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Two weeks in Siberia with Morevna Project, open-source animation tools and anime

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Media researcher Julia Velkova took the trouble to visit our small studio at Gorno-Alataysk and met the core team members. With this guest-post she is sharing her first impressions and revealing some “behind-the-scenes” of Morevna Project.

This post is about my almost two-week long stay in the city of Gorno-Altaysk in Siberia, Russia. As part of my research on the production of open-source animation films – made with open-source tools and released as commons with sources – I have been trying to figure out the webs of connections between this place in Siberia, free software graphics communities, and Morevna Project. I was curious to see the context of producing an open-source animation film in a place like Gorno-Altaysk and how does this context matter. I wanted also to meet more of the people involved in the production of Morevna Project.

Before coming to Gorno-Altaysk I have been talking a lot to Konstantin Dmitriev online and I have been following his Morevna anime film project and Synfig developments. I knew that the place from where he works is somewhere far away in Russia, and that there are some other people involved. It was however very difficult to get any better of idea of who these people were, and what were their roles only through the accounts of Konstantin – which were surely helpful but not enough neither for me, nor for my research.

So, in the same way as I went to Amsterdam and the Blender Institute earlier this year, I went to Gorno-Altaysk in the beginning of November to learn more.


Fanart by Anastasia Majzhegisheva – 16

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Young Marya Morevna. Artwork by Anastasia Majzhegisheva.

Young Marya Morevna. Artwork by Anastasia Majzhegisheva.

Fanart by Anastasia Majzhegisheva – 15

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Maya Morevna by Anastasia Majzhegisheva

Maya Morevna by Anastasia Majzhegisheva

Winter comes here in Siberia. So, Anastasia brings a paper-an-pencil artwork of Maya Morevna, with a winter spirit. And yes – there is no typo in character name here.

Concept of Baba Yaga Character

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Here is a concept for another character – Baba Yaga. You can find a lot of references to this name in Russian folklore, but in our story this old lady is an outstanding scientist of cybernetics. That strong and unconditional person bears a dark past, directly related to the birth of the main antagonist of the story – Koshchei The Deathless. Much thanks to Anastasia Majzhegisheva for the artwork.

Baba Yaga concept by Anastasia Majzhegisheva.

Baba Yaga concept by Anastasia Majzhegisheva.

Fanart by Anastasia Majzhegisheva – 14

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Marya Morevna. Pencil artwork by Anastasia Majzhegisheva.

Marya Morevna. Pencil artwork by Anastasia Majzhegisheva.

Rocker Concept

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Anastasia Majzhegisheva brings a quick concept of Rocker character. Rocker is a husband of Mechanic-Sister, and… well, you can see he is a tough guy.

RockerArtwork by Anastasia Majzhegisheva

Artwork by Anastasia Majzhegisheva

P.S. BTW, Anastasia have a Google+ page, you can find a lot of her artwork there!

Papagayo packages for Windows

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

For a long time we have received many requests to provide Papagayo packages for Windows. I am aware about the Papagayo 2.0 bump from original developers, and I am considering to port the changes of our custom version of Papagayo into their version as soon as possible. Unfortunately, right now I’m busy with other priorities, so it’s very hard to tell when this actually will be done.

Papagayo screenshot (Windows)

Papagayo screenshot (Windows)

But there is a good news! As a result of our recent collaboration with some small animation studio of Novosibirsk, we have come up with a build of Papagayo, which is works for Windows. The build is pretty crappy, but it is working.

Here’s the download link:

Note: To start the application, unpack the archive and run the “papagayo.bat” file.

Papagayo update

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

I am happy to announce that we have made a small update to our Papagayo packages, which fixes the issue with FPS settings value. In previous versions FPS value was internally messed up when you load a new audio file, which was leading to incorrect syncronization results. This update have no other changes and is recommended for all users.

Download updated packages

Fanart by Anastasia Majzhegisheva – 13

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Morevna Universe. Watercolor artwork painting by Anastasia Majzhegisheva

Morevna Universe.
Watercolor and ink artwork by Anastasia Majzhegisheva.


Fanart by Anastasia Majzhegisheva – 12

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Morevna. Artwork by Anastasia Majzhegisheva

We’ve got one more fanart submission from Anastasia Majzhegisheva. This time Anastasija also uncovering the details of her creative process by providing WIP images and screenshots. Enjoy!