The DVD pre-sales will help fund the project, and anyone ordering prior to September 15th will get their name in the credits of the movie. The project is slated to begin production in early October, with the goal of creating an "epic" animated short with badassery and action.
Like the previous projects, one of the primary goals is to push and stimulate Blender development through its use in a demanding production envrionment. Durian will be using the still-in-development Blender 2.5.
Upon completion, the movie and production files will be released under Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) for everyone to use freely.
This time around the DVD release will be a triple-DVD set, including:
The movie (approx 6-8 min) in best DVD quality widescreen format (disks in both NTSC and PAL).
The HD version of the movie (.avi and/or .mov).
A third disk with a lot of video tutorials by the artists and developers.
All .blend files, models, textures, and so onů the material used to create the movie.
The original script, breakdown, storyboards.
Documentation and other tutorials by the team members about all technical aspects the movie; like how to re-use assets, animate characters, or add new shots.
And other extras that are yet to be decided (things like commentary tracks, making-of documentary, outtakes, etc.)