Sintel (2010) 

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Director
Colin Levy
Date
2010
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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.

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.

www.sintel.org

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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GReloaded

on December 08, 2010 at 10:23am

Awesome Movie

cherryglow

on December 08, 2010 at 6:31am

Amazing film! Enjoyed every bit of it(:

SirClive

on December 07, 2010 at 11:30pm

Really enjoyed this. Stunning animation and a nice story. Would love to see it extended.

Konstelacio

on November 24, 2010 at 6:39am

I've never been brought to my knees by a CGI animation. This is the first time - and with a feisty heroine to boot. Great work, Colin. Please. Keep. Going.

fabian

on November 18, 2010 at 4:04pm

Super cool dragons

rwehner

on November 14, 2010 at 9:57pm

I really enjoyed this film! Short and a sweet. Very well executed story, touching and tragic. Well done!

tim_h

on November 13, 2010 at 9:04pm

I had been following this project since I found out about Blender some months back. I was so happy to see it posted. That being said, I enjoyed it. There is enough to the concept to have made a feature-length film, but in its own right, this film was marvelous. Excellently executed.

Samhain13

on November 15, 2010 at 5:44pm

You might also like Elephant's Dream. It's a similar project, worked on by lots of independent contributors and also Blender-based. =)

prodigal_son

on November 13, 2010 at 10:15am

Loving it.

shaunkara25

on November 10, 2010 at 4:37pm

wow i just finished the film and just beyond beautiful it is the probally the best thing i have seen in a while

looooove

on October 31, 2010 at 9:37am

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strugart

on October 25, 2010 at 4:11am

a great animation film. Nice work in the script, i like the ending. More to come?

argy47

on October 15, 2010 at 3:24am

Very good movies, congratulation to all tean

ottodv

on October 09, 2010 at 7:02am

It's really amazing what Blender can do, I'm impressed! I hope to see a full length film from them one day soon. I spent some time today making two Sintel Personas for Firefox: http://www.getpersonas.com/en-US/persona/309631 and http://www.getpersonas.com/en-US/persona/309632
While working with those graphics the amazing detail of the scenes struck me even more.

McFex

on October 03, 2010 at 10:45pm

This is an outstanding story within an outstanding piece of 3D animation work!
Loved the detail on the characters aswell as on the surrounding textures.
Unbelievable what can be achieved with this free/open source software "blender".
Thank you for sharing this - this is definitely worth promoting.

@Limbclock:
Yes, the hair turning grey in the end comes with the whole twist of the story in the end, this is about all one can tell you without completely spoiling it for everyone else, who reads the comments first and watches the short then... ;)

limbclock

on October 03, 2010 at 4:36pm

I think that this work is excellent. The plot was ok, and it was nice to see that it didn't end up being another Pixar, disney ending. I like the detail put to the characters, although i thought that the Girl character might've had some texturing errors near the end of the movie, where some parts of her hair went grey (was it intentional?)

All in all, an enjoyable action flick. Worth 14 minutes of your time.

Imaginary-r4e-

on October 03, 2010 at 10:57pm

The gray hair was intentional.
[Spoiler warning]
We were watching the movie from here point of view. And when she saw that her "baby" dragon was fully grown she realized that she had spend years looking for him/her. Before this moment, we saw her as the young girl she was in the beginning. However, when she realized she had grown old, she saw just that. And when she saw it, we saw it. Therefore the gray stripes in her hair all of a sudden. At least that is how I interpreted this movie.

Imaginary-r4e-

on October 03, 2010 at 12:13am

These Blender Foundation projects just keeps getting better and better. I would give this movie about 8 out of 10. Perhaps even 9 out of 10. The animations were very well done, the world was beauteful, the music was good and very appropriate, and the story... Well, at first I thought I knew what was coming. I thought I knew what was coming until the few last seconds of the movie. The end was simply perfect. Up until the end the story wasn't anything special, but they fixed that with a flawless twist. They really made it this time.

Imaginary-r4e-

on October 03, 2010 at 12:12am

These Blender Foundation projects just keeps getting better and better. I would give this movie about 8 out of 10. Perhaps even 9 out of 10. The animations were very well done, the world was beauteful, the music was good and very appropriate, and the story... Well, at first I thought I knew what was coming. I thought I knew what was coming until the few last seconds of the movie. The end was simply perfect. Up until the end the story wasn't anything special, but they fixed that with a flawless twist. They really made it this time.

technoshepherd

on October 02, 2010 at 12:18am

I liked this it was really good

jamie

on October 01, 2010 at 3:07am

As of about an hour ago, the tracker's reporting problems is FIXED. Cheers!

jamie

on September 30, 2010 at 11:13pm

Due to a big with our tracker under high load, we are currently not reporting downloads for our torrents, including Sintel. The tracker continue to be completely usable. We'll try to fix this within the next 18 hours.

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