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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. Good article, nicely described for people who aren't into Blender. I didn't know it cost 400 000 euro, everything is done with donations so I never would have thought this much money had been gathered. I like the ideas about the new movie project but right now I'm just dying to see Sintel!!

  2. Great stuff! The open Blender movies has been a huge success, and I hope they'll create more in the coming years. I've seen BBB several places used as a demo video, and I think Sintel also will do the same.

  3. "... to Cinder tits to show his quality when..."

    I've got to wonder how the Google translator came up with *that* one!

    "The organization also plays with the plan a full-length animated film making."

    Great news! Besides getting still greater exposure for Blender, that would really make Hollywood sit up and take notice! I very much hope this comes to pass.

  4. It's an excellent article, 1000 times better than the completely misinterpreted written piece of crap by the NFF newspaper. (which Ton literally threw aside when he read it)

    And it's a shame that so little money is being invested in Dutch animated films, while there's so much knowledge in this country!

    And now up to attention on national TV, this is really a milestone in Dutch and independent filmmaking!

    Btw, I will make a proper translation!

  5. I made my own translation: (lot of work, I'm not fluently at English)

    AMSTERDAM - For a year fourteen men worked on the third short film by the the Amsterdam animation studio Blender.
    Thursday Sintel premieres. On the internet.

    Sintel is a fantasy film based on a idea of cartoonist Martin Lodewijk (Storm, Agent 327).
    Thom Hoffman and Halina Reijn provided the voices of the two main characters.
    Last monday the film was shown first on the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht, Thursday it becomes available on the internet.

    Sintel is the third short film by the Amsterdam animation studio which drew attention with the amusing Big Buck Bunny.

    The fifteen-minute film, about the relationship between a girl (Sintel) and an orphaned dragon, is darker and less accessible than its child-friendly predecessor. Simultaneously, the technical quality greatly improved. In image quality, detail and characters, the film can par with Hollywood animation.

    The film is fully animated with computers in Blender's studio at the Entrepotdok with its own ''free'' animation sofware Blender 2.5
    The fourteen animators who worked on Sintel come from all around the globe and stayed in Amsterdam at the expenses of Blender.

    The production has cost 400,000 euros, which is after Bommel Movie "If you know what I mean" from 1983, the most expensive Dutch animated film ever.
    The Dutch Film Fund contributed 125,000 euros to the budget. The rest came from donors, corporations and 2800 fans. Their name is listed in the credits and they will receive the film on DVD later.

    Sintel, like its predecessors, is completely free of rghts, under a Creative Commons license. Viewers may freely download the film and coorperations can apply the film for demonstrations.
    For example, the American DivX, who sponsored the film with ten thousand euros, uses Sintel show its qualities on compressing video for internet use.
    ''For us this the way to finance an animated project'' Ton Roosendaal from Blender said. ''In another way it's very difficult''

    In addition, users of the 'free' animation package Blender can also use all files freely for own film projects.

    According to Ton Roosendaal, the next film film will be a special-effects film set in Amsterdam, in which animation is combined with ''real'' images.
    The organization also considers making a full-length animated film. (HERMAN STIL)

  6. Too bad they're talking about "Blender" as if it's the institute. It's the Blender Institute and Blender Foundation, not "Blender".

    Journalists. Gotta love them.

    Still, great news :)

  7. ...just to reassure the rest of the world we don't throw 'tits' randomly throughout every text we write, it was actually a typo in the Dutch word for 'quality'.. ;-)
    Think of it as if in English someone would have written 'quatity', that actually sounds even worse.. :P

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