Sintel (2010) 

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Colin Levy

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.

Colin Levy

The Blender Foundation is an independent non-profit public benefit corporation chaired by Ton Roosendaal, the original author of the Blender software. It is funded by donations from entrepreneurs, companies, and the community. One of the foundations goals is "to give the worldwide Internet community access to 3D technology in general, with Blender as a core." The foundation provides various resources to support the community formed around using and developing Blender.

Donations are used to maintain the Blender website, support future Open Movie Projects, as well as hire other developers to work on the Blender software.

"Sintel" was the Blender Institute’s third movie. The movie started production in September 2009 and was premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival at the end of September 2010. With a much larger team and bigger budget, the targets were very ambitious, resulting in a 15 minute short film that has found much acclaim on the web; storytelling and editing were top priorities for the team. "Sintel," as well as the other Open Movie Projects, was intended to validate and improve the 3D open source content creation pipeline with Blender. It was created using the Blender software and released under permissive license terms, along with the source material. Development targets mainly focused on getting the Blender 2.5x series more stable and usable, improving the sculpting tools, efficient detail rendering and global illumination.

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on May 10, 2011 at 5:33am

Only criticism I really have is the dragon being a bird/sheep. Other than that great work.


on May 06, 2011 at 9:06am

Beautiful piece of work. Had to watch a couple of times to really catch some of the twists in the story. Makes me proud to be part of a (international) culture that could create this, all the way from funding to creating tools sharable by anyone to distribution.

Love to Team Blender!


on May 10, 2011 at 5:31am

Man I hope you're kidding about having to watch it a few times to get it..


on May 05, 2011 at 7:05am

This is a pretty amazing short film. I really want to see more!!!


on April 21, 2011 at 12:37am

I really like this movie!
Could you public bticoin address for donations?


on April 12, 2011 at 1:25am

I have to say i really enjoyed this short film, i know of a couple of people who would also love to see this.

Please keep this excellent work going.


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on March 13, 2011 at 11:08am

its really amazing to see that blender can be used to make such awesome films.The scenes,textures, lightning, storyline & camera angles are great!


on March 08, 2011 at 1:33pm

Very awesome animation by skilled people and amazing Free Open Source Software Blender. Another evidence how Free Software is powerful and that there is absolutely no need for proprietary software owned by corporations selling licenses for usage. If only people realized and gave support using Free software, it would become even better and better.


on February 18, 2011 at 2:20pm

WOOOOW! That was an amazing ride :'o
Thank you very much and Congratulations to the makers! and to Blender too... it's gone a very long way =')


on February 10, 2011 at 10:10pm

Amazing! Very excited on the whole open sourceness of this film. The story is wonderfull, the animation and the visuals are amazing, and the open sourceness makes it even more respectable!

Visuals: 10/10
Audio: 10/10
Story: 10/10
Final Verdict: 10/10

P.S. I can't wait to play around with the animation files ;)


on February 10, 2011 at 10:07pm

Amazing! Very excited about the open sourceness of the film. I believe that open source will be the new way to go, because instead of waiting for major software companies to update their software and make you pay more to update it, maybe even not having all the features you requested, with blender you can even add new features on your own (if you know pyhton of course...) and send them in to be included in the new release.

Final Verdict: 10/10 (Visuals 10/10, Audio 10/10, Story 10/10)


on February 03, 2011 at 4:47pm

I felt more than intrigued by the look and the story. I've been writing some stories as well, and not due to lack of vision, I jut haven't seen what I've written directed and placed on film as well as yours. Excellent job! And I totally agree with the others, I'd pay to see your film as a full feature 3D.


on January 31, 2011 at 6:14pm

With VODO as a free film promotional and distribution platform and Blender as a free 3D graphics package, this is a perfect example of the quality work that can be produced without major software and studios (and the great expense inherent in them).

This has a wonderful story, great acting and sound design and is visually beautiful. Excellent work, Colin.


on January 17, 2011 at 11:39pm

only one word: WOW!


on January 17, 2011 at 10:21pm

Truly wonderful. I'd pay top dollar to see a full length feature of this on a cinema here in South Africa on digital 3D projection. :)


on January 17, 2011 at 5:17am

Great Movie!
Really good job


on January 05, 2011 at 7:57pm

* I would like to See extended version of this short film


on January 05, 2011 at 7:54pm

Nice story,nice animation,gr8 job thanks for making available making of version on youtube.Touching End.So many Things can be learned from you guys.I will like to extended version of this short film.Keep up the good job
I am adding to my collection
10/10 :)


on January 04, 2011 at 3:27pm

really really great job ... i wish you guys would create a full lenght movie for the cinemas!!!


on December 10, 2010 at 12:02pm

Love it! Great movie even if sad. It makes me think how often we can find ourselves in similar situations, it's a good metaphor.
Great job!

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