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Moviesandbox is an Open-Source, Real-Time 3D Animation tool. It allows you to quickly sketch and animate 3D Characters and Props.

Moviesandbox is an Open-Source, Real-Time 3D Animation tool. It allows you to quickly sketch and animate 3D Characters and Props. Its focus is on ease of use and modularity. The idea is that you can simply draw objects in 3D space and animate them later on with the built in timeline.

--- a sketched character in Moviesandbox ---

You can also script puppeteering and camera behaviour using a graphical scripting system. And in addition, Moviesandbox can receive data from outside applications allowing MIDI-Controllers, Kinect sensors, Milkscanners and Arduino hacks to control all aspects of your animation in real-time!

---MSB running on a Mac during a workshop, with live Arduino input from Processing ---

It also comes with a lot of cross-platform tools that help you create content, like the Milkscanner or an audio input tool that let's you lipsync your characters to microphone input.

IMPORTANT!

Please, as much as I would like to have you help me, have a look at the Minimum System requirements below before you make a donation. While I feel confident in creating a stable animation software, I am no magician and I cannot make it run on computers that aren't funky enough for OpenGL.

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

OS: Windows XP or later // Mac OS 10.5 or later // Ubuntu 10.04 or later. Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible Graphics card (GeForce 7, ATI/AMD X1600 or higher). Memory: 2GB.

With that out of the way, let's talk about why I want your help:

I have been working on this software for quite a while, starting at my 2008 Fellowship at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and there's a pre-release version out that you can download at www.moviesandbox.net.

I would like to spend two months of work to turn it into a tool that a lot of people can use and play around with. This is where you come in! Your money will allow me to work full-time on the software to iron out the useability issues, squash bugs and create lots of documentation and video tutorials, so you know how everything works.

--- an example scene from an early version of the tool---

During the duration of this Kickstarter project, I'll start producing a short animated movie to both illustrate what the software is capable of and to thoroughly test its current state, so I can get to work on adding necessary features and polishing the software once funding is finished (and the two months of work begin). So if you are unsure if Moviesandbox is for you, check back in the updates section to see where I am going with it.

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    Every little bit helps! You will get mentioned as a backer on the moviesandbox.net webpage. Also, if I should ever meet you in person, I'll give you a free hug!

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    Thanks! You will get mentioned on the moviesandbox.net website as a backer of the software! In addition, you get a handwritten function from the moviesandbox source-code in the mail!

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    You will get mentioned on the moviesandbox.net website as a backer of the software. In addition, I will send you a Bob-Block sticker and a multi-format CD-ROM with the software and tutorial videos in its current state on it.

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    Wow, thanks! You will get mentioned on the website. You'll obviously also receive a sticker and a CD. In addition, I'll send you a Kickstarter-exclusive DVD with all of my animation work with "Directors Commentary"!

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    Great! You will get all of the above, plus a "Moviesandbox Arduino Edition" with a pre-configured Arduino Pro board and a DIY bend sensor that you can plug in and play around with. This also includes exapmle Scenes and arduino code so you can get going right away!

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    Amazing! You will get mentioned on the website and on the program start-up-screen, so everyone starting the software will know about your amazingness! Plus you get the sticker, CD-ROM, Arduino and DVD mentioned above.

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    Awesome! You will get all of the above, and in addition, I will set up a skype meeting and walk you through the software to explain how everything works!

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    Crazy! You will get the sticker, the CD, the mention on the startup-screen and the website, the DVD, a skype meeting with me, and on top of that, you can send me a haiku and I will turn it into a 1 minute animated movie using Moviesandbox!

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    I will come over, install the software and show you how everything works. I will bring cookies. We will eat them. Then, I will cook you dinner! And you will get all of the stuff mentioned before, too! (Travel included in Continental US and Canada only! Let me know if you live someplace else and we figure something out!).

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