Durian DVD

Follow our progress!

  • on Twitter
  • on
  • Follow our commits on Twitter!

    Getting ready for conference

    on October 20th, 2009, by Ton

    Hi all,

    Silence here… only means good stuff of course! We’ve got already so much great stuff to show, but we’re saving it all up for the next sunday Blender Conference talk. A bit of a tease is always more fun πŸ™‚
    After the conference we will be much more open, and just post our amazing discoveries right away. The only thing we’ll be reluctant with is revealing the full story.

    What’s everyone working on?

    • David concept-arts the Dragon. (We already have a final girl, she’s awesome!)
    • Colin works on the conference presentation, and with script writer on final tweaks. We want to cut some in the film… it was getting just too much. Last week’s storyboarding and crappymatic edits reveiled it too.
    • Angela is modeling the final character and making facial rig test setups.
    • Soenke continues shader testing, he did hair last week, now trying eyebrows and other facial hair.
    • Nathan is at home for his bro’s wedding, but he did already make a cool 2.5 rig last week. He’ll be back tomorrow.
    • Lee is using this rig now to make a fight shot test.
    • Campbell & Brecht are both fixing a gazillion of bugs, and run in and out the studio all the time to get them artists working with 2.5!
    • And me? I managed to get Blender compile again today, on my 5 year old mac, and for first time in over a month! Not that I can code now, have to work on the talks on the conference too… πŸ™‚



    48 Responses to “Getting ready for conference”

    1. D Says:

      First! (I’m so sorry!)

      I’m really excited. πŸ˜€

    2. Blendiac Says:

      Woo hoo! Dang, I wish I could make the conf. Also wish I could see some of those tests, like the fight scene and hair shaders!

    3. s0ndeb0k Says:

      “A bit of a tease is always more fun” πŸ˜€ You have no idea about the pain and distress you are causing! It seems like an eternity from the last update! πŸ˜‰ I’m glad to hear you guys are still alive and kicking!

      Looking very much forward to the stuff that will be revealed at the conference…

    4. dooku Says:

      It’s been quite a long time since I’ve been on Durian site… seems like project is running well πŸ˜‰ I’m really excited about this… and looking forward for your next post. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

    5. Jean-SΓ©bastien Guillemette Says:

      that makes it even more painful that I won’t be able to make it to the conference this year. Can’t wait to see that stuff on the web tho!


    6. Ton Says:

      Don’t forget: there’ll be a stream of the talk available too! Can’t predict yet when we post all stuff here for download, knowing Blender Conferences, that might well take some days before everyone’s back to normal πŸ™‚

    7. Simon Says:

      Not going to this conf = bad desicion πŸ™ little money and no time.
      Please don’t cut the story more than you absolutely have to, I don’t care if it takes an extra month or two to complete.

    8. Month3d Says:

      Wot! Im even more excited to go the conference now πŸ˜€ too bad I’m gonna miss the keynote, got a biochemistry test that morning

    9. Loken Says:

      Why’s have to be allllll the way over in Amsterdam?? =(

      Oh well. Keep up the great work Durian Team! Excited to see the work so far after the Conf!

    10. kram1032 Says:

      Aww, Ton, you’re curel! xD

      Finally an update πŸ™‚ Nice!

    11. Nixon Says:

      pls announce the steam broadly so nobody misses it and can see the show:)
      all the news are great.hope the conference wil be great and that u all can enjoy it tho your in the middle of making things and it means lots of work too:)
      gogogo 4 blender!

    12. Tweakingknobs Says:

      go durian !


    13. jacob Valenta Says:

      Wow πŸ™‚ I find myself often refreshing this site, just to read more about durian… and now I’m not disappointed

    14. Wahooney Says:

      I’m going to be away from my internet connection during the conf, so I hope it won’t be too long before the streams will be made downloadable.

      So as long as I’m hoping, I hope Brecht’s secret project will out at the conf too πŸ˜‰

    15. Hessiess Says:

      Will there be a live stream of the conference like last year?

    16. MTracer Says:

      “Bro”, “laters”, Ton is that really you…….”dude”…lol, good stuff. Thanks for the update..funny how time (and lack of funds) can creep up on us and make our technology, primitive isn’t it…I think of my computer as “new”, but I realised after reading your update that my computer is now nearly 4 years old….”whince…ouch”.

    17. Emili Sancha Says:

      “Soenke continues shader testing, he did hair last week, now trying eyebrows and OTHER FACIAL HAIR”…perhaps a moustache? πŸ˜€

      “Lee is using this rig now to make a fight shot test”… Bravo!!! Bruce Lee is the best in fight action !!! πŸ˜€

      Good luck for all Durian team !!!

    18. nana Says:

      yo los felicito..
      por tener encuenta a las mujeres en este proyecto
      yo tengo ganas de ver lo que han avanzado
      por fabor no sean malos y muestren

      yo quiero aprender a utilizar gim con blender πŸ™‚

      yo kelooooooooo verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    19. Reyn Says:

      Wohooo! Good luck to the Durian team! I’m so excited I can’t almost contain it. I might have to prepare my jaw dropping. ^_^

      Great work!


    20. RNS Says:

      Well, I hope that the rigs in the female character female parts jigs as she fight through out the ten minus of the film. I edited the earlier version of this statement. let keep it clean.

    21. nawabz Says:

      the pain…Ton you must promise to give us an update every day..and with a picture…and it must include a new 2.5 feature. and eye candy.

      really excited
      i cant wait

    22. nawabz Says:

      ohh the pain
      Top promiss us to post every day and with a photo or a new feature.

      what ever happened to that live webcame on the blender institute lab idea.
      it kinda worked last year for a bit then it was scrapped, i could look at that all day.

    23. Robbie Losee Says:

      I just recently watched the project Orange (aka Elephants Dream) “Making Of Documentary,” so I have a vivid mental picture of what you mean by a “crappymatic.” (((YIKES!))) That said, it made reference to several Blender features that we now take for granted which were developed during Orange. It was a great reminder of just how much these projects help improve Blender. I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it. It can be found on the page:

      Go Durian!

    24. JustinBarrett Says:

      MTracer was me…I have no idea why it comes up on my PC as you(with your info as well), but this is a problem……that post was me referring to my old computer and Ton’s odd slang….weird. I had to delete it again writing this post.

    25. Gianmichele Says:

      @Ton: work impending so won’t be there unfortunately. Can we expect some little hint from Brecht’s secret project too at the conference ?

    26. D Says:

      I guess that’s Ton getting into the whole “adolescents” thing. πŸ˜€

      The reply name switch happens to me as well; probably a glitch with WordPress.

    27. TweakingKnobs Says:

      of course its ton , he knows whats up ;D

    28. grafixsuz Says:

      @JustinBarrett: The same thing happened to me the last project as well. Someone else’s info was used instead of mine. I hope it doesn’t happen too often. As D says, probably a glitch with the software.

      Anyway, Ton I am glad you guys are getting ready for the conference. Priorities are important. Good luck to al the team, you are making a lot of us wish we were watching right over your shoulder at the moment.

    29. Ben Dansie Says:

      Yeah, same here with the name swap. I felt quite honoured to be given the chance to post as Matt Ebb last time I visited… didn’t though.

    30. Nixon Says:

      ..isn’t blendernation hosted at wordpress too…cuz i had some issue with my name there too..not sure if maybe someone wen’t by the same name tho :/

    31. nana Says:

      yo kelooooooooo verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

      I want to see
      Iiiiiiiiiiii wanttttttttt toooooooooooo seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    32. Oscar Franco Says:

      Whaaattt!!!???? teasing???

      I’ve been checkin the durian site everyday and I met today with this??? no way

      I want durian!!!!

      you are evil….. πŸ™‚

    33. nana Says:

      si no empizan actualizar este blog comenzaremos huelga
      en facebook, como durian el proyecto mas engaΓ±oso
      solo queremos estar actualizandonos tenemos derechos
      este proyecto es gnu por lo tento debe respetarce las normas

    34. ejnersan Says:

      *sigh* Can’t make it to this years BConf…

      I will be watching the streams for sure! Still not the same though πŸ™

      Have a great time and thank you for Blender!

    35. Ramon Says:

      WOW, i am really jealous of you guys. I am as nervious that i canΒ΄t wait too much time. XD o hope to see some of that stuff as soon as possible. This film it will be grear for sure. lot of work here and the possibilitie to follow all the developement is simply great.

      respects to you.
      see you soon

    36. Justin Says:

      I can’t wait to see our Heroine!!!!

    37. donblender Says:

      Do I have a question?…………….

      “”Where can I find material to create animcaiones 2d with blender””

      I would like some help

      please πŸ™‚

    38. D Says:

      Watching you now, Ton, live over the internet! Got some applause on Durian! πŸ˜€ The sound is sort of screwy, though.

      Can’t wait till Sunday.

    39. hessiess Says:

      The live stream is awful!

    40. donblender Says:

      I buy the dvd agradeceria advance which would put some tutorials on how to create textures in gimp

    41. kram1032 Says:

      So much nice stuff on the bconf πŸ™‚
      Live steam works fine but poorly only for QuickTime… on VLC it’s crappy as hell…

    42. kram1032 Says:

      *in lack of an EDIT*:
      Oh great, now that I said that, the steam seems to be broken xD
      Just when someone was starting to talk…

    43. BlenRig Says:


      -Ton-I have a question ..
      used “BlenRig 3.0 – Alpha2”????


      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    44. D Says:

      Can you believe I missed the presentation? :@ Now I’ll have to wait four hours till the repeat broadcast! I hope the video stream will be acceptable…

    45. D Says:

      No! The first replay is immersive domes again!?


      Oh, it’s going to be a long – potentially – 10 hours…

    46. D Says:

      Lucky me. πŸ˜€

      The presentation was awesome! Congratulations, fellows, you guys are really doing it! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Great art, great renders, great models, great rigs, great script, even the crappymatic was great. πŸ˜€ Get those reaction shots in!

      So it seems like it really was “Sintel”, and my prediction about it being the Durian girl’s name from Directorial Address #1 was correct as well.
      Now that it seems like we’re leaning toward fewer spoken lines, wouldn’t that mean making them spoken in Esperanto more viable? It would be great to have it discussed, so please do.

      You guys… rock on. 8)

    47. Wolfgang Kufner Says:

      >Campbell & Brecht are both fixing a gazillion of bugs

      And at amazing speed too:
      Filed a bug report ([19719] segfault assigning a different mesh to object in edit mode) and 65 minutes later Campbell had it fixed.

      totally amazing response time πŸ™‚

    48. MeshWeaver Says:

      Good luck Durian team!