Worlds Will Shatter – The Unfold trailer from Nine Orders on Vimeo.

A Swarm of Angels just announced they’ve released an “open source trailer” — that is, with a Creative Commons license for remixing — for their upcoming collaborative sci fi thriller film. The trailer already demonstrates some of the fruits of this collaborative effort from around the planet.

Worlds Will Shatter: open source trailer [A Swarm of Angels]

Click through the video link for HD on Vimeo.

Apologies for the copy and paste, but I’ve got a train to catch and they say it quite eloquently, so here you go:

I’m proud to release the first open source film trailer created for A Swarm of Angels. World’s Will Shatter sets the scene for The Unfold, a contemporary sci-fi thriller being made in a revolutionary fashion; by a global community of members participating in its creation, and contributing their unique talents and skills.

Driven by a core collaboration between the animation skills of Mayec Rancel, and the soundtrack smarts of Santiago Abadia, the trailer is at the forefront of new creative processes empowered through the Internet of crowdsourcing, and peer production. Finished with title design by the internationally recognised graphic talents of Matt Pyke of Universal Everything collaborating with Maxim Zhestkov, it is a stunning glimpse into a world being created by a global membership fueling a pioneering people-powered film studio.

Rancel has evoked a powerful unfolding world created in 3D from 2D images created by Japanese photographer Palla. Through community feedback and discussion at the forums of the initial ideas developed into a spiralling, shearing cityscape synchronised with an otherworldly soundtrack developed by Abadia. The online collaboration encompassed a team of participants from Spain, Belgium, the North and South of England, Japan, as well as Russia (not including members who participated in votes and posts via the forums).

The trailer and all accompanying source files are released under a Creative Commons CC-NC-SA-3.0 license, allowing full non-commercial remixing and sharing (embed codes for Youtube, & hi-def Vimeo). Join the Swarm to help make the film and get further details for the open source package (register here, full member details here).

Anyone from CDMotion involved in this project? Impressions on the first results? Considering getting involved? Say so in comments.

  • Brendan

    "Open source package" pffftt..

    Registration required, payment required (for benifits like posting in their forum) and it seems that the only content available is youtube/vimeo/etc trailers, no 3d source or anything interesting to make a REAL remix.

    Remix a youtube (or HD Vimeo) clip 1:38 in length, half of which is titles. How lame is that?

  • Verity

    Enlighten me: How is that a trailer?

    Looked more like a 2nd semester 3d project.

  • Peter Kirn

    Okay, I may have spoken too soon — @Brendan, I'd agree that more would be required to make this open source.

    My understanding is that this is a teaser for a larger project; whether they're able to deliver on what they say they're doing remains to be seen. So, we'll keep an eye on it.

  • DaNni

    Serious Problem: Lack of rythm in the edit. Lack of true content (as a previous poster said… title-centric).

    The idea (hype?) sounds nice but the results seem dissapointing.