Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Elephants Dream - An Open Source Flick

As I've mentioned before, one of my favourite podcasts has to be Lugradio. If you're at all interested in the world of open-source and Linux, you should give it a listen. It's funny, interesting and even sometimes intelligent ;). Anyhow, on the most recent episode, the boys talked about an open source short movie just released called Elephants Dream. It was the product of an open source project called the Orange Open Movie Project, and was produced with open source tools like (Blender, The Gimp, Inkscape and Cinepaint among others). It was released under a Creative Commons license and as with any open-source project, all of the project files used to make the work are available for download as well.

While not a candidate for a best-picture Oscar, it showcases what can be done with open-source tools by an open-source project - very definitely a creative force to be reckoned with. I have seen many many many worse short films. The story line is a bit 'out of sorts' for my tastes, but the music and video production technically was very impressive. Check it out. This might be the first of many more creative productions by a very creative open source community.