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An experimental animation about the pursuit of immortality; a love letter to free software and open culture
An experimental animation about the pursuit of immortality; a love letter to free software and open culture
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This week in production & Onward to full funding! Next target: 50K.

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Here Bassam offers an "under the hood" look at this week's production work, and a peek at our tools -- more on our custom toolset next time!

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    1. Creator Matija Nalis on April 27, 2012

      Thanks Bassam, it is very interesting to see different pieces that work together to create the final work! I for one would to see more: what else is used, what is the workflow to connect it all together... Thanks for naming Geppetto, now knowing the name I was able to find more info and how it fits in at


    2. Creator Bassam Kurdali on April 27, 2012

      Hello all! Geppetto (named after the puppet- maker) is our tool, written in Python , which allows us to do things like: add a shot to the movie, remove a shot, rename a shot, or resequence a shot. it maintains a breakdown (ordered list of the shots in the film) with names, descriptions etc. and manages our image files for the animatics, keeping them in svn and in sync with the edit. It's mostly a housekeeping tool that keeps everything organized and consistent, so we don't have to do that by hand.

    3. Creator Matija Nalis on April 27, 2012

      what is this tool (Japedo?) you mention at 1:22 in update for managing shots? more info? Thanks!

    4. Creator Tone Roberson on April 27, 2012

      Thank you Bassam. This is great how it's all works together. Nice!

    5. Creator Michael Tiemann on April 27, 2012

      Bassam, thanks so much for Update4. It is wonderful to hear you describe the various collaboration tools that you are using to really leverage open source best practices to achieve your artistic vision. Fantastic!