Short film: The Ballad of the M4 Carbine

It’s been 3 months since my last post so hopefully this makes up for my absence!

It’s always been a dream of mine to create an animated short, and with this year’s Blender film festival close by I couldn’t think of a better time.

So without further ado I present, The Ballad of the M4 Carbine:

Watch in HD!

The M4 Carbine has been the weapon of choice for US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001, and is still used today. The meaning of the film is open to interpretation, but I’ve always found an interest with the war in the middle east and our involvement with it. I wanted the film to be politically evocative, yet aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to watch.

From start to finish the film took approximately 4 months to complete in between working a full-time job. It was rendered in 720p HD and took an average of 2 minutes to render each frame.

Plus as a bonus for being a Blender Guru reader, I’m giving you the M4 Carbine model free. This includes all materials, textures, node setups, bullet shells, muzzle flashes, tracers and smoke effects from the short.



Feel free to use the files for all non-commercial purposes. Enjoy!

Stay tuned next week when I fly to Amsterdam and report on all the important news from the 2009 Blender Conference!

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About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
  • Captain

    WOW!! My eyes were blinking while watching it. Though the quality is too high, it took for you only 2 minutes per frame — You are really talented.. If it was me, it would take an hour per frame to render!

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  • pHilippe D.

    very nice, good work and good sound track.

  • John

    Seriously amazing work! Great film Andrew even though I’m not a fan of the music. I especially enjoyed it because I am the M4′s #1. Thanks for this glorious film! Keep it up!

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  • louisb

    how that song calld?

  • reidh(ray)

    I wonder if versions of that blend file wound up in any “Call of Duty” arsenals?

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  • Bryan

    Jesse N got a right grieve, Canadians have always been there. During WW1 US citizens deemed medically unfit for service were welcomed in the Canadian army. At the beginning of WW2 Canada again welcomed US citizens to join them even tho the US gov wanted to stay out of it. So my brothers to the north always got my respect. As to the rest of you whiners, get a frickin life.

  • Frika

    not mine,,, the only good stuff is the music. Sorry – nothing else.
    The gloryfication of war, weapons and force is enticing some people (of course sick people) to go on Island to shoot young teenagers and others.
    So, be concentrate to creating really aesthetical and valuable things to bring us all in the right direction…

  • ilikeblender

    lol huge ass clip

  • Jack

    You are a freak at Blender but seriously what is wrong with you lip?

  • Ricitello

    My God, it’s great. And i too love Band of horses :). Continue in the same spirit :)