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The film follows a girl named Sintel who is searching for a baby dragon she calls Scales. A flashback reveals that Sintel found Scales with its wing injured and helped care for it, forming ... See full summary »

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Colin Levy

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Esther Wouda (screenplay by), Martin Lodewijk (inspired by an original concept by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Halina Reijn ... Sintel (voice)
Thom Hoffman ... Shaman (voice)
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The film follows a girl named Sintel who is searching for a baby dragon she calls Scales. A flashback reveals that Sintel found Scales with its wing injured and helped care for it, forming a close bond with it. By the time its wing recovered and it was able to fly, Scales was caught by an adult dragon. Sintel has since embarked on a quest to rescue Scales, fending off beasts and warriors along the way. She eventually comes across a cave housing an adult and baby dragon, the latter of which she believes to be Scales. The adult dragon discovers and attacks Sintel, but hesitates to kill her. Sintel slays the dragon, only to recognize the scar on its wing and realize the dragon is an adult Scales, and that she too has aged considerably. Sintel leaves the cave heartbroken, unknowingly followed by Scales's baby. Written by Unknown but can be found on Wikipedia

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2010 (Netherlands) See more »

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Синтел See more »

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Budget:

€400,000 (estimated)
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Blender Foundation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Proog (from Elephants Dream) is the vendor at the Peach cart in the market scene. See more »

Quotes

Shaman: This blade has a dark past.
Shaman: It has shed much innocent blood.
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Featured in Real Artists (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I Move On (Sintel's Song)
Performed by Helena Fix
Composed and Produced by Jan Morgenstern
Words by Esther Wouda
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Stands for a great principle but is also a very strong and emotional short film in its own right
6 April 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I watched this film for the first time today and it was not by chance. I knew of this film as I have seen some other films made using the open source Blender software and I was aware that this film was not only made using that tool but that the whole film is open to be used and changed by anyone who wishes to do so. The irony of this is that currently the film has been removed by YouTube due to a copyright claim by Sony that the film somehow violates their property, a situation that tells me Sony used part of the film (music or otherwise) and are now claiming it as their own, thus entirely missing the point of what this film and others like it are trying to do.

Hopefully this will be resolved although it is depressing to see that even the suggestion of infraction from a corporation sees the project removed. Anyway, in terms of the film itself, away from such controversy, the narrative sees a young woman travelling alone deep into the mountain and into danger. An encounter with a bandit leaves her injured but rescued by an old man, to whom she relates the reason for her journey – a journey which begins with her finding an injured baby dragon some time before.

The headlines all relate to the technical aspects of this film so it is worth saying that the narrative engages too. It is a solid tale that draws you in but is built on darkness. It is a combination that doesn't totally work and although I applaud the ending for going in the direction it did, it is brutally harsh just to drop that on a viewer. Technically the film is very well made, the animation is great and it is hard to believe that it was made outside of a large studio – not only is this cheering but it actually works and looks great throughout.

Sintel represents another step forward in the idea of the creative commons being a positive and collaborative idea and Blender in particular being something about moving forward; however this is not to say that this is where its value comes from because really the short stands up on its own, looking great and having a brutal but memorably brave narrative too. If there was ever a greater example of the need to support such projects, it is the fact that Sony have challenged it for taking their property.


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