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    Durian – the final rush

    on July 2nd, 2010, by beorn

    It’s getting close to the end and it’s all a bit busy here at the institute.

    Most of the animation is completed except for some polish and effects, the render team is working overtime and the render farm is running hot enough to cook a dragon.

    Here’s a timelapse video of last week’s action. It starts with our Monday morning kick off meeting and ends with the Friday weekly where we all watch the progress so far.



    BTW, this is available in HD on YouTube
    (music: “Perambulator” by Simon Leonard)

    73 Responses to “Durian – the final rush”

    1. Denny Says:

      Smiling guy, right lower corner = creepy and funny! ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. Davis Says:

      Lol Nathan seems to spend a lot of time making faces at the camera. ๐Ÿ˜›

    3. Domy_graphy Says:

      hahahahaha look funny

      mr.nathan eating dove at the river side

    4. Guerrillas Says:

      Now we know who’s been steeling cookies from the kitchen….

      well done! Funny!

      Like the music too. Who is it? Is there more where that came from?

    5. Virion Says:

      The yellow little thing is so creey!! Was that an alien?! :p

    6. Gianka Says:

      cool! and what about colin’s moving plate? XD

    7. Pablo Vazquez Says:

      Beorn, that was *awesome*, paid off so well!

      Thanks for making this, nice memorial for all us durianers.

    8. Dusty Says:

      Oh now that was class!! and the moving plate and rubber duck! Brilliant!

    9. Darrin Says:

      Very Koyaanisqatsi. I like!

    10. Irve Says:

      Nathan, it was cool!

    11. ITrAB Says:

      Hiehie, I want this on DVD :>

    12. yagraph Says:

      Great ๐Ÿ˜‰ It definitely have to be on the DVD !

    13. D Says:

      That is so awesome, and a great choice of music! ๐Ÿ˜€ I suppose we’re going to miss the big team as this wraps up. ๐Ÿ™
      Great stuff.

    14. J. Says:

      Great video!

      What camera have you used?

      Luckily there is only one Dutchman in the whole building, because Netherlands-Brazil would put everything on hold! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    15. beorn Says:

      J: This was all shot with a Nikon D5000.
      The temperature in the render room is hovering around 33.5 celcius. Since the maximum limit is 34, we’re starting to get a bit nervous!
      (looks like Ton and I replied at the same time… it is indeed hotter in the studio. Just as well we have so many Aussies here!)

    16. J. Says:

      What temperature does the thermometer of the render room indicate with this hot wheater?

    17. nawabz Says:

      nice lol

    18. Ton Says:

      Outside temperature here is 33 degrees or more.

      We have shut down 8 nodes to keep the render farm temperature acceptable. For some reason it now feels cooler in the farm room than in the studio ๐Ÿ˜‰

    19. kingcreole Says:

      u’re a good and funny team xD nathan is allmost allways smiling at the camera maybe thats the reason he’s not an actor but blenders “comedian ^^” (or baybe its just his skills with blender)

    20. kingcreole Says:

      i mean maybe

    21. Ejnaren Says:

      Haha Most brilliant…
      This is actually one of the main reasons I use Blender…
      The team just make you feel at home with these small details… ๐Ÿ˜€

    22. angbor Says:

      Haha Nathan seems tobe very busy ๐Ÿ˜€ studying dovemovements on living animals ๐Ÿ˜€

    23. Joooo Says:

      Nice to see you’re having fun ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope to be able to come to the blender institue one day… ๐Ÿ™‚

    24. FreeMind Says:

      So… nathan smiled at the camera all day, or is it just me?
      No cheek or neck pain after all day of staring at one point?…

    25. grafixsuz Says:

      Dude that was awesome. Funny as hell with Nathan doing his usual antics, but great to watch and remember what type of environment you guys are working under.
      Only thing that scared me, no not the stuffed animals, but Ben’s face at the end of the shot. It almost looks as if he is ready to eat someones head for breakfast with those unfortunately timed shots. I did notice Ben you were working on some fire shots throughout last week. Is the dragon finally going to be billowing smoke in the movie? Or is that too much of a give away?

      Keep it up guys, not long now, and then the big presentation in September… Seems a bit too far away to wait, but it’ll come around soon enough I suppose.

      Here is to almost a year at the task guys.

    26. wo262 Says:

      from 1:48. last scene. who’s that girl behind tom?

    27. wo262 Says:

      sorry. behind toN

    28. Blenderism Says:

      Great work guys! Is there anything that can be done to lower the temperature or would the only option to be buying some kind of expensive cooling system?

    29. voodka Says:

      Very fun ๐Ÿ˜€

    30. beorn Says:

      wo252: we frequently have guests turn up to weeklies. It can be fun or it can be dull, depending on which week they turn up.

      Speaking of weeklies… it’s time for a weekly right now!

    31. Another Fellow Says:

      Netherlands won ๐Ÿ˜€

    32. rogper Says:

      It’s very well edited and a delightful experience to the eyes and ears!
      Like it very much!

    33. kram1032 Says:

      Haha, that’s a nice vid ๐Ÿ™‚
      And some nice little gimicks too ๐Ÿ™‚

    34. jdcooke2010 Says:

      Cool vid

    35. matt Says:

      Brilliant stuff – gotta love Nathan mugging at the camera nearly all the time

    36. wo262 Says:

      Netherlands! yeah! pablo. un pulpo tiene una capacidad de predecir y ha predicho que ganara alemania pero con dificultades

    37. NB-DanTE Says:

      Nathan is so funny, Durian rocks

    38. Gwilwileth Says:

      Use big icicles to cool the render room, it could help maybe… ^^

      Good stuff !
      Keep it up guys ๐Ÿ˜‰

    39. Anonymous Coward Says:

      What happened to Angela?

      Or maybe she’s really, really good at staying out of the camera since she hasn’t been featured in a long time…

    40. blendNmix Says:

      Brilliant work, Beorn!

    41. jay Says:

      Great video! It seems that this is a very close, open environment for working, basically all gathered around one table. Any thoughts/opinions on this setup?

    42. stenosis Says:

      Anybody noticed that Nathan has a shaved chin while he’s sitting on the landing stage? ๐Ÿ˜€

    43. Hoxolotl Says:

      … is it me, or is Brecht the only one keeping the place clean? Or do you guys/gals take turn clearing the table?

    44. J. Says:

      Belgians like to keep their stuff ”proper” (that’s also a Dutch word, but typically Flemish) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    45. LetterRip Says:

      Obviously all future movie projects need to render during the winter to allow nice renderfarm cooling ๐Ÿ™‚

    46. J. Says:

      Perhaps, but a studio needs to be flexible. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    47. iCandy 3D Says:

      haha you guys are nuts xD good luck on the final steps! I’m so looking forward to finally see this movie!

    48. Rod Naugler Says:

      I loved it! Especially Nathan’s “I’m a happy drone” mugging. Watch for mice moving on their own in some shots too. Sometimes it looks like you guys are actually working at that pace!


    49. Arindam Says:

      Can’t stop commenting.. Nathan you’re amazing! (or it’s the magic of time-lapse editing?) Whatever may be, Nathan brings in “must needed” joy and fun while at work.

      It’s a bitter-sweet moment, as the project is nearing to it’s end. We all going to miss you, Team Durian. We can only hope, that you come in altogether again next year for a much bigger project (may be a full-length feature film) ๐Ÿ˜€

    50. Piiichan Says:

      Yes, love it ๐Ÿ˜€

      I second Anonymous Coward’s question:

      Where is Angela???

    51. tonio Says:

      vey few girl then…get more girl in the group! ๐Ÿ™‚

      (occorre creativitร  femminile)

    52. beorn Says:

      Angela is still very much on the team and doing great work.

    53. Martin Says:

      Durian Timelapse for those of us that do not use flash.

      The Youtube video is available in the WebM format:

    54. inken Says:

      Nathan i want a child from you!
      … Oh wait… i already got one Oo

      looks like you guys have much fun at work. enviable.

    55. wo262 Says:

      @inken nathan’s lover? what Blender has joined together, let autodesk not separate ๐Ÿ˜‰

    56. Paulo Bardes Says:

      1:00 – It’s the ball I’ve sent!

    57. asanchezr Says:

      @Ton: 33 degrees? Really? … Here in Veracruz (Mรฉxico) we are at 34 degrees in summer =S =( =/

    58. J. Says:

      It’s seldom that hot in The Netherlands, but WHEN it is… (especially when you can’t bear it, like me)

    59. Anon Says:

      The yellow thing that moved along the monitor is not an alien…

      It’s a Psyduck. You’d know this if you knew your Pokemon.

    60. Joeri67 Says:

      Lol. I hope this ends up on the dvd.

      Its an extremely hot weekend here in holland. Up to 39 C here in the south. Im prety sure the farm at my work had a shutdown. But we won from Braziel ( fozyboal ) yeah. Top weekend.

    61. carlos h. passos Says:

      Germany 4 x 0 Argentina

    62. Kevin Says:

      The best part is Nathan, at ~1.43, goofing-off while everyone else is working hard.

    63. Arine Says:

      Lol… Have a close look at Ben’s facial expression at 1:45

    64. Lasse R. Bruntse Says:

      That was awsome. Nathan seems reeeaaallly busy.

    65. Simon Says:

      You should schedule the projects so you render at winter ๐Ÿ˜›

    66. maddes Says:

      really nice to see things evolving.
      wait – didn’t you promise to keeep us informed about the first minute? Last post on this topic is really long ago now. Since animation is done now, and the release of the movie itself seems to last some other months, may we see some nice results on the first minute PLEASE ๐Ÿ˜‰
      You promised!

    67. blendNmix Says:

      Nathan is mainly animator and… how d’you say… the animation is finished. ๐Ÿ™‚

    68. ROUBAL Says:

      Funny video. An unanimated animator ! The rubber duck seems to be more active than Nathan ! So, it will desserve a place in the credits !o)

      Here in France, I’ve got 33.5ยฐC and no air cooling, so I have had to switch off my workstation. One of my two monitors is deceased yesterday and I don’t want the whole machine to follow it in the grave !o[

    69. cedal Says:

      fryday it was about 35 degrees in my room.
      without my huge fan next to my laptop i think he would have died… now the core is about 98/99 degrees ๐Ÿ˜ฎ :S (almost crashtime :P)

    70. J. Says:

      Don’t you have few fans to set up?
      After all you live in France, so it wouldn’t be wise to be a little more prepared? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    71. J. Says:

      @cedal: Where do you come from?

    72. Jon Says:

      I always see this kind of thing at my dad’s work, but it looks even more awesome if blender replaces maya!

    73. Paolo Says:

      I think thai it would be great to release a 3d version of the movie (at list a part of it).
      It will be played on all new 3d tv that you can find in every media shop.