The visual effects of “Tears of Steel” have nothing to envy big sci-fi film productions from major cinema companies that collapse theatres worldwide. However, this shortfilm was not produced in Hollywood but in the Netherlands, was developed through open software and has not follow an usual circuti of distribution for this kind of productions, instead, can be found entirely online and purchased on a DVD with extra content.
This 12-minutes shortfilm, online released on September 2012, is the fourth open movie production by Dutch studio for open 3D projects Blender Institute. An independent production financed by its online community through crowdfunding and the support of the Netherlands Film Fund, Ginegrid consortium corporate sponsors such as Google.
The project was an incentive to develop a free and open source pipeline for visual effects in film industry, which uses the creation software Blender 3D, developed by this institute. Following the philosophy of a true open movie, the final production and all the material developed on the filmmaking process is released under Creative Commons licences, so other filmmakers can study and reproduce the details of the creation process. Continue reading
UPDATE from August 1st, 2017: Horrific: Reports that Bassel Khartabil Has Been Executed in Syria
After more than a year, no one has received yet any official explanation or reasons to the detention of Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian-Syrian well-respected computer engineer, 31 year old, specialized in open source software development who volunteered on Internet projects like Creative Commons, Mozilla Firefox, Wikipedia or Open Clip Art Library.
Khartabil, who is better known online and in technology communities as Bassel Safadi was detained on March 15, 2012, in a wave of arrests in the Mazzeh, district of Damascus (Syria), no trial.
Get your calendar or daily agenda close to you before keep reading this: in its second annual edition, the Open Education Week starts next Monday, March 11st, till Friday 15ht. As both, an online and offline event and seminars online (webinars) are organized worldwide for roundtable discussions, training sessions and lectures about research and other initiatives.
What is Open Education? Educational networks, open teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, other open-source educational tools… All these is Open Education. Summarizing, it is a set of practices that promote the access to education anywhere, any time, through Open Educational Resources (OER) that allow learners to share, use and reuse knowledge.
Under this concept of education, Creative Commons licences play a main role on keeping authors’ work recognized while making their work more accessible and reusable. This is why main CC staff and many affiliate teams are getting so involved in the Open Education Week, with seminars about the version 4.0 of the CC licences or the Open Policy Network, among others. Continue reading