Blender is an amazing tool for 3D production and post-production but what about animation pre-production? Alot of projects begin by creating a website, installing a forum, a blog, a project management system such as DotProject and then kind of slap it all together. Although doable, I was gladly surprised that there is an open source creative commons licensed software that combines all of the features for pre-production into one software.
The cool thing is that with a little bit of creativity you can actually use this software as your project management throughout the entire production from pre-production through production to post-production with it's ability to store files in an organized system. Complete with forms for everything from characters to scenes and sets it has the ability to store the storyline, storyboard, text, pictures and play them back in a logic way. This creative software is even capable of printing your storyboard in standard storyboard formats for sketch tweaking and presentation.
My over all review of the software is that it is truly a brilliant piece. Although some of the navigation and over all software presentation seem to be borrowed from other applications and there is a little incoherency among window types I do like the tab browsing and the easy project hierarchy. With the ability to logically store files in a project directory it makes it the ideal choice for any project. The fact that it's free and commercial licensed makes it even better!
Be sure to check out Celtx and download a copy of it for your own projects!
Celtx is a project collaboration tool for people who work in film, TV, theater and New Media. Celtx is being developed using the Mozilla application framework and is released under the Mozilla Public License (MPL).
Collaboration - enables project publishing and sharing.
Import, write and edit scripts using industry conventions.
Perform production breakdowns by adding images and notes.
Create a searchable database of Project information.