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What we’ve been up to

on August 5th, 2010, by dolf

2 weeks ago almost the entire team went home. You might be wondering, what we’ve all been doing… well here it is! Life away from Durian, for the most part.

Dolf has been making Soesjes!

Nathan has been playing with super-cute bunnies!
(And looking for freelance work…)
Nathan holding a cute bunny

William visited ILM while in San Francisco

Plus, couldn’t resist the awesomepad, I mean iPad.

William ILM
Ben has been fighting the Zerg…
(And bringing his reel up to speed, but the Zerg require a lot of attention.)

Beorn has flown back to the other side of the planet to play a small club gig with his old band. (As well as upgrading his blog a little)

David has won a CGaward with Mypaint, Al.chemy and Gimp ( for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ ) and take some holidays in Radom,Β  Poland.

Jeremy went to London to climb on things and be silly with friends for a while!
(Now its back to work. This time in Paris!)

Campbell is getting some peace and quiet back in Australia!
trying to keep working on Blender2.5 bug tracker when Rosie lets him.

Lee is hanging around in Amsterdam for a couple more months!

Working on his own video tutorials, and helping with Sintel animation tweaks for the Dutch Film Festival premiere.

Ton went all the way to Los Angeles to get an original Ecko shirt (which you can’t get in Netherlands) and resisted buying an iPad every day!

48 Responses to “What we’ve been up to”

  1. Martin LindelΓΆf Says:

    Campell is tackeling bugs as we speak. the man must be working on uranium or something.

    iPad seems nice, I would love to own one also. And somehow hook it up so I can start renderfarm renders and get frames into it.

  2. Davis Says:

    Pray tell, why is the iPad so irresistable? My father has one and it’s nothing more than an expensive toy IMO. 😐

  3. D Says:

    Yay Lee! Tutorials and Sintel touchups! πŸ˜€

  4. Linkeltje Says:

    Haha nice to read, good luck to all!

  5. walo Says:

    ΒΏwhen is the film going to be ready for us?

    I can’t wait!!!!!!

  6. The Fatsnacker Says:


    I dont know what you’re feeding the Blender coders on but…

    PTex. Nickolas Bishop
    Dynamic Mesh painting – Mikha
    Ultimate Scuplt, plus all the other goodies from the other coders and Sintel is gonna make a nice Blender spash in the CG world.

    With the premier of Sintel are you going to be doing an article in any of the 3d magazines about Sintel and Blender development etc?

  7. Roooooo Says:

    Mais quand pourrons nous voire enfin votre travaille sur ce film ?

  8. Josh Says:

    Well done guys… good luck to you all. Really looking forward to the film!

  9. Gryphon Says:

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, but your post sounds like flame-bait. I hope it’s not too late to keep this page from bursting into flames.

    The iPad happens to be a very attractive piece of totally superfluous hardware that is INCREDIBLY fun to play with, and also very convenient to have. It’s not for everyone, but to each his own.

    I’d probably have one myself if I could use it for Blender, and fighting the Zerg. πŸ™‚

  10. W Says:

    I dig Beorn’s Band.

  11. BlendNmix Says:

    haha, funny!

    And what about mighty Brecht? πŸ™‚

  12. kram1032 Says:

    nice update collection πŸ™‚

    That Alice in Wonderland image is great!

    Awesome photo, Ton ;P

  13. Keen Says:

    Hahah nice one ben, I’ve also been fighting the zerg. =P

  14. gerar Says:

    Can’t wait to see the movie .. and everybody should be fighting the filthy zerg .. erradicate the swarm!

  15. Lyle Walsh Says:

    Dolf, what are Soesjes and what is your recipe??

  16. J. Says:

    Roomsoesjes are a kind of dough balls filled with cream, they’re delicious!

  17. Angel Says:

    And… what about Pablo?

  18. J. Says:

    Watch the latest Directorial Adress. πŸ˜‰

  19. Nixon Says:

    good to see that everyone is fine and enjoy their time whereever they may be now:) you all should have went on a holiday all together with parties and banana boats and such stuff πŸ˜€
    anyway thanks for sharing these pictures and best regards to the whole team…we can’t wait to see the movie …
    i can’T believe one would go to LA just to get a shirt lol…wasnt siggraph in LA ;D

  20. J. Says:

    Wow, Beorn’s band makes great music, you really should listen!

  21. Anonymous Coward Says:

    So, Nathan, how’d the bunny taste?

  22. ITrAB Says:

    Haha, David byΕ‚ w Radmiu xD
    Cool to see new posts πŸ˜‰

  23. Bao Says:

    Only Dolf seems understand what life is all about

  24. Deevad Says:

    @Roooooo : Patience πŸ™‚

    @kram1032 : Thanks !

    @ITrAB : hey , you can even say : David jest w Radomiu πŸ˜‰

  25. Rns Says:

    you all look very,very tire.wish you all the best!!!

  26. TweakingKnobs Says:

    Awesome man !

    you rock !

  27. jirms Says:

    Hey Ton, next time let us know about the shirt. I would have sent you one, and you could have bought bought my ticket to see the premiere!

  28. speaker_mute Says:

    hi, and what happend with angela??? when does she go??? i miss that part

  29. Matheus TΓ³folli Says:

    Nice bunny, Nathan ^^
    I just can’t wait for the film! Will it take too long for the release?

  30. dolf Says:

    Lyle: Recipe is in this album (in dutch though, basicly butter melted in hot water… add flower, add eggs, put in oven, once done, fill with whipped cream)

  31. Piiichan Says:

    Angela has mysteriously disappeared. I really do hope nothing bad happened with her … πŸ™

    Nathan, that bunny looks (looked?) delicious πŸ˜‰

    I like Lee’s ninja: the curtain is really well done … oh wait, the ninja is on the right….

    Go go Terrans, kill’em all!!!

    David, quelle pose “artistique” πŸ˜‰

    HAHA, Campbell I LOVE that picture!!!
    Rosie is getting jealous coz’ you’re spending more time with Blender than with her, poor thing πŸ˜€

  32. mjordan Says:

    Why dudes are you resisting to iCrap? I can’t imagine computer geeks really interested in those restrictive toys, expecially open source developers.

  33. mjordan Says:

    Piiichan: americans, as far as I know, consider bunnies like pets. I don’t think they eat bunnies. I have a cousin living in Cleveland. One day she came here in Italy and I prepared her a delicious bunny with patatoes: she was horrified! :O
    At least, I learned something new.

  34. MeshWeaver Says:

    lol, I once loaded the page on an Ipad at FutureShop…and got lost in a Mac after 30 seconds. don’t really know what an Ipad is for though, I’m guessing it’s a bigger version of the Ipod.

    @Deevad – that Alice in Wonderland picture really is nice! πŸ˜€

    @Ton – …was that picture taken like that on purpose? πŸ˜‰ probably was, since with digital you could’ve retaken it in no time πŸ˜‰ (edit – oh, wait, all I had to do was click the picture, and the rest of your head appeared… **facepalm**)

    @Nathan – cute bunny πŸ™‚

    @William – wow, lucky you! I mean, it’s ILM!

  35. Patrick Boelens Says:

    Haha, nice to see these pictures! Hope everyone’s having a blast!
    @Ton – My mom saw your picture and immediately linked you to Dr. House. xD

  36. J. Says:

    Whahaha, now you say it… (but his attitude is totally different, luckily! πŸ˜‰ )

    I know someone who knows Hugh Laurie personally, I’ll let him compare! πŸ˜›

  37. [cool name here] Says:

    Lee and his ninja look like they need a hug.

  38. Milad Thaha Says:

    This is great! Kinda makes me feel sad the movie is finally finished though. It was great seeing the work from the beginning till the end. Was like a family I guess.


  39. Patrick Boelens Says:

    @J. – What, you wouldn’t want to see Ton make reckless decisions based on only his gut feeling? Or watch him bounce ideas with the Durian team? Or have him declare that Graphicall has Lupus? xD
    Btw, cool that you have a connection to him! =P

  40. Says:

    Where is Mighty Brecht???? πŸ™‚

  41. Matt Says:

    You’d be less lonely if you were in IRC more. :-p

  42. blendNmix Says:

    Ok, Mighty Brecht is there:

    Congratulation Brecht

  43. Le@ndro Says:

    Hey! Grate to see everyone enjoying the free time!

    By the way, tell Pablo (Venom) that his website has a virus!!! Just like Graphicall… this is just sad. I need my builds!!! I’ll have to learn how to compile…


  44. Kardargo Says:


    Just hold on a little while longer. Soon there will be the Notion Ink Adam. This will blow the ipad right out of the water. (Better, Prettier, Faster and above all Open)

  45. Xen Says:

    Where’s the donation box to buy Ton an iPad?

  46. Eve Says:

    wait for the NotionInkAdam tablet πŸ™‚

  47. J. Says:

    Off-topic, but is what I ”had been up to”:
    I was in Amsterdam last weekend, so I thought; why not visiting the Blender Institute?
    So I did, and Ton recognized me inmediately, because we talked at the ”’pre-premiere”.
    He didn’t have much time, but I he gave a short tour and during that Colin and Sean came in and Colin showed me how he was syncing the animatic with the final movie edit for the extra feature on the DVD.

    Thanks guys, it was nice to be there!

  48. Thor Says:

    Ha, I wish I could use an iPad for blender, plus, fighting the Zerg does require a lot of attention. I’ve been killing of their endless numbers all week. Its fun to kill them too! πŸ˜‰