Just a short post (I have lots to do at work, but I need a slight distraction to clear up my brain)… My Sintel DVD has just arrived, and one word to describe it: overwhelmed!

For those of you who don’t know what Sintel is, it is the third open movie made by the Blender Foundation to showcase the advancements of Blender (particularly the Blender 2.5.x series).

Technical goals for Blender 2.5.x are:
* High detail multi-res modeling (sculpting) and render (micropolygons?)
* Fire/smoke/volumetrics & explosions
* Compositing using tiles/regions, so it becomes resolution independent
* Crowd/massive simulation (fix animation system to allow duplicates)
* Improve library system for managing complex projects
* Deliver in 4k digital cinema (depending agreement with sponsor)

As was with all of the open movies, the Blender Foundation depended on donations to help fund development of the open source software application (and create the open movie in the process).

Was the price of getting a DVD worth it? In a word, yes. You’ll have 4 DVDs worth of the actual film, tutorials, scripts, the blender program used to create sintel (plus all of the .blend files to recreate the film!), and whole lot of extras! You’ll even get 4K screenshot renders of the film itself.

In this screenshot, I loaded the .blend file of the guardian fighting sintel in the first scene:

Guardian Render in Blender 2.5.x

There are funny pics like:

Indiana Jones much?



And some video recordings of the voice actors:

Halina Reijn voicing Sintel

All in all, it’s a great addition to the Blender library and 3D resources.

DVD Extras (Disk #3)
Film Credits - Was fun looking at my name in it!

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