Big Buck Bunny

What is common to The Gimp, Python, Inkscape, SVN and Ubuntu ? They are all part of Big Buck Bunny‘s subtitles. I was very amused finding free software programs/projects in the subtitles (although expected in an open source movie).

Except from the result of a funny movie, one of the things I like the most about the Peach project (and the Orange project who proceeded it), is the idea of developing the software in parallel to the creation of the movie and for the movie by adding missing capabilities or features.

I’ve seen some of the new developments (mostly the particle engine) in Shlomi Israel’s lecture (in Hebrew) about Blender during August Penguin, and I really been impressed. Especially since I first heard about the new capabilities, and got a demonstration and only them saw the movie and understood where the particle engine was used.

I’ve also seen similar behavior in my community by Guy Sheffer who developed two small tools for Cinelerra during the editing of the August Penguin videos.

To conclude, I think there is room for similar projects in other areas for free software. Although a movie production is something non-technical people can understand, other projects can also select simple (but ambitious) objectives.

Defining to where you want to go, or where you want to be is an important part of getting there. This might sound trivial, but a lot of people aren’t sure about the big picture of what they’re doing. That’s way I’m so happy to see such projects succeeding in fulfilling their objectives.

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2 responses to “Big Buck Bunny

  1. I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

  2. Hey, you can link directly to my post on the tools here:
    http://guysoft.wordpress.com/2008/08/09/how-to-get-cinelerra-to-input-hebrew-captions-and-other-tricks/
    Or the cinelerra tip page:
    http://cinelerra.org/user-tips.php
    (Oh well, I guess since I linked just now its less urgent)

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