Tube (upcoming film)

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Wires For Empathy (Tube)
Directed by Bassam Kurdali
Produced by Fateh Slavitskaya
Bit Films

Wires For Empathy (production name Tube or The Tube Open Movie) is a computer animated short film currently in-production. It is based on the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh poem, and is being directed by Bassam Kurdali, whose prior work includes Elephants Dream. Like his previous film, Tube is being created exclusively with free and open-source software, including Blender, GIMP, Krita, MyPaint, and Ardour. However, unlike Elephants Dream, Tube is being produced independent of the Blender Foundation. The film and its assets are being released under a Creative Commons license, allowing them to be re-used by others.[1][2][3]

Tube is being produced in conjunction with Bit Films, the computer animation incubator program at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.[4][5][6]

On May 16, 2012, Tube successfully raised over $40,000 via a Kickstarter campaign, far-exceeding its goal of $22,000.[7]


As part of their Kickstarter campaign, the creators of Tube describe the film's substance:

The Tube Open Movie is inspired by the Gilgamesh poem, which comes down to us as an incomplete, conflicting set of fragments and variations, the clay tablet remnants of more than a few ruined libraries. The epic centers on the Sumerian king who ruled Uruk, in ancient Iraq, who for his tyranny the gods teach friendship and loss, and through them, the fear of his own death. In the end, the immortality he achieves is different to the one he first seeks. Nearly five thousand years later, Gilgamesh, a woman and a soldier, rushes into a station in pursuit of a fragment of paper blown about by the passing of trains. In an ever-accelerating vortex, her hero's progress becomes the animation's own frames.


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