter 14|10 pages

Final Edit