Maker is a documentary film directed by Mu-Ming Tsai that focuses on the maker movement and the wide variety of topics it entails, such as 3D printing, electronics, biotech, etc.
Numerous interviews with different individuals within the movement are shown and clearly shows the passion they all have. And the film really presses the message across of getting people away from being consumers and becoming makers.
Throughout the documentary, the filmmakers visit various maker spaces and even one biotechnology maker space, and it very interesting to see the facilities on offer.
Two companies formed out of the maker movement, Pebble smartwatches, and OpenROV are also visited, and both illustrate how it is possible to establish companies on the principles of the maker movement.
The film also examines Crowdfunding and how it can provide the financial means for anyone to turn their creations into a consumer product and a successful company.
As an avid supporter of the maker movement, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and it is an excellent mechanism to introduce people to what the maker movement is. I highly recommend this film.
As I mentioned in my Surviving Lockdown post, I started upskilling on Python, and when upskilling on a new programming language, I usually do a project to build on and enforce the things I am learning.
For my Python-based project, I decided to use PyGame to develop a small game. One piece of advice I can offer when developing a game is that it is better to develop a small and basic game that you finish than a large and ambitious game you never complete. I believe everyone who has tried some form of game development has at least one over-ambitious project they never completed, so it is better to start small.
The game I developed is called “Space Octopus Invasion” and here is a video of the game in action:
The tools and resources I used in the development process are as follows:
I used Trello for task tracking and planning.
PyCharm is my favorite Python IDE developed by JetBrains, and it offers a free community edition.
A great utility to package a python application into an executable file.
A free installer maker that allows you to create a professional-looking setup wizard to install your game.
I am not an artistically inclined person, and typically I use art, sound, and music assets when developing a game, I recommend GameDevMarket.net as they have a great selection of assets available.
The Installer for the game can be downloaded here: Installer.
And the source code can be downloaded here: Source Code.