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'Tube': the open-source 3D animation experiment funded by Kickstarter

3D animation director Bassam Kurdali has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for his latest project, Tube. The film is being made by a team from around the world, using open-source digital modeling software Blender to create the characters and environments. The project is an exercise to show the power and flexibility of open-source, with the final product being released under a Creative Commons license for all to share, mix, and re-interpret. However, those who choose to back the project financially will still be rewarded, with anything from exclusive artwork, to a place in the credits, or even being immortalized with a cameo appearance in the movie.

Tube is inspired by the poem The Epic of Gilgamesh and follows the story of Gilgamesh, a female soldier, as she is caught in an ever-accelerating vortex. The final release will allow users to see all elements of the film’s creation, and even adapt the character models for their own work.

We’ve seen Kickstarter used to crowdsource fund a diverse array of projects, from point-and-click adventure games to Bluetooth Smartwatches. Kurdali released another open movie in 2006, Elephants Dream, and says that he hopes that with the funding from Kickstarter this project will be complete within seven months. The money will be used to fund the work of the existing crew, with any excess raised used to hire in more artists and eventually fund the distribution, promotion, and festival entries of the film. After just two days, Tube has almost reached 50 percent funding, with more than 240 backers already pledging to the project.

Indie Game: The Movie tour begins next month

Public screenings to take place in 15 different US cities such as Chicago and San Francisco

The directors of the critically acclaimed Indie Game: The Movie are to screen the film across 15 different cities in the US, its has been revealed.

The film, which follows indie developers as they create their games, is to be self-published by the directors, and presented by Adobe.

The documentary had previously been offered to various traditional distribution deals, but filmmakers Lisanna Pajot and James Swirsky opted to go it alone after concerns about when the film would release.

The first public screenings of the film is set to take place at the Rio in Santa Cruz, California on March 2nd, whilst second and third viewings will be held at the Embarcadero in San Francisco on March 6th.

Further venues include Seattle, Asheville, Portland and Chicago, whilst further tour stops and dates are to be announced in the near future.

“We’re really excited to finally share this film with so many audiences, in person, throughout the country,” said Swirsky.

“This project has truly been a labor of love for us and we are thrilled that Adobe is helping us take it to indie game developers and fans on such a large scale.”

As well as the nationwide tour, Indie Game: The Movie will be shown at GDC on March 5th to the first 500 pass holders at the door, with a special panel of all the developers in the film and the movie’s creators.

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