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13.2. Elephants Dream, the World's First "Open Movie"

Although the Creative Commons license and the GPL are unrelated legally, they are closely aligned in spirit. Both of them acknowledge the importance of sharing ideas and building upon previous work as essential aspects of the creative process, while protecting the right of creators to receive credit for their work and to maintain some control over potential uses. So it was only natural that the first film created by the nonprofit Blender Foundation, intended primarily to showcase the abilities of the free software package Blender, would be released under the Creative Commons license, with not only the film itself but all the production files relating to the film also freely released. And so it was that Elephants Dream became the world's first "open movie."

Elephants Dream (see Figure 13.1) was produced by Ton Roosendaal, founder of the Blender Foundation and chief developer of Blender. The film was directed by Bassam Kurdali, and the rest of the core team included Art Director Andreas Goralczyk, Technical Director Toni Alatalo, and Lead Artists Matt Ebb, Bastian Salmela, and Lee Salvemini. Music and sound effects were composed and recorded by Jan Morgenstern.


  

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