Sintel "The Epic Adventure" AnimatedShort Film

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Sintel " The Epic Adventure"  

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 "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. 

Sintel” is Open Movie Project, licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. That means you can share and show the movie freely, for as long you include the credit scroll of the film itself. Sintel will premiere on September 27th 2010, in Utrecht on the Netherlands Film Festival.
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.

"Sintel" commenced in May 2009, with producer Ton Roosendaal establishing a core team consisting of Colin Levy (director), David Revoy (concept art), Martin Lodewijk (story) and Jan Morgenstern (composer). In August script writer Esther Wouda was approached as a consultant, which resulted in her taking the responsibility for the entire screenplay. Esther then worked in close cooperation with Colin, David and Ton to deliver the final script early November. Meanwhile, Colin and David realized the first storyboards.

Based on a public call for artists -- with over 150 respondents -- the Durian artist team got established in July 2009. They first met in a pre-production week in Amsterdam in August, and all decided to join the project per October 1st. With the final movie budget still unknown, the target then still was to finish the film within 7 months, with a team of 6 artists and 2 developers. At that time the team still had the hopes to be able to realize the script in a 6-8 minute film.

The movie itself, and all of the work of the Durian team in the past 18 months will be released under the Creative Commons Attribution license, free for everyone to distribute, learn from or re-use. The 4-disc DVD set will provide all data to be able to recreate and rerender the film in its entirety.


The results of the Durian Open Movie project are being licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This includes all the data we’ve published online and on the DVDs, and all of the contents on this website. If any content on this site is not licensed as such, it will be clearly indicated.

In short, this means you can freely reuse and distribute this content, also commercially, for as long you provide a proper attribution.

The attribution is:
a) If you redistribute or screen or broadcast the movie itself: include the entire credits scroll.
b) In all other cases, attribute our work as:
© copyright Blender Foundation |
© copyright Blender Foundation |
Excluded from the Creative Commons is: all logos on this website (including Blender logo, Durian logo, Creative Commons logo) and associated trademarks. Excluded is also material that’s clearly not resulting from the Durian project, such as magazine covers.

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