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SKYWATCH by Colin Levy - Trailer & Kickstarter


Colin Levy has just launched the Kickstarter campaign for his new movie project, SKYWATCH. The trailer is very promising, with excellent acting, sound design and (of course) VFX.

Hi BlenderNation!

Colin here. As you may or may not know, I've been chipping away on an ambitious sci-fi short film for a while now. We shot the project in the summer of 2014, and have been knee-deep in Blender ever since - tackling our considerable visual effects workload.

Our team of volunteers - many of whom come from this community - have gotten through a big chunk of the movie, but we still have a lot of shots left to animate/light/render/composite. As we all know, this stuff takes time! :P

Which brings me to the Kickstarter: we've just launched a campaign to help us speed up our post-production schedule and get through the remaining VFX work. Additionally, we've just released a trailer for the film - to give you a taste of how it's shaping up so far.

I'm excited to finally share a glimpse of this project with the world. Please check out our little video presentation for SKYWATCH, and help us spread the word!

Thank you so much,



And of course all the VFX are done in Blender. Collin says:

We chose to use the Open Source 3D software Blender for the CG work in this project. Even after using Pixar’s Presto for years, Blender remains my favorite tool for 3D. Partially due to the thriving community of artists and potential collaborators, we have developed a Blender-centric pipeline that also includes Nuke and Houdini - and we’ve been very pleased with the results.


  1. Looks amazing, Colin! I know your goal is to hire full-time VFX help. But, if you are looking for volunteers to work part-time, I'm happy to contribute where I can.

    • Thanks so much! Good to know, we may still need that kind of help so I appreciate the offer! Out of curiosity, what is your particular strength or interest in Blender?

      • Hi Colin. I am very much a generalist mainly focused on landscapes and architecture in Blender. I did a couple of scenes for a documentary that is not yet distributed. One of those scenes was adding CG to live beach footage. I have started to put some portfolio info on a web site ( where you can get some idea of what I have done. Sorry, the site is still a wip.

        What you won't see is character creation/animation. But, if you need general help around landscapes, background, props, etc., feel free to reach out. [email protected]. Cheers!

  2. Colin I have just backed your project. $75 Blender Cloud pledge. Its great to see blender being used.

    I was wondering would you share any vfx breakdowns/models on Blender cloud? I know you may use other software but think it would be great to see your work flow no matter what you have used. As a person who is a keen movie maker/3d/live graphics guy and use different software to get the effects I need would be great to learn from this project.

    Good luck in your goal! Would love to make my own Sci-Fi short the exact same way.

    • Hey Carl, thanks so much for your support!! If we reach our 1st stretch goal we'll be sharing some assets online for sure, but I hadn't yet considered doing it on the Blender Cloud! It's a good idea, not sure if the team at the Institute would want it? I'll look into it.

      Probably will focus on the work itself until it's done, but I definitely wanna do VFX breakdowns and stuff too!

      And also: good luck with your own sci-fi short. You should do it!

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