Not just open source using Blender software but crowd-funded as well. This is yet another shift but not unprecedented. It starts with a girl and a ...
From the YouTube Channel:
"Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
In the past there have been videoblogging/documentary community support video financing. The is the next level up. This animated movie cost $500,000 to produce using Blendar software.
That's not all. You can legally download a copy of the movie from the website. It is available in DivX, MP4 or OGV for the Linux community.
If you really want to support independent creativity you can purchase the DVD with the movie, tutorial files and the usual stuff on a DVD.
Now this will do nothing to stop expensive and bloated movies from being made. There would hardly be a made rush to create a film within a reasonable budget. I mean, why would you let a story take priority over start power and spin?
Yet if this is a form of collaborative, independent media making I think I like it.