The Blender Institute has unveiled the trailer for Cosmos Laundromat, an “absurdist love story” directed by Mathieu Auvray, which is the Institute’s fifth open source animated project.
The Amsterdam-based Blender Foundation, which creates the open source CG software Blender and also operates the Institute which produces original content like this film, explains what an open and free production is: “Not only will the final movie and all its assets be freely distributed (under a Creative Commons license) for personal viewing and use, but the entire production process is open to the eyes of the public.” That process is being documented online both through a comprehensive website as well as weekly livecasts with the crew.
Cosmos Laundromat is expected to debut in August. The primary form of fundraising for the film is through monthly subscriptions to the Blender Cloud, which is a training resource for users of Blender’s software. The film is planned as a pilot for a TV series or feature film, which if produced, would become the first-ever free/open source series or feature film.