By E. Brown
Did you hear about Project Orange? How about the end result called Elephants Dream? Not many heard about the animated short movie from a collective of International artists.
Elephants Dream is the world’s first open movie, made entirely with open source graphics software such as Blender, and with all production files freely available to use however you please, under a Creative Commons license.
The short film was created by the Orange Open Movie Project studio in Amsterdam during 2005/2006, bringing together a diverse team of artists and developers from all over the world.
I love this idea. Using team work, collaboration, and a creative environment to their maximum potential is what I often write about. Where else does fun learning occur at a rapid rate? Where else does innovation and pushing the envelope occur?
Now, another effort is in progress, called Peach. After a month long “call for entries,” review of portfolios, and putting the final team together, Peach went into production last October. Provided the DVD’s sell well, this is a win-win scenario:
- The software company wins by getting exposure and their product stretched beyond normal use.
- The artists win by getting to work on a project with world-wide exposure.
- The director wins by getting his idea/story created.
- We win by getting to see and learning how it all gets done.
This is truly a “peach” of an idea. I look forward to following this project closely and seeing how it turns out. I also hope this inspires many others inside and outside the creative profession to explore collaborative team environments.