Born: March 20, 1960 (age 53)
Biography: Ton Roosendaal is a Dutch software developer. He is known as the original creator of the open-source 3D creation suite Blender and Traces, he is also known as the chairman of the Blender Foundation, and for pioneering large scale open-content projects. In 2007 he established the Blender... MORE
Biography: Ton Roosendaal is a Dutch software developer. He is known as the original creator of the open-source 3D creation suite Blender and Traces, he is also known as the chairman of the Blender Foundation, and for pioneering large scale open-content projects. In 2007 he established the Blender Institute in Amsterdam, where he works on coordinating Blender development, publishing manuals and DVD training, and organizing 3D animation and game projects. LESS
For over a year an international team of 3D animators and artists worked in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute on the computer-animated short 'Sintel'. This independent production was financed by the online user community of the free program Blender, supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, CineGrid Amsterdam, and with sponsorship from international companies. The film project's primary target was intended as an incentive for the development of the Blender 3D open source software, a program producer Ton Roosendaal originally developed for use in his animation studio in the 90ies. The film itself, and any material made in the studio, will be released as Creative Commons shortly after the premiere. This concept, a true Open Movie, allows filmmakers and animators to study and reproduce every detail of the creation process. Companies and research institutions can use it as a reference standard for demonstration purposes, or for research on new technologies. In these areas, the concept behind Open Source and Open Content is increasingly accepted as an efficient investment in "shared self-interest". After the short film "Elephants Dream" (2006) and "Big Buck Bunny" (2008), this is the third animated short created in the Amsterdam studio with support from around the world via the Internet. For "Sintel" the ambitions were set extra-high, with more than double the budget (nearly 400k Euro), a team twice as large (up to 14 people full-time) and a work period of more than ...