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Apa the Etruscan and 2700 years of Bologna History

An accurate reconstruction of Bologna history by CINECA. (This video is just the first few minutes of the full movie).

CINECA writes:

Apa the Etruscan and 2700 years of Bologna History, a joint production Cineca and Genus Bononiae, is the first 3D stereoscopic Blender-made movie with high historical standards applied to an entire city with four different geo-referenced scenarios and seven historical periods: Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, XVII and XVIII century and the present day.
The methodology developed for this inter-disciplinary realization used only open source tools, except for City Engine adopted in the procedural modelling. The movie is currently shown at the Museo della Storia di Bologna.

Technical details:

The production repository consists in more then 10.000 files for 15GB (circa 380 Blender files), 18 scenes, 100 shots for a two year work involving 40 people

Total running time: 15’59’’

Blender versions:

  • Blender 2.49b for modelling, rigging, compositing and rendering with self-developed stereo camera
  • Blender 2.50alpha for experimental volumetric cloud effects
  • Blender 2.61 for video editing



  • Guitar

    Love the lighting and color.

  • Walshlg

    beautiful! Thank you, I hope that you also post a 3D version

  • johnj

    sòrbole! i want more!

  • Indy

    Why stereoscopic version on YouTube is only converted? Could you post also stereo3d version?

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  • MariaChiara

    Here is part of the making-of with sub-titles in English

  • Philippe ROUBAL

    Great work ! Huge world !

  • Kirill Poltavets

    Awesome! :D  I would like to see English subs also...

    • Kirill Poltavets

      Ah... I missed the option in YouTube, sorry!

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