= Elephants Dream is "the world’s first open movie, made entirely with open source graphics software such as Blender, and with all production files freely available to use however you please, under a Creative Commons license".
"Elephants Dream is a five minute animated film telling the story of two characters, Emo and Proog and the surreal world in which they live. The film is widely considered to be the first ever 'open-film' project that has resulted in the animation, along with its associated software and production materials being made freely available for download. But how important were open-source ideas to the film makers? The film's producer Ton Roosendaal sets the record straight; "Without that [open-source] element there wouldn't have been a project even." Ton remarks that the film has, to date, clocked up over 500,000 downloads and sales of 2400 DVDs. "I'm very happy with the reviews we got so far; luckily the movie was perceived as a professional quality product, and reviewed based on comparisons with what the big studios come up with." Roosendaal thinks open-source media is going places, "There's clear signals that this approach works well, and creates excitement and involvement of a lot of people, also from producers and sponsors. That might enable us to set up a next project based on larger targets." (http://plugincinema.com/plugin/content/view/214/27/)
See our entry on Open Source Film Making