Last spring over my break I started teaching myself (via a wiki tutorial) to use the 3D modeling and animation program blender http://www.blender.org/. I got to be ok at the modeling part, and could make some pretty cool landscapes and things, but I've never been able to make anything move. Now it's fall break, and I spent all of yesterday pouring over the animation section of the wiki - trying to apply it to the program - failing - and then, at about 10:00 or 11:00 pm, it all came together:
So, it's not much, but I was ecstatic when it finally started to work. I already have some more complex and dressed up versions of it... and now I hope to start applying it to some of my old still models to actually make some real scenes.