Blender Film Review: "Elephants Dream"

Live Stream Host: Kent Trammell

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We're going way back in time to the dark ages of computer graphics: 2006. Blender had been open source for only 3 years when Ton Roosendaal and his Blender Foundation decides to challenge convention and make a legitimate animated short film. The result was "Elephants Dream". It sent ripples through the computer graphics industry, being compared to the likes of Pixar. It also pushed Blender's development forward, proving to the world what was possible *without* expensive commercial applications.

Directed by Bassam Kurdali and a 6-person artist team, this film made history. Today Lampel and I are reviewing "Elephants Dream" with special guest Tim Von Rueden! Join us as we consider the film's narrative, artistry, and technical execution.

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Previously Recorded February 27th, 2018. Chat is now closed.
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    Kent Trammell

    Thanks for watching, everyone. And for sharing your thoughts. I had a blast. Till next time 👋

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    Tim Von Rueden

    Bye everyone! Take care

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    Jere Haapaharju

    Thanks for the stream! :)

  • malhomsi

    a nice stream thank u guys ! glade to have Tim with us

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    pieriko

    thanks

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    Char Hunter

    Thanks Guys!

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    Michal Zisman

    Thanks for another great stream!

  • malhomsi

    i dont mide the animation .. maybe the artistic direction ?

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    Char Hunter

    I think it's easier to animate objects than to interpret human movement.

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    pieriko

    1character/1 worked hour for a second

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    Piotr BrzostyƄski

    My bad 1995, not 1997, but you get the point

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    pieriko

    I think at pixar, they try to reacha second of animation per character for an hour worked by a pro animator

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    pieriko

    animating 10 minutes of movie would take like a year for a single animator for a "descent" result

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    pieriko

    They couldn't afford a team of animator

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    pieriko

    That's why I agree the animation might be the problem...

    Well.... It's not accusation

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    Piotr BrzostyƄski

    Toy Story came out in 1997 and yeah, some motions (especially on human characters) feel stiff and weird, but overall the animation was superb, especially compared to Elephants Dream. So probably inexperienced animators...

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    pieriko

    they should try to run it on EEVEE :D

  • malhomsi

    agree with pieriko

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    pieriko

    you can do awesome animation with basic rig

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    pieriko

    There are problme in the animation over technical. Timing, splines...