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<firstimage=”http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/sintel_poster.jpg”>short films onlineJust last month, the Blender Foundation released its third open movie, Sintel, which you can watch below and on YouTube. Just like its previous short films online, the Blender Foundation used only open-source or free software to produce movies of at least 10 minutes for everyone to rejoice and learn about the potential of the 3D animation software and video editor Blender.

Blender is cross-platform so you can learn the basics right now with the QuickStart and plenty of other tutorials on the official site and all over the net. Blender’s not the only 3D content creation software available for free though.

Just to name a few, there’s:

There are a few more alternatives which you can see here but Blender seems to be very popular so most of the following open-source-generated masterpieces are made with this powerful suite.

Short Films

The Blender Foundation’s Sintel is a 12-minute short film released online on September 30th, 2010 that was independently produced (initially funded through donations) with only open-source software over 10 months in Amsterdam. The software used includes:

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Big Buck Bunny is an award-winning animated short film released online by the Blender Foundation in 2008.

According to the official site, Elephants Dream is the world’s first open movie released by the Blender Foundation in 2006 after 8 months of work. You can’t seem to order the DVD anymore, but you can watch and download it online.

Besides these, there’s also Plumíferos or Free Birds, an 80-minute Argentinean feature film that premiered in February 2010 and is entirely made with open-source software (Blender and Linux OS). Here’s the trailer with subtitles.

Shorts

The Cup from Pepe School Land via Blender Nation and Tech Drive-In: This consists of superbly made and hilarious short made in Blender by students of a Barcelona-based animation school.

Taste Lab by ICEBOX Studios via Tech Drive-In: This is a short comedy (about a girl tester in a food lab) that was produced in 5 months with Blender.

(NSFW) South Park Animation by dirtyblender: Here’s an unofficial animation that was produced in a month also solely in Blender.

Rainboy by 3dddie: This is a short film made in full in 5 days with Blender, GIMP and Inkscape.

In the short, the boy holds a sign saying “Ojek Payung” which translates to “Rain taxi” or “Rent an umbrella”. The phrase seems to refer to kids in rainy season that lend their umbrellas to office people who need to quickly go to a restaurant or somewhere nearby around lunch time but don’t carry an umbrella with them.

All the software used have been featured in MakeUseOf’s earlier list of Free Applications For The Graphic Designer On A Budget 4 Great Applications for the Graphic Designer on a Budget 4 Great Applications for the Graphic Designer on a Budget Read More .

Here’s a very cute Anime clip, HapiLoli from tomo via Blender Nation that uses Blender.

Transformation from Andre Baran via Blender Nation: Now here’s a clip that demonstrates that you don’t have to use Blender to create 3D cartoons only. You can composite commercial-quality sequences to illustrate a concept.

This is another clip of Blender being used to create a logo by BnBGobo for the CFC, (Combined Federal Campaign).

Pelikone from Kombo via Blender Nation: The following clip is a recently-released Blender-made ad for a Finnish game site.

Just so you know, Blender’s not the only animation software available. Here’s Prologue (released in 2004) which consists of a short made by Voria Studios, the studio that came to release the Synfig 2D animation software under GNU license. Synfig Say Goodbye to Adobe Creative Suite Say Goodbye to Adobe Creative Suite Read More is today a vector-based open-source animation package that facilitates the process of tweening, which is basically drawing animation frame by frame.

Prologue tells the story of two boys trying to run away from soldiers in a sewer. According to the site, “in an attempt to protect his friend, one of the children tries to draw one of the soldiers away. However, plans don’t always work out as one would hope.”

My Friend Rabbit Making Pizza is a short (click to watch as embedding is disabled) made with Pencil, an open-source traditional animation software that lets you trace previously-drawn raster and vector images for your next frames.

As you can see from the sources, the Blender Nation blog is rich with links to amazing Blender-made productions so be sure to check it out for more! If you have favorite open-source-generated clips, you can paste the link in the comments for everyone to enjoy!

  1. Jessica Cam W.
    October 22, 2010 at 12:22 am

    LMMS is open-source software while Archive.org offers music clips in its open-source audio/community audio section.

    You'll probably get more responses if you post your question in MakeUseOf Answers.

  2. SparkD
    October 21, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Is there a music production open source site and software of this type?

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm

      LMMS is open-source software while Archive.org offers music clips in its open-source audio/community audio section.

      You'll probably get more responses if you post your question in MakeUseOf Answers.

  3. generator on hire
    October 20, 2010 at 4:07 am

    animation is something that everyone like, using free softwares is good but using your thoughts is what is more important. thanks 3D world is fantastic

  4. madjr
    October 19, 2010 at 12:28 am

    i hope the people in Hollywood and other countries take note and help fund/support this amazing software and communities

    in 5 or 10 years i hope to have the chance to view some featured films made with Open source tools in my local movies theater

    this could revolutionize the world!

  5. Anonymous
    October 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    i hope the people in Hollywood and other countries take note and help fund/support this amazing software and communities

    in 5 or 10 years i hope to have the chance to view some featured films made with Open source tools in my local movies theater

    this could revolutionize the world!

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 18, 2010 at 11:12 pm

      That's a great thought. I think for now what the public can do to help is to spread the news, get merchandise (like DVDs) and/or donate to the the Blender Foundation.

  6. madjr
    October 19, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Wow, i havent seen any of them and most didnt heard of till today, am fav this so i can finally watch them.

    thanks Jessica for the great post you're awesome!

  7. Jessica Cam W.
    October 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Nice! Thanks for the suggestion! Here's the link for everyone, ForeverBlender.

    More links are welcome, everyone!

  8. Blended010
    October 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    if you want pdf tutorials for beginners visit foreverblender blogspot

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

      Nice! Thanks for the suggestion! Here's the link for everyone, ForeverBlender.

      More links are welcome, everyone!

  9. adsense approval
    October 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    linux is the best

  10. Notesfrom Uthers_cave
    October 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    linux rules

  11. Almux
    October 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Great stuff and nice inspiration.
    So much can be done with a OpenSource app!
    May i suggest you to have also a look at my short?
    All modeling and animating done with Blender... But cutting and sound are made on non-Open Source. :o
    Flash version here: http://video.moncinema.ch/vide...
    And QuickTime here: http://www.visionnart.ch/index...

  12. Guest
    October 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    and it was edited together - with ? I don't see a free final cut pro on the list - looking again .... nope.

    So it was mostly free. Got it.

  13. Guest
    October 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    and it was edited together - with ? I don't see a free final cut pro on the list - looking again .... nope.

    So it was mostly free. Got it.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      Which one? :)

    • Guest
      October 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      The blender foundation ones were all put together with blender's built in video editor. can't say for sure but I would guess the same is true for most the other blender ones as well.

      • Jessica Cam W.
        October 15, 2010 at 12:57 am

        Oh, yes, the non-linear video sequence editor isn't as well known as the 3D compositing features in Blender. Here's a tutorial for non-3D artists, and another one from Youtube.

    • Felix
      October 15, 2010 at 12:02 am

      Blender? it has a build in VSE, basic, but effective non the less, I guess.

  14. M.S. Smith
    October 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    So basically everything here was absolutely awesome. Nice work.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm

      These clips are totally professional studio-quality. It's amazing what some free time and LOTS of patience can lead to.

  15. Tim Brookes
    October 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Fantastic post. Blender is clearly a great tool, I've recently thought about giving it a go.

    I really like the fact that it can be used in a Linux environment.

  16. Tim Brookes
    October 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Fantastic post. Blender is clearly a great tool, I've recently thought about giving it a go.

    I really like the fact that it can be used in a Linux environment.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks! In fact, the About page for Sintel says the computers used were all equipped with Linux (64-bit)!

      • Anonymous
        October 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm

        Wow, i havent seen any of them and most didnt heard of till today, am fav this so i can finally watch them.

        thanks Jessica for the great post you're awesome!

        • Jessica Cam W.
          October 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm

          No problem! I invite you to check out BlenderNation as it posts videos from Blender artists on a regular basis.

        • website designer
          October 20, 2010 at 4:09 am

          blender nation is the right place .. i agree with u madjr never heard development with free softwares and getting so much name awesome work

  17. Carbon
    October 14, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Absolutely amazing stuff.

  18. Darkphoenix
    October 14, 2010 at 8:08 am

    i'd recommend visiting http://www.blendercookie.com

  19. Versatile
    October 14, 2010 at 4:17 am

    How about a blender tutorial? I'd love to make some of these using blender only!

    • Darkphoenix
      October 14, 2010 at 6:08 am

      i'd recommend visiting http://www.blendercookie.com

      • Jessica Cam W.
        October 16, 2010 at 8:46 am

        Wow, this BlenderCookie site looks really neat! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 14, 2010 at 6:28 am

      Super3boy has a great set of video tutorials on Youtube.

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