Creating animation with free software

Morevna Project is an independent initiative aimed at testing and improving open-source tools by adopting them in the real animation production. As part of those activities we documenting the developed workflows and approaches to help others learn from our practices and publishing results of production as free content.

Open-source anime made with free software

How to create animation with free software

Free reusable content for your animations

Software

Our production is based exclusively on free (open-source) software.

Synfig

Blender

Krita

Papagayo NG

RenderChan

Partners

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Follow our progress

We believe that the process of creating animation is no less interesting than the result itself. This is why we put a lot of efforts into documenting our production process. Check out the latest news below!

Automatic tweening in OpenToonz (stroke-by-stroke)

This quick tutorial shows how to create automatic animation in OpenToonz using stroke-by-stroke method. In short: make sure that you have a sequence of vector frames (or, create an empty one). Then switch to Brush Tool. On Tool Options Panel you will see a “Range” dropdown – change it to anything other than “Off” (obvious […]

OpenToonz (Morevna Edition) version 1.2.0.1

I am happy to announce that the new version of OpenToonz (Morevna Edition) is available for download now! This version is based on official OpenToonz 1.2.0, which was released a one week earlier. The official version now includes our MyPaint brushes feature, so this time (in addition to full set of features of official version) […]

How to create a sequence of empty frames in OpenToonz

New users of OpenToonz often ask – how to add a sequence of empty frames? This is a sort of operation that is tricky to figure out, so here is  a step-by-step recipe: Create a new level (if you haven’t yet) Make sure you have Level Strip panel visible. If not – choose “Windows” -> […]

Morevna Episode 4 crowdfunding campaign is started!

So it is here – our crowdfunding campaign is officially started now! We have set an ambitious goal – bring a talented artist Nikolai Mamashev to help us with animation for the new episode. With his help we will be able to significantly boost the production progress and release the new episode faster for you! […]

“All-or-nothing” or “Keep-it-all”?

After analyzing reactions to my previous post on social networks (thanks to everyone who took their time to leave feedback!) it gets pretty much clear: the availability of PayPal payment method heavily influences people’s choice to contribute. That’s logical – there are plenty of people who just prefer do not use their bank cards online. […]

Crowdfunding platform?

I have a question to solve and I want to know your opinion about it. Yesterday in my production report I have mentioned that we are preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign. Initially we were targeting to run it on Indiegogo platform. But recently I discovered that Indiegogo dropped support for PayPal payment method. That’s […]

Production Report #16

If you follow our feeds on social networks, then you probably already aware about some bits of our progress on next episode of Morevna. But I guess many of you waiting for something with words “production” and “report”. I miss them too. So, my reports are back! I do not promise them to be weekly, […]

Synfig and Blender in PhD thesis by Julia Velkova (full PDF)

Full text of PhD thesis by Julia Velkova is now available online for free download. The PhD dissertation explores the antropological and culturological aspects of producing animated media content using free software. The research is based on two empirical case studies – Blender Institute (Amsterdam, Netherlands)  and Morevna Project (Gorno-Altaisk, Russia).