A group of young filmmakers have entered the 'Meccano Mad Movie Challenge' with their live action/3D movie 'Havoc'.
We are a group of young (under 15 year old) film makers from New Zealand, who use Blender for the 3D elements in our movies. We recently made a short film called 'Havoc' and entered it in the 'Meccano Mad Movie Challenge' - a short film competition run by one of the after-school TV shows here in New Zealand.
We spent around 8 weeks on the film, around 5 of which were used for post-production. For the editing we used Adobe Premiere Pro (CS4), After Effects for compositing, Syntheyes and Icarus for match moving and of course, Blender was used for all the 3D things.
The short film as well as the 'Behind the Scenes' and the other entries can all be watched online. We hope you enjoy it!
Our entry has made it into the final round, and the winner is decided by TXT vote. So if you enjoyed our entry, we would really appreciate your support. To vote, txt S2VOTE A to 8972. I'm not sure if voting is open to people outside of New Zealand, but (definitely within NZ and maybe internationally as well) voting is free and if you vote you're automatically entered to win an MP3 player. Thank you so much for you're support!
what i dont like is when the actors shout, they kinda whisper shout. kinda ruins it
Good to see some New Zealand Blender News on here! good luck guys!
great job guys!!!:)
nice effects and editing...the shooting was made from a pro, dont?
Wow! Very nice movie! And more...you're all under 15 years old! Very impressive work! Good job!
That was a pretty good movie with some great fx. Really impressive.
Pretty cool, and I recognize the effect of the landing meteor and crater from Videocopilot.net.
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Watched this last night... checked out the behind-the-scenes video just now...
Absolutely awesome work! Inspiring!
All under 15?
with 15? Probably we see their name in the credits of the new pixar-films in ten years
Gawd almighty! If sub-15 year olds can already make something like this, what will they come up with when they're 21?!!
Very nicely done!!!
Wow! Impressive! I really love all the effects it have... all 8 hard-working weeks are definitely worth it!
That's a friggin sweet way to make a jib!
Good job on the movie - the matchmoving was close to flawless :)
Oh boy, this kids are good indeed!! Under 15!?! Dang! SUPER MEGA DOUBLE AWESOME!!
Effects and production wise, for their age, this was pretty excellent. I do agree with the first post though, the near silent acting kinda ruined things for me. Work on the acting, and you guys will be on top of things. I know if a giant robot was tearing my house up, I'd be screaming at the top of my lungs like a girl.
For those like me who are unable to watch the video because of the non-free flash player, you can use this link:
Very cool, especially when you consider age groups. But I hope next time they fight robots designed to withstand planetary impacts AND minor gas explosions. :)
You're all just 15? Dang! I can't wait to see what you kids do when you get older.
Very Andrew Kramer of you :)
Fantastic job, everyone! You did a great job planning out the shots, filming, match-moving and editing. I know of two other brothers that produce movies together, so maybe you'll follow in their footsteps.
Thanks so much for all the encouraging comments! :D
@people-who-metioned-Video-Copilot: Our director is a big fan of Andrew Kramer/Video Copilot, so lots of inspiration was taken from him.
@blenderfan: You have a good point, we probably should have thought that through a bit better :P
Great work. Very nicely done. Excellent work. Keep it up.
Excellent. Keep it up!
i'm wondering how you got all those sweet camera angles
A much better improvement over your entry last year.. Bravo!
That's some impressive stuff, great job!
I second that Ddwagnz and Billamu! Keep it up Kiwis!!!
Awesome stuff, I'm quite jealous that you got a head start on me!
I'm already 15 and havn't gotten round to finishing a blender project as amazing as this one!
:D good work
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Props!! This was a VERY cool film! VERY well made!!
@Xolotl: 'with 15? Probably we see their name in the credits of the new pixar-films in ten years'
Why is Pixar hailed as the Holy Grail? You work as one tiny element doing the same boring thing every day for months. Why not continue to work with a small team (< 10) on live-action/CGI-movies, so that you can do more things with is more challenging.
Given your age, that was phenomenal, guys. Great job.
Hamiltron - City of the Future -
Haha - good work, really impressive - although your accents?! District 9 showed us that aliens can land anywhere on Earth - not just in the US.
Thanks for all the support and encouragement everyone!
Our film won the overall competition and also got the prize for best special effects :)
Fantastic. Absoutely wonderful to see kids doing creative stuff like this instead of creating graffiti.
That is a fab Movie! Well done all concerned.
Anyone have a working link for the making of video?
Never mind. It seems that you have to load it several times to get it to show. It worked now.
Awesome work guys, really good.
Your team is just so amazing!!!
I'm sure you are going to give Steven Spielberg some real competition soon!!
Again Amazing work! I knew you would win :D
I've always wondered how involved New Zealand was with blender.
I reckon its time New Zealand had a community website!
If Your interested, pop over to blendnz.co.nr (a temporary site I whipped up the other day) and quickly fill in a form to let me know! If we get enough Kiwi's interested then we'll go ahead and make the website!!!
Great work team! I wish you all the best with this entry and hopefully it will win. This will be a stepping stone for you. It will give you an understanding and knowledge that will benefit you for the rest of your lives. The long hours and the effort you put into this project are so vital in today's world.