MFA Thesis – Excerpt 17

“The open source software industry has proven exponentially more effective in creating integrated robust programs than a host of proprietary software suites. One strong example is Blender 3D, which covers multiple production steps in film and video, and which is being used to produce the 3D animated digital short film Traces. The open source software Audacity is being used to produce the film’s audio phase.

A film, especially a digital 3D animated film, is composed of many phases and processes. Entire studios, like Pixar and Dreamworks are divided into departments where screenwriting, storyboarding, audio recording, character design, environment design (layout), visual development (colors and looks), character modeling, prop modeling, environmental modeling, rigging, texturing, lighting, scene composition and many other tasks are delegated. Most studios need multiple pieces of software for these steps including Maya, Modo, Cinema4D, Lightwave, ZBrush, Mudbox, Mari, Nuke and Fusion. Blender 3D provides an entire production house or studio in a single software, free of charge. Blender 3D is also multi-platform: available in Macintosh, Linux, Unix and Windows, and can be run from a flash drive! None of the proprietary 3D production software suites mentioned above can claim that.”