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Final Five Durian Members Announced!


dw4_revoy_visu-prefinal02The last five team members have just been announced by the Blender Foundation! All team members and their portfolios are presented on the 'About Durian' page now as well.

The new members are:

  • Angela Guenette (modeling, rigging, animation)
  • Ben Dansie (3D generalist)
  • Nathan Vegdahl (rigging, animation)
  • Lee Salvemini (animation)
  • Soenke Maeter (shading, light, compositing)

This in addition to:

  • Colin Levy (director, 3D generalist)
  • David Revoy (concept art)

Technical support:

  • Brecht van Lommel
  • Campbell Barton


  • Ton Roosendaal

Congratulations to all involved!


About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Wow!!! Some familiar names there and some I don't know!!! Cool Mix!!!!

    Well done guys!!! this is going to be one hell of a film!!!!!! YAY!!

  2. Nice! BTW, can't wait for the new features! Not to mention learning from the superb rigs of Nathan.

    Although, I had expected to find that Andy would have been a part of this movie. I look forward to learning about all these great new 3D artists!

  3. Ooo Veghdahl+Dansie+Maeter??? This is craZY! Congrats to the ones I don't know, I know they picked you for a reason.

    Great expectations for this one.

  4. Ryan Anderson on

    Yay! Soenke and Ben are both on the team. However, I've been most excited about Colin, I remember watching all the clips on his site like 2 years ago, it was some great inspriation.

  5. Nice looking team, I did notice however that there seems to be a missing modeler.
    I see Ms Angela Guenette for character models but i don't see anyone for environments.
    Just curious I guess lol, or maybe you bunch already have plans to have the story take place along the country side. ^^

  6. gustav göransson on


    Nice to see Angela Guenette in team, she has amazing portfolio. Had hope for one or two more fulltime developers, but guess Ton and Brecht will deliver as usual =)

  7. @Gustav
    Well one way to secure one dev. and more artists would be to make sure that the presales campaign hits the roof. The pricing should secure that most people will be able to help funding the project.

  8. Yeah, let's hear that again Kunisch. Throw money at blender. Get those pre-sale DVD's and goodies and training materials. Maybe even just throw money to those developers themselves.

  9. Well, it was great to shoot for it! Thanks, Ton, Colin, and David for considering me among the large pool of applicants! Cheers and blessings upon the Durian Project team!!!!!!! You rock!

  10. Congratulations everybody! All these people are top notch Blender artists, and it's going to be incredibly exciting to see what they come up with!

  11. Wow, that Angela Guenette really knows her stuff! I just saw her demoreel. Very impressive. It's going to be interesting to see what this collaboration produces.

  12. PS: I'm EXTRA proud of course because Angela (who won the Blending Life contest), made them team :) And everyone should check her showreel it rocks.

  13. Holy wow! Every single member of the team is amazing! Angelas stuff blew me away. And Martin Lodewijk!!

    Bring on the pre-orders! I'll find the money somehow, I want my name in the credits of this sucker.

  14. felicidades a todos los seleccionados...
    espero que pronto inicie la realización del corto...
    saludos... :)

  15. Congratulations to the new team !
    Happy to see that we got a female member - and most qualified one I must add.

    Way to go !

  16. Indeed , I am not very informed about great Blender artist names, but I was amazed to find this from her some time ago: It's done fully with blender (some of her works are with other tools she handles outstandingly as well, by all means) , and the demo reel... you probably all knew about her, I just didn't till some weeks ago... I was *amazed* . I don't really know several of the other names, but everything makes me think this is a such a group of aces...

  17. Looks like a great team. I didn't realize Angela worked on Everyone's Hero. My boys love that movie, although I don't think they'll be able to watch Durian till their a bit older

  18. wow congratulation this great team!!!
    Looking forward this great big movie!!!!!!!
    Hope I could do any contribute for this movie~~~~~ :)

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