Glass Half – Animated Short Film

Blender Institute proudly presents the premiere of Glass Half!

Two amateur art critics meet in a gallery and argue passionately about the pieces they see, until finally they find a piece on which they can agree…

All of the visuals of the film have been realized using free/open source software, the film itself and all the assets that make up for the film are being released open and free as Creative Commons CC-BY.

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Directed by: Beorn Leonard
Produced by: Ton Roosendaal, Blender Institute

Cosmos Laundromat – First Cycle. Official Blender Foundation release.

On a desolate island, suicidal sheep Franck meets his fate in a quirky salesman, who offers him the gift of a lifetime. Little does he know that he can only handle so much lifetime. (Target audience age: 13+)

“Cosmos Laundromat” started in 2014 as an experimental feature film, in which an adventurous and absurdist love story is being told by multiple teams – each working in their own unique style. The opening of the film, the 10 minutes pilot “First Cycle”, has been made in the Netherlands by the studio of Blender Institute in Amsterdam.

The film itself and all of the artwork files were made with free/open source software and are available under a permissive license. Free to share, free to remix and free to learn from.

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Why Use Blender 3D: What is So Special about It?

In 2002, Blender was released for public use after years of struggles and setbacks, under the GNU General Public License. That was on October 13th, a Sunday. Ever since that day, Blender has been able to astonish, overwhelm and motivate countless 3D enthusiasts all over the world.

But what is it in Blender that is so revitalizing and hard to ignore?

Well, the following are the top reasons that make Blender a fascinating, and deserving, 3D software:

Astonishingly non-demanding

Blender is open-source, and it is available for free download. Anyone can start using it right away, without having to pay thousands of dollars for securing a license. It can be even used commercially for free. Blender 3D is also light, so even if you do not have a computer with the highest configurations and specifications, there is no reason to worry really. Further, Blender files consume very less disk space. Most models and animations made with Blender occupy only a fraction of space compared to the space demanded by those same things made by other similar tools. In addition to that, Blender works well in all of the major operating systems, be it Mac, Linux or Windows. The software does not even need to be installed completely. Just having a folder does the trick. So when you want to work in a new computer, all you have to do is move the folder.

Surprisingly versatile

This 3D modeling tool can be used for a variety of purposes. Game makers use it to make animations, movie makers rely on it for creating beautifully animated scenes, advertisers trust it for its ability to put together fine visual effects, and the list goes on.

Powerfully packed

Most things that come for free cannot really compete against their paid competitors on an even ground. Not so with Blender. It is true that you can get it for free and use it for free, but it is also true that the software has countless great features packed inside. Soft Body Dynamics, Video Sequence Editor and Gaming Engine are just a few of the notable features Blender has on offer.

Commercially respected

When you think about the fact that the capability of Blender was utilized in movies such as Spiderman 2, Elephant’s Dream and Sintel, you truly realize that Blender is not just another free 3D software that comes and goes. Even some of the biggest and most respected brands used Blender effect at some point in their advertising campaigns.