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    More epic in 2010!

    on December 31st, 2009, by Ton

    I’ve just made quick screenshots of the lone soldiers here… they’re still at work, but in 30 minutes I’ll get the beer, Lee gets the playing cards and we’ll have some old fashioned fun. Then Angela arrives too, and we go to our favourite thai – even open this evening for us – and around 23.30 I take everyone into town to watch Amsterdam explode at midnight!

    On behalf of the entire Durian crew, I wish everyone here a totally amazing & happy new year! New chances, new opportunities!



    (Soenke, Nathan, Lee, Ben, Campbell, Oliebollen).

    70 Responses to “More epic in 2010!”

    1. Ton Says:

      I fixed link to the first picture, thanks!

    2. D@nny Says:

      Happy new year to all Blenderheads and the Durian Crew. And Ton ofcourse.
      2010: the year of DURIAN!

      Happy blending for 2010!

    3. Nikola Says:

      Happy new year people..

      Btw there is hiden picture of Nathan ^_^

    4. Gianmichele Says:

      Happy New Year Everyone !!!!

    5. Pascal P. Says:

      Happy New Year to everyone, and wish good luck and plenty of success to Blender Fundation and to Durian team šŸ™‚

    6. spacetug Says:

      man…you guys need more light in there!

    7. Steven Says:

      Happy year 2010

    8. Akram Says:

      Happy New Year and All the Best..

    9. otsoa Says:

      Happy new year !

    10. nawabz Says:

      yay first post

      Happy new Year durian
      Just a fix /wp-content/uploads/2009/12/dsc00095.jpg

    11. thinkinmonkey Says:

      Happy new year, Ton and Durian (not european) team.
      I’m so sorry you’re not with your family, but think that your opera will make you admired forever!

    12. rickyblender Says:

      Happy new year to all

      and hope you can continu to add features and flexibility to blender 2.5 in 2010 – it’s becoming a major step foward for blender and hope to see more from the durian team

      happy 2.5

    13. Bert Says:

      Happy New Year! Good luck with your huge goal.

    14. sid350 Says:

      Happy Epic New Year!

    15. Month3d Says:

      Happy new year guys šŸ™‚ and dont let those oliebollen overwork šŸ˜‰

    16. deskplus Says:

      Happy new year from Italy! šŸ˜€

    17. JoOngle Says:

      Yeha, Happy new year – you mad crazy geniuses! šŸ˜‰

    18. lichtwerk Says:

      Happy New Year everyone!

    19. Cris Polecat Says:

      Happy new year to the Foundation crew! I wish you all the best guys! All the best to all the blender heads outthere!


    20. wo262 Says:

      2010 “needs more epic” šŸ˜€

    21. ubsy Says:

      I wasn’t really in a new year’s mood; but it wouldn’t prevent me from wishing you all the best of luck and many many wonderful creative hours with the ongoing work. I’m so very impressed by the project so far.

      All of you: Have a nice time and enjoy yourselfes. See you next year.


    22. Franck3D Says:

      Happy New Year!
      I spent Christmas in Germany with my family and I suppose I will always regret that I didn’t take a train ride up to see the Institute in person.
      Maybe it’s for the best, though.
      Last time I was in Amsterdam, I spent too much time at the Bulldog.

      Looking forward to seeing what 2010 holds for blender and Durian!

    23. teo Says:

      Happy new Year Blender Foundation!

    24. Originalbbb Says:

      I suppose the last is Ton’s work.

    25. asanchezr Says:

      Happy New year to Durian Team!

      Have a succesful 2010!

    26. engelik Says:

      Happy New Year and an epic 2010 šŸ˜‰

    27. rogper Says:

      Happy New Year Everyone!

    28. asdrubal Says:

      Feliz aƱo nuevo a todas las personas que conforman el equipo de durian (durian team). Desde Colombia.

    29. MadSquirrel Says:

      Here it is, France jumped into 2010, so, happy new year everybody !

    30. Sverro Says:

      HNYE xD
      Funny to watch the post times…

    31. Romain D. Says:

      Happy New Year from France !!!

    32. Linkeltje Says:

      Happy New Year!!

      ughh.. I can’t see any more oliebollen! :-S

    33. higginsdj Says:

      Happy new year guys – especially the Aussies so far from home. You didn’t miss much with the fireworks on the harbour not as good as previous years. Let us know if you need a care package šŸ™‚

    34. Sephiroth the Bimbo Master Says:

      Happy new year to every one, thanks for all your efforts on blender.

    35. Christian Says:

      Oh yes. A happy new year to the whole community!
      I wish you to have great success with the durian project!
      Nice greets from germany!!

    36. annoo Says:

      Happy New Year…Bst Wishes 2 eveyone!!!!!

    37. D Says:

      Happy New Year, guys! šŸ˜€
      Is that a Mac under Nathan’s desk?

    38. DingTo Says:

      Happy new year to everyone!

    39. anton Says:

      Happy New Year 2010 to to the whole blender community!

    40. Joe Hultgren Says:

      Have a fun New Years, can’t wait to see what you all do in 2010!

    41. ROUBAL Says:

      I wish a Happy New Year to the whole Blender foundation with a special thought to the Durian Team ! Have fun and work well ! Thank you for everything !

    42. Povmaniaco Says:

      Very happy next year.. from Barcelona, Spain.

    43. liser Says:

      Happy new Year from Spain!!!

    44. rexprime Says:

      Ton seems like the worlds coolest Boss/Executive Producer/Developer in the world

    45. Bao2 Says:

      The last photo looks so real. Even the sugar texture is perfect. LOL

      Epic New Year to all from Spain.

    46. V1ntage Says:

      Happy newyear everyone! Props to the team still working that late! Durian is going to rock! šŸ™‚

    47. RAMMSTEIN Says:

      Happy New Year from Austria!

      Good Luck for the project!

    48. Someone Says:

      Animators need eat that?… I prefer bread with banana or even some of that tangerines over the table.

    49. Nate Says:

      Happy new year!

    50. dseverino Says:


    51. Bardes Says:

      Happy new year form Brazil! 2010 will be epic with Durian.
      I wish the best for all you guys…

    52. Jezzabetz Says:

      Happy new year!!!

      and save some oliebollen for me!!!

    53. Max Says:

      Hey, a good, productive and happy new year to everyone!

      I really should have spent my time in front of my PC instead of going to that party. The people who were there were so damn boring and at times it was almost like on a graveyard, then when some ultra-drunk-people came along it was like in a clownshow. As I already said, wasted time.

    54. Saverio Says:

      Happy new year guys…

    55. BILL Says:


    56. matt Says:

      Happy New Year everyone

    57. Jan - 2 Says:

      Oh! I haven’t been checking for a couple of days, great photos Ton.

      I send a warm HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL, from Australia. My wish for each of you this year is that your talent and passion collectively with Blender be a stand out success in and out of the 3D world.

    58. LetterRip Says:

      Happy New Years all

    59. Alexey Ost Says:

      Happy New Year to you all & Best Regard from Belorussia!!!

      Good people so not much at this world… Ton, thank you that you there is at this world!

      Good luck & more-more-more epic in 2010!)

      Your project the best!)

    60. MeshWeaver Says:


    61. rogper Says:

      One question to Lee if I may:
      In the picture we see you animating the reference model of Sintel.
      Are you animating only the body movements for now? Facial expressions are being saved for later on?

    62. angbor Says:

      Epic new year blender and durianteam

    63. marwin Says:

      i wasnt able to greet on time…. my internet was down =c happy new year to the durian team ^^ \m/… good luck to all of you out there =D

    64. Nixon Says:

      Happy New Year everyone!
      2009 was a great year for blender…not only that I discovered it but with the start of Durian and the release of 2.5alpha a new level has been reached!

      I really enjoy this blog and all the related developments, it’s awesome to learn from the community and see what everyone comes up with!

      This has been a great year, much love and appreciation to everyone involved around blender!

      Hope all of you enjoyed that tasty looking Olliebollen!
      Best regards to the whole team.

    65. Moonflower Says:

      Yay! Let the epic begin!

    66. Lee Says:

      Thanks for all the well wishes guys! Happy new year!

      We’re all back at the studio (except for Colin who joins us tomorrow), keeping out of the cold and working on the film again, back to the trenches!

      rogper: so we could start animating quicker, Nathan did some proxy versions of the characters but with the final rig setup (except for stuff he’ll add when doing weights on final sintel). So you’re correct we are just animating the body, which hasn’t been too much of a problem so far, just the way production pipeline goes sometimes, and will animate a face pass at a later time. Hope this answered your question, lemme know if you want any more info =)

    67. Keito Says:

      Nice to see so many workstations running Ubuntu! ;0)

      What GFX cards are in use in the Office?

    68. Loop Duplicate Says:

      You need more sugar on your pastries. Maybe that’s epic sugar?

    69. rogper Says:

      Thanks for clarifying Lee! It sure did.
      It’s a good method and even more when we have slowish PC’s…
      As son I find something that intrigues me I will bother again šŸ™‚

    70. panzi Says:

      Sintel could be related to Yori: (for all of you that speak German. are there any?)