I Proposed To My Fiancée Using Blender & Adobe Mixamo

Over the holidays I got engaged to my best friend of five years, but before I popped the question I wanted to showcase our life together up until this point. We met that night on the dance floor, and little did I know she’d soon become my forever dancing buddy. This animation was played on our home theater projector and when it was finished I got down on one knee. (Not shown here, we’re keeping this video private :D)

I could never have made this deadline if it wasn’t for Mixamo’s great dancing motion capture, as well as supplying all of the amazing background characters. This would have taken me years if I had to create and animate all this from scratch.

Our two characters I did make myself, however. Everything from sculpting, retopology, texturing, facial animation and expression shape keys was done by me. I also created all the environments from scratch as well as layout, lighting, cinematography, compositing, sound design/mix, and editing. I had trouble finding a score that fit well, so I cut up the score from Disney’s “Paperman” short film (Don’t sue me Disney, I’m not monetizing this video, just sharing :D)

[Edit]: I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to write a behind the scenes article on Blender Nation which you can read here: https://www.blendernation.com/2021/04/14/behind-the-scenes-blender-proposal-animation/

Thank you for checking out my animation!


Hi Nick,

Congratulations! And best of luck and happiness to you both on your future together. Great animation too, I can see the emotion and feelings you have for each other. Very nice!

Thank you, Paul. I really appreciate your kind words.

Congratulations to you both!
And this is incredible work :ok_hand:

Really liked the whole, pixar vibe the animation has :+1:

"OMG!" How fantastic!"

"(Koff, koff …) years ago," my wife and I met on an ice-skating rink … or was it in a square-dance hall?

Either way, it was – and, still is – “a life’s journey.”

“Did we ‘know?’” Hell, no. “But, did we – and, do we – ‘somehow do it?’” Hell, yes!

May the two of you continue to make wonderful animations together! :heart:

Thank you! :slight_smile:

That’s so cool, and thank you!

Thanks for sharing this special occasion with us. The animation is heartwarming. You can kind of see the real people behind these models even though we don’t know them personally. It’s kind of refreshing to see regular people.

Thank you :smile:

I featured you on BlenderNation, have a great weekend!

Thank you Bart, I really appreciate it! Have a great weekend!

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Awesome , how beautiful a proposal ! The best of luck to the both of you ! Btw, the animation is excellent !

Very nice animation too.

You’re on the #featured row! :+1:

It’s an honor, thank you so much!

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Thank you, Zeev.

Thank you! Yea, Mixamo has an amazing motion caption library. I animated some of the smaller shots and the facial animation as well.

Very creative idea!

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I had to log in just to come and say that this is all lovely and really quite magical.

All the best.

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This is a beautiful story. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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