Sintel, the Durian Open Movie Project Sintel, the Durian Open Movie Project Sat, 07 Dec 2013 18:22:14 +0000 en hourly 1 World’s first baby named after an open movie character Sat, 07 Dec 2013 10:46:31 +0000 Pablo Vazquez Now this is an achievement! When characters go beyond the screen right inside our lives. This blog post is not about the movie itself, is about a new little person…

Welcome to the world,

Xareni Sintel Ordonez!

Some days ago, Daniel Ordonez (a Mexican Blenderhead living in Chicago), sent me an email. But this was no ordinary email, it was about how together with friends and family, they picked the name Sintel for his daughter.
Exciting! But we wanted proof :) And Daniel delivered.

If some years from now you’re reading this, Sintel, be proud! You’re in the news from the moment you were born. Enjoy the world and don’t stop looking for your dragon.

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Sintel 4k, DCP and .mov file Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:38:41 +0000 Ton Jonathan Jensen created a 4k (4096 wide) DCP package; the digital standard for cinema:

Thanks to Gianluca “Kino3d” Faletti for hosting it! (27 GB)

There’s also a 4k UltraHD (3840 wide) H264 encoded version available now:

(NOTE: Posting comments now has been disabled for this website).

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Jan Morgenstern wins two Jerry Goldsmith awards Sat, 23 Jul 2011 10:11:40 +0000 Ton Both the Sintel score and the Sintel credit song “I move On” have won the Jerry Goldsmith Award at the prestigious International Film Music Festival.

Here’s the announcement on the official web with pictures.

Great milestone for composer Jan Morgenstern and lyrics writer Esther Wouda, for the entire team, for open source movies and Creative Commons, and of course everyone who helped making Sintel possible!

Jan Morgenstern website


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Sintel blu-ray .iso download Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:34:54 +0000 Ton Here you can find an updated (fixed!) Blu-ray .iso. Special thanks to Mathias Linden for the service!

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Sintel full studio svn online Sat, 09 Jul 2011 14:07:16 +0000 Ton As requested by Tim Chen, a Taiwan University researcher who created a great non-linear image revision system with a GIMP prototype:

the full studio svn database for Sintel has been put online as well. Tim needs this data to investigate how a studio workflow for CG animation film goes in practice, and to check on the feasibility to develop a similar revision system for .blend files. If you check the video, this would certainly provide a revolutionary workflow for teams on films!

For anyone interested to investigate studio workflows in general, our svn is available for download here:

There’s also an md5 for the files. The .tar files have been created like this:

tar -cvf - ./svnroot/durian | split -a 4 -d -b 256m - /tmp/usb/durian.tar

Files that have been uploaded should be 268435456 bytes each, which exception for the last file which is 153933824 bytes. Total size of the svn data is about 114 GB.
Tips for how to merge it all and untar I found on this page.


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Jan Morgenstern nominated for Goldsmith awards Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:25:04 +0000 Ton Both the Sintel score and the Sintel credit song “I move On” have been nominated for a Jerry Goldsmith Award at the prestigious International Film Music Festival:

Great milestone for Jan Morgenstern, for the team and of course everyone who helped making Sintel possible! The festival awards will be announced July 22nd. Stay tuned,


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Production updates Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:17:21 +0000 Ton Lots of things keep happening all the time with Sintel and the crew! Here’s a list of bullet points with highlights.

  • Sintel selected for Siggraph Animation Festival.
    Out of over 1000 submissions, 60 entries were honoured. It’s for our open movie projects a first timer, both ED and BBB didn’t make it… :)
  • Blender Foundation booth at Siggraph tradeshow
    At least Colin, Nathan and me will be there. I hope we can afford to fly in other team members… t.b.a.
    Note we also have a Birds of a Feather event at Siggraph with Sintel presentation.
  • New download page
    Pablo re-edited the download section, it also has newly encoded versions based on the downsized 4k 16 bits color files made Mathias Linden (thanks!). You can also find all 40 subtitle languages there now.
  • Blu-ray ISO and 4k mkv file available
    Mathias Linden also encoded us these versions, test these here:
  • Festival screenings
    I do my best to keep the agenda updated, Sintel remains popular at many festivals world wide!

And personal highlights for crew members:

  • Colin Levy has been recruited by Pixar, he has a 1 year contract as “Camera & Staging Resident”
  • Beorn Leonard is being flied in to Sydney, he’ll become animator on Happy Feet 2, Dr D studios
  • William Reynish has been accepted on the famous Danish Film School as an animation director student.
  • Dolf Veenvliet launched a crowd-funding campaign for his future fossils Entoforms.
  • Ben Dansie now works for MonkeyStack studio,
  • Jean-Sebastien Guillemette realized  CGI for the series
  • Lee Salvemeni launched new character training at his CGMasters site
  • David Revoy and Angela Guenette created awesome Blender training dvds.
  • Pablo Vazquez is hanging out here in Amsterdam, will work on new training dvd too.

And Campbell, Brecht and me are still frantically trying to get Blender more bugfree :)



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Sintel at SIFF, with Colin, Nathan, and Ian Hubert Fri, 03 Jun 2011 07:05:56 +0000 nathan Sintel was in the Seattle International Film Festival. This was quite convenient for me, since I live in Seattle, but not so convenient for Colin who lives on the other side of the USA. Despite that inconvenience, he still flew across the country to visit and attend SIFF. It was a lot of fun!

Unfortunately, it did not occur to us to film anything until the last day he was here, which was after Sintel had already screened. But with the footage Colin shot on that last day, I edited together a short video.

Also, we met with Ian Hubert of Project London fame, who also lives in Seattle!


Ogg Theora: siff_with_colin.ogv

- Nathan

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Sintel ‘Lite’ – 2.57b Update Mon, 09 May 2011 19:25:26 +0000 ben Download here:

Hi all,

The file pretty much speaks for itself given the previous Sintel Lite post. Beorn should probably get more of the credit for this one seeing as he chased the script changes down this time and a glitch of some sort with the proxy head mesh. On my part, I updated the composite and render setup a little bit to work nicer with Approximate Indirect Lighting, so now you can use mesh based lights. That won’t light hair, cast shadows, create specular or bump details. Basically it just gives diffuse light and bounced light. Ideally you use it in combination with the usual spotlights and so forth. However, with Cycles on the planned horizon that doesn’t seem to matter much anyway in the long run. This file still doesn’t use ray tracing though and I set the Indirect Lighting to one bounce so it still renders quick. The file also loads and renders off a net-book, just doesn’t render nearly as quick.


I’m still aware that due to the nature of Blender being very accessible, not every Blender user out there has a beast of a machine to use so I thought I’d test it out. Textures should be included this time, although they haven’t really changed since last time.

Questions will probably get answered quicker at the forum thread:

or on the Blendswap page:

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Sintel at Seattle International Film Festival Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:29:22 +0000 Ton Look, we even received a Laurel! :)

The cinema where Sintel screens has digital 4k projection, I’m working with them getting this formatted right and delivered. Would be a real world premiere then too.

May 19 – June 12, 2011

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