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Meet the Durian team!


Project Durian has kicked off this weekend with a week-long meeting of all the team members (except for Campbell Barton). Last night I met them all during dinner in Amsterdam and shot this short movie in which they all introduce themselves (more info on the team on the Durian blog). As a bonus, Ton will be giving away the first details of the plot! (In addition to few other, not-so-shocking details ;-)

PS: yes, I skipped someone - Angela's husband. That was rather rude of me - terribly sorry!

About the Author

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. This is exciting! I can't wait to see this thing come together. It's great that they're planning everything out ahead of time. I think that will make this film a 100 times stronger.

  2. For the love of god, don't underestimate the importance of writing and character development. Blender Institute films have exceled at so much but poor / cliche writing has taken its toll and undermined the storytelling.

  3. what a nice set of artists and techies :)
    it seems they really having fun workin on this least on the dinner party held there,
    this is a great team of people with extraordinary skill and passion!
    Too bad that Brecht keeps his stuff secret but on the other hand who wouldnt like a surprise after all.
    Best wishes to everyone on the team and thanks for all the effort,
    also for doing this interview and posting it here!

  4. Couldn't agree more, hippo_head. Already struggling to change people's perceptions in this regard-- solid writing is absolutely paramount. Currently the screenwriting stage is undervalued... all I'll say for now. :)

  5. Actually, scratch that, seems he isn't exactly challenged for work and it could be kind of lame anyways.
    It could raise interesting questions about voices and trademarks though.

  6. Four score and seven years ago we animated in the dirt. Much easier now.

    On a more serious note - we discussed gore level a bit today and while we reserve the right to change, we think at this point that PG-13 is a reasonable benchmark for gore and blood levels. One of the main reasons was to keep it accessible to a broad audience, allow for it to be viewed in some schools as a learning tool and so on.

    Some Kill Bill was certainly watched today though. Early days for such decisions.

  7. I would like to know what the 'very humours story' was...
    I overheard someone saying 'there's a very humours story about that...'

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