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Sintel is a next in a series of visually stunning and captivating short animation films initiated by the Blender Foundation. The previous – Big Buck Bunny and Elephant’s Dream – have been a huge success and associated The Blender name and the Foundation itself with the highest quality animation worldwide.

Sintel tells a story of a young girl on a long and dangerous quest to save her best friend, a baby dragon. With plenty of time to tell the story (this short is little over 14min – the longest of all three), the team had a chance to fully showcase both their creative and technical skills and the capabilities of their animation software, Blender. Fast action scenes, fires, landscapes & complicated facial features – all you could expect from a multimillion animation studio, but done by a small, international team of creators working on open source, free software with a budget of $550k.

Here is the sneak peak, but for the entire short we highly recommend you download the HD file from the link above. More download options (file formats, resolutions) is available on the movie’s website.

The Blender Foundation creates state of the art animation shorts to showcase the application’s capabilities, stimulate its development, validate the open source creation pipeline & encourage young artists to participate in the creative process by licensing the raw material and the final product under Creative Commons.

For the entire creation pipeline in the studio, we will only use free/open source software. For 3D graphics, compositing and video editing we’ll obviously use Blender. For imaging and drawing we expect to use GIMP and Inkscape a lot.

You can find out more about the project, its timeline, team and the founding here.
A game based on the short is already in the works – check it out.

“The results of the Durian Open Movie project are being licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This includes all the data we’ve published online and on the DVDs, and all of the contents on this website. If any content on this site is not licensed as such, it will be clearly indicated.”


Related Links:
Sintel’s Website
Blender’s Website
Blender Foundation’s Website
Sintel on YouTube (but please do yourself a favor and download the full HD version – it’s worth it!
Sintel on Wikipedia
Sintel on IMDB

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  • haterade

    looks fawking wack

  • Jongachan

    awesome graphics and emotion capture!

  • debbieann

    too short

  • Persyjackson

    no shit you dumbass, did you read the title?
    It’s a fucking SHORT, and even though it’s so short and a lot of people worked on it for free it cost half a million bucks to make.


  • Jaz

    wow. what an intolerant asshole. i think it’s too short as well — too short, as in “lets see more of this quality, style and story”. too short, as in “i’d pay my $10 at a theater to see more like that”.

    it’s a compliment you dumbass.

  • Shadow Black

    Even though its only under a minute long. Its awesome! I’d happily pay 15 – 20 pounds for a ticket to watch more longer stuff like this! Keep it up Blender Foundation!!!

  • Kademlia

    That’s the trailer! Download the whole thing with the link on top of the post or go to YouTube (link in Related Links) to see. I didn’t want to post it here so you can download and see it full screen HD – the resolution of the file liked here is 2048 x 872 px (~270 MB).

  • Rebelion

    well frankly every one of you talking shit is a dumbass. your talking shit to ppl who will probably will never see what your saying so from here on out quit talking shit its fucking pointless. i realize right now im not any better but it feels good for some one to take a stand against others stupidity!

  • Skyler

    Stupids thats not the movie… Its a preview.

  • deathbystone

    I think its very good quality, but i have to say: the hands of the girl are just to big for her. hey its just a thought. 😉 check them out at 0.30

  • brimac

    id like to know why i cant close the damn thing

  • gamester

    dude that looked AMAZING!!!! and the story was sad :’/

  • Knox500

    i cant seem to get a clean copy its curepted and i cant see much.

  • Anonymous

    Try other formats – Maybe your computer cannot handle the resolution – mine had a bit of trouble too…

  • Linnette

    This short was very good and very sad. I’d love to see a full blown out movie on it. I would definitely pay money to see it in theaters.

  • bobj

    omg! omg! omg! as an rpg freak all I have to say is… OMG!

  • Breezygirl18

    That was awesome. The graphics were beautiful and so realistic. Everyone that worked on this should really be proud of themselves. The story was sad, makes you wanna cry a little. I would love it if they would make a full blown movie out of this. It’ll be awesome. I’d love to see if she gets the little dragon back home safely lol. I really really hope that make a movie out of this. I’d definitely go to the movie and pay money to see it. Good work guys =)

  • Domonico

    it’s pretty sweet. just imagine what a full length movie like this would be like!

  • Anonymous

    Damn just from the trailer i think this is awesome, im downloading the movie right now so will comment after.

  • Alienslola

    It is really cool short story! Some people don’t know what is a short story. It is in English 101 stupid morons! It is a work of an art. Keep it up guys!

  • Averyanator2

    I completely agree with persy. a bunch of good people working their asses off for a short they probably wont get paid for. So fuck off Jaz. This film was beautiful.

  • Grammar Police

    You said talking shit 3 times. I think they got it after the first.

    “will probably will never ” WTF?

  • schoony

    i agree with you john the graphics was great! the emotion def pulled me in. i been soaking up this kinda work ever sence i started drafting classes, we did a little rendering an animation work last term and i though that kinda work was awsome and can be rewarding. im tryn now to find options for animation classes too.

  • Anonymous

    If anybody can recommend similar quality work that’s offered free and is worth featuring to the FrostWire community, let me know!

  • AnnasBananas

    Why do all you people get so angry over nothing… Obviously Jaz was saying it was good, they were both just trying to say they wanted to see more.. It’s not an insult. Don’t get all your panties in a bunch. It’s the internet first of all, and you don’t need to cuss and insult everyone for their opinions just to feel better about yourself. Grow up all of you it’s pathetic. Go cry to your mommy’s or something.

  • Nick

    I didn’t like thow scales got killed by her…ruined it for me. Graphics were amazing and the storyline had something going for it, but that was just wrong. Moral of the story…don’t kill those you’ve saved by accident, lol? I mean obviously she couldn’t have really helped it. Just seems like a lame way to end it.

  • Poll

    get a better name loser lol

  • archangel of death…

    wonder if they will come out with that movie if so whats the title

  • Hellbound67

    Its pretty cool but i suspect ive seen better cgi in nemo

  • Icee_tizzy

    ahh u make me laugh haha im wit jaz and annasBananas

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