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The world of open source film making can celebrate yet another achievement today with the release of Sintel, the animated short film that follows in the footsteps of Elephant’s Dream and Big Buck Bunny.Sintel was produced by the Blender foundation to showcase its 3D software.

Sintel, an animated short from the Blender Foundation.

The Blender Foundation has just released Sintel, its third animated short film after Elephant’s Dream and Big Buck Bunny. The film can be downloaded for free on the Sintel website or streamed via YouTube, the DivX site or the embed below. Downloads are available in DivX HD, H.264 as well as OVG (Ogg Theora plus subtitles). Users can also separately download subtitles in English, Spanish, French and five other languages.

Sintel is a Sci-Fi / fantasy short film, starring a little girl that befriends a baby dragon, only to face off against a much larger variety of its species to save her unusual friend. The movie was produced with the Blender 3D open source software, and the result as well as all of the raw material is being released under a liberal Creative Commons license that allows commercial reuse. The idea of this approach is to promote Blender as well as give aspiring film makers an idea of how animated movies like these are made.

But we can expect that Sintel will be used in many more contexts as well. Big Buck Bunny and Elephant’s Dream quickly became reference movies of choice, thanks to their liberal licensing terms, and were used to demonstrate pretty much everything from P2P streaming software to video codecs.

Sintel was produced with a total budget of nearly €400,000 ($550,000), and the production involved a team of up to 14 people working full time. Finishing the movie took more than a year.

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  3. Richard Deroko Saturday, October 2, 2010

    So richly rewarding, visually, artistically, musically. A wonderful short film and so creative. I will look forward to more.

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    1. A wonderfully moving presentation. The creators of this piece are true artists. Well done!

      ~Sam

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  5. The music was magnificent. The production design excellent. The animation quite good. The story … not so much.

    Like Big Buck Bunny, the story is the weakest part of this production. Every filmmaker should try to figure out how Pixar hits a home run on every one of it’s stories.

    Do I know? No … but I’m trying to figure it out and I know it’s the most important factor and the least expensive. They focus a lot of effort on the story; literally years of work. They understand that the most important part of storytelling is having a compelling story to tell with a payoff at the end that leaves the audience breathless.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t want to read, hear or see a story with a sad ending. That’s what news is for. Having a tragic ending doesn’t make it “art” in my book.

    But even the tragic end on this one was kind of a through-away. Not much build up and then … boom … over and out. For me, everything after she entered the cave was poorly written.

    If this cost half a million to make then they should have spent another ten or twenty thousand on the script.

    Just my two cents worth.

    Peace,

    Rob:-]

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    1. “how Pixar hits a home run on every one of it’s stories.”
      Simple: Pixar has the resources (= $ multi million) to tell a story in 90 to 120 minutes using a crew of several hundreds instead of having to tell a story of 15 minutes with a crew of just fourteen at max.

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      1. It is not necessarily a question of resources, it is a question of resources in the right place. Sadly the story has been the most lacking part in these otherwise brilliant shorts.

        As technology demonstrations go these films have been superb but as “movies” they are lacking the key ingredient which makes a good movie. There are many great and memorable films out there which have less than stellar visuals. We forgive poor visuals with a compelling story, but superb visuals alone do not make a great movie.

        Don’t look at Pixar’s mega-buck features — look at their shorts and look what makes them great: Everything starts with a great story.

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  6. I thought this was supposed to be an open source movie. If that were the case, then not only the finished video files but also the SOURCE files from which the videos were made would be available.

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  7. I thought this was supposed to be an open source movie. If that were the case, then not only the finished video files but also the SOURCE files from which the videos were made would be available.

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