change, let's move from product reviews to... movie reviews!!!
Big Buck Bunny is a
comedy about a well-tempered rabbit "Big Buck," who
finds his day spoiled by the rude actions of the forest bullies, three
rodents. In the typical 1950s cartoon tradition, Big Buck then prepares
for the rodents in a comical revenge.
What is great about the movie is that it is "open." What is an "open
movie?" Well, "open movie" promotes open content creation in a
For "Big Buck Bunny," it is not only developed by an animator community using open source
software Blender but also
distributed under an open license that gives
artists free access to the entire studio database of assets and files
used to make the movie.
"The primary intent of the movie was
to stimulate the development of
open source 3D software, but the quality of Big Buck Bunny on an
artistic level as well as on technical ingenuity is what you
would expect from large animation studios," said Ton Roosendaal,
producer and Blender Institute director.
The Blender team didn't have support of a big studio, yet they
with the community support, an open source rendering software and an
on-demand computing platform.
And the last part is where we came in. Blender team needed over fifty
thousand CPU-hours of compute time, and our Network.com grid
services provided them a very powerful platform where they could
hundreds of CPUs simultaneously to significantly speed up the movie
rendering process without needing to own the compute infrastructure.
For all the geeks out there, here
is how it happened -- technically
speaking -- over the Network.com grid platform.
Shining example of... the power of community (and lowering barriers to
entry for producing a computer-animated movie), if you ask me.