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In-Between Ends

by Alex Glawion

From the same person who brought us the beautiful Evolution and A Glimpse of Light comes another absolutely breathtaking piece: In-Between Ends.

Alex writes:

I have been working on a new 3D Short Film since my last Short Film "Evolution". Its title is "In-Between Ends". As always it has been created entirely in Blender (2.49b).


  1. not only the animation was great but also the meaningfull story ( i dunno if that expression exists in english anyway)

  2. Well executed and enjoyable to watch.
    I think i understand it. Poor little blighter trying to fit in and find his purpose, drifting through space alone. looking for meaning. Only in death does he find his own kind, with the irony being... even when surrounded by his own, he's still alone.

    Great that you ended on a positive note. Showing the cycle of life continues, regardless.

    I felt rather tense through the whole thing, like everything was out to get him. There wasn't much joyful exploration, only aimless drifting. Would have been nice to see him playing with the floating umbrella's... like 'this is it, this is where i belong'... then discovering the hole would re-enforce the motivation of 'seeking just because it can'.

    Enjoyable afterthoughts. Mission accomplished.

  3. Hi Alex,

    It's a wonderful piece of work from all aspects like story, production design, cinematography, sound design, acting, credits and many more. Did u work with a script and story board? It seems u did! Great work, Keep it up.

  4. Voodoo Doctor on

    BRILLIANT! Absolutely stunning. So many interpretations can be gleamed from that piece. I loved your soundtrack, too. Thank you for sharing that piece of art.

  5. Took me a bit to get into it, but once I did I was drawn into the little guy's journey. I loved the atmosphere you created, as well as the whole new universe--in just a few minutes. Very nicely done!

  6. Absoloutly amazing!

    i loved the interaction of sound and video in the last one "Evolution" but this one is even more amazing^^
    It is very dramatic due to the sad explorations the little blighter does. It also transports or invokes very much feeling. For example the scene in the hole where all the other dead blighters were caught in their last pose before they died, is very creepy! And thoes shots from far away where theblighter is rising straight into the sky gives the feeling of hope.

    I really love the idea and it was very well transfered into an amzing piece of art!!

    keep this good work, i hope there will be another one !

    best regards

  7. Terrific again. Alex, have you posted anywhere how you do your nodes setup? Your ability to do such abstract images and such wonderful "paintings of light" amazes me.

  8. I would kill to have a blend file of those spheres about 2 minutes in. Fantastic design and effect. Would really like to see what materials and modeling were used to make those.

  9. This is a very good, very well thought out piece of animation.

    I love the concept and execution of the concept.

  10. wow very impressive! I like the way you kept the model of the litle guy so simple and in the end it looks pretty scary with all those stone guys all around!

  11. That is so weird but so cool. Some awesome visuals - wow. Thanks :) The animation on the ghost dude wasn't great, but some of the DoF, lighting, and especially the end gravescene were very well lit/textured. Coolness :)

  12. Radialronnie on

    @Spencer, It looks like a sphere with inverted normals and a strand particle system + those lumpy little objects floating inside are probably mesh objects.

  13. El'endia Starman on

    Very nice short! One thing I would LOVE to know is how you created that tunnel close to the end...the one leading to the grave place. I have something like that in mind for one of my own projects...

  14. Thanks Alex.
    Great movie.

    I like very much how you are able to take a viewer into "your" own created world. Great camera move. I feel all the time on its side and passing through the universe with your "little guy".
    The glowing gives the whole movie a great effect to be surreal. Everything fits well, even the little umbrellas ;)

    Don't misunderstand me, I never made such a great piece - but all objects look very simple to me. I just imagine how much more it would become epic, if you would make all the objects with more detail and include more surreal stuff into it. I'm still amazed about the work.

    Did the whole idea grew over time, or did you get the idea for the movie in a "bright" moment?
    How did you write the story for the movie down. Just with text, or did you mak some scetches? Share them with us, it is always fun to see how people approach their movies.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    2010: The year of Durian

  15. You should write movie's scripts.
    your stories are deeps and very sensitives,
    there is just something great about them.

    Why not use 2.5?
    Does anybody feel like me...
    Blender 2.5 is not as nice a 2.49

    Hopefull Tony Mullen will write is book on 2.5 and I will be thinking very differently.

  16. Beautiful. I have no idea what it means at all, if anything. But it was beautiful. :-)

    People don't use 2.5 for production work because it's still in alpha, and is still subject to changes that can interfere with projects.

  17. Hm...Maybe I'm just plain dumb but I don't have even slightest idea what's the story or message of this movie.
    But I liked that cave part witch is actually sad.

  18. Beautifully done. Amongst all the other talents required to assemble a piece like this, your Blender knowledge is masterful.

    But I don't get it.

    Is the little dude swimming thru a robot's intestines? Really liked the part where he meets the shells of his digested friends.

  19. A piece of art...

    Im blown away. Dont know what to say, other than i enjoyed every minute of it.

    Good job :D

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