DVD sales hit 2000 mark

  / by Ton

Just today the 2000th DVD was ordered, the lucky customer already has been congratulated and will get a free t-shirt shipped!
Of course this can only mean one thing… we gotta prepare for the next Open Movie project. :)

However, let’s first see how far the sales boost goes… why not try to get this number doubled? Needless to say, this is all sponsor money that will be used for Blender projects… so, big thanks everyone for purchasing it!


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79 Responses to “DVD sales hit 2000 mark”

  1. DwarvenFury said on 11 May, 2006:

    Great news that the sales have reached the 2000 mark. :-) How about a sequel? “Finding Emo”, maybe? ;-)

  2. Ninjabuddy said on 11 May, 2006:


  3. Wu said on 11 May, 2006:


    can i be apart of the next project orange. you should make a short simple comedy.

    although i max out at 4 hours of work a day, anything beyond that and you would be cutting into my “beauty sleep/partying with females time”………and we can not have that!

    haha, congratulatons, and whatever your future projects maybe i wish you luck, and i will be their goofing on…….i mean cheering on whatever you may make in the future…..

  4. Rui Campos said on 11 May, 2006:

    Congratulations :) .

    I doubt you double that amount, unless you make a new post saying that if it reaches 4000 sold units that there will be an Orange 2 starting in 2 months, opening for 12 people and for the duration of 1 year, hehehe.

    Cheerz and hope it reaches at least 3000 copies sold,

    — Rui —

  5. kakapo said on 11 May, 2006:

    wow, 2000! and how many dvds did you print so far?

    orange 2 sounds great! :)

  6. icebaer said on 11 May, 2006:

    congrats on that mark! :) I’ve just watched the DVD with a friend. At first we were a bit disappointed about the image-quality of the dvd-version – it seemed a bit washy. But the HD-Versions are of an amazing quality.

    Save some of the money you got extra for Orange2, so you can again get 50% of the costs from funds, etc, without having to rely so heavily on presales.

  7. Chris Gilbert said on 11 May, 2006:

    Congrats…2000 DVDS!!!. I don’t have mine yet :(
    I think the mailman hates me :(
    Oh well…just a little longer

  8. rich said on 11 May, 2006:

    i think once you put the official link up for download and sites like slashdot, digg, etc.. start covering the story you could hit 10,000 dvd’s sold. Get ready for the next wave, it is coming!!!

  9. NnEo0 said on 11 May, 2006:

    Woooo 2000, good, is amazyng, congratulations, is a good job and the people know that….
    Felicidades la gente sabe q es un gran trabajo…

  10. Martin said on 11 May, 2006:

    Have watched ‘Elephants Dream’ several times now. Really solid, challenging, piece of work. really nice to see it at the level where the tools are subservient to the ideas. I think the film can be judged on its own basis in addition to demonstrating the effectiveness of the whole open source ethos. Congratulations to the whole team, and best wishes for your next project. cheers !

  11. Chris Le Sueur said on 11 May, 2006:


    I think I shall have to buy a DVD, I’m letting the side down!

  12. sciboy said on 12 May, 2006:

    Congratulations guys. =)
    You will surely have my preorder for Orange 2.

  13. Big Fan said on 12 May, 2006:

    well maybe 2500 to start with – you see the importance of keeping up a profile with the fans and cg world even if you are not into ‘sales and marketing’ bs…we could do this even better next time with a dedicated project publicist/reporter i think.
    I suggest you do something like a draw for 25 of all buyers to win a limited edition special colour dvd cover with autographs of the Orange group if sales get to 2500.
    just little things here and there can keep interest alive without being percieved as manipulative or exploitive – we even keep joeri happy :o)

  14. Roger Wickes said on 12 May, 2006:

    Sean: I hope the site CANNOT handle the traffic so that people buy the DVD instead so we have $ for blender 2.5 and Dream 2

  15. mike said on 12 May, 2006:

    Well done guys.

    On the mail-timing front: still no sign of my order here in Sydney, but it shouldn’t be long now…

    Why not contact some industry mags (letter to editor and such) for a plug? e.g. 3D creative for a start (that mag could stand to have a few articles featuring Blender, actually, rather than the usual Maya/3DS and so on…)

  16. Morris said on 12 May, 2006:

    I’ve watched it over 15 times, and I can’t wait til everyone gets their DVD so we can start discussing and analyzing it. Congratulations, Orange team, on making a film that captivates interest, inpires the imagination, intrigues the mind, thrills the ear, stuns the eyes, and shows the world the the age of Blender has dawned. Creative minds all over the world are already mulling over ideas of their own creations. Friends are honing their skills and plotting their own rival films. Fans are clamoring for more. And they’ll get it.

    Blender 3D, the program for me.
    it’s so much fun to build with CG.
    I saw project Orange, the elephants dream
    and though I don’t know what all it could mean
    or why proog listens to the sound of the machine,
    I know it is open, its all there for me
    And who would have guessed: its totally free!
    The future of Blender is astoundingly bright
    animation, and fluids, and…cloth? – that’s right
    so download your copy, install it tonight,
    animate and blend with all of you might
    it’ll satisfy your hunger, your love of CG.
    There’s no better program than Blender 3D.

  17. FuzzMaster said on 12 May, 2006:

    Gaaawd, mine hasn’t arrived yet. Maybe I ordered incorrectly.

  18. Handover Phist said on 12 May, 2006:

    I’ve been watching the project for only about a month or two, and your efforts are epic IMHO. Congrats guys, you deserve a beer, and an apple rhubarb tart (they’re really tasty!). Maybe get a foot massage while you’re at it :).

  19. luca said on 12 May, 2006:

    GREAT, and I mean it, as I came across this site the only problem I had is: WHAT IS THE TITLE OF THE FILM? Is it me or the only way to find out the film title is to click on the order link? As a film editor now I wish I could edit a creative commomn feature. Keep going

  20. Andrew said on 12 May, 2006:

    Just a thought rich brought up earlier:

    It might be a good idea to get the official Orange torrents seeded to at least a couple of people before they are posted publicly on digg and slashdot, etc, so that we can handle the bandwidth.

    btw, no DVDs in the US yet, though what’s a few more days after 8 1/2 months of pre-order…(and if anyone torrents it *before* the dvds get here, I’m sooo gonna smack you..)

  21. torusturtle said on 12 May, 2006:

    Congratulations Project Orange Team!

  22. matthew said on 12 May, 2006:

    Morris – nice little poem there :D

  23. Richard said on 12 May, 2006:

    Haven’t got mine either (New Zealand) but I’m quite happy waiting for it. I’ll buy the second film (and all others that the Blender Foundation produces) as soon as I can.

    While I haven’t seen the film yet, something I would like to see in the next project would be more green. I would like to see something like a huge terrain of grass or a large forest or something. It doesn’t seen that any of these are in Elephants Dream. Sorry if this wishlist is too early.

  24. 3dZ said on 12 May, 2006:

    Well, let’s double it! I ordered DVD just a few minutes ago at last ! Im pleased to support this kind of projects :). I will also support Orange2 if its coming so please lets continue our revolution ;)

  25. Hubberthus said on 12 May, 2006:

    Congratulations about the publicity of your project. You really made something that will be remembered in the world of open source.

    I got my DVD at this moment, and it is in my hands. (Hungary)

    Thank you!

  26. Gianmichele said on 12 May, 2006:

    Guy you’re awesome. I’ve watched the short several times and it’s awesome. Lighting is superb and I love the environment. Kudos to your animator(s) too. The style fits perfectly the voice acting, which is incredible.

    Can’t wait for the next project.


  27. RouvenM said on 12 May, 2006:

    Hi guys,

    watched it only two times, cause unfortunately i hadn’t more time.
    The idea of a Second Movie is more than good, but maybe you should arrange it bigger, in terms of play-length, in detail of the story and such.

    Maybe even a very community orrientated project, with a team describing in detail what has to be done, and how.

    But i guess that are ideas you already played with.

    Thanks guys

  28. Hans-Peter Bock said on 12 May, 2006:

    I (living in Germany) still have not received my Orange DVD yet. :.-|

  29. Steve said on 12 May, 2006:

    I’ve got an idea:
    wouldn’t it be cool to see the “orange-wave” traveling around the globe? Does anyone know how to setup a google-map or something similar where everyone can set a mark that shows where and when his DVD arrrived?

  30. Steve said on 12 May, 2006:

    I started a frappr-map:

    If you want: Add yourself !!
    please add the date of Dvd-arrival to the shoutout-message.
    (maybe we can import the data in Blender and make a little

    I want to see 2000 entries in the map ;-) so tell everyone!

  31. Ton said on 12 May, 2006:

    To Rui, Wouter, et all: yes of course announcing a next Open Movie will boost sales much more. However, just like for the past Orange project, I rather only announce that when I have evidence it’s likely going to happen. First I prefer to find a good production partner again, the support from the Netherlands Media Art Institute was a crucial succes factor for Orange1.

  32. Bowlcut said on 12 May, 2006:

    This movie has got me all twisted-up in the waiting game. I’m in America. I still haven’t received my order yet either, but now I know I’m not the only one….. I don’t feel as left out.

    Blender Rocks!

  33. Pat from TLLTS said on 12 May, 2006:

    Are there any preview clips of the movie available?
    We’ll be interviewing Bassam on May 24th on The Linux
    Link Tech Show:

  34. Rui Campos said on 12 May, 2006:

    To Ton:
    Of course, partners were crucial for it.
    Anyway, maybe you find that something todo with Education could make a nice future Project?


    — Rui —

  35. Sympodius said on 12 May, 2006:

    Cheers, Steve for the frappr, good idea.

  36. Timothy Baldridge said on 12 May, 2006:

    Bit the bullet and ordered mine. 44 is a bit much for a DVD, until you think of all your’re getting. And…its a good reason to support my favorite OSS program.

  37. buergi said on 12 May, 2006:

    First of all CONGRATULATIONS !!!

    > Of course this can only mean one thing… we gotta prepare for the next Open Movie project. :)

    Thats one of the greatest ideas i’ve heard for a long time :D
    Just keep on working, perhaps with a greater community, would be great. So just like a little contest e.g. the core team publishes a list with objects they need for the project and the community creates them. And after a fixed date the coreteam or the community votes for the best realisation of the object. And these objects will then be composed by the core team etc.

    @Pat from TLLTS:
    Well i think a preview of a 11min movie, hm. Anyway, i think this great screens are absolutly enough to see, that this movie is just worth every cent. And soon there will be lores versions available for download.

  38. Toni said on 12 May, 2006:

    sheesh Morris, that was good :)


  39. spunkmaier said on 12 May, 2006:

    well guys i guess I can only hope that you will skwash star wars….with your next movie

  40. lucky said on 12 May, 2006:

    waaaou! My first post in here!
    I haven’t bought the DVD yet, but i’m gonna purchase it yes… i hope DVD sales wille be hitting beyond 2000!

  41. Ninjabuddy said on 13 May, 2006:

    I hate it when things like this happen.

  42. Ninjabuddy said on 13 May, 2006:

    Can Ton pleas remove the link I am getting tempted to click it but I must still resist weather Ton removes the link or not!

  43. Big Fan said on 13 May, 2006:

    yes Ton please take out that link and Mike what a dumb ass thing to do especially on the blog….everyone is respecting the Orange team wishes and those yet to get the dvd except you…man some people… :o(

  44. shirish said on 13 May, 2006:

    Hi all,
    First kudos for the awesome work. I don’t know about the link. There are 2 ways to look at it one of which would be to let it be, as art increases it value if it can be displayed & consumed in different ways. Of course do understand the agony of the people who’ve paid to buy the DVD but they are getting a better resolution & some things more. I’m sure as the popularity increases there would be many more sites which would host the movie & that’s not a bad thing. Their resources get saved. Also AFA they’re giving attribution to the makers they ‘re doing nothing wrong (legally, that is).
    One of the other things which I’m sure the guys would be looking at is putting it out to computer mags. I remember Digit India putting out ICE AGE & people liking it like anything. Similarly linuxforu.com (Indian mag.) as well as http://www.animationreporter.com (right now the domain name is up for sale but u got the picture) would be a good way to move forward. Give them the goods on the CD for which it could be negotiated with the mag. I’m sure the developers wouldn’t mind giving an interview or two if the mag. would be interested. So money should not be an issue. Just let things co-exist.

  45. shirish said on 13 May, 2006:

    it should have been http://www.linuxforu.com. Damn it I wish there was a preview feature as well as a time feature built into the site. I’m sure the guys would look into it at some point in time.

  46. Sally said on 13 May, 2006:

    Great News! Congrats to you that your sales have reached the target of 2000 mark. Wish i was that lucky customer getting a free T-shirt .Anyways keep going with your work and all the best for your next target of 4000. Hope you achieve it.

  47. Alexandre Rangel said on 13 May, 2006:

    Congratulations for the Orange team!
    I think I got copy 1999 ;)

  48. Big Fan said on 13 May, 2006:

    Bugger off shirish
    Its about respecting the artists and the sponsors.
    There is no need for low life to be posting hack ED now because it is going to be out soon for everyone by Orange themselves.
    This whole thing of Blender is open – free – and yet we have a slime element who can’t just wait a bit and let Orange release their own work for themselves.
    Plainly those people don’t value the effort that went into it, the sponsors who made it possible, or have a genuine interest in Blender or respect for other members of the community.
    Those scum can go and coexist somewhere else.

  49. DwarvenFury said on 13 May, 2006:

    Big Fan: I agree that it would be nice for people to wait for the official downloads, but I believe we need to keep in mind that since the movie is released under an open license, people are free to upload the movie before the official downloads are available.

    I really think it’s best to “Let what happens, happen.” as far as this goes, unless the people hosting Elephants Dream are not following the attribution rules as posted.

    Now, back to “patiently” waiting for my DVD. ;-) :-)

  50. Big Fan said on 13 May, 2006:

    It doesn’t really matter what licence it is some people are still going to be pirates but I take real offense that someone who actually paid the 35 euro would hack a to be free product for the sake of a few days.Lets all pee on the Orange team.
    You are right nothing can be done about it but something will have to be done differently for orange2 or we aren’t going to make many dvd sales are we? I may support another team of Orangers to work on a creative project but I know I am not going to be a charity for everyone else to feed off student or not.

  51. Big Fan said on 13 May, 2006:

    If it is technically possible how about a password that gets emailed out on an official worldwide release day coinciding with a lower resolution download? Make a big deal of it- like midnight on Oct 13 2007…

  52. Juan Javier Martínez said on 13 May, 2006:


    Excellent poetry.


    Juan javier Martínez.

  53. Mike Stramba said on 13 May, 2006:

    Instead of whining and pontificating, it would be more useful to sign up for free at “that site” and promote the movie !


  54. Big Fan said on 13 May, 2006:

    yeah right…
    No the idea is to let Orange artists publish their own work as they wish it to be viewed in their own time as they planned.
    The idea is to have Blender artists ‘profit’ from their labours through continuing dvd sales.
    The idea is that those people who supported this project get polite recognition for that by an advanced availability by a mere 10 days.
    It is unnecessary to go anywhere to puff about a hack – the movie will be available in various formats – including some suitable for dial up I am sure – by Orange themselves very soon.
    If you want to promote ED go to cgtalk or somewhere and tell them about the official download coming.
    I am sorry the finer points of etiquette are lost on you.
    I don’t think this ‘no problem’ leak is a favour to anyone actually despite how you try to frame it.

  55. Morris said on 13 May, 2006:

    Do you tell little kids what’s in their Christmas present packages 3 days before Christmas? I’m sure you do. You think you are doing them a favor. After all, they wanted to know and were excitedly guessing what was in the box. But you have now robbed whoever bought the presents of the seeing the thrill and suprise on the kids faces on Christmas morning. Sure, they were gifts, and so “why would the buyer be upset?”, but it was supposed to be a special time and you cheapened it.

  56. Mike Stramba said on 13 May, 2006:


    >”Christmas presents ….”

    Give me a break.

    Has anyone forced you over to that site and made you watch it ? … shades of Clockwork Orange ? ;)


  57. rich said on 13 May, 2006:

    On the YouTube link:

    If this is really such a big deal to the orange team perhaps a better method of distribution could be used next time. I think a global release would have been really cool at the time of the premiere… everyone seeding the torrent lines with a nice, team approved, hi-res web version. Of course that would require a few people to start the engine but I really don’t think a few trustworthy volunteers would be that hard to find!

    Of course we are not paying this much $$$ for the 10 min short, so I do not think it would cut into the DVD sales at all. Does anyone who ordered the DVD really have issues with anyone else seeing the short before they do?

    My vote for next time is for a true global release. Give everyone a chance to see it at the same time whether they can get to the “Main Event” or not… I bet pulling something like that off would really create quite a buzzzzz…………..

  58. rogper said on 13 May, 2006:

    So the t-shirt was on the 2000 Dvd Ha!!! That´s why I’m waiting for the 3000 Dvd, perhaps that one comes with a brand New Workstation ^_^
    Well when the Oranje 2 project rises up this time I sure will give it a try to reserve a seat for me hehe!
    And if this time instead of Oranje, another fruit… pineapple…strawberry… apple……
    NAAA!!! Oranje is the one ^_~

    Oh!!! And yes I´ve allready reservate 5 hours to download the movie… with luke o_o

  59. Morris said on 13 May, 2006:

    I actually ordered the DVD toward the beginning of the project. To tell you the truth, I really don’t care that it was up for dowload. Especially since anyone who wanted to could have gone to the Premier. It’s not like it was really a secret. In fact, I know for a fact the the video was already available for download since awhile ago (I downloaded it myself). We actually talked about it a month ago, and Orange said that would certainly be permissible. The only problem was that it was impolite to post a link to it on the blog. That was the problem. The blog is the official place where they build up the excitement for release in the next couple days. Next thing you know, someone will post a detailed analysis of the movie/story. Well, nothing illegal about that. In fact, if you do it on your own site– oh well, good for you. But to post that review right in the middle of this blog would be terribly inconsiderate. If you cannot see that, you’re a wicked terrorist. (ok maybe just a baffoon)

  60. rogper said on 13 May, 2006:

    Just in case I’ve been misunderstood, Whem I said:
    “I´ve allready reservate 5 hours to download the movie”
    I was refering to The oficial release, that I´ve read that sould be tomorrow.

  61. Big Fan said on 14 May, 2006:

    Rich> Yes I have an issue with you seeing it before me.
    I sponsored a group of artists worktime with my purchase.
    It was not a subsidy for opportunist leeches.
    I don’t buy the dvd for you. You are lucky that because of open and Blenderheads generosity -not selfishness Sean- and pride you can also see the movie after a short time of waiting.
    It would be nice to think that even those who want everything for nothing and think no one else matters might just wait until it is given to them free instead of snatch and run…

  62. rich said on 14 May, 2006:


    I probably orderd the DVD before you ;p


  63. Big Fan said on 14 May, 2006:

    Rich I really don’t care when you ordered – I hope you actually paid up rather than just made an order…you don’t respect Blender and I have no time for you.later pal

  64. Matt said on 14 May, 2006:

    Hey guys, let’s not fight within ourselves. It’s all good. Don’t worry, be happy :)

  65. Sean said on 14 May, 2006:

    I agree with Matt. Let’s not fight amongst ourselves. *takes off boxing gloves and throws them at Big Fan* :)

  66. Chris Gilbert said on 14 May, 2006:

    Would anyone on the Project Orange team be interested in helping me to learn Blender better. I am currently in the process of learning Blender, and have purchased the Blender 2.3 Guide. Any help in concepts that I may (and probably will) find frustrating in the guide, or in editing ED would be much appreciated. I would like to be able to take full advantage of the files that are on the DVD, but currently don’t have the skills necessary to do so.

    Thanks Alot
    Chris Gilbert

  67. rich said on 14 May, 2006:

    BigFan: Sorry if anything I posted came off negatively. I respect blender and all those involved with pushing the program forward whether it is through financial contribution, coding, documentation, or by any other means.

    My point was that the 10 min short is not why I paid for the DVD and I suspect “most” others who shelled out the cash feel the same. In addition, I don’t feel elite because I donated so I don’t feel the need to have the movie withheld from others. I think everyone should get to see it at the same time whether they are rich, broke, paralayzed, or have wings.

  68. DwarvenFury said on 14 May, 2006:

    [quote]or have wings[quote]

    I’m glad you included me in there. ;-)

  69. Big Fan said on 14 May, 2006:

    I don’t agree with you guys and I am going to be forthright in saying so.It needs to be sorted esp if there is to be another project.
    It was Ton’s wish that the sponsors get an advance and I agree with that.Indeed 10 days will probably not be enough for postage to some parts of the world.
    It was also the artists wish that they are able to present their finished work to the community and cg world and that it quite proper.
    The matter in hand is consideration of others.It has nothing to do with elite withholding anything.
    In essense you reach infront of the presenter and take the dvd off the podium even before they can hold it up and speak about it.
    It is not right.It may be open but that is not a reason to have a free for all lolly scramble for the unwashed the moment it is finished.
    I am very disappointed that some people only think of satisfying themselves immediately in this way.
    Particularly this is offensive because they will give it away anyway.
    Please show some awareness of others in future and respect the small wait..

  70. Mike Stramba said on 14 May, 2006:


    Learning Blender, (or any other of the 3d packages) can be a daunting task.

    There are basically 3 main areas for most 3d programs – modelling, animation and final scene production, the last being subdivided into rendering,lighting and effects. To be proficient in all those areas will take …. awhile :)

    If that isn’t enough it can be very helpful to learn 2d drawing skills, at least to a basic level.

    Along with the Blender specific links below, you can search the internet or read general 3d books, or even 3d books for other packages, as many things are common among 3d programs, e.g. for animation all programs will have some kind of graph/curve editor, timeline, etc.

    Here are some links for you :







    If you get stuck, asking questions on the forums (after searching the site :) ), can keep you going.


  71. Chris Gilbert said on 15 May, 2006:

    This will definetly keep me occupied for awhile.

    Thanks Alot

  72. Reda said on 15 May, 2006:

    DVD arrived today (Algeria), nicely packaged.
    Thanks Ton et cie :).

  73. joeri said on 15 May, 2006:

    Argghh, :)

    ” If it is technically possible how about a password that gets emailed out on an official worldwide release day coinciding with a lower resolution download? ”

    Very good idea.
    How about Orange2 gets the movie done on time ( no pointing finger intended) and the dvd’s get send 2-5 days prior to premiere?

    Yes this needs “better” planning, but not much more. The movie conversion was not what was holding the release back, it was the dvd-menu etc. Next time Orange (or Green or Blue) just needs to let somebody create the menu a month before premiere. The subtitles went pretty well (I’m pretty aware from most of the mistakes) with an OpenGL rendered version. And it would be better if the artists could create PR material in the last week, instead of rendering the last scene. :/

    But what I would like is that sponsors get access to “secret” areas during production. The whole secrecy during creation was something I experienced as the least nice part of this production. This might mean a communication “layer” inbetween the artists and the internet. Something like a PR-PR person, I volunteer :)

  74. Mark Hannessen said on 15 May, 2006:

    has anyone else notes that the sites still says “preorder DVD”?
    or is it preorder until the movies are hosted on the site? :p

  75. Big Fan said on 15 May, 2006:

    ok joeri gets the PR bridge job but there is to be no arguements with the blog visitors – only answer questions, keep us informed, remove spam and most important control Wu’s bad humour :o)
    I am glad joeri reads and likes my ideas… ;o)

  76. Captain_FX said on 17 May, 2006:

    Absolutey outstanding work with all open source software. I am a University lecturer in the UK in the area of 3D animation and post production special effects. We try and encourage our students to use open source software as well as the purchased software packages in their work.
    Now I have a truly excellent piece of work with which to inspire the students and truly convince them that open source software is a real alternative for commercial work.
    Also having the source files is a great way of seeing the construction and devlopment of the animation from within side Blender. people should buy the DVD just for that.
    Once again, well done.

  77. profoX said on 29 May, 2006:

    You’re welcome ;)

  78. lewis said on 30 Jun, 2006:

    WOW I LOVE BLENDER AND Elephants Dream

    2000!!!!!!!! WOW