Archive for June, 2006

Creative Commons Remix

  / by Matt

Some re-edited versions of Elephants Dream have started to emerge around the web, taking advantage of the Creative Commons license, which is great to see.

Ilia writes:

My name is Ilia Bis. I am a composer and musician, raised in Moscow and currently based in New York, recording and performing under the name “Tonearm”. You can find my instrumental music at and my songs at and

I have been collaborating with filmmakers and visual artists for a while, and, like many people, having been quite impressed with Blender and Elephant’s Dream, wanted to try and juxtapose the visuals from the film with my music. I have written a track for it (about 3 minutes long) and did a rough edit of the film together with a professional film editor, and I think the result is pretty interesting and tasteful, even though it may be different from the original.

‘roschler’ writes:

I made another animated music video using footage remixed from the astonishing Elephants Dream project. This time it’s a parody on “Ma Ya Hi” which is the English version of “Numa Ye”; the song that has been lip synched and parodied so many times before. It’s called “My PC (is on fire)”.

In this parody, Emo’s computer is broken and wants Proog, who is his computer repair man, to fix it. Proog refuses to fix it until Emo pays his last bill. But, Emo won’t pay the last bill until Proog fixes his computer!

It’s called My PC and you can download it here:

Elsewhere, Elephants Dream also appears in screenshots from a video conversion and encoding program: VisualHub.

All these uses and more are perfectly legal, and encouraged! We’d love to see more of what people get up to with the movie and/or production files, so if you know of any other appearances, let us know here, or get to work making something yourself! :)

Original lossless video and audio available

  / by Matt

We have given the folks at Xiph, the developers and custodians of the various Ogg video and audio compression codecs, a lossless copy of the Elephants Dream audio and video, as FLAC files and a PNG sequence, and they are hosting BitTorrent downloads of them on their server.

This will be of great value to people interested in developing, testing or benchmarking video/audio compression software. Unlike a DVD movie, which many video compression benchmarks are based on, the PNG files are losslessly compressed, identical to the pristine original output, in full 1920×1080 HD resolution. It would be great to see Elephants Dream become the new standard source footage for video and audio compression testing!

The files are many, and very large (around 20GB total), so this is not something that you can play back and watch – this won’t really be of interest to most people who just want to see the video. If this describes you, it would be polite to have mercy on Xiph’s servers if you don’t really need the files :) Having said that, it can be fun to have a poke around and see a few of the original HD frames, but you don’t need the entire sequence for that. The files are, like the other versions of the movie, are available for download under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license. Thanks to Ralph Giles for helping to set this up.

Note: The BitTorrent version 4 client is required!

640×360 PNG image sequence (BitTorrent)
1920×1080 PNG image sequence (BitTorrent)

Audio tracks (5.1 and stereo) and raw PNG files

Making Of, Commentary and more online

  / by Matt

Yes, if you’ve been reading other news sources, you’ll know this is a bit late, but better late than never! We’ve all been taking a breather and getting on with some other things in the meantime (including Ton organising an awesome ‘‘Open Source Pavilion’ booth for the SIGGRAPH tradeshow, which will feature Elephants Dream).

Anyway, we still need to do a nice big publicity/news roundup, but until then, there are a few new videos from the DVD set online for your viewing pleasure. The making of documentary is now available, along with the commentary tracks. Watching these may not only give you an insight into what went on during the project, but also give you a picture of what we thought is going on in the movie, straight from our own exhausted mouths :) These are available under the CC-Attribution 2.5 license. Thanks Joeri for putting these online!

Update 28 June: We now have downloadable versions of the making of available.
3gp, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV versions (Austria)
MPEG4, 100MB (Netherlands)
MPEG2, 550MB (Netherlands)

Making Of: 31MB Divx 5 (Germany)
Making Of, Part 1: Streaming (YouTube)
Making Of, Part 2: Streaming (YouTube)
Making Of, Part 3: Streaming (YouTube)
Making Of, Part 4: Streaming (YouTube)

And the commentary tracks:
Video & Commentary, Bassam and Andy, Streaming (YouTube)
Video & Commentary, Ton and Andy, Streaming (YouTube)
Video & Commentary, Jan, Streaming (YouTube)
Video & Commentary, Ton and Bassam, Streaming (YouTube)

There’s also the voice actor recording videos:
Voice Recording: 6MB Divx 5 (Germany)
Voice Recording: Streaming (YouTube)
Listen to the Sound of the Machine: 2MB Divx 5 (Germany)


  / by Matt

Scene 3 objects, these objects are in the first part of scene 3, where Proog and Emo run on the path surrounded by wires.


( Old ) A couple of models for use as connectors between the wires and within the telegraph poles, stored in different scenes.


Library file for the path segments.

The pieces are on their own layers, and grouped per piece. Curved were used a lot to model the pieces and tubes. They are then linked into the scene files using group duplicators. ‘Path6Flip’ also contains an armature and actions, used to give the wires a flopping effect, for when the path flips. These actions can be applied in the NLA to the group duplicator empty.

path2.blend, path3.blend

Old, work in progress alternate path piece designs.


Work in progress path piece models, close to the final versions. The objects have colourful materials assigned to the various components in preperation for proper texturing later on in the production.


Light proxy versions of the path piece groups for use when working in the scene and animating. The full versions of the path pieces are very high-poly and when they’re duplicated throughout a shot, can slow down things considerably.


Library file for the initial platform that Emo and Proog walk through to at the start of the path. This group is also used in the background in many of the shots that are facing back towards the characters as they run towards the camera.


Telegraph poles library file, with two pole variations and plenty of connectors grouped spread across the various scenes.


File used in the construction of the clouds/wires matte painting used in the background of some of the shots.


Similar to telegraph.blend, used during texturing.