5:00 pm General

I’ve been a long-time fan of Ton Rosendaal, the man behind Blender. The Blender Foundation has innovated in finding ways to improve and support their software, and this year launched the second Open Movie project project Peach (after project Orange two years ago).

Elephant’s Dream, the film which came out of Project Orange, was a little weird, and clearly aimed at being more arty than cartoony – exploring the concepts of control and imagination in a pretty abstract short. This time, Ton promised that the result would be much more accessible, cute and fun, and the result Big Buck Bunny, will be screening its world premier on the 10th of April in Amsterdam. I hope that there will also be a showing during the Libre Graphics Meeting in May.

As well as making films to improve and publicise the software, Ton has also innovated in fundraising, putting DVDs (which include a high-res rendering of the film and the source Blender files) on pre-order, to help pay for the film! People who order early enough also get their name in the end credits.

This week, the first trailer for the film was released, and indeed, it’s got promise on the cuteness factor!

Big Buck Bunny – Official Trailer from Andy Goralczyk on Vimeo.

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