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Hangar No.5 Nominated For Award


Its not just any award, Hangar No.5 has been nominated for one of the awards in the 7th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards, in the 'Outstanding Effects in a Student Project' category.

The film generated a lot of excitement in the Blender community during 2008, using Blender for its CG effects, it certainly turned out to be a successful and professional film upon release.

Nathan Matsuda writes:

""Hangar No. 5" was announced yesterday morning as a nominee for the Visual Effects Society award for best visual effects in a student film.

This is the first year that the VES, whose members are visual effects professionals throughout the world, has included a student category amongst the awards given out.

We are very excited to have been nominated for the award and are proud to represent the Blender community with our film."

The winners are announced on the 21st of February, at the Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA. The nominees and more information is detailed in this pdf. The 'Outstanding Effects in a Student Project' category is listed at the end of the document.

For those who haven't seen the film, Hangar No.5 is viewable on Vimeo -

So congradulations to the Hangar No.5 team and goodluck!


  1. Ah, every day Blender keeps inching up in the world. It's nice because now Blender will have even more credibility to it's name (I don't think it needs any, but others do).

    Awesome job, you make us proud. So, are you going to try and do it again next time?


  2. I just though now that it would be nice to collect somewhere the list of all the production that used Blender in the pipeline.
    You know Elpheants Dream, BBB, Yo Frankie!, Lighthouse, Hangar No. 5, Project London... etc.

  3. Tim,LA: All you ever have to say is negative. Negative about Blender, and negative about Blender users. So why are you here? GO AWAY!

  4. Hej roofoo dont think he meant that blender was bad he just said that "Our wonderful nature" is a good one, I just saw it and can say its funny as H*** :) really good one, sad its not made in blender :D

  5. Hm forgot to comment on HN5 can say I really liked it "thumbs up" funny story and great work with blender/liveaction combo

  6. Very nice Blender usage no doubt. But movie itself is very reminiscent of Metal Gear Solid, full of references to it, like cigarretes, cardboard boxes and, of course, a metal gear. :)

  7. Hangar No 5 Team congratulations completing such a polished short.

    @TimLA, there's no way Our Wonderful Nature will win IMOA, the nomination is for Outstanding Effects in a movie not creating a full blown 3D animation and Our Wonderful Nature has got problems, it goes off the rails, it's plain to see, they set out with a plan to do an animated animal documentary which looks up until half way through to be a boring 3D animated short exuding in photoreal and natural animal movements, realise it's dead boring and suddenly go into totally unatural stuff to try and save it. It's technically brilliant and congrats to that team as well but fails on everything else.

    "This film was created as a part of the animation study at the Academy for Film and Television "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam. It is an attempt to create an animated animal documentry, that explores the mating habbits of the water shrew. The use of modern 3d tools enabled us to show the "true" events that take place in a 3 second battle between two males in a way that was never seen before... "

  8. @yellow: Are you nuts?!!!
    "Our Wonderful Nature" won the "Best Well Told Fable Prize" at Siggraph 2008 and much more awards!!
    An why is it nominated togehter with Hangar No5???
    Well, HNo5 is a good thing. But unfortunately you cannot see any detail of the robot and of the compositing quality, because it's too dark. In every film which is "too" dark there is a lack of quality which you can only plaster in this way!

  9. Alex Delderfield (AD-Edge) on


    I think you've misunderstood the humor behind our wonderful nature.
    It starts off seemingly like a normal documentary, but then becomes crazily far-fetched with the fight scene, thats where the humor of it comes from, its meant to be like that. It is in no way designed to be a proper documentary about the water shrew made to 'look good' by throwing in that fight scene.

  10. I think it's a common trait of bad films to treat gold bricks like they're made of plastic. I even saw a film on TV the other day where they were throwing them around like tennis balls and it was supposed to look serious. I mean, come on you people, have you ever tried lifting a gold brick? I bet you couldn't do it first time! So make it LOOK heavy in a film, even if it really is only made of plastic.

    Of course, that's not what this award is about. The FX in the short are awesome, though I think the shot where the door gets blasted by the robot could've been better. It looks too thin and papery.

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