Open source on the big screen: Matt Ebb tells tales of Elephants Dream

Lead artist from Elephants Dream speaks about what it is like to make your own open movie using open source tools and the power of the community.
Need a project for the new year? You could consider supporting, contributing to, or starting an open movie. The open movie concept gained attention with the release of Elephants Dream in 2006. Following its success, the Blender Foundation is developing a follow up open movie called Peach, set for completion later this year.

So what exactly is an open movie? And what is involved in putting one together? Lead artist from Elephants Dream, Matt Ebb, gives Computerworld some tips and inside information on the process that he describes as simultaneously one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences of his life time.

How do you define the term "Open Movie"?