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Blender International Movie Week - Murnau the Vampire (Mexico)


murnau.jpgOver the last few weeks we have received information of a few remarkable Blender movie projects that are being worked on around the world. This week we'll be highlighting some of them in our 'Blender International Movie Week'. Today part one: Mexico, where Oscar Alvarado is working on the short animation movie 'Murnau the Vampire'.

[ev type="youtube" data="DLKvZ3G0dbc"][/ev] Teaser from "Murnau the Vampire"

Oscar follows the model of Elephants Dream: he hopes to finance the production of the movie with the pre-orders of the DVD which, like Elephants Dream, will contain all the production files under a Creative Commons license. Also, the names of the people who pre-order the DVD will appear in the credits. You can also donate to the project directly through PayPal.


The official release date will be March 2008, and the DVD will contain all the material generated trough the production. Besides the short film, All the material will be under some of the Creative Commons Attribution licenses.

We wrote about Oscar's 'Chibi World' before. He has a distinct graphical style (which I really like) and his productions are very professional. All in all, I have high hopes of this project - I just hope that replicating the Elephants Dream model will work as well for him as for the Orange project and that such an endeavour is achievable by one person only.

Oscar writes:

I'm in the animation since 1998, first in the 2D area with my own animation studio called in that time IMAGINARIA. My first short was called SONAMBULO (sleepwalker), based in the CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI from 1919. In this production, all the animation was made in a classic 2D and a little of CG backs and FX.The second animation project was a short called BERENICE, based in a tale of Edgar Allan Poe. This short was entirely 3D and was winner in a short festival in Guadalajara, México. (My city)The third of my projects was ROBOTO, four shorts that tell the story of 4 different robots in the same apocalyptic world. This shorts was presented in the BLENDER CONFERENCE 2004 in Amsterdam. We make a DVD with the 4 shorts for sale here in México, but the animation industry in my country is a little baby.From 2005 at 2006 I was the director of animation and concept in the first mexican animated serie called CHIDOTLAN for Cartoon Network Latin. The project was a lot of problems. My team and I, finish all our work, but the distribution area makes the things wrong and the project now is in standby.In the last months of 2005, I start the production (independent again) of A FEW NINJA STORIES. A 7 chapters miniserie based in the adventures of a ninja school and his students down the name of OM ANIMATION STUDIO. This material was presented in the BLENDER CONFERENCES 2006.And the last of my independent projects MURNAU THE VAMPIRE( Under OM ANIMATION STUDIO too). I want with MURNAU, make an independent way to distribute the independent animation work. Little money and little crew. MURNAU is my first serious massive project (I hope not the last).In other areas, I'm illustrator since 1990 in technics like the watercolour, inks, oils, acrilics and of course, the digital media like the 3D and the 2D paint. In 1998 I made a comic book called PENUMBRA, in 2000 the comicbook EL SANDRO and now I work like freelance for 3DTotal in their TotalTextures CDs updates.In this year, I hope travel to Amsterdam at the BLENDER CONFERENCES 2007 for show MURNAU THE VAMPIRE.I love the 3D, I love the animation, I love the art.....God... I love my work!!



Call for Participation

Do you know of an interesting Blender movie project that we should highlight here? I'd love to see something from, for example, India, China or from the Middle East. Please get in touch - let's hope we can make the Blender International Movie Week last two weeks ;-)

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. I wish him luck with the project, but a quick note - ED was under the CC-attribution; this is under the CC - non commercial - no derivative. Those are substantially different licenses.

    The first allows almost any and all usage of the content, the second essentially only allows redistribution of it in its original form.


  2. @tom: that cc-noncommercial-noderiv license applies to the material on the website. On his site, Oscar states that the final material will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

  3. looks very nice, can't read any of the production logs though, I might preorder this, going to snoop around the site and production logs first though...

    Funny, a few years back I was all like gothic and stuff, now it just doesn't do much anymore.... maybe people do change. . . .

    I like this cute style quite a bit too.

    Anyone remember code-hunters? it wasn't independant and all but it looked cool too.

  4. @ " Actually there are two projects more on the making - Yolotl and Some Short Stories "

    I see Yolotl in gblender on 2006, but i think the work was stoped.

    Good luck for everyone.

  5. Has anyone found a viewable version of the teaser video? This pixelmash on youtube looks horrible and the one on while locking much better refuses to zoom to full screen. I understand that sites like YouTube are a really nice think, because you don't have to worry about the traffic and it is easy to use, but degrading a nice work to such a quallity by pathetic videocodecs is like a smash in the face.
    I have no problem waiting for a slow download or even use something like bit-torrent and as long as a standard installation of vlc can decode it, most people should be able to view it. Am I really a member of a minority group by thinking this way?

  6. Hi Chlue!

    You rigth!

    The video quality is poor in YouTube And is alittle better on MySpace, but, I have to think in all the people that dont have a speed conection, paciance, and knowledges for download by Bit Torrent etc.

    If you have a solution or sugestion for this problem... please, feel free by contact to me!

    Somnus Pravis

    By the way... thanks to all for your comments!!!

  7. eonmach realm on

    Feliz de saber que hay otros que conocen el concepto de Open Source en México, yo soy del DF, 4 años de conocer Blender y también de los pocos en hacer cortos.
    Brindemos por una comunidad fuerte en México y calidad ante todo.

  8. Terrific news. There are a lot of talented (real heavy hitters!) 3D animators from Mexican descent. This should be very promising the more so I can't wait how Oscar going to show the potential of Blender. Of course it is all about the artist, not the tool... I know.

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