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'Havoc' wins first prize in Meccano Mad Movie Challenge


havoc-movieI'm pleased to announce that 'Havoc', the live action/3D movie created by teenage filmmakers from New Zealand, has won the overall competition and also got the prize for best special effects.

Nathaniel Watson writes:

We are extremely happy to have won the overall 'Best Film' award in the competition and are also proud to have received the award for 'Best Special Effects'! We plan to continue making short films together and will almost certainly keep Blender in our workflow! Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement, it really means a lot to us. Congrats to the other finalists of the competition as well.

Thanks again,

Great work guys! I'm sure well see great stuff from you in the future.

If you haven't already seen their movie and the 'making of', be sure to check it out!

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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. Congrats!

    I liked the compositing and cinematography the most... and the audio mixing and sound was really good too... really inspiring!


  2. If they develop their full potential they might end up working on future Blender movies :) (when all the 60's and 70's born blenderhead will have gone "buggrit" & "dagnabit")...

  3. Yes - congratulations!!! I have watched it several times now and showed it to my Mom, Dad and Grandma. My favorite part is where the robot crashes into the street. When I first saw that, I realized you all had done an ***incredible*** piece of work (regardless of your age).

    On like the eighth time I watched it I noticed that the street doesn't stay broken in one brief scene toward the very end. It is probably a good thing, because leaving a giant hole in the road is sort of dangerous :-)

    I thought your acting was great. The film keeps audience attention from beginning to end and has excellent timing throughout all of the quick scene changes. My Mom was rather concerned about your use of the toaster, however.

    P.S. What did your parents say when they got home?

  4. Way to go! I truly envy you guys, but not in a nasty way, I will memorize all your names so I can read great future film's credits and they'll mean something to me :) I really hope your parents are damn proud, because if they're not, something's awfully wrong.
    Anyway, I dare say there's not a single Blenderhead here not believing in you kids.

  5. 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 (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!!!

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