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Sintel trailer!

on May 13th, 2010, by Ton

After many weeks of fighting technology, here’s a first glimpse of this wonderful short film that’s shaping up here.

With big thanks to Jan Morgenstern for the epic soundtrack, which as usual makes our humble creations look so much better!

We have less than 2 months now to finish this completely… imagine the tension that’s building up here to get everything perfect. For today, we’ll celebrate a big step forward. Enjoy!


382 Responses to “Sintel trailer!”

  1. Easton Says:

    @Johan: The dragon is almost obviously the ‘someone’ she is looking for.

    I think I may have watched this 30 times over. The anticipation for the final film is killing me!

  2. ochacon Says:

    congratulation, it’s amazing. woooohooo

  3. Shinobi Says:

    From Ton:
    “- The 4k rendering will happen after the premiere, so we don’t have this extra burden on the schedule now.”

    very wise choice, Ton, very wise. I wish you all the best in making the movie outstanding in 2k ‘now’!
    Then, if you all will have time, move on the 4k project, but now it’s extremely important concentrating every effort to make a very detailed and complete 2k version πŸ™‚

    If you need something from us to help, let know! πŸ˜‰

  4. Simon Says:

    How about another update? maybe something about rendering and compositing?

  5. CFolea Says:


    ^That was my jaw hitting the floor. I’m absolutely speechless! Really wonderful work guys! Absolutely incredible!

  6. joeri67 Says:

    Is the renderfarm staying at the institute after the boyz/girlz have left?
    It would be a waist not having those engines working on a 720p stereo version.

    Ofcourse All cameras need to be adjusted to have a POI ( currently just looking straight forward seems to be what the camera is doing ) And all composites need to be converted to 3d as well ( backdrop paintings need to sit in the back, or worse: be re-rendered to stereo as well )

    So what are the plans here? A single lonely man(girl) at the institute or can this be done community wise threw out the world ( pick a scene like vimeo star wars uncut ) and rendered in A’dam? I’d love to coordinate that.

  7. tweakingknobs Says:

    mein got !

    357 posts


    go durian go !!

  8. Roy Says:

    A great teaser! I’m already looking forward to the movie.

    I have only some minor critics: Especially in the shaman’s hut Sintel’s face looks a bit too translucent and like silicone instead of flesh and the shaman’s lip-sync seems to be a little off. The icy landscape is not very detailed.

    But let’s move on to the praise: I love the cut and the camera work. I love how far you can look over the city. It’s so incredibly huge. And not to forget, Jan’s music is epic. I love it since Elephant’s dream.

    Keep up the good work!

  9. Michael Says:

    Financially how much does it cost for the team to work on the project for one day?

  10. Corniger Says:

    Mid July! That’s when my final exams will take place leaving me time to blend again πŸ™‚
    Awesome work there, it captured me from the very first second and that’s all that counts right now as I couldn’t possibly give any useful comments anyway. Just don’t forget shave every now and then, it will make you feel fresher πŸ˜€

  11. Eagleshadow Says:

    Now that i finally picked up my jaw from the floor… I can say how the trailer is incredibly incredibly awesome πŸ˜€

  12. Shane Newville Says:

    Once again, I encourage all commentators to please, first take notice to the fact the team is not asking for your critiques. This isn’t Pixar where hundreds of people are working on the film. It’s a handful of passionate Blender pros investing a huge portion of their lives to bring you something amazing (entertainment and software…FREE). Please just send them your encouragement, gratitude for their undying commitment to you/world, and give them all encouragement and support you can muster up in your scrawny self. Art, has become something to feel so insecure about for today’s artists. I personally blame all the art teachers who think of themselves highly enough to judge/grade other people’s creative expressions. It was never meant to be that way.

    I highly recommend the book, “Fear and Art” by David Bayles & Ted Orland, to ALL artists.

  13. W Says:

    Interestingly enough, despite the fact that this these are not final shots, they had a strong impact on me. The shots are amazing, the dragon is the best CG dragon I’ve ever seen (thanks to the concept art)… it was overwhelming, and it’s getting even better.

    God bless!

  14. Mario Says:

    From today, users will be able to download and install free software to play and encode the new WebM format. WebM is based on the Matroska container format β€” replacing Ogg β€” and the VP8 video codec which replaces Theora. Crucially, the Vorbis audio codec is part of the new WebM specification.

    Google has announced that all videos that are 720p or larger uploaded to YouTube after May 19th will be be encoded in WebM as part of its current HTML5 demonstration.

  15. J'bari Says:

    hello. just wanted to say GREAT JOB team, and cant with until the final version. keep doing what you do and above all, HAVE FUN! πŸ™‚ layta!

  16. Horus7 Says:

    Woow! it’s amazing!!! i just downloaded it and i’m telling every one about this project πŸ˜€

    I’m a blender fan since many years and i can tell you all you have done a greate job

    keep going!!!!

  17. zdreamonz Says:

    Blender & Durian go!!!

  18. wo262 Says:

    about spanish subtitles.

    on 00:13 “ΒΏQuΓ© te trae a la tierra de los porteros?” “porteros” sounds like goalkeepers from football or disco doormen. “guardianes” or “celadores” or “centinelas” are better and they sound more epic! πŸ˜€

    on 00:19 “Estoy buscando a alguien..” Use “…” ellipsis instead of “..”

    on 00:39 “Una peligrosa misiΓ³n para un cazador solitario..” “cazador” and “solitario” are for male. Must be “cazadora” and “solitaria” and “…” ellipsis instead of “..”

    on 00.43 “He estado solo desde que tengo memoria..” The same. Use “sola” instead of “solo” and “…” ellipsis instead of “..”

  19. W Says:

    SVN commit 3721: flying godzillas are not zombies anymore (pablo)

    This just keeps getting better and better!

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  21. Alaa El-din Says:

    Great Trailer!!
    I’m sure the final movie will get better and better isa
    I really appreciate your hard work
    keep it up

  22. Leo Says:

    “What brings you to the land of the gate keepers”. I have not yet seen better lipsync in all CG. Is that some secret weapon that the development team of Blender 2.5 are hiding; waiting to reveal with the final version?

  23. Juan Romero Says:

    please πŸ™‚

  24. Onkar Says:

    Great trailer. Snow storm, desert, hair movements, facial expressions and everything else. And music deserves special mention. I still like listening to BBB end track now and then. I am sure final movie is going to be great. πŸ™‚

    By the way, will it possible to add subtitles in .ogg files using kate codec? Kate support is available for at least six months in gstreamer as well as vlc. If for some reason using kate is not possible then I suggest that you switch to mkv so that people preferring open codecs will get best user experience.

  25. kopi Says:

    Colin, you already are a master of your craft! Genius! Looking forward to your first 2 hour movie! YES!

  26. Arhozin Says:

    “Perfect”…Piye jal…

  27. Cakemix Says:

    Wow, the trailer looks reeeeaally awsome. Good job!
    I just stumbled over this trailer in the channel of a german party and I’m very impressed…
    Keep it up. o.o

  28. The Fatsnacker Says:

    Okay, enough all ready……where’s the film? I’m on edge. I feel like an expectant father, although it must be said I look like one as well (but thats another story).

    I’m sure the pressure will be off once the film is out, and It must be said that I;ve spied on all those nice machines in the office that WILL be redundant when everyone moves on. My existing machine can already feel the possibility of being replaced… πŸ™‚

    Remember when Sintel is released to suck up the kudos, you all deserve it….



  29. Limvot Says:

    Sweet! Downloading now! Thanks Ton and the team!

  30. Temitopa.A Says:

    I know you’re and negatively anxious, remaining 1 month for you to finish; but I am positively anxious because I can’t wait more to receive the DVD

  31. Aaron Hamilton Says:

    it’d be nice to encode the final as well on bluray with that new open source bluray encoder

  32. wanker Says: