Chapter | 5THE RISE OF CROWDFUNDING

Even countries with few resources and incompetent governments did reasonably well if they had strong, well-developed Social Technologies.

—Eric Beinhocker

On October 1, 2010, the Blender Foundation1 released Sintel,2 an independently produced, animated science-fiction fantasy short film. Sintel follows Blender’s other short animation film projects: Elephant’s Dream (2005), Big Buck Bunny (2007), and Yo Frankie! (2008). In the days of outsized budget movies, Sintel was quite a monumental achievement, and not just because of its stunning animation created using the Blender 3D open source content pipeline. It was released as open source, downloadable for free in a number of formats, with separately downloadable ...

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