Project Gooseberry has finally launched, and Gecko Animation is on board! We’re teaming up with the Blender Foundation and 11 other studios across the world to produce the world’s first open source feature film. Over the course of about 18 months, we’ll be putting together one part of a film about a sheep named Michel, who longs for a more exciting and interesting life. Directed by Mathieu Auvray, and overseen by the Blender Foundation, at Gecko we will be working with art director Jonathan Ball (Poked Studio) to create a weird, silly addition to the worlds that the film will take you through.
The project is currently seeking crowd funding, and we need 10,000 people to help change film history by making the worlds first open source feature film possible. In return, you’ll receive unprecedented access to the film’s production, as well as a whole bunch of extras. By signing up for the Blender Cloud, you’ll get unparalleled access to all of the Blender Institutes digital resources (including training material and assets from previous films), as well as production data from the Gooseberry Project as the film is made.
You can learn more about the project at gooseberry.blender.org. Go sign up for a membership or a make a one-off donation and help make this movie happen!
Over at GeckoAnimation, @laxy and I recently got to do some visual effects for the last episode in the latest series of Red Dwarf. We’re both fans of the show and really proud to have been able to contribute to it, and after the Premier last night I can safely say its as funny as ever. We were dead chuffed to see that some of our work had made it into the opening titles too, so now we get to see a bit of our stuff in every episode!
Anyway, the series starts tonight at 9pm on Dave, with Episode 6 (the one we worked on) going out sometime in November. Watch it!