Annotated credits for:
Ton is the producer of Elephants Dream, responsible for planning, overall coordination and “big picture” decisions. He is the original creator of Blender and the chairman of the Blender Foundation. Ton was also the lead software developer for the project. (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
As the director, Bassam handled the overall scene breakdowns and editing decisions, while also being responsible for overseeing the animation and acting performances. He worked as a character animator on many of the shots, as well as character modeller, and also did the entire rigging and setup for both Proog and Emo. (Syria/US)
As the art director, Andy guided the general visual look, feel and colour of the movie. While he spent most of his time on concept design, sets, texture painting, lighting and compositing, he also animated most of the typewriter dance, among other shots. (Germany)
Matt’s work was focused on the visual aspects of the movie, working mostly on concept design, sets, texture painting, lighting and compositing, as well as a number of animation shots. Matt was also responsible for creating the title sequence, credits and other 2D design tasks. (Sydney, Australia)
Basse’s work mainly involved both concept design, sets, and animation. As well as substantial character animation, he also did all the environment animation in the final scenes. Basse’s unique design sense was also responsible for the design and modelling of all the ‘duck’ characters. (Helsinki, Finland)
Specialising in animation, and lots of it, Lee animated a large proportion of the character animation shots in the movie. He was responsible for most of the ‘physical’ animation, such as manual cloth work and the destruction of the machine, and also some modelling in the switchboard set. (Adelaide, Australia)
Toni handled all technical aspects of the production, from equipment in the studio, to networking and file storage, and writing scripts to manage jobs on the render farm. As well as systems administration, he used Python scripting within Blender for procedurally animating the many hundreds of wires in the switchboard scene, as well as other useful tools. (Oulu, Finland)
Jan’s studio Wavemage was founded in 2003 in Lüneburg (Northern Germany), after doing freelance music and sound design for some years. Collaborating from Germany, Jan was responsible for all audio in the movie, from sound effects and foley recording, to post-production, score composition and music production. The audio was produced in 5.1 surround, and the soundtrack is available for download here. (Lüneburg, Germany)
Cas and Tygo are both experienced professional actors in the Dutch film industry. They spent a day in the studio recording both characters’ voices, footage of which is available on the DVD.
Pepijn took our original rough concept and developed a script and dialogue, that we later broke down into individual shots and animation.
Enrico Valenza (Italy) spent two weeks in the studio in Amsterdam, helping out with last minute texturing and modelling. Roland Hess (USA) worked online full time for a week on texturing many set elements. Robert Ives (Sweden based) animated one of the shots (the first after the switchboard), and Joeri Kassenaar (Netherlands) helped with texture groundwork for the elevator shaft.
The people credited here contributed photos that were used and derived in textures in the movie. We had a huge response to our call for textures with many freely released under a Creative Commons license.
The people credited here made a direct contribution to the success of the project through online Blender development. Many were eagar to help us, volunteering coding work and realising our requests. Of course all the other people who have contributed to Blender over the years, were vital in giving us much of the functionality we depended on.
Blender was the main application used and developed throughout the project. An enormous amount of improvements in the software were a direct consequence of the movie project taking place.
We used a lot of open source software throughout the project, but these were the open source projects that helped us most, either through their applications, source code sharing, or advice.
For rendering the movie, Bowie State University in the USA generously donated access to their Xseed supercomputer cluster. Prof. Matties volunteered for us, providing local technical assistance. At the peak of our rendering load, we were using 160 of the 224 dual G5 Xserve nodes.
Sun donated a 64-bit workstation that Toni used in the studio throughout the project.
BBP performed the conversion from .dpx image files and audio to digital HDCam SR tape, used for projection at the premiere at Cinema Ketelhuis, Amsterdam. BBP helped us very generously, sponsoring us time in their studio on multiple occasions to proof-check colours and oversee the conversion process on their Quantel IQ HD/2K system. They also saved us from last-minute disaster, coming out to the cinema on premiere day to help troubleshoot audio problems.
The Netherlands Media Art Institute (Montevideo/Time Based Arts) provided financial backing for the project and a great studio space in their building for us to work in, close to the heart of Amsterdam. We conducted a series of Blender training workshops in their presentation theatre, where we also ran an open exhibition of Elephants Dream with talks by the team members over the premiere weekend.
The Blender Foundation adminstration staff helped the project get off the ground and managed all the e-shop sales that made it possible. The technical volunteers kept our web services running, which was our primary mode of communication with our supporters and collaborators.
Campbell Barton • Chris Want • Jonathan Merritt • Kent Mein • Matt Ebb
The above people were mentors for Blender developers participating in Google’s Summer of Code programme, and donated each of their USD$500 mentoring fees to our project.
Aaron Mitchell • Aaron Paetznick • Adam Josephson • Adrian Giddings • Akio Koyama • Alan Taylor • Albano Bermejo • Albrecht Jacobs • Alejandro Aguilar Sierra • Alessandro Riva • Alex Buck • Alex Ruano • Alexander Clausen • Alexander Ehrath • Alexander Ewering • Alexander Speigner • Allan Middleton • Anaël Verrier • Anders Dys • Andrea Weikert • Andrea Barolo • Andrea Franceschini • Andreas ‘anti’ Neukoetter • Andreas Erhart • Andreas Klust • Andres Meyer • Andrew Vogel • Andrew Cavanagh • Andrew Sinclair • Andy Kopra • Antoine Vanoutryve • Anton Wedemeier • Anton Gregorn • Aristide Lai
Bahram Shahnazi • Basso Marco • Bastian Angermann • Bastian Schneck • Ben Watt • Benjamin Moore • Benjamin Freundorfer • benoit foucque • Benoit Nadeau • Bjorn Wijers • Björn Windshügel • Bob Bayens • Bob Begine • Bo_ Johansen • Bram Vogelaar • Brendan Carroll • Brian Clark • Brian Springstead • Burton B Bicksler
Camille Moulin • Carl Witty • Carlos Folch • Carlos López • Carsten Tigges • Cesar Gomez • Charles Pax • Charles Sinkovic • Christian Struck • Christian Wahlgren • Christian Le Bars • Christian Sommerer • Christophe Jurzynski • Christov Badenhorst • Chrupalla Dominique • Chuang Pin • Codon Antonio • Colin Litster • Cornell Göksu • Courty Didier • Craig Robinson
Dale Tacy • Damien Plisson • Damijan Andrejka • Daniel Boyle • Daniel Coik • Daniel Flaum • Daniel Collado • Daniel Torres • Daniel Fournier • Daniel Faulkner • Daniel Lipinski • Daniel Klaue • Daniel Cox • Daniel Genrich • Danny Cools • Pim van Heuven • Dario Spagnolo • Dario Trombino • David Sicart • David Darrell • David Dederscheck • David Bourguignon • David Janssens • David Feeney • david gellhardt • David Quinn • David Prieto • Demian Salvador • Denis Moreaux • Denis Crucifix • Detlef Mueller • Di Florio Corrado • Dietrich Bollmann • Dominique Dutoit • Douglas Fellows • Dwayne Schnell
Ed Quick • Edmund Chan • Eduardo Llaguno • Eduardo Guzman Marti • Eduardo Teixeira • Edward Kosinski • Eelko Gielis • Emilie and Chris Burt • Emilio José Molina Cazorla • Eric Boivin • Eric Forsythe • Etienne Lauvergnier • Ewout Fernhout
Fabien Nguyen • Fabio Comuni • Fabrizio Remiddi • Farrell Farahbod • Felipe Fontova Reguant • Felix Esser • Fernando Buelna Sánchez • Flavio Curti • Florian Findeiss • Florian Zwerina • Francois Thibault • Frank Homann • Frank Rutten • Frans Marks • Frédérick Morelle • Furio Azzolini
Gabriel Beloin • Gal Buki • George Burdo • German Garcia • Germán Alonso Tamayo • Giacomo Sottocasa • Gianluigi Belli • Gianluigi Berrone • Gideon Vaala • Giovanni Derks • Gonçalo Azevedo • Govert Combée • Graeme Andrews • Guido Adolphi • Guido de Gregorio • Guillaume Ponsard • Guillaume Randon • Guillermo S. Romero • Guin Philippe • Gunnar Stahl • Gunnar Grape • Guy Demesmaeker
Hans Ruedisueli • Hans-Peter Bock • Harald Aufreiter • Hatim Khan • Hauke Wintjen • Helge Doose • Henk Vostermans • Henk van den Toorn • Henning Wackernagel • Herman Vereycken • Hervé Cauwelier • Herwig Stuetz • Hiawatha C. Demby, Jr. • Hideki Saito • Hiroyuki Wakimoto • Hubart Hubart • Ian Wakeham • Ian Ball • Igor Bertolucci • Igor Krizanovskij • Ioulian Stoitchkov • Israel Salcedo • Iván Román (chewuaka)
Jacco van Beek • Jack Reinieren • Jack Harris • Jacques Beaurain • James Groves • James Campanella • Jameson Simmons • Jamie McLaughlin • Janus Kristensen • Jaron Blackburn • Jason Knox • Jean Montambeault • Jef Jansen • Jeff Harper • Jeff Silva • Jeffrey Smith • Jeffrey Mikaelian • Jeroen Mank • Jerry Ma • Jerry Williams • Jim Theriault • Joal Heagney • Joaquin de Prada • Joey Plukaard • Johannes Wolter • Johannes Deetman • John King • John Aughey • John DiLauro • John Dorfman • Jonas Uppenberg • Jonathon Love • Joost Horward • Jorge Bernal Martinez • Jose Neto • Jose J. Bronze • Josef Sieß • Joseph Jolton • Josh Franell • Joshua Leach • Joshua Seaver • Juan Carlos Rodrigo Garcia • Juergen Dabel • Julie Haworth • Jörg Reinhard • Juno Kim
Karel De Bruijn • Karo Launonen • Karsten Dambekalns • Kasper Mortensen • Kasper Holst • Kay Thust • Keith Harris • Ken Lowther • Ken Hursh c/o IKON Graphics Services • Kent Mein • Kerry Torchia • Kevin Dyke • Kiernan Holland • Kirk Brisacher • Konrad Naumann • Kristopher Kearns • Kyle Hoyt • Larry Fultz • Laurens Keek • Lee Stark • Leonard Mosescu • Leonardo Della Pietra • Luca Baroncini • Luigi Monaco • Luke Titley • Luke Burt • Lyndon Hodge
M.R. Elshof • Malcolm Tredinnick • Malcolm Musgrave • Manuel Dye • Marc Brueckner • Marc Knapton • Marc Fersing • Marcel de Lange • Marcelo Alves • Marco Meijer • Marco Pieper • Marcos Perez Gonzalez • Mark Heywood • Mark Hannessen • Mark Lewis • Marko Dimiskovski • Markus Schlatzer • Martin Trnka • Daniel Halfar • Martin Koller • Martin Florent • Martin Middleton • Martin Humphreys • Mathieu Martin-Borret • Mathijs Blok • Mats Holmberg • Matthew Carter • Matthias Grimsel • Matthias Grandis • Mattias Campe • Maurizio Sibaud • Mauro Palatucci • Mauro Congia • Mauro Bonecchi • Max Lovius • Michael Tiemann • Michael Schardt • Michael Dowman • Michael Edwards • Michael Villaroel • Michael Beaver • Michael Dowman • Michael Winckler • Michael Thao • Michel Vilain • Mika Saari • Mikael Wedlin • Mike Smick • Mitchell Hughes • Mosaic Graphics
Nathan Hampson • Nathan Letwory • Nathaniel Shaw • Nicholas Londey • Nicola Jelmorini • Nicolas Morenas Chinchilla • Nicolas Ralph • Niels Philipsen • Nils Thuerey • Nobutoshi Shigemori • Odermatt Reto • Ola Jeppsson • Olaf Arnold • Oliver Göpferich • Olivier Schiavo • Omar Mussa • Ossi Saukko • Owe Börjesson • Owen Swerkstrom
Pablo González de Aledo • Pascal Marchal • Patrick Bürckstümmer • Patrik Noomé • Paul Lunneberg • Paul Fishwick • Paul Venezio • Paul Austin • Paul de Ruijter • Pavel Koutny • Peter Verrall • Peter den Bak • Peter Lang • Peter Carrero • Peter Wessel • Peter Kovari • Philip Harrison • Philip Wild • Philip Ludington • Philip M. White • Philippe Roubal • Philippe Saadé • Philippe Dailly • Piergiorgio Traversin • Pierre Bonnain • Pierre Di Pol • Pieter Koenen • Pinux-Pinucset
Quentin Nerden • Rachel and Charles Andersen • Ralf Tepler • Ralf Lehmann • Ralph E. Warnick Jr. • Randall Rickert • Raymond Montgomery • Raymond Obdam • Reinhard Blischke • René Genz • Reno Maenhout • Renzo Lauper • Reuben Dias • Richard Willard • Richard Walmsley • Richard Hatherall • Rik van der Stoel • Ritchie Turner • Rob Frawley • Rob Myers • Robert Sarnoski • Robert van Straten • Robert Stehwien • Robert Zimmermann • Robert Noack • Robert Ives • Robert F. Beeger • Roger Wickes • Roland Doerffer • Ronald Krijgsheld • Rony Schell • Ross Hunter • Rosset Jerome • Rui Campos • Ryan Crow
Samuel Flahaut • Scott Robinson • Scott Shawcroft • Scott Coursey • Sebastien Tricoire • Seiichirou Babasaki • Sergio Martín • Shane Sheppard • Shaul Kedem • Silvio Zanola • Simon Stafford • Simon Haegler • Skyler Parr • Sonja Hawranke • Stanislas Nanchen • Stanley Svensson • Stefan Trzeciak • Stefano Selleri • Stefano Rigon • Stéphan Rodriguez • Stephan Mühlstrasser • Stephan Kassemeyer • Steve Newton • Steve Carter • Steve Sharman • Steve Clark • Steven Ourada • Stuart Tett • Sylvain Obegi
Terrance Bockhol • Theo Lagendijk • Thibaud Sertier • Thomas Brown • Thomas Oppl • Thomas Freiler • Thorsten Schlüter • Tim Humphrey • Tim Blokdijk • Timo Munnukka • Timothy Schroeder • Timothy Graupmann • Timothy Horton • Tino Meinen • Tiziana Loni • Tobias Regenbrecht • Tomislav Cvetic • Tommy Helgevold • Tony Chandler • Trevor Noble • Tuukka Lehtonen • Twan van der Heijden
Vicente Carro Fernandez • Visionaria International Video Festival • Vladimir Marek • Volker Mische • Wesley Baker • William Hernández • William Wensley • William DeVore • Wim Claes • Winfried Dobbe • Wolfram Kraus • Wybren van Keulen • Yann Landrot • Yannick Kermabon • Yellow • Yves Dionne • Yves Carof • Zero Valintine
The above people pre-ordered the DVD on our website before September 1st, and were rewarded for their sponsorship with their names in the credits. Thanks very much for helping to make this possible!
These organisations provided important financial subsidies and funding for the project.
This movie is published under a Cretive Commons License. For details see
Joeri generously handled the production of the DVD master in order to be sent off for reproduction. This includes encoding the video and audio files, compiling the DVD menus, editing and assembling the subtitle tracks and copying the production files across the two DVDs.
Jan created the ambient background and transition sounds for the DVD menus.
Andy and Matt both worked on the animation and rendering of the DVD menu from the opening title sequence. Andy created the DVD sleeve illustration and Matt did the design, text and layout.
Norwegian: Endre Bakka
English: Tino Meinen
Estonian: Janno Stern
Arabic: Redha Lechheb
Malayalam: Vimal Kurup
Romanian: Alex Şincai and Bogdan Oancea
Hungarian: George Markovits
Czech: Jan Burianek, Karolina Buriankova,
Dutch: Tino Meinen
Afrikaans: Nicho Bouma
Maltese: Fabrizio Cali
German: Roy Schulz
Japanese: Satoshi Yamasaki
Catalan: Guifré Torruella i Cortés
Danish: William Reynish
Breton: Ronan Loup and Ronan Al Leannec
Bangla: Mridul Khan
Ukrainian: Alexander Zinchen
French: Ronan Loup and Christian Le Bars
Swedish: Richard Olsson, Gustav Göransson,
Portuguese: Rui Campos
Spanish: Paloma Moreno
Chinese: Jin Kai
Slovak: Lukas Tvrdy
Spanish (US): James Morris
Russian: Yuriy Klyuch
Greek: Dimitris Lampridis
Polish: Małgorzata Napiontek, Andrezj Giniewicz
Slovenian: Tomaž Kranjec
Bulgarian: Yavor Nachev
Portuguese (Brazilian): Jônatas Kerr de Oliveira
Hebrew: Shmuel Shoshtari
Finnish: Juho Vepsäläinen
Italian: Alessandro Proglio
The above people answered our call for subtitle translators and contributed translations in their native languages as volunteers.