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Video: DEATH VAN - an Animated Space-Rock Adventure

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Get ready for a fantastic rock trip with this video by Michael Enzbrunner.

My name is Michael Enzbrunner and I'm a Toronto-based visual artist & animator. My work is a mix of analog and digital techniques and ranges from drawings and illustrations to animations and other moving imagery. Whenever possible, I also get involved with the music and sound-design for my visuals.

I’ve been a Maya user for the most part of my 3D life and DEATH VAN is my first major project in Blender. There were quite a few obstacles during the 1.5 years it took to make the film, but I was surprised on a daily basis, what a crazy good piece of software Blender has become. I had no idea… The animation started out from an artist in residence program at the Toronto Animated Image Society, where I had the chance to develop the style and characters of the film. My main goal was to create a dream-like, yet convincing miniature world with an analog look that is reminiscent of old stop-motion flicks. I wanted to leave the viewer with the feeling of having watched something like a "good" nightmare.

What is it about? DEATH VAN is a space-rock duo that tours through a surreal universe inhabited by weird little creatures who are terrorized by a menacing and mischievous entity.

Thanks for your time watching!

About 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.

28 Comments

  1. Beautiful. Blender is the future. 1.5 years. Wow. I can see all the hard work. It's great. Even the song fits in perfectly.

    • Glad you liked it! Tool, Heavy Metal, makes total sense.. If you're into that kind of stuff and you haven't seen it, you should check out 'Nova Seed'.

  2. Rudmer Rotteveel on

    This is amazing! The piece flows so well with the music. With the exception of the official Blender movies, I think this is the best video I've seen so far created in Blender.

  3. For real. It's been a long time since a job surprised me so much. Awesome!
    I share it in social network.
    And I'm so glad you used blender for this project.
    Thank you for believing in the blender and for sharing this with us.

    I look forward to seeing the makingOff

    regards

    • Very cool! Thank you for your comment and for sharing! I really hope I'll find time and $$ to make more stuff with Blender in the future... In regards to a making-of: It definitely would be great to show a part of the process. I haven't put my head towards it though. Maybe something like a making-of slash tutorial combo. It might take a bit until I'll be able to put that into action, but stay tuned!

  4. I was in the train and started to watch the video. Honestly I not waited something. After the first minute I have to make it off. I wanted to watch it at home on my big screen with a good sound. And Wowww!! What a trip! Thats is really an amazing big peace of art. Congratulations! Thank you very much for sharing this! Keep your great work!

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