Posted by Calixte Pictet | 3 comments
Sintel: An Epic Open-Source Movie
On October first, the open-source movie project of the Blender Foundation released third animated short on YouTube: Sintel. Five days later, the movie had already reached one million views. Previously released only at the Netherlands film festival (on September 27), Sintel’s success is as much due to its quality than it’s open-source nature.
Sintel, which means glowing coal, is a fully open-source movie created by the Blender foundation with the use of the open-source application of the same name. Following Elephants Dream and Big Buck Bunny, the short movie is the third such project created by the Blender Foundation, and the fourth project overall. Apart from shorts, the foundation also released a game, Yo Frankie! based on their Bick Buck Bunny movie.
Below, the epic open-source phenomenon in all it’s glory:
Where should we leave this? I was impressed by the quality of the film. The images and the story represent an astounding leap from their previous films. Already, a team is working on a video-game adaptation of the same name that will be based on the movie’s storyline and built using the same program, Blender.
As I see it, Sintel is a demonstration of the power of opensource, and what community-funded projects can achieve. Could Blender someday become a standard for professional studios? We’ll see. In the meanwhile, I’d love to see the GIMP developement team work with artists in the same way.
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