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    We’ve done it!

    on September 28th, 2010, by Ton

    No words needed really, thanks everyone for giving us a great evening!
    (Picture by Mike Pan)

    240 Responses to “We’ve done it!”

    1. mk1 Says:

      Canยดt wait for the online release ^^

    2. Serpent36 Says:

      Now just 2 more days until the online release…. I need to see it…. soon..


    3. JaydenB Says:

      AWESOME! Can’t wait guys.

    4. Neoranga Says:

      Great ! Now its time to begin a new open source movie !

      Any ideas ? ๐Ÿ™‚

    5. I Says:


      I can’t wait for the next open source movie!!!!

    6. Alexgri Says:

      Can’t wait for the next movie! Blender rocks! :]

      Ciao from Italy!

    7. mk1 Says:

      there is an Idea…Iยดve read it in an Interview…but I forgot the name…

    8. J. Says:

      Nice pic, Mike! (I met Mike, nice guy!)

      It was really really really great!
      The idea in a human’s mind is in fact small, but seeing it with such epicness on a big screen makes you realize that a good idea isn’t small when you have the needs to make it big and epic, in which you, Durianers, succeeded CUM LAUDE!

      Ton has found the perfect way of combining traditional studio work and involving an internet community!

      I’m really pissed off I didn’t ask Ton anything about project Mango…. AAAAAAAARGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!

      What happened in Rembrandt doesn’t need words, indeed, but what happened at the party… enough juicy details… ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    9. Julian H Says:

      Congratulations, this is awesomeness!!
      And happy planning for Mango.

      Now get the thing online and sent ๐Ÿ˜‰

    10. mk1 Says:

      @J. that was itยดs name! Project Mango…right.
      Please, canยดt you send it today? pleeeeeease?
      Ok, I know itยดs useless.
      Are you going to make another countdown to the online release at least?

    11. rangiz Says:

      Congrat’s, great job !

    12. Pablo Vazquez Says:

      Dunno yet, isn’t more a surprise if it just happens? or would it hurt your F5 on your keyboard of so much pressing? ๐Ÿ˜›

    13. mk1 Says:

      no, but it may hurt the server…

    14. radiant Says:

      This has been along wait, with many cokes, sandwiches,renders and migraines consumed.
      We all can now relax. ๐Ÿ˜€

    15. joeri67 Says:

      Hope to see a good copy at the Bconf. And chat with the makers too.

      Another viewing for dutchies is at thursday 30-09 19:30 :
      ( btw Esther needs to get a proper cred of the nff site )

      Now a 3d version (-:

    16. Ton Says:

      Click on image now gives a larger quality version. Thanks Mike!

    17. milkita Says:

      where’s Angela ?

    18. Loris Says:

      Clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap…
      Clap clap.

      Congratulations! You’re great!

    19. J. Says:

      What print stock has been used for the 35mm print?
      Kodak 2393? Because the colors were very saturated.

    20. Guybrush Says:

      Can’t say it often enough:
      Thanks Brecht! We will miss you. You are an awesome dude!

    21. Will Says:

      For the next project (I’ll assume it’s called Mango) maybe you could expand on Sintel’s universe. Or follow Sintel before or after what happened in Sintel.
      Yes, I can see it now! Sintel II! Or Sintel -1.
      Not that I’ve seen it yet, I don’t know how it started or ended.

      Or maybe you already have an idea.

      (Then again, the to-be game already builds on Sintel’s universe, doesn’t it?)

    22. horace Says:

      where is angela? where is campbell? and why are lee and colin standing apart? :p

    23. Ton Says:

      For the completeness: not on premiere were durian members Angela, Nathan, Ben, Campbell, David, Jean-Sebastien, Joe, …. flying in everyone for a few days is insane expensive. Disadvantage of large teams ๐Ÿ™‚ David will be on Blender Conference though, and I’ll find cool ways to support the others for trips to festivals or conferences too.

    24. inken Says:

      horace don’t forget to ask ‘where is nathan?’.

      sounds like you had a great premiere yesterday, now the whole community is looking forward to the online release ๐Ÿ™‚

    25. inken Says:

      ton was faster ๐Ÿ˜€

    26. christopher Says:

      I’m eagerly waiting for the online release ๐Ÿ˜€

      Also thumbs up for making things with blender (go blender). We’re making our content with blender too! (Although game content a bit different from rendered movie content :D)

    27. speaker_mute Says:

      wooooooow congratulations durian team and thanks all of you

    28. thinkinmonkey Says:

      Congratulations to everyone and to Ton and the dev team all around the world!

    29. Cedal Says:

      Can’t wait for the official release but have no choice. :’)

      Dat de volgende film nรณg beter mag zijn, toch? ๐Ÿ˜€

    30. Francisco Ortiz Says:

      Where is Angela Guenette?

    31. J. Says:

      Read Ton’s post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    32. D Says:

      Wunderbar! ๐Ÿ˜€

    33. Justa Says:

      I was there at the premiere and after-party, yesterday; had a hell of a time and can only confirm what’s been stated earlier: it was a wonderful event!

      A small render for Blender; a great render-job for the Blender-Community!

      Forwards and onwards to the Blender Conference with talks about Sintel to look forward to

      From there…. what *will* the next blender project be ? Plans for a Sintel game exist, or is the BI going to prefer doing another movie instead ?

      Ah, the things to look forwards to.


    34. Steven Says:

      this is fantastic, i wait to view the movie

    35. Cedric Says:

      love it

    36. Ciriaco Says:


    37. kram1032 Says:

      yay, this is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

    38. mk1 Says:


    39. Dennis Says:

      Congratulations! Can’t wait for the online release.

    40. blood Says:

      A big congratulations to you guy!! You really deserved it for a job well done!

    41. Linkeltje Says:

      Congratulations! I’m very much looking forward to the movie, and also the DVD!

    42. Luis Says:



    43. Tanda Says:


      It’s Blender’s fault ๐Ÿ™‚

    44. Gorka Mendieta Says:

      congratulations!!!!! youยดre all fantastic

    45. J. Says:

      Yeah, Colin…
      ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    46. DingTo Says:

      Congratulations. Please make the film available as soon as possible! ๐Ÿ™‚

    47. sangohan Says:

      I have one question please. Where is angela guenette? she is absent on the picture. please answer me because i didn’t see her since a moment.

    48. Serpent36 Says:

      “Ton Says:
      September 28th, 2010 at 15:46

      For the completeness: not on premiere were durian members Angela, Nathan, Ben, Campbell, David, Jean-Sebastien, Joe, โ€ฆ. flying in everyone for a few days is insane expensive. Disadvantage of large teams ๐Ÿ™‚ David will be on Blender Conference though, and Iโ€™ll find cool ways to support the others for trips to festivals or conferences too.”

      A countdown would be real nice…. hehe..

    49. J. Says:

      A countdown doesn’t make much sense with so many mirrors. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    50. Oscar Baechler Says:

      Congratulations! It’s been fantastic watching this develop and learning 2.5 alongside y’all!!

    51. Domy_graphy Says:


      Anyone in Thailand ( Blender User and who are interested ) Waiting Sintel

    52. Bobby Says:

      Congratulations guys for a job well done!!! It’s been fun keeping track of the blog and seeing the countdown everytime just made me more anxious for the online release. I haven’t heard of any new projects and people here are already talking about ‘project mango’ and it just gets me thinking of what you guys are gonna do next..

    53. DDD Says:

      NO countdowns!!! lol :p sry guys

    54. Lydorn Says:

      Congratulations! Can’t wait to receive the DVD!

    55. mk1 Says:

      @J: What do you mean with mirrors?

    56. Gabriel Marques Says:

      Awesom as always! Good work guys!
      Can’t wait for the online release ๐Ÿ™‚

      By the way a new open movie project about norse mythology ๐Ÿ˜€ .
      Imagine Hades, Thor, Wotan, Loki and all the others recreated with Blender! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    57. Brenda Says:

      Congratulations!! I can’t wait for the online release. I also can’t wait to get the DVDs ๐Ÿ˜›

    58. pionner Says:

      Waiting for online release and good luck in new project:)
      Greetings from Poland;)

    59. TweakingKnobs Says:

      CONRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      you all rock !


    60. Noรฉ Says:

      ooh, i’m nearly crying. It was so great to follow through your huge Project.
      Contratulations you all!! you seem to be a great team : )
      wish you the best, because YOU’re the Best!!

    61. Rogรฉrio Says:

      Congratulations!!! You are the best of blender’s world.

      From Brazil.

    62. RNS Says:

      Big! thank you all! now is the sad moment seeing them go away.

    63. Demohero Says:

      Congrats team! Looking forward to Sintel online.

    64. mike pan Says:

      There is a lot more photos where that came from:

    65. joeri67 Says:

      So who is going to write Sintel the iPhone app?
      Profits for the BF ofcourse.

    66. JohnyXD Says:

      you guys are AWSOME!!!!!

    67. pixnlove Says:

      This is absolutely fantastic…
      Just 3 more days and I will be able to see the result of this incredible teams work.

      There is someone missing though…Angela! Where is she?
      what does not she feature on this photograph.

      Well done guys.

    68. Dracio Says:

      well I realy wont toe say samthing…
      but how to start? First of all I had done everythink to be on the projekt but I did’t get Jont… Hm
      but This side gave me every day the feeling that I made this Golden 12 min with you all…
      PS.: Blender ist more than Just Software it is a the Key that unlock my bizarrest and wildes Dreams

      Way to Cheesy I know BUT I need to say it
      Thank you Ton

    69. ScaroDj Says:

      Nice! This picture is perfect for writing all their names over their heads ๐Ÿ™‚

    70. pixel_kaktus Says:

      Gratz!!! I wait for tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚
      Elephant’s dream was good
      Big Buck Bunny was better
      I hope, I’m sure Sintel is even better than predecessors ๐Ÿ™‚

    71. J. Says:

      It’s very simple:
      ED makes you: WTF?
      BBB: makes you laughing
      Sintel makes you… speechless!

    72. Habo Says:

      Great! I can’t say how I’m feeling waiting for online release…
      What time more exactly it will be released? (I want to know when I should start download, because I’m leaving next day…)

    73. chip Says:

      Big kudos for what promises to be a major success in many arenas. Looking forward to the release.

    74. Corey Says:

      Very exciting! I’m bursting with anticipation for the online release!

    75. ATSkill Says:

      In this little picture I SPY A DEAD FISH! we all love you Ton, but a fish, really. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Congratulations anyways, can’t wait to see it myself.

    76. hizaro Says:

      Nice picture, nice guys ๐Ÿ™‚ awesome & really inspiring moment…

    77. Esther Says:

      @Mike: great photos! afterparty after the afterparty!
      @Joeri: I agree ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thx for noticing the name thing on the NFF site, sweet of you
      @Horace: Lee is standing apart coz I tried to lock in all the Wizards of Oz but eventually only managed to hold on to one ๐Ÿ™‚ and so he fled over to Colin – who of course kept superb poise, being the famous director & all…

    78. radiant Says:

      Fantastic pictures mike, and what EOS is that? 7D or 5D?

    79. Lucas An. Says:

      I am looking forward to see the release..

    80. J. Says:

      Well, I don’t think it’s that bad, living in Holland for a long time makes you very down to earth! ๐Ÿ˜›

      That was so nice on the party, when you talk to the Durianers you hear their culture in the way they talk, really!

      Btw, Lee could even spoke a few sentences of clearly understandable Dutch, well done! (since Dutch grammar makes no sense in many cases, even when you live here for many years you often still make mistakes in every conversation)

    81. Rafster Says:

      Where the voice actors invited? Don’t they live there?

    82. bobby Says:

      1 day ’til online release! -i don’t want countdowns but hell i’d do the countdown for ya! Lol

    83. J. Says:

      Ton told me they both had other things to do.
      But I’m sure they’ll get the DVD in their mailboxes! ๐Ÿ˜›

    84. Venxi Says:

      Congrats to all. This is truly awesome. I can’t wait to get my DVD set WOW!

    85. DingTo Says:

      1 Day until Release…we are getting there… ๐Ÿ™‚

    86. avidthrows Says:

      In the immortal words of Peter Griffin:
      “And now we play the waiting game…”

    87. Cuazart Studios Says:

      CONTRATULATION!!! to all team – Blender rocks !!!!!!

      we Canยดt wait for the online release !!! CONTRATULATION!!!

    88. Arco Says:

      Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait…! One night! Whiehooo! ๐Ÿ˜€

    89. Milad Thaha Says:

      ITS FINALLY OVER! WEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeee….. Awesome man, I feel like crying xD

    90. Pandu Says:


      Canยดt wait for the online release

    91. ghuck Says:

      Congratulations everyone. It’s been a long hard year I’m sure, and Iโ€™m confident this is just the beginning of good things to come. On a side note; my 12 year son has been after me to order him a T-shirt ever since he seen them on the blog site, so he can wear it to school. After telling him countless times it’s not available yet, I clicked on the blender store tonight, and Walla it’s now available! Heโ€™s happy, and we both are waiting anxiously for the online release.

    92. Davis Says:

      It happened! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      Can’t wait for the online release, considering writing a little script to do it for me within ~30 seconds of release. Only problem is getting the right torrent file.

    93. DwarvenFury Says:

      Congrats, everyone! I can’t wait for the online release tomorrow and the DVD release. I’ve been talking Sintel up to a bunch of people and I’m looking forward to showing it to them all!

    94. joeri67 Says:

      # J. Says:
      September 28th, 2010 at 23:20

      Itโ€™s very simple:
      ED makes you: WTF?
      BBB: makes you laughing
      Sintel makes youโ€ฆ speechless!


      ** This comment might contain spoilers **

      I think the animation in Sintel is very good, but the story did not impress me too much. Maybe they fixed stuff that might have put me on the wrong foot, like the color of her hair and the wrinkles in her face.
      Also… Being a Martin story I expected a Roodhaar type of Sintel. I now understand it went a little different. I can only guess how the dynamics of that have worked, but I think Colin wanted more soil under his feet than a Storm ( comic ) writer would want to give. It no crit about the dialog, I think the dialog is good, interesting and conveying the story. The story, or plot so you will, puzzles about “what I have learned”, as a dad I cannot relate to Sintel. But maybe that’s just me, although my dad could not relate eighter.

      The part that disappointed me the most was the editing. I guess its nice raw and crued for a reason, but for a short its hard to get into the Sintel world as a cruel world.
      For instance the time-pass sequence… I think Pixar did that amazing in Up with mr Fredricksen kept in frame and the scene morphing and fading around him… I saw more creative cg solutions for story telling lately, I miss them in BF shorts. There seems to be loads of focus on mimicking camera faults like blur an glows etc. and less on using the fact that you have total control on light, camera, framing, and actors. On one end the story tries to be all “new” “innovating” and stuff, but on the other hand the story telling ( the filming ) tries to be as much “hollywood 35mm camera” as possible…
      Thats okay, first know how to do it correct before stepping away from it is good I guess. Van Gogh made traditional pictures before going wild on sunflowers. (-:

      Dispite people trying to kill Sintel for no apparent reason ( not explained at all ), it’s still a rather unpopulated country that’s relative safe to live in. Not like in “how to train your dragon” where its obvious from minute one what the roles of Dragons are in that world. So to me ED was easier to understand, just two drifters stuck in the chaos of their minds… For Sintel it’s rather more bizar with ifs and thens that are not obvious and more obscure. At least to me.

      BBB did not make me laugh. But yeah,… might be me. Becker makes me laugh, and Spin City, House MD too, so I guess its the kind of humor. I loved the colors of BBB. ED was to glowy for me and Sintel was amazing although maybe a little flat ( might be because I only went to stereo lately and at home I have a AmbiLed )

      But I think its a big leap forward again, better in production values, although I understand the struggles where bigger than from previous productions.

      Makes me feel confident that one day the BF might even get to create a feature. That would be very amazing. Ridley started at 50 so there is still time Ton!
      Can’t wait to see the final version and hope to torture loads of the team at the Bconf.

    95. Leodp Says:

      You’re so mean!
      Not releasing! Not even telling when for already one day!
      I’ve damaged the F5 button on 3 keyboards already.


    96. Andy Fitzsimon Says:

      Huge congratulations. you ninjas really are the gods of libre cinema

    97. Nennad Says:

      Congratulitions! Can wait for movie to be published on the web!

    98. The Fatsnacker Says:

      When you say its gonna be released on the 30th, at what time during the 24hr period ๐Ÿ™‚ ?

      PS, with my Sintel DVD could you include a replacement F5 from one of those now unused workstations at the office, in fact please dont go to the trouble of seperating the key from the keyboard, just send the whole workstation ๐Ÿ™‚



    99. Steven Says:


    100. J. Says:

      I have a very good theory on why the guard attacks her, but I don’t think I’m allowed to say it now. Hopefully tomorrow.

    101. creek23 Says:

      One small step for Blender Foundation, one giant leap for Blender Community!

      Congratulations from Philippines!

    102. DimitrisC Says:

      It’ll be uploaded at midnight (00:00 CET or whatever) or will we have it by Thursday morning? I can’t wait! BTW No spoilers please!

    103. joeri67 Says:

      Very interested in your theory.

    104. mk1 Says:

      one more day!
      Letยดs sing “Itยดs the final countdown”

    105. J. Says:

      You’ve got mail! (in Dutch)

    106. Rik Says:

      The shortfilm was even more thrilling then I thought it would be!
      Im really looking forward to the sintel dvd to learn how this extraordinary film has been made.

      For people who are going to see it tomorrow, be prepared for a gooseflesh experience! ๐Ÿ˜€

    107. OneginIII Says:

      I’ve been following the project ever since it started last year, and I must say I am very impressed how amazing the work done by the team is.

      Sintel is a great step forward for blender and I congratulate the whole team on a job well done! Can’t wait for the online release!

    108. Deonast Says:

      Congratulations, I can’t begin to comprehend the amount of work and hours put into it but I suspect you would all be relieved to have finished it.

      Thank you for all your hard work, I can’t wait to see it.

    109. zdreamonz Says:

      Follow from begin to end !!

    110. marwin Says:

      congratulations!!! omg! its finally near!!!!!!!

      *counting down the hours…. yey

    111. marwin Says:

      7 hours and counting…

    112. mk1 Says:

      Is it known that itยดs going to be released at midnight?

    113. Pablo Vazquez Says:

      @ mk1: no is not ๐Ÿ™‚

      We want to get this out as soon as possible more than you guys, believe us, we’re doing our best!

    114. mk1 Says:

      ok…I just thought that because of marwinยดs post. But donยดt worry, Iยดm patient…as long as you submit it during the afternoon and not in the middle of the night ๐Ÿ˜‰

    115. J. Says:

      Is Beorn still encoding, or is everything ready for upload?

    116. DimitrisC Says:

      Yeah, will it be up at midnight? I wanna see it!

    117. lars Says:

      radiant: he is actually using a 1000D as you can see in EXIF

    118. H. P. Lovecraft Says:

      Oh, if there’s no concrete topic for the next movie yet, what about turning some nice short story by me into a gorgeous Blender movie… ๐Ÿ™‚

    119. max P Says:

      congratulations to everybody!

    120. Michelangelo Says:

      thank you very much to every one of you guys for this awesome project… congrats!

    121. [cool name here] Says:

      Congrats dudes, it’s been one heck of a journey!
      Now go and get some sleep ๐Ÿ™‚

    122. Ovidiu Says:

      I cannot believe it! there was noone with a handcam or something on the premiere to take some shoots from the movie and share it!
      … I hate you guys… do you want us to go sick of this wait ๐Ÿ˜€

      LOL, but again, love and hate go together, you are the best!

    123. J. Says:

      Capturing the beauty of the 35mm print with a camcorder? IMPOSSIBLE!

    124. Serpent36 Says:

      Wait, so it’s coming sooner?!

      Really can’t wait..

    125. maddes Says:

      One serious question:
      Whats going on with the translations?
      Some time ago it’s been mentioned here that there will be subtitles for several languages.
      Will these be there at the online release? O will these be done by “the comunity”, (us)?
      If so: will there be an “official” english template?

    126. esther Says:

      @maddes: I kept dialogue minimal so that the images/action would tell all… The dialogue that IS in the film is in English, and we so far have several different translations – incl some extra cool ones. Wait for it… ๐Ÿ™‚

    127. Hannes Says:

      Wow, I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I am so exited ๐Ÿ˜€

    128. The Fatsnacker Says:

      This is downright teasing…stop it….ok if you must ๐Ÿ™‚

    129. The Fatsnacker Says:

      Of course you could release it now, whilst im about to eat a curry and drink some beer?

    130. funlw65 Says:

      @Esther: “โ€“ incl some extra cool ones. Wait for itโ€ฆ :)”

      Including the dialogues which have not been told yet? “P

    131. J. Says:

      Maybe translations in Dragonish? ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    132. David Jordan Says:

      He means Quena, Sindarin, and Klingonese. ๐Ÿ˜›

    133. Jan Morgenstern Says:

      Atwhay ringsbay you otay ethay andlay of ethay ategay-eeperskay?

    134. DimitrisC Says:

      Just one question: Should we Europeans stay up all night refreshing our browsers, or will it be uploaded by tomorrow morning?

    135. DwarvenFury Says:

      Pig Latin was my first language, so that would be very helpful to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    136. nawabz Says:

      ok guys it time to be honest here. isnt your keyboard dirty except for F5 looool

    137. Ton Says:

      Hi all,

      The release will probably be early evening netherlands time (come back at UTC 18 or so). We still need to fix up some last stereo sound stuff in mp4. Now go to bed!


    138. pixel_kaktus Says:

      Thanks for information. I would stay here all night ๐Ÿ™‚
      I wish you luck in fixing sound

    139. DimitrisC Says:

      Thanx Ton! I would stay up all night too.

    140. The Fatsnacker Says:

      What with all the deadlines, peoples hopes, the premiers, dvd releases interviews, on going development I pretty sure you should shut down the office at the end of the month for a week and do some recharging.

      Im knackered just watching from a distance. I bet Colin got some nice jet lag to go with the hangover.

      I hope theres no Red Bull going around the office ๐Ÿ™‚



    141. Colin Levy Says:

      Hah, awesome comments guys! Uhh, just a little food for thought: In my experience, the higher my expectations of a film, the more likely I’ll be disappointed. Most of the times I’ve obsessed about a film I’ve been totally underwhelmed by the reality of it.

      So… temper your enthusiasm! ๐Ÿ˜€ Expect absolute crap, and you’ll be blown away!


      (Also Joeri67, I appreciate the criticism.)

    142. J. Says:

      Most disappointing will be that I can’t shake your hand and have a drink after the film now. ๐Ÿ™

      Colin, is Joeri’s critisism justified?
      I can’t imagine! (I also have some questions about the story, but these are for tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    143. bobby Says:

      Why didn’t you inform us earlier? Now i’m all high and excited! I’m counting seconds, actually. It’s the release date! Woohoo!

    144. J. Says:

      It’s a shame that so many are gonna watch it on a small computer screen.
      Believe me, in 35mm on a big screen… KICK ASS! ๐Ÿ˜›

    145. nawabz Says:

      i doubt ill be watching it more that 10 times.

    146. FunkyDude Says:

      Congratulations everyone. Thanks for all the time/hard work you put into the film. Blender has grown leaps and bounds the last few years!

      @Colin lol, thanks for the perspective

    147. The Fatsnacker Says:

      I gotta say Colin my expectation about the film is based on past videos from the Blender Foundation.

      If its an improvement of the animated Duck shown in one of the later videos from the BF then all will not be in vain. Speaking of which……whos taken home the Duck?



    148. D Says:

      I hope Esperanto is one of them! D:
      That was the very first reason I started leaving messages with this project.

    149. mjordan Says:

      Uhm. I hope next time all the expenses needed to have a united team at a premiere will be taken in consideration. I understand it’s very expensive but I think all the members who worked hard for the movie have the right to receive their glory! I can’t imagine the Durian team without Nathan, Ben and Campbell! Money is always short, I know, but this is the celebration of the final work!

    150. ghuck Says:

      The expectations are high because of what has already been presented on this site. Time and Time again, when the Durian team has released teasers, I have been totally amazed at the quality. Then the early comments came in on how the movie grabs you, and it brings back memories of the first time I watch one of your early shorts โ€œSuburban Plightโ€ and thought, yes Colin directed this one he has a knack for doing this. Ton has already proven he knows how to pick his team, and the durian team has shown they know what theyโ€™re doing by all ready released teasers. So I guess we already know this is going to be good, the only questions is how great! And in a few hours the rest of the world well also know!

    151. trinitro Says:

      Hey congratulations!! It’s already the 30th here in Japan……..

    152. Nathan Carl Lewis Says:

      So glad to see everything went so well. Now I live on the east coast of the US and its 12:22 AM which means its the 30th here… WHERES THE MOVIE!!!! lol jk, but seriously must we wait much longer? lol

      Any way good job guys cant wait to see yet another spectacular short from the Blender Institute!

      Nathan Carl Lewis

    153. kaisaki1342 Says:

      Congratulations! I’m really excited to see the film.
      This waiting is killing me T_T…

    154. Belich Says:

      i wonder how many views and downloads will be at the first day?

    155. grafixsuz Says:

      I am anxious as I wait here refreshing the page every few minutes, but I also have the time in Holland and it seems to be around 7:08 am when I am writing this, therefore, let’s let Ton have a few more minutes of sleep in, then we can enjoy it.

    156. hugOh Says:


      It is a true inspiration to see an effort like this, with open ideas using open software… as an open source fan and programmer, I’m very proud of be part of this fantastic community.

      Can’t wait for online release ๐Ÿ˜€

    157. Syron Says:

      I hate people that do not read posts…
      expect the movie around 7pm GMT…

    158. dodobrain Says:

      I do not know why you still talk of GMT(a dinosaur!). Ton said to check around UTC18, lets keep that time in UTC.

    159. Gu Waijeun Says:

      This is like Christmas Eve. I look forward to waking up tomorrow morning to the smell of the only Durian that is legal to have in Thai hotel rooms.

    160. JaydenB Says:

      Just recieved the 3D World Magazine in the mail. Awesome images and story guys! The only thing i say is that why does William get featured in Big Buck Bunny and the Sintel articles?

    161. nateG Says:

      @JaydenB because William worked on both projects

    162. esther Says:

      @D: esperanto! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ lemme check

      @J.: all comments welcomed and appreciated! and after all the work and aaaall the talks I had with Colin about the story I think it is fair to say nothing is in the film without reason…. just watch it 32 times and you’ll see ๐Ÿ˜‰

    163. Steven Says:

      ok, i will watch 32 times.

    164. Mini Says:

      Wahoo, I’m really excited to see what people’s reactions are going to be! As Colin’s brother, I guess I’ve followed along the process with somewhat of an insider’s view, but I gotta say, the Durian team has produced something stunning.

      I remember when Colin and I first downloaded Blender, ages like 13 & 15, and he made this little render of a street lamp and a brick building… at the time I didn’t really get what all the hype was about, but after seeing this, I get it. Never thought he’d be directing an animated short like this one, seven years later. So proud ^_^

      Congrats Durian team! You did good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    165. Big Fan Says:

      …I watched Elephants Dream about 32 times and I still dont know what its about.
      I read 32 different interpretations and I dont think anyone else know either.
      That has to be genius story telling. Its like all stories and no stories together.
      I hope this one is easier for people like myself to follow ๐Ÿ˜‰

    166. Habo Says:

      Will there be any (English or French) subtitles? I would like to translate it into Slovak language, so already existing subtitles would help me much. BTW. It is also useful for Czech subtitles – Slovak and Czech are very similar languages, so if someone translates it into one of them, translation to the other will be VERY easy…

    167. Dobz Says:

      Looks like it’s going to be available online at 4am on the 1st of October here in Australia due to timezone differences. Would be nice if it was released at 12 UTC so we could watch it on the 30th. ๐Ÿ™‚

    168. maddes Says:

      nice try – but i don’t think this will work

      @Gu Waijeun:
      yes – and as with christmas, we’re lurking for any chance to get a glimpse of the gift.

      Although I know release is announced now for about UTC 18, i check the sintel site several times /hour, maybe they finish earlyer?
      (in the end, it will turn out even later…)

    169. mutze Says:

      Is it a coincident that today is the student union day at my university so that all my lectures are cancelled and I can sit here and press F5 all day instead? I think not!!

    170. J. Says:

      @Big Fan:
      Well, even when you don’t get the full meaning of Sintel, it’s still an high-paced emotional ride!

      But I’m not gonna say very much for now, just watch it a few times and feel free to comment then!

    171. Vincent Says:

      In France too, some people are waiting with me !

      F5 …. F5 … F5 … F. ho stop ! i don’t want to take down the Website ๐Ÿ˜›

    172. The Fatsnacker Says:

      Okay, i’m here…..SSS (Showered and Shaved), had breakfast, having a cup of Yorkshire Tea with some biscuits and am currently extending my index finger to the generally underused F5.

      Feel free to hit me with the film anytime, ok UTC 18 if you must.

      @Colin off on a tangent here but when is you short film (En Route) gonna be released?

    173. Dobz Says:

      @maddes: I wasn’t trying to get it released sooner, I was just saying. ๐Ÿ˜›
      Looks like I’ll have to set my alarm to 4am. ๐Ÿ™‚

    174. radiant Says:


      Where in australia are you?
      what time is the release for Adelaide?

    175. Jacob Valenta Says:

      Man how many hours away is it?

    176. dodobrain Says:

      Brisbane time should be about 4AM in the morning. Go and sleep, theres a *lot* of time left.

    177. Arco Says:

      Noooo, early evening! Then I am at work! D-: Aaargh!

    178. Dobz Says:

      @Radiant: I live on the eastern side of Australia, release time for central Australia should be 3am, October 1st. (based off the time Ton gave in UTC)

    179. Nik Says:

      The server will probably overload as soon as it gets released, so i’d rather watch it on october 1st ๐Ÿ™‚ Unless it’s released as a torrent, which would be nice!

    180. Davis Says:

      It’s been said already, a torrent will be available.

    181. Carsten Says:

      Magically, This Durian Website has jumped to Place #1 in my Firefox “most Viewed” menue…

    182. kram1032 Says:

      It’s the final day ๐Ÿ˜€

    183. Lasse R. Bruntse Says:

      omg omg omg omg omg omg omg

      I’m like a little fanboy waiting for my autograf.

    184. bibi Says:

      where is the movie?

    185. Bao2 Says:

      I was thinking Colin being around 26 years old. He is then only 22 years old.

      I also think a torrent is a great idea to avoid server problems.

    186. nawabz Says:

      id like to announce today as the: “open F5 poetry day”.
      all you have to do is in a short poem, talk about how F5 has helped you even though you know what time its released ๐Ÿ™‚

      cant wait!!!

    187. wo262 Says:

      with google reader i dont have to press F5 LOL

    188. The Fatsnacker Says:

      You know Ton, you and the team are about to cost me a shed load of cash in replacing my machine just so I can, on my 4yr old daughters order, composite her into a scene with Scales etc.

      On the up side, what a justification to pass before the dreaded ‘finance minister’ aka ‘her indoors’. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      regards all


    189. panji_alam Says:

      Maybe next time, if we talking about “Date” and “Time” of some deadline, we must specify which timezone that we refer to. Maybe GMT or simply UTC +18. People that located in most east timezone will “suffer” to wait much longer… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    190. ubuntuxx Says:

      Very great project!!!

      I canยดt wait longer for the online release ๐Ÿ˜‰


    191. ammonite Says:

      It’s 8:00PM at Vietnam now. Still waiting…

    192. A2rpriest Says:

      8:00AM in US. Strange numbers rolling on side of blog… wonder what that means?

    193. chotio Says:

      Someone know whatยดs the Sintel release official time?

      Whaiting for download and watch…


    194. chotio Says:

      OK, Blendernation says that : “Iโ€™m hearing rumours that the expected release time for Sintel is 1800 UTC (click here to see what time that is for you). Be warned though: everybody is still hard at work to make it happen, so it may be earlier, or later, or even tomorrow!”


    195. Davis Says:

      Lol broken countdown timer fail. ๐Ÿ˜€

    196. Pablo Vazquez Says:

      @ Davis: it ain’t broken ๐Ÿ™‚

      Community wanted a counter! ๐Ÿ˜€ this one pretty much sums how much we know about the actual release hour, it’s crazy times! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I know is not fun, so removed it, but is not that we have a magic “publish” button, we have to do a lot of tests so is unknown still, continue your normal life, news will come! ๐Ÿ™‚

    197. Fredrik Says:

      Take your time to get everything ready but we are eagerly awaiting doing some modeling in Blender while waiting ๐Ÿ˜€

    198. mk1 Says:

      Sorry, but Iยดm kinda disappionted…If it comes at 18:00 UTC itยดs useless for me.

    199. J. Says:

      @Pablo: What are you testing? If it plays on Windows 95? ๐Ÿ˜›

      Eagerly waiting, notwithstanding I’ve already seen the film twice. ๐Ÿ˜€

    200. Gu Waijeun Says:

      Yeah, I am going to jail at 18:00 UTC, and will not have internet privileges for 5 years… so it is a bit useless for me too. A 17:48 release time would be perfect, I could probably hold off the police that long.

    201. beorn Says:

      But Gu, you’d miss the credits!

    202. J. Says:

      Gu? What did you commit?? :O

      Maybe can someone bring a portable DVD player during a visiting moment?

    203. The Fatsnacker Says:

      And you think youve got problems (Jail hah), ive got to cook the tea at 18:00 UTC


    204. Josh Says:

      When the police finally do bust in, I’m sure they’ll be more intrigued with the epic film the Gu will be watching, than apprehending him… regardless of the crime. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    205. mk1 Says:

      Please can you make it at least 15:00 UTC? I want to see it today!

    206. STORM! Says:

      Hm, …

      Service Temporarily Unavailable;-)

    207. LetsAllPretend Says:

      Congrats on the premiere!

      Can’t wait to see it.

      Both happy and proud that you folks manage to not only pull off this cool short film, but rewrote a software package in the midst of it. LOL!

      Thanks to Ton, the Sintel Team, the Blender Foundation, and the Blender community (testy bug squashers) for all the hard work.

      Much appreciated. Now get some sleep!

    208. DimitrisC Says:

      Can’t wait!

    209. mk1 Says:

      So I think thereยดs no use in seeing it today…

    210. Regan Says:

      “Alright… should we put the downloads up?”

      “Noo no. Not just yet. You know it will only be a minute or two until they crash the server.”

    211. Syron Says:

      well… *spoiler* downloads will be ready in some minutes, at least they’re uploading the 2k versions… hehe…

    212. l Says:

      Syron: how can you know?

    213. Syron Says:

      If I’d tell you, the movie wouldn’t get uploaded. But everyone who does a little server administration knows how to get that information (and how to prevent these “exploits”).

    214. The Fatsnacker Says:

      Syron, your the man…really! consider yourself the dude

      Go ply your trade elsewhere, your not wanted here.


    215. Syron Says:

      @the durians: If you want to know what the misconfiguration is, I think you have my e-mail address.

    216. JACOB VALWNTA Says:

      I(TS UP!!!!

    217. JACOB VALWNTA Says:

      I(TS UP!!!!

      well ๐Ÿ˜› back up ๐Ÿ˜›

    218. JACOB VALWNTA Says:

      Nevermind, it just went down ๐Ÿ™

    219. mk1 Says:

      up again, but…thereยดs nothing on, so…it doesnยดt matter…

    220. Lubos Mudrak Says:

      Maybe too many people constantly hitting F5? ๐Ÿ™‚

    221. freakx Says:

      I hope they will publish the torrent links also on other sites of external servers cuz this one will most likley just crash….

    222. beorn Says:

      Um… please don’t hit
      We aren’t using that server.
      What you see there is the trailer from months ago.
      I believe the xiph dudes will be encoding a version later on, but there’s no need to punish their server now.

    223. nawabz Says:

      i reccon this post will received 500 replys by the time its released online

    224. Raimon Says:


      as perhaps I said other times, I’m able to help with catalan translations for the DVD release. I will repeat… but not so much ๐Ÿ˜‰

    225. mk1 Says:

      maybe. But I hope we get a statement of the process soon, I guess that would lower the amount of comments per minute.

    226. Le@ndro Says:

      OK then, lets add one more to reach the 500!!!

      By the way, just post to say Congratulations on the finished film project!!!


    227. muddymind Says:

      From what I see here, I pretty sure that if for some reason the online release got postponed for tomorrow or something like that, at least several hundred people would die form heart attack. (not to mention the several thousand destroyed F5 keys XD)

    228. Habo Says:

      @muddymind: Yes, and I’ll be the first one who would do both things… ๐Ÿ˜€

    229. Me Says:

      Who needs F5? Opera autoreload! ๐Ÿ™‚

    230. Thamior Says:

      Sintel Team, thank you very much for working on this project, and I’m very glad that it was finished / shown off before I head on off to BT for a few months.

      It’ll be online when y’all get around to it, Media Conversions / setting up torrents / testing every step of the way is a very time consuming process, and us bitting at the bits isn’t going to help anything.

      I’m heading out on a jog, with any luck, the testing process with be completed, and this wonderful film will be online!


    231. mk1 Says:

      I wouldnยดt die from a heart attack, but I would get VERY angry…

    232. J. Says:

      I’ll bet the AMS-IX will see an enormous peak on their statistics when when Sintel gets online! ๐Ÿ˜›

    233. Habo Says:

      @Me: Who needs Opera just for auto reload? Bash FTW!
      MD5=”$(wget ‘’ -O – | grep -v queries | md5sum)”; while :; do if [ “$(wget ‘’ -O – 2>/dev/null | grep -v queries | md5sum)” ‘!=’ “$MD5″ ]; then zenity –info –title=”Sintel” –text=’Download aviable!’; break; fi; sleep 5; done

    234. David Says:

      Thamior, that’s a wonderful idea … I was too lazy to go to the post office ; now you give me a good reason to !

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    235. Gu Waijeun Says:

      I was getting so desperate for the premiere that I slipped off to the market and reenacted the guard fight scene with the ever deadly durian fruit. Poor price checker didn’t know what hit him.
      (That is what got me in this bind with the law. Count down for the Gu’s last minutes of freedom: 1 hr 10 min 13 sec)

      I can’t wait to see Durian, Mango, and Kiwi when I get out!

    236. J. Says:

      Well Gu, time to hide somewhere! ๐Ÿ˜›

    237. oscar Says:

      Hi everyone!
      Amazing this short movie.
      The result is excellent!
      Congratulations and tons of claps for all staff Blender Fundation.

      I wrote to share this another short in Blender’s program.
      The name is Proyect London

      Greetings from Colombia.

    238. Says:

      Yes all your guy’s are GREAT !!!
      show the man out there how good Blender !!!

    239. Jonathan Toneli Says:

      I’m Brazilian and i cry with the movie! PLEASE we NEED of the CONTINUE THIS MOVIE! and with a happy ending! i’m stuning and unconformed uheuheuhe but i love this movie!

    240. bitwave Says:

      Thanks a lot for this great film!!!