Julius Tuomisto writes:
We’re excited to announce that new integrated functionality between Renderfarm.fi and the communal movie production website Wreckamovie.com has been launched. Users of Wreckamovie.com are offered a simple way to create an account on Renderfarm.fi, synchronize the accounts and add their own sessions from Renderfarm.fi as “shots” on Wreckamovie.com. As this is planned to be the first stepping stone in integration, we hope that the future will bring users of both services many more cool features.
Wreckamovie.com – started some three years ago by the same people who gave life to Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning (the most viewed Finnish film of all times) – is a free to use web service that brings people together in order to create movies. The service recently achieved a milestone as the first full-length feature film to incorporate the concept of using community manpower from the beginning to the end of the production, Snowblind, was finished. Renderfarm.fi is a free community based rendering service that first opened to the public in summer 2009. The service aims at making accessible distributed rendering available to anybody who needs it, anytime they need it, regardless of their geological location or financial background.
Julius Tuomisto continues:
The producer of Snowblind, Kalle Max Hofmann visited the Renderfarm.fi stand and presented about the creation of Snowblind with #blender.fi community member Hannu Hoffren at Assembly 2010 computer fair in Helsinki, Finland between 6th and 8th of August 2010. As BURP (the open source back-end technology used by Renderfarm.fi) head developer Janus Kristensen was also visiting Helsinki for the fair, we got interviewed for AssemblyTV about Renderfarm.fi, BURP and community based independent movie production. The interview was carried out by Brendan Ratliff (also known with his scene alias Syphus), who we thought did an excellent job in capturing the essence of the underlying technology and concepts. You can now watch the video on the Renderfarm.fi Youtube channel.
Kalle Max’s visit helped to encourage us about the willingness of independent movie makers to open up their productions to publicly distributed rendering. It now seems quite evident to us that there indeed is demand for a service like Renderfarm.fi in independent movie productions. These productions often have very small budgets in which additional costs related to using traditional cluster computing methods for achieving high quality renders can become a major obstacle.
The introduction of the world’s most popular open source software, Blender, and the open community based rendering power of Renderfarm.fi promises to offer independent producers and freelance artists the tools to incorporate visuals of a complexity level previously only seen in high budget film productions. We also believe that the added involvement and sense of community that people experience when they become involved in the making of the movie (whether through ideation on Wreckamovie.com or sharing their computer’s extra resources for renders on Renderfarm.fi) makes them far more likely to be interested in the final version of a production. For these reasons we believe that the mix of Blender, the openly available rendering power offered by Renderfarm.fi and the talented indie movie community of Wreckamovie.com has potential to break new ground in film making.