While you might find fault with the story, acting and direction in this 12 minute, crowd-funded film (make sure to watch past the credits to the very end), it’s more about showcasing the CGI and effects. They weren’t created at a high-end Hollywood VFX house using state-of-the-art software. They were created with free, open source Blender. AND, if you buy the 4-DVD packaged version, you get all the source files used to create it all to help garage filmmakers learn how to make their own CGI filled films.

  1. Mark says:

    Where was it filmed? in Amsterdam?

    • msbpodcast says:

      The canals must have been a real tip-off, hey?

      The entire production is being done in the Netherlands so its either there or Rotterdam.

  2. bobbo, one true Liberal recognizing Obama is too far Right says:

    I can do all that in my garage?

    Kewl. Now, all I need is a garage.

    Damn carport!

  3. What? The moth is always drawn to the flame? says:

    Technology is an excuse disabler.

  4. EddieTheKing says:

    Blender is an amazing program, they should teach it at every school, its easy to use, rock solid and free!!

    Great to see it getting a plug here on the JCD’s blog.

    • bobbo, one true Liberal recognizing Obama is too far Right says:

      Years ago I dipped into Blender to make simple landscapes. How its used to make city scapes or robots/machines is beyond me. Is it still just clip and drag with parameters set by slide bars?

      Might be time to give it another look, although another hobby would cramp my beer drinking time.

      • EddieTheKing says:

        Yep still many slide bars : )

        But none of them serves beer, but hey it’s Open Source, so if you wish you cold build an add-on with a beer tap slider, there’s a physics game engine and you can set particles …

    • UncDon says:

      Carrara Studio is a whole lot easier to use, but not free, and Cinema 4d, though very expensive, has enough of everything to make you forget about open-source anything.

      Tried Blender years ago, too. Not worth the steep learning curve.

      • EddieTheKing says:

        The last 2 years they have redesigned the program, and it is now much easier to use. I wasn’t a fan of the old pre 2.5 version, and I couldn’t find my way through it, and left it untouched, but the new one is simply great. I’ve used Maya and Lightwave in the past but never felt as comfortable working with it as with Blender, it clicked.

        Regarding learning, there are now some video tutorials sites out there, and for a newby who’s interested in starting to do 3D it shouldn’t be too hard to learn the program. Times have changed a lot over the last 10 years, kids nowadays have it a lot easier …

  5. msbpodcast says:

    This was an awesome (not so short) short.

    Its what I’ve been saying for years (since 2006.)

    I had (still do but LibSyn shut me down for lack of traffic,) a few podcast episodes predicting that somebody would crowd source and produce a good film (one where the writing was actually worth a damn [and this one has the potential to have a real story,]) and worth the streaming.

    The destruction of the studio system and the need for mega-block-buster budgets is about to happen.

    Find me a budget Michael Bay for direction and a better script than Transformers™®© where somebody actually produces something of Casablanca caliber and we’ll see the end of the MPAA.

    • msbpodcast says:

      I’ve sent them my order for the opus when its finished.

      Like Alan Kay said: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

      Failing that, its to fund its creation.

  6. eighthnote says:

    I was using blender back in the version .75 days. I am amazed at how far it has come, and the ingenious model that Ton Roosendaal created to get it there. Much respect to all the developers, artists, composers, writers, etc.

  7. willitblender says:

    Also check out there Big Buck Bunny. Pixar quality if you ask me!

  8. sargasso_c says:

    It’s all phoney!

  9. MrFurley says:

    msbpodcast is right. It’s time for MPAA to wither and die already. Hollywood needs fresh blood not another Scooby Doo III or Saw VII.


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