…our new animation film project, tube:

tube stillA while ago in Buenos Aires on the Plumiferos film, I was slowly doodling a little image in my spare time. I’m not sure exactly what I was thinking, except I had no intention of animating it. Of course, everyone I showed it to said “you should animate that! really! it’ll be the best thing for you!”

gilgamesh tabletBack home, over late night coffee with fateh, we debated a possible animation based on the Epic of Gilgamesh, which I had just read, and was (and still am) fascinated by it. Somehow the subway image became part of the story. A few scribbles, doodles and arguments later we had the outline of a 5 minute script that was to become tube. [Observe: Not a feature!]

Later, Jason of Handturkey studios contacted me. Being insane, he’d signed up to do an animation for the 48 hour film project, and was desperately seeking victimolunteers to help. I’d just finished a job, so I flew to Richmond, and spent a shivering, sleepless and splendid weekend in Jason’s cramped apartement, packed in with coffee-swilling blenderheads, with more working over the internet. (Jason gave a presentation about it at the blender conference)

After the project ended, we were all still on the mailinglist and IRC channel, happy to have survived, and naturally, looking for novel ways to get in trouble. I remembered the script I had knocking around on my harddrive, and asked the folks if they would like to do something with it. To my surprise, they said yes, and voila! tube had a production team.

We’ve come a long way since then, so the blog will be doing catchup to get everyone up to speed. For now check the site menu, there’s a bit of information in the about/team/media links above.

Oh yes, we also made this silly teaser:

[flashvideo file=https://urchn.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/teaser_1sm.flv image=https://urchn.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/teaser_prev.png /]

  1. Impressive. Who is the author of the music for teaser?

  2. That would be Jan Morgenstern, great sound-design and composer, he also did the music for Elephants Dream, Big Buck Bunny, Mancandy FAQ and Creature factory.
    BTW, congrats on the first post!

  3. A twitte (from “wavecaster”) told me about the existence of this page. I had seen the teaser before in the Blender Conference (streaming) but here it looks and sounds awesome and extremely must must see.
    Great Rating screen by the way 😉

  4. The green screen’s text!!! 😀

    Awesome teaser! 😉

    Are we allowed to make it public?

  5. This is a great news, I was working on a Jungian/Tantra[ic]take on the legend of Gilgamesh but got bogged down by the logistics and had to abandon the film. Seeing it being picked up by a talented crew of your likes is a relief.
    I am sure it will be as good as the Elephants Dream which I see as the uncanny confrontation with the metaphysics of technology under whose sway everything today is ordered and defined.
    My best wishes
    Rajiv Mudgal

  6. @redo

    As far as I am aware, this site would be public so feel free to link to it or do whatever:)


  7. @redo

    As far as I am aware, this site would be public so feel free to link to it or do whatever:)


  8. […] and previews about making (animated) films with free software. I highly recommend you read our introductory post, and check out the about/team and media pages, for some more background on the […]

  9. Ikoichi :

    Amazing! Is the teaser entirely realized with Blender?
    This is not directly sponsored by the Blender Institute, that’s right? But this will be an amazing short movie.
    I will follow this blog, thanks for sharing this making of 😉

  10. أنت مفخرة لنا عملك رائع
    Keep doing good job!


  11. Haydn Jones :

    Hey Bassmam, I was curious as to how the teaser was made. Was the text morph effect it done in Blender? The morph between hieroglyph and letter form is very nice.

  12. Hi Haydn, It’s a combination of modifiers and texture swap… If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll make a little tutorial…

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