Sintel is a new Open Movie project that’s well underway in 2010. It’s using the open-source Blender software, and is part-funded by taxpayers via the Netherlands Film Fund…
“We have invited the best talent from the Blender community to work in Amsterdam for half a year or more, in the studio of the Blender Institute. They get excellent working conditions, and full coverage for travel and housing, including a reasonable fee.”
Pre-production concept art for Sintel.
The Sintel team has a substantial blog, which is documenting the process of putting the movie together. Well worth putting the RSS in your feedreader. Part of the aim of the project seems to be to provide a “crucible of fire” in which the just-released Blender 2.5 alpha can be forged. They’re inviting additional participation from Blender users. I must say that I haven’t used Blender before, but now that I’m getting back into 3D work it’s going to be installed on my PC today.
Perhaps most interestingly for machinima and anymation creatives is the statement that all the film’s studio assets and content will be…
“freely licensed” … “delivered as free and open content under Creative Commons Attribution”.
Which (on release, I’m guessing probably at the end of Summer 2010?) seems likely to result in a slew of new fantasy-oriented content becoming freely available to other filmmakers. I’m not sure how low-poly those assets will be, though. The previous Big Buck Bunny studio assets torrent for Blender weighed in at a mere 200Gb+!
However, there may be a set of low-poly models to be dug out of the package. Last week one of the creatives on the project blogged…
“Over the past few weeks I’ve started doing “Layout” work for Sintel. Layout is the stage where we figure out the basic character blocking (in this case choreography), camera angles and movement, as well as the timing and rhythm of the edit. At this point the sets and environments are also roughed out in low-poly form.”
I wonder if they would consider a separate download for those who just want the low-poly assets?