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I would like to make a scene where a movie projector displays an image onto a wall but the image will get projected onto obstacles or even characters that pass between the projection wall and the projector. I have no clue how to accomplish this effect in Blender or even someway to do it in post.

I don't even know if it is possible.

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    $\begingroup$ Try UV project modifier. $\endgroup$ – Jaroslav Jerryno Novotny Oct 1 '16 at 18:46
  • $\begingroup$ Connect a texture to a point light's color attribute. $\endgroup$ – Henricus V. Oct 1 '16 at 19:46
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To scale the image according to distance you can use Drivers applied to the Scale values of the Mapping node.

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To add a Driver to a value just Right-Click on its field and select Add Driver option, or press Ctrl+D.

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In the Driver Property panel :

  1. use a Transfrom Channel type ( the one with the icon : (x) ) as the Driver variable,

  2. set a reference object (mine is named Plane),

  3. set the type to one of the axes (here I set it to Z Location as the lamp is facing down on the Z axis),
  4. fine tune the effect in the Expression field. Here you are mapping the Z Location values to Scale values, so they need to be scaled down (0.2, moving the object 1 meter along Z axis will change the Scale by 0.2) and maybe inverted (-1) with particular positioning

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Here are my results (bottom plane is the reference, watch the other two move and behave naturally) :

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Notice how I can set the full image scale by moving the bottom plane (which was the Plane object reference in the Driver property panel), so it is similar to a real life situation when you are adjusting/setting the projector zoom to a background wall.

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In your scene, add a lamp as the type spot.

With the lamp object selected go into the texture panel, under the lamp texture, add a texture with your image. You probably want to set Extension to Extend. Set the coordinates to object and input the lamp as the mapping object.

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You can also set the spotlights shape to a square by ticking Sqare in the lamps settings.

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Even overlapping projector lamps work.

image projection from spotlight

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  • $\begingroup$ That is just beautiful. $\endgroup$ – Eric Huelin Oct 2 '16 at 13:37
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    $\begingroup$ I am trying to pull of something similar in Cycles. This in BI works nice, however the image does not scale with distance of the light, which is a bummer. Didn't find a solution for it. $\endgroup$ – Jaroslav Jerryno Novotny Feb 25 '17 at 20:47

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