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Nearly finished!

on August 29th, 2010, by Ton

Dolf spent the last two weeks here on a wonderful film credits, based on David’s concept art, which added another few minutes to the film! Pablo and Soenke keep trying to make shots even more awesome, but that also has to stop soon now. The next week we can still do last re-renders, spend time on a final color grade session, and then at sept 7 deliver the final files to the film lab. The final Dolby master then has been scheduled on the 9th, with the first film print – for the premiere on NFF – ready tuesday 14th.

Film stats:

– Film itself: 12:24
– Credits: 2:24

Total length: 14 minutes 48 seconds, or 888 seconds!

Who could have imagined! We started with a target of of “6-8 minutes” you know. ๐Ÿ™‚ And even after the finals screening, Colin and Beorn managed to add 4 seconds to the film!

Next on the todo: get the DVD mastering started up, we already have a menu loop for it, a quad-split-screen version with storyboard-layout-opengl-final and will add a number of fun deleted scenes! Ali has the documentary finished (60 minutes). Oh, and we didn’t forget the tutorials, our loyal team members are working from home on it now. ๐Ÿ™‚


(BTW: I’ve updated the About pages with proper history info and added the missing artist’s mugshots, this in preparation of press releases and for magazines etc.)

(BTW2: the date for the actual online release has to be pinned down still. Aim is to do this within a week after the premiere. Also depends on how fast we can get the DVDs done. News on this will follow)

79 Responses to “Nearly finished!”

  1. joeri67 Says:

    x264 is a mp4 ?
    So its not the encoder setting the quality but the bandwidth given per sec.

    On the other hand is the encoder known whats going on in the scene it can encode better for that scene. Sometimes its better to have nice dark info and sometimes its better to have good move info. Some companies go as far as setting encode values per scene. Or at least have a timecode run next to the movie to encode to presets for that scene.
    Also, very good encoders can use bandwidth on areas of the image.
    ( You can try this in photoshop’s “save for web” and select the alpha channel to determen where to use the bandwidth ). So its possible to encode blurry backgrounds not very well, and have extra data for eyes and faces.
    I dont think Sintel will get this kind of encoding.

  2. J. Says:

    And if you’re not pleased with the results of DivX and Beorn, you can take the PNG’s and make your own encode. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. J. Says:

    I just looked again to the DivX encode of the trailer and I must say: Almost perfect!
    There’s nothing to worry about, these guys know exactly what they’re doing.

  4. hetors Says:

    Great Ton, thank you very much for the reply.
    Iยดll buy the DVDs.

  5. Jack D Says:

    The store page needs to be updated, it still says 6-8mins.

  6. inken Says:

    i’ve just ordered the dvd today. after knowing you used one of my animations (curious which one ^^) i had to buy it on dvd.
    clever guys… clever ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. DingTo Says:

    Awesome Credits. I really can’t wait to see this film.

  8. rogper Says:

    I’m crossing my fingers for the next project to be a Space Opera with a little bit of Cyberpunk ๐Ÿ™‚ …I miss those.

  9. Mathias Says:

    @joeri67 Everything you said, x264 does automatically – and a lot more. There is little to gain from manual per scene adjustments. But if you want, you can do that with x264 too.
    @J. Encoding it myself was what I wanted to avoid, because I was hoping to get the best version on the DVD. And sure, the trailer wasn’t bad, but surely improvable.
    @Ton I just hope youre right. It won’t be as craptastic as the BBB Quicktime was for sure. So for the quick watch it will be more then ok. Only the DVD will tell if I need an extra manual encoded version…

  10. Mathias Says:

    Just a quick note: There are enough badly encoded BluRays out there…

  11. Aman b Says:

    i know about figure “88” but “888” that’s more powerful.

    the base is “0”, i figure about max ability of men power is “88”

    So Sintel movie’s length is 888 sec that’s figuring max from a team.

    Great job Durians…..

    – Aman

  12. yoff Says:

    @rogper: yeah, space opera… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Will the word “Gold” in the credits turn to gold as it scrolls up the screen?

  13. joeri67 Says:

    ” Will the word โ€œGoldโ€ in the credits turn to gold as it scrolls up the screen? ”

    Yes and it will drop off the screen as a real bar of gold to pay for the next movie ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. J. Says:

    I don’t think so, it seems it aren’t rolling credits, but fading still text.

  15. Max Puliero Says:

    in Japan we say


    when you finish the work.


  16. J. Says:

    Here we just say: Finally, it’s done! ๐Ÿ˜›

  17. The Fatsnacker Says:

    I thought it would be Phew!, Who’s round is it, so whats the next project Ton?, Well that wasn’t so bad was it?…… al

  18. Ton Says:

    J: this is the scroll.

  19. J. Says:

    Oooh, okay, my mistake. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Already fixed the Coreel error? Has to be CoreEL. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. TomTommer Says:

    Maybe it’s been suggested before, but it would be pretty cool if some of the more technical blog entries would be on the DVD, like Jan Morgensterns blog on audio. Some of the blog entries are really, really interesting.

    Good luck with finalizing it all !

  21. Jan - 2 Says:

    I wish you all every success with Sintel. Ton I thank you for creating Blender and making all this possible – you are amazing. We have told Lee that we would like to meet you one day.

  22. nawabz Says:

    when its finally released would be be able to distribute the dvd. would be interesting if we could have the dvd covers and cd prints aswell.

  23. Ton Says:

    nawabz: as for our previous projects we will release everything free and open, except the dvd cover and the dvd print. I like it a lot to give our loyal sponsors at least something a little bit unique. They will a true original, to thank them for the trust and sponsoring. Apart from that, the cover has Blender and BF logos too, which is limited to official projects.

  24. J. Says:

    Can’t wait! ๐Ÿ˜›

    It’s been more than a week since the last blog post, so when will you post something? No time due to tomorrow’s ”Cineco deadline”?

    Already seen the test print?

  25. anton Says:

    Ton wrote: as for our previous projects we will release everything free and open.

    Great is this including the music sounds projects, which format ?

  26. Serpent36 Says:

    Gah, I can’t wait that long to see the movie!

  27. Carsten Says:


    The Audio Part was done one non-Opensource-software, using non-Opensource-sampleinstruments… so i bet like the previous OpenMovies you dont get what you asked for. But i hope there will be a Score-only Pack again, like they did for Orange and Peach..
    for example:

  28. anton Says:

    I think the quality of the movie is for 50% determined by music.
    Sintel has great soundtracks but they are closed source not a problem for me
    I guess there is a good reason for.
    Maybe dolby although a good alternative is vorbis.

    Can’t wait to get the Sintel DVD

  29. Jon Says:

    Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

    Can’t wait to see what kind of great work has come out of an open movie project once again! Congrats to the entire team, and I only wish I could make it to the premiere!