918. Sintel – Colin Levy

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SUMMARY: A young loner goes searching for the baby dragon she befriended but which was taken away from her by an adult dragon. Her quest takes her to a dangerous snowy mountainside, where she must prepare for battle.

WHY IT’S HERE: After the lovely ‘Big Buck Bunny’, ‘Sintel’ continues to show just what can be achieved using the free Blender animation software. With each film proving to be a visual step on from the last, Blender could well prove to be a very important development in short animation. ‘Sintel’ plays like a mini-epic, with plenty of potential to be expanded into a full length feature, although its dragon-based plot had the misfortune to appear the same year as DreamWorks popular ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, which probably nips this potential in the bud. ‘Sintel’ looks incredible and pushed the boundaries for what was possible in amateur animation.

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