The Blender Foundation released their latest open source movie called Sintel last week. You can watch it on YouTube in HD or download it (in various high-resolution formats). Below is the regular version of the short movie:
“Sintel” is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.
Around two weeks before release of the movie, the new beta version of Blender 2.54 was released as well. It incorporates many of the new technologies introduced into Blender by developers/artists in order to achieve what required to make the movie.
As with previous projects, since this short movie is an ‘open project’, all assets like models, scenes (blend files) and textures, as well as storyboards, tutorials and more, will be released along with the movie on a special DVD set (the DVDs help fund the project as well).
The movie got a spotlight on YouTube which has resulted in more than 1 million people watching the movie. This is a great achievement for the Blender community’s latest project, which will surely result in more artists, developers and enthusiasts flocking to Blender and contributing to the community.