Big Buck Bunny
I downloaded Big Buck Bunny a few days back, but haven’t paused long enough to really sit down and watch it. On seeing it mentioned today on BoingBoing… I fired it up before heading out to do some errands with Liz. She came over to my computer, and we watched it together, laughing through almost all of it.
I found out that this animation was made using Blender – an application that used to be commercial, but which was then purchased by the open source community and released under the GNU General Public License. Learning that really sort of blew me away. It’s akin to, say, a group of folks bandying together, raising funds, and then purchasing MS Word… and making it free for anyone in the world to use.
Additionally, the animation was released using a Creative Commons license, and all the animation files are available.
Chris has been talking a lot about The Wisdom of Crowds at work, and I really need to get this book and add it to my to-read list. I added it to my Amazon account, but just haven’t pulled the trigger on getting more reading material, as my time hasn’t been too conducive to reading lately. But I’m fairly certain this book is the one Chris keeps referencing, and hearing more projects like Blender and Big Buck Bunny gets my gears going from a “what’s the future look like” angle.
The movie itself is a blast, and really well done. You can find it on YouTube, but I definitely recommend getting a larger version to watch on your computer. They’re big files, but… start the download maybe right before you go to bed. Trust me – it’s a heavy file, but SO worth it. [Via
MeFi and BB].