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    Colin makes a home movie

    on June 5th, 2010, by Colin Levy

    Hello folks!

    Okay, there’s been a lot going on the past few weeks. Sorry it’s taken so long to get a blogpost up! Things are really heating up here and I’m happy to report that we’re all beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel! There’s a LOT of work left but it seems *almost* doable!

    So although we do have some stuff to show ya, I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been up to recently– I just got back from the States! Just had a short, sorely needed trip to Savannah, Georgia and back. I was nervous the project would totally collapse without me (who am I kidding?)– but seriously, it was nice to not have to scream at Blender for a short while! πŸ˜›

    Ton asked me to give everyone a full report, so I hastily put together a home-movie-style video of the trip. (Should be entertaining enough, though I beg you not to screencapture my face onto anything else. I feel like I’m handing you some serious ammunition.)

    Anyway, to preface real quick: Over a year ago when I got the first email about Durian from Ton, I was in full production on “En Route”, and as it worked out, I was able to finish principle photography by the time I left for Amsterdam. Since I had a committed visual effects team and sound design team in place, I was able to oversee post-production in my ‘free time’ (haha) during Durian.

    You can check out the site here, and below is the trailer. Yes, we used Blender for some of the VFX!

    “En Route” Trailer from Colin Levy on Vimeo.

    We’ll be back soon with some Sintel renders that will blow your brains to pieces. Just have to make them first.


    BTW, can this count as a Directorial Address? I’m a bit behind…

    65 Responses to “Colin makes a home movie”

    1. Le@ndro Says:

      Uuuu… that trailer sure looks interesting! But apparently ends baaaaad… cheers on the recognition!

      On the other hand, you surly are grate to build expectation!!! Please tell me you have taped the “reactions” and will make a post!!! Hahaha…

    2. Jayden Says:

      Nice. Hope you had a great trip!

    3. MikeB Says:

      Rock on Colin!

    4. Revolt_Randy Says:

      Nice Colin, really nice, would love to see ‘En Route’ soon on the net.

      Of course, if ‘En Route’ won awards, us blenderheads are gonna expect even more than from ‘Sintel’!!!! I don’t want to pressure you, but, do you feel the pressure??


    5. Mitch Says:

      Congrats on the awards, Colin. En Route looks good from the trailer. I’m guessing it’s a short? Will you have it on-line when it’s done?

      Keep up the great work on Sintel. I’m glad it’s getting great feedback.


    6. Azmisov Says:

      That video made me twenty times more excited to see Sintel.

    7. Agus Says:


      By the way Great short, very proffesional looking!

      Waiting for our DIRECTORIAL ADDRESS!!!

    8. Deubeuliou Says:

      So much communicative joy and enthusiasm ! Thanks Colin, now I really can’t wait to see more…

      +1 Revolt_Randy about “En route”

    9. anonymous Howard Says:

      Judging by the (movie) poster alone, great work. I’m assuming that you used, given the non-commercial nature of the project, off-the-shelf digital video equipment to record the live action sequences. So what software or processing technique did you use to make it look like film (shot using a traditional movie camera)?

    10. anonymous Howard Says:

      Oops. Just read the movie’s About page. Appears you were using some high-end camera for the live shots. Still great work. Just don’t call it a home movie!

    11. D Says:

      Congratulations for En Route, Colin! πŸ˜€
      And congratulations in advance for Sintel! πŸ˜€

    12. rpgsimmaster Says:

      Well Colin, you asked for:

    13. Reyn Says:

      (reposted from your own blog)

      Hey, Colin, that was fantastic! Congratulations on the awards you raked! You truly deserve it. Nice facial expressions, btw. And great melody from your friend too. Good luck on finishing Sintel. I’m pretty sure that’s gonna blow everyone’s minds away! ^_^


    14. Reyn Says:

      rpgsimmaster: hahahaha! That was epic! Sorry but I can’t help to post the link on my blog. ^_^


    15. JsGuillemette Says:

      Wow, congrats on the awards for En Route! You and your team totally deserve them!

      Best of luck to you guys on finishing Sintel, you are all incredibles πŸ™‚

    16. P4blo Says:

      Colin you are going to be a great movimaker, i hope to work with you some day.

    17. mutze Says:

      Maybe En Route could be on the Sintel dvd?

    18. DwarvenFury Says:

      Congrats on the success of En Route, Colin!

    19. iCandy Says:

      looks promising!

      I wonder if we will be able to preorder a blu-ray version with all project files etc included? I really want to preorder so I can support you guys but I only want the blu-ray version. I know the dvd box includes full HD versions but I do not have a blu-ray writer =\

    20. Lasse R. Bruntse Says:

      that was an amazing trailer.
      And sounds great ’bout Durian. Can’t wait!

    21. mmz Says:

      Thank you for this…it is awesome, i love it! so postive and “easy”, it lighted up my mind.
      congrats! You really, really deserve the award. Hope to see your film (en route) soon.
      but to see others watching Sintel made me really impatient!

    22. wo262 Says:

      oooooo my god!!

    23. Christiaan (AniCator) Says:

      Sorry Colin. :3

    24. Christiaan (AniCator) Says:

      “Why am I doing this?” – Ron Stuart

    25. Another Fellow Says:

      Come on man! You know you are epic! You shouldn’t have been so down XD

    26. J. Says:

      Whaahaha, priceless! πŸ˜€

      Congrats with the awards, can’t wait to see En Route online!

    27. Shinobi Says:

      Thank you Colin πŸ™‚ i’ts so fresh to see those moments too! It’s always good to have a break from hard, really hard work, to recharge “your” battery then come back to work more relaxed and openminded πŸ˜€

      Great trailer En Route, you know, very great but now.. arghhh you make us all impatience for Sintel one!
      I’d like to see responses and reactions from people watched the wip Sintel premiere!!!

    28. DudeFromKansas Says:

      Hey Colin, congratulations on En Route being a huge success!! After looking at the trailer I am not surprised though (Even though I didn’t see any of the other films.) I have to say the cinematography and VFX’s were top notch. Congratulations to you and the entire team. You guys earned it.

      As for the directorial address, I guess we can let it slide seeing as how Sintel is turning out to be so epic!!

    29. wo262 Says:

      in this photo Colin is trying to speak dragonian (dragon’s language)

    30. TheOz91 Says:

      I love the trailer for the short film. It’s nice that Blender is used for some of the FX. Maybe the world should get Blender it’s rightful place in the world as an FX tool.
      Anyways, I can’t wait for the real thing though. I hope you guys can have a release date?
      I’m not sure why is Colin so popular that he became an icon in the image macro world. It is sure funny to see those photos lawl

    31. Lasse R. Bruntse Says:

      Thsi one of the best updates so far.

    32. Lasse R. Bruntse Says:

      This is*

    33. Ayetach Says:

      Hahahaha… Amsterdamian plug!

    34. jerms Says:

      I think I remember that there was a release date for sintel for sometime this month … any word from anyone if that is going to happen?

    35. originalbbb Says:

      Colin speaking dragoniam is awesome

    36. retro world Says:

      WoW, the sound effect on the trailer are awsome, made my hair stand on end. I kind of get the story from that trailer and it sure does deserve five 5 awards.

      As for the documentary, colin: have you seen the newst post on blender artists in the Speed Modelling contest(check them out). the documentary was good, could of been longer though.

    37. wo262 Says:

      release date. July 15. the week before siggraph

    38. Jayden Says:

      @wo262: where did you get that date?

    39. wo262 Says:

      @jayden “- Trailer will be published most likely this thursday. Delays were mainly because of incontrollable hair systems… we’re doing final renders for many scenes, and all of these should be good!

      – Film release date has been shifted into july now, around the 15th. Siggraph is a week later, so I will check on having a real Hollywood premiere as well πŸ™‚



      here it is

    40. MeshWeaver Says:

      Wow, congratulations Colin! 5 awards out of 6 nominations, that’s really cool πŸ˜€

      however, I think you had to expect at least one person to make another picture out of those weird faces, lol πŸ˜‰

      ooh, we got to see a bit of Sintel! oooooh, can’t wait to see it…and it’s coming out soon!!!!!!! YAAAAY!!!!

      …ok, i’m a bit enthusiastic, lol πŸ˜€

      Durian is so awesome…i love these videos πŸ˜€

      (sorry for the number of smilies, it’s just that without them, I feel I’m not conveying the sentences properly, lol)

    41. ambake Says:

      Congratulations on the awards Colin, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are but a few, in a very long list of those to come in the years ahead! Sintel is going to be outstanding, your story telling skills are truly amazing and you are blessed with this amazing team of artists and developers to work with. It would seem that the all powerful Ton has created the dream team for this wonderful project! Well done once again and just keep going! πŸ™‚

    42. kram1032 Says:

      FINALLY an update!
      And a great one too πŸ˜€
      Really great trailer and nice video πŸ™‚

      It’s easy to tell who are your relatives – they indeed have very similar faces πŸ™‚

      exciting stuff!

    43. kopi Says:

      Congrats Colin, looking forward to everything.

    44. wo262 Says:

      added colin to facebook πŸ™‚

    45. Carsten Says:

      Colin, youΒ΄re killing me… i neeeed to see Sintel, AND i NEED to see “En Route”. Urgently. I mean.. really. Soon. Now.
      Keep up the good work, Durian crew, finish this epic Monster, and ease our pain by releasing it.
      Honestly, with none of the previous Blender Movies i felt this pleasant anticipation… all thats left is this “WHEN?” feeling.

    46. David Says:

      Congrats on the award Colin… It’s a must see!!

    47. ego Says:

      So, will it another week before the next “update” on the movie?

    48. joeri67 Says:

      Wauw, yes.
      Sometimes putting your nose through the screen can give you a too closed up view of what your doing. Having some fresh air to breath and realizing there is a world outside that office must be good.

      And, its a real directors life I guess, simultaneous juggling multiple productions. Good to see your smile, I hope you’re enjoying it all as much as you can.

    49. creek23 Says:

      ># wo262 Says:
      >June 5th, 2010 at 18:08
      >in this photo Colin is trying to speak >dragonian (dragon’s language)


    50. RNS Says:

      Colin,is Hollywood! Soon to replace Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton.
      I always knew he got talent-hope he stay on track to fulfill his goals.
      who know we might cross path some day?

    51. Jacob Valenta Says:

      Can you give me an mp3 of that song!?!?! the one your brother plays πŸ™‚ it was good

    52. J. Says:

      Hopefully Sintel and En Route ”open the gate” for him.
      He has a lot of talent which should be deployed in a feature with a (more than) decent budget.

      But first: Sintel and En Route!

      @Colin Levy: Isn’t it an great idea to show En Route at the premiere of Sintel?
      The public will be extremely satisfied!

    53. Anonymous Says:

      When you’re a big time director, make us the ultimate movie:

      No smooching, etc.
      No language
      As much action and violence as you can fit in πŸ™‚

    54. J. Says:

      For that just watch Rambo 4! πŸ˜‰

    55. voodka Says:

      that looks very professional !
      the aircraft are made with blender ?

    56. grafixsuz Says:

      colin says:BTW, can this count as a Directorial Address? I’m a bit behind…

      No! πŸ™‚

      Man that was a great trailer, just the tease with Sintel on your brothers ipod was cruel.

      Have fun guys your on your last stretch now, so even though your a bit behind I am sure we don’t mind whatever you can throw our way to just make us go even more crazy

    57. J. Says:

      It was Colin’s iPod, wasn’t it? πŸ˜‰

    58. grafixsuz Says:

      I do believe you are correct my dear fellow. I stand corrected. πŸ™‚

    59. Colin Levy Says:

      Hey everyone! Thanks so much for all the great comments! Haha, really appreciate your enthusiasm. I came in yesterday, finally over my jetlag, to find that the team had printed out a half-dozen sheets of those photoshops of me and hung them all around the studio. Horrible!

      Anyway, you never fail to crack us up. Thanks for the replies… Ton should be posting another update soon!


    60. kingcreole Says:

      seems like the response here is different because we know you do awesome work, so we hope that the movie gets more awesome than it allready is and thats verry hard to get there xD (excited to watch the result!)

    61. Rob Says:

      Will we get to see “En Route”?

      Thanks for sharing your time away.

    62. Davis Says:

      I want to see a picture of those Photoshops. That sounds epic.

    63. Shane Newville Says:

      Late contribution:

    64. godwin kwame fudzi Says:

      Hi Guys,
      You doing a wonderful and creatively spreading the power in free and open source! its rocooooooooooks…

    65. John Says:

      Congratz Colin! Looks like a really fun trip.