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Church Builders - Documentary Short Film


What did the medieval churches look like? From Quarries to Cathedrals, you meet the church builders. Travel back in time and watch the first stave churches unfold to gothic cathedrals.

mediumaevum writes:

A short film about the medieval church builders and church architecture.

It took me 1½ year to from historical research to script, final render, video editing.

Everything is done in Blender and GIMP.

The animations are somewhat “stylized”, yet attempts to reconstruct the sites as accurately as possible.

About the Author

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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. Nice! A lot of work for one person, you have made something educational and enriching here!

    Quite serious, yes. It could be a bit more cheerful and playful, for example with a comical cartoon character as a presenter or as church builder. That would make it more interesting for a wider audience, I think.
    But of course that is not easy to do for 1 person. There is so much to learn... And of course your emphasis was elsewhere, you created something historically correct and unique, which is very commendable. Many don't get that far with Blender. Youd did it! Bravo!

  2. An amazing Blender effort, and great to see more "environmental" Blender work (not cartoons). However, it would be better if it could be rescripted to remove the present-tense-as-history, which is often teeth-grinding:
    "The first churches *are* often built..." [wrong]. Why not just use the correct tense: "The first churches *were* often built..."?
    "However, little is known about the first..." [correct, you're now talking about our present knowledge].
    "What we do know, is that early Scandinavian churches *are* made of wood" [a classic case of where present-tense-as-history goes wrong].
    "What we do know is..." [correct, present tense] "...churches *were* made of wood" [correct, past tense].

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