Important facts in short:
- Our FTP postproduction server: valkaama.digitmedia.de
- Valkaama is licensed under Creative Commons by-sa
- The film is an open source no-budget full feature drama.
- Valkaama = valkama (Finnish: home) + kaamos (Finnish: polar night)
- Contact: e-mail
We just published a new remix of Crossroads by Alexander Brennecke
. This one sticks close to the original song by Meander and hence can be seen as a sort of mainstream remix. Enjoy :)
I would like to let everyone know that Matthias Jahn died on 16th of August 2009 at the age of 54 after illness. Matthias recorded the vocals of Crossroads in his home studio with us and made one of the remixes.
May he rest in peace.
I recently got to know about a Valkaama teaser remix made by Kurt W.
The video is nicely composed starting with Lasse's letter to Ari followed by various scenes of the movie where
Ari's death is used as an interlude. For the music Kurt used one of the Crossroads tracks. Have a look:
With added music, opening sequence and credits Valkaama now is a complete movie and hence the first Open Source feature film
. In order for you to see the result of the last three months efforts you can watch and download the current version of the movie here
Although the movie is complete it is still tagged as Beta. The reason for this is that like in (Open Source) software development improvements are still possible. For Valkaama this means that the current music score will be improved and that even two new scores are being created. If you want to check out the ongoing work on the music please visit our YouTube page
Reuse, Remix, Mashup... why Open Source is also important for moving images
An important part of what the whole Open Source Movie
thing is all about is to enable others to use the material we produce for their own purposes. And one really great example for such a usage of Valkaama is West Latta's tutorial on how to make a film score
on audio tuts+
. So let's shortly analyse why an Open Source Movie like Valkaama which uses an OS compatible license such as the Creative Commons by-sa
is needed for people like West to safely use external clips in order to do such great stuff as film score tutorials.
Liberal licenses like the Creative Commons licenses you can apply in order to give others the freedom to use your own creative work within a safe legal framework. The license hereby clearly states the DO's and DON'Ts when it comes to handling the material. So why is an Open Source compatible Creative Commons license the best choice?
As you probably know there are 6 standard CC licenses
which consist of one ore more of the following modules or conditions: by
(NoDerivs) and sa
(ShareAlike). If you now make some research
you will quickly find out that most of the few free movies you can find on the web are using the condition nd, and almost all of them the condition nc. So why is that counterproductive for people like West? And furthermore, why he couldn't make his tutorial without access to the movie's sources?
First of all free movies licensed under nd conditions don't allow you to make any modifications to the material. Hence they are useless for any reuse, remix or mashup and... no tutorials with these. Second of all, the nc module is quite a trap. On the webpage West's tutorial is published it is possible to gain access to premium content (source files, bonus tutorials and more) by paying a monthly fee. Although this particular tutorial which uses scenes from Valkaama is freely accessible the fact that it is also offered within a commercial framework clearly infringes the nc term. The same applies to the small commercials displayed on the webpage.
Well, so much for the licenses... As for the sources, why exactly are they needed? The reason for this is quite simple, yet important: the source tracks containing the dialogues can be downloaded separately from our FTP Server. Since they aren't mixed with music yet, you can simply add another film score without having to separate voice and music before. A task which is nearly impossible by the way.
- The Process of Score Composition Part 1
- Tutorial videos on vimeo: First draft
, Final score
Note: This version of scene 56 still has some color grading issues
we're trying to fix in the forthcoming BETA of Valkaama.
The English subtitles of Valkaama can be downloaded now
. Hopefully other language versions will follow by the help of people who like our movie and our free culture project. If you want to make subtitles in a different language you can use simple programs like Subtitle Workshop
or others. All you need is the current Alpha 2 version of the movie and the English subtitle file which already contains the timings of the dialogues.
Apart from the subtitles the script of the movie is now also available as a PDF file in English and German. Get it at the Sources page
German subtitles are available.
Polish subtitles are available.
Am 2. April habe ich auf der Re:publica '09
einen Vortrag über Open Source Filme gehalten. Eine schöne Zusammenfassung davon gibt es auf der Webseite des t3n Magazines
. Die Vortragsfolien könnt ihr hier ansehen
und vielleicht kann ich noch ein Video dazu auftreiben, da einer der Konferenzteilnehmer seine Videokamera dabei hatte und die Präsentation aufgezeichnet hat.
The Alpha 2 version of Valkaama is now available
. The most important improvement affects the sound which has been completely reworked by Michael Georgi. For a more detailed overview of what has changed, have a look into our changelog