This is hands down one of the most incredible independent films I have seen for a long time.
Work began on Sintel back in May 2009, with the final production being released on-line on 27th September 2012. Sintel was produced by Ton Roosendaal, chairman of the Foundation, and directed by Colin Levy, an artist at Pixar Animation Studios with initial funding provided by 1000’s of donations via the internet community. It is the third open movie created by The Blender Foundation, as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. The name Sintel comes from the Dutch word which can mean cinder or ember, and was created by the writer of the script, Martin Lodewijk . This was confirmed by Ton Roosendaal in a blog post.
Sintel, tells the story of a girl on a journey to rescue the dragon that she nursed back to health, after finding it whilst looking for food in her home town. After a while, the dragon starts to get better and she names it Scales. A strong bond has also grown between them.
Then, one day whilst out playing with Scales, they are attacked by another dragon and Scales is taken off. This is where Sintel’s journey begins.
“Sintel” is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.
Watch it in full 1080p if you are able to, as it really deserves it.