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02 February 2006, 10:09 PM
As mentioned in the project orange blog - the Premiere is set, for March 24th

they have also added some really beautiful final renders to their gallery,


02 February 2006, 10:12 PM
Amazing! I'm really excited to see the final project.


02 February 2006, 10:59 PM
Here is a c&p of the article for everyone:
Elephants Dream Premiere: March 24 (

/ by Ton (
Friday March 24th, the premiere of Elephants Dream will be in Cinema Ketelhuis, Amsterdam ( This cinema is well known in Amsterdam as the place for documentaries and art-house movies. It is part of the re-developed industrial area Westergasfabriek (, a new culteral centre in the heart of Amsterdam. ( Recently the cinema got upgraded with HD digital projection, 10 bits per color channel. Just today we also found a sponsor who will help us with the proper conversion for our files this digital cinema format.

The cinema opens at 17:30 for us, and at 18:00 we’ll show the world what we’ve been doing the past 7 months. :) Part of the screening will also be a preview of the Making Of documentary. At 18:45 another run of the show will happen.

To celebrate the premiere, starting at 20:00, I have hired one the hippest lounge/restaurant/bars of the city for an exciting after-party; and it’s even called Blender! (

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Yes, the name is a total coincedence, I knew this very cool place was there for over 5 years, never got a chance to do something with it. But now is the right time! Expect here special Elephants Dream cocktails, excellent food from a renown cook, and a DJ to keep us moving for as long we’ve got the energy. Address is Van Der Palmkade 16, which is just a 500 meters from the cinema.

Entrance in the Ketelhuis cinema is free of charge, but for the Blender after-party, you’ll have to purchase a ticket in advance. This ticket will guarantee you a seat during the premiere, and it includes access to lounge-restaurant Blender, all food and most of the drinks in the evening while chatting with the Orange crew. We’d love to see you there.

Saturday 25 and sunday 26 March, we will be available all day in Montevideo ( (Keizersgracht 264, Amsterdam) for presentations. Again the movie and documentary can be viewed - unfortunately not in exciting HD quality - but now you can personally meet with the makers and get real-life demonstrations of how it all was done. A more detailed schedule of these two days will be published later.

I would like to invite everyone to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime first release of an Open Movie! It will be almost like a Blender Conference, and certainly as much fun… and if that’s not enough for you, on friday evening I’ll also celebrate my birthday!

You can use the online e-shop registration system for the VIP Blender party ticket ( There’s only 75 tickets for sale, and first come is first served.

See you soon!


BTW; during the week after the premiere we’ll prepare the DVD, early April it will be shipped to all our sponsors. Only after that - I guess around early May - we’ll open up the movie and files for free download for everyone… I think our sponsors also deserve a personal premiere! :)

BTW2: It is still not too late to purchase a DVD! We can really still use your support!

BTW3: Note that we’ve added final movie shots to the frontpage and gallery (… promising stuff eh!

02 February 2006, 11:16 PM
Congrats to all the guys at team orange for finishing it :bowdown: :beer: . Amazed at the screen shots they're really great. You all should be very proud lol, I think the whole blender community is really proud of you guys and what you have accomplished. :buttrock:

its just sad to see it coming to an end :cry:

02 February 2006, 11:47 PM
It's a new beginning.

I wish I had the money to buy the DVD. My pay comes next month. :(

I´m so impressed by those renders.

02 February 2006, 11:53 PM
I can't find the page to buy the DVD. Anyone have a link.

I really want to get dirty with Blender and I think this DVD is just the thing to get me started. It does come with making of and things like that right?

02 February 2006, 12:02 AM
Here is the link to buy the DVD,

It comes with making of, as well as all of the files needed to recreate the movie (minor exception would be some of the audio effects). You can use the files to base your own commercial or non commercial development off of as well.


02 February 2006, 05:37 AM
This sounds impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. I might just have to buy the dvd as well. ;)

Very cutting edge for you guys to release *practically* everything on the dvd for use as well.

02 February 2006, 11:30 PM
Thanks Tom. I'm going to get it now.


03 March 2006, 12:43 AM
Thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys have done (especially regarding the rigging). Hooray for open source!!!

- Jeremy

03 March 2006, 05:46 PM
Review start to appear over the web:[tt_news]=19&tx_ttnews=30&cHash=355ab25d4e
[b]Elephants Dream, The end and the Beginning of an experience

26.03.06 18:52 Age: 21 hrs
By: Roel Spruit

March 24th, somewhere on a train between Amsterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands. After months of anticipation today would be the day that the world’s first “Open Movie” would truly be open. I have visited many Blender-related events before, so I knew what to expect with regard to the people I would meet and the amount of fun I would have, but I was not sure how I would feel about the movie after I saw it. I talked to a lot of people beforehand, and it was very clear that everyone was very excited about this movie being released but I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much.

After a small walk from the train station to the small cinema where the movie would be shown I met a lot of people, most of which I had seen before on one of the yearly blender conference. It’s always nice to meet people that you normally only speak to over the Internet. The cinema where the movie would be shown was being remodeled, so we had to see the movie in a really weird setting. Across from the cinema building was a small bar with a room next to it, filled with all kinds of couches. This was a slightly strange way to view a movie; it was like watching the movie at home, minus the bar next door.

The movie itself…well what can I say, it was visually stunning. I have seen a lot of animated movies before, but I can honestly say Elephants Dream blows most of them out of the water. The months of work the orange team put into this movie was certainly worth it. I can fully understand why the team opted for a movie set in a surreal environment; this gave them a lot of freedom to show off their talent and the tools they used to make the movie. Everything from the texturing to the lighting was amazing to look at.

However beautiful the movie was, most of the people present agreed that the storyline of the movie was not very well suited for the casual viewer, the orange team admit that this was on purpose. To put it bluntly, if you look at this movie once you’ll probably be stunned by it’s beauty, but it will leave you slightly unsatisfied. The storyline almost demands you to view the movie several times. I saw the movie a couple of times over the course of the weekend and each time I looked at it differently, there are several ways to interpret the story it tells.

After the first showing of the movie we went to the great after party at a restaurant/lounge bar (appropriately named “Blender”) and after that some more partying happened in other bars. I can’t say too much about this evening, partly because I don’t remember it all that well and partly because it would sketch a negative picture about certain people, but I can give you some key phrases:

Cigars and whiskey, Orange cocktails, snacks, sexy bartenders, Orange team members being massaged by finish coders, Drunk and tired Australians, walking into a club with your own booze and asking the bartender for a bottle opener, sippin’ from a bottle of wine on your birthday. Riding someone else’s bike in the middle of the night through Amsterdam, Crashing on someone’s couch because you’re too tired to take the train home…..

Yeah, it's a shame I can't talk about all this, but at least there are photos!

Photos by me (

Photos by horsten Schlüter (


patdog wrote: If I can be so bold...

The look of the film is excellent, original and inspiring. The created world is strangely mechanical, and yet organic. It is a rather dark tale, and maybe not everybodies cup of tea. If you're up for some full blown drama it delivers - certainly on the big screen, with explosive sound and Jan Morgenstern's great soundtrack. Found Tygo Gernandt voice excellently fitted to his character, but unfornately Cas Jansen role sounded too much like a made up voice. The character animation was however everything we could be jealous of, though some movements just in the very beginning I thought a bit odd. Well will be watching it again soon. That's enertainment

03 March 2006, 01:21 AM
Can't wait. I hope the Discs have started shipping.

03 March 2006, 01:53 AM
I wish I could've been there... Why? Well... maybe because THIS IS HISTORY OF CG! =D

Now all I can do is wait for the DVD.

Congrats to Ton, all the Orange artists, the coders and the community that has been making Blender such a great app.


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