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Monday, June 13, 2011

Project London: Filmmaking goes open-source (Wired UK)


By Dan Smith, 10 June 11, via Wired UK

"This article was taken from the July 2011 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.

In Project London, aliens have inhabited Earth after escaping their own dying planet. Joint Command, a military organisation comprising humans and "Nalardians", rules the population with an iron fist, its only opposition a resistance movement known as the London Underground. It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster, but the film's budget is almost nonexistent. Nonetheless, set in Seattle (the London references stem from a working title that stuck) Project London features more than 780 computer-generated effects that bring action sequences, futuristic backdrops and huge fighting robots to life -- through open-sourced contributions. Instead of buying software licences and hiring staff, the anti-Hollywood project relied on a crowd-coded 3D package called Blender and volunteer artists. Since Blender is free to download, says writer and director Ian Hubert, 23, "we figured people who use it may be more interested in helping." He advertised for creatives on US classifieds network Craigslist and the Blender Community (a subsection on the Blender website), vetting potential collaborators' previous work before assembling a team of 12 CG workers. Some were from the US and Canada, others from Europe, and one from as far afield as Malaysia. "There's only a handful I've ever met in real life," says Hubert, based in Washington State. "We've just relied extensively on email."...

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