OpenSource Animation Project


Launching episode 2.0

I am happy to announce that we started to work on the second episode of The Adventures of Boris Munchausen. The screenplay is available here. Sorry, it’s in Russian only at the moment.

We plan to do screenplay translation via the Transifex service, but that requires some special preparations – please be patient. Also we want to put some efforts into development of tool that will allow us to automatically convert screenplay translations into subtitles for final movie. So, translating screenplay in your language you will get subtitles as well!

At this moment we already have  storyboarding done. Now we need to scan it and bring into the order. Here’s a few unprocessed pages:

As for the first episode, the production will take 8 months – episode will be released in June 2012. This episode is estimated as at least twice complex than the first and we want to do our best. That’s why we also want to launch funding campaign, but before we should do necessary calculations.

The development process will be completely open. We will update our sources repository at regular basis, so anyone will be able to build and see the progress.

That’s it for today, stay tuned!

Version 1.01 Released

We are happy to release The Adventures of Boris Munchausen 1.01. This is a minor update to the first episode, containing some fixes to artwork. See revision history for the full list of changes.

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Who is your favorite character?

Sources! Sources! Sources!

Sources of The Adventures of Boris Munchausen are available at GitHub now!

Notice, that to build them you need the latest version of Remake – don’t hesitate to get the development git sources. I have provided brief instructions in the README file. Detailed instructions will follow soon.

We giving out all the sources, now it’s you to decide what to do with them. Here’s a few ideas/hints:

  • Add some cool special FX, like focus blur, motion blur, glows and flares (it’s easy to do with Synfig!)
  • Create alternative soundtrack in your native language
  • Trace artwork to vector
  • Paint a random picture and put it on the wall at shot #220
  • Use the characters to create your own story

Have your own idea? Add it to the list here and inspire others!

Sources are provided under the Creative Commons License and you are free to modify, reuse, distribute and do other awesome things. See full license here. Notice, that all visual sources (artwork & animation) are licensed as CC BY, while some soundtrack music have CC BY-SA license. Thus, the final compilation (as a movie file) should be licensed as CC BY-SA.

What else can I say? Go ahead, rip it apart, people!

Your Expectations

The Story Structure

If you wondering about the amount of episodes planned in the story, here’s a little clarification. Initially screenplay was wrote as a solid composition. But  later we have decided to split it into the following episodes:

  • The Adventures of Boris Munchausen 1.0: Gathering (released)
  • The Adventures of Boris Munchausen 2.0: Challenge
  • The Adventures of Boris Munchausen 3.0: Friendship

Each episode could also have a set “subreleases”, introducing the improvements in the quality of art, animation or even the story flow.  I.e. we may have 1.01,  1.02, 1.11 for first episode, 2.01, 2.02, 2.11 for second episode, and so on. The change in the minor number approximately reflects the amount of changes made.

Version 1.0 Released

Since October 2010 eight kids spent 8 months working on their first animated short. During that period I was teaching them animation with open-source tools and directing their work. Each kid attended the classes 2 times a week and each class was 2 hours long. Now we are happy to present result of their work: The Adventures of Boris Munchausen 1.0.

NOTE: We plan to publish full sources of this animated short very soon. Stay tuned!

EDIT: The sources are published at GitHub now.

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