ZeMarmot — A Libre Movie made with Free Software

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About ZeMarmot A Libre Animation Film

ZeMarmot is a project of 2D animation movie, to be released under Creative Common Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International/Art Libre licenses and fully made with creative Free Software (GIMP, Blender, Ardour…).

ZeMarmot is currently funded by 358 individuals or organisms from 36 countries around the world.

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What? Synopsis

Marmot likes to sleep, eat, and sleep again. One day, an old migratory bird tells him of the wonders of the world. Marmot decides to leave his home for the trip of his life and find the ultimate napping spot.
From Iran flying carpets to Paradise pacific island, Marmot will wander all over the world and be the first marmot explorer. Will he find what he is looking for?

Why? Letter of Intent

Marmot is a simple character who likes to eat and sleep. But the world is big with so much wonders. So our little rodent will go for a trip of discovery. This is a call to travel and freedom. Isn't it necessary sometimes to stop and rest in our hyperactive and over-stressful lives? Just breath a little. Contemplate. This is what we want to give to the world.

Jehan (main scenarist) wandered the world from 2009 to 2014, after quitting an openspace job in IT, on his motorbike from Paris to Japan, across Europe and Asia, then Oceania.

This is this spirit of travel, happy and easy, that we want to give back. Travels, wanderings even, are not just tourism. These are not about being scared of "the others" either, or of foreign lands. They can be about Freedom.


Who? Made with love



Young South Korean independant animation film director and artist. Her first co-directed short animation, “Grandma Ocean” got screened in more than a dozen festivals and won 2 prices.
Aryeom is ZeMarmot's director and script consultant.

Aryeom's website »



Actor for a dozen of years, especially movie dubbings, he also won an “Outstanding Youth Actor in a Foreign Film” award. Nowadays he spends time as a software developer (GIMP…), and wandered the world for a few years on a motorcycle (from France to Japan).
Jehan is ZeMarmot's main author and developer.

Jehan's website »



A crazy marmot traveling everywhere!

Marmot's log »


Henri Hebeisen

3D graphic designer and "Blender Foundation Certified Trainer", he works mainly in architecture. He participated to the creation of the american project "TUBE" under Bassam Kurdali and co-authored the book "La 3D libre avec Blender 2.6" with Olivier Saraja and Boris Fauret.
Henri will contribute to ZeMarmot for 3D assisting 2D drawing.

Henri's website »



Cooperative of Free Artists producing Libre Art with Free Software and OpenHardware.
Incubator for cooperating artists with a social aspect towards independence as well an ecology sensitivity where action matters first!
AMMD will be in charge of the original soundtrack for ZeMarmot.

AMMD website »



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How? Made with Free Software

We produce this whole movie with Free Software: painting with GIMP, video-editing with Blender, audio-editing with Ardour

While doing so, we improve the software as needed, and contribute patches back to all projects. Jehan has already contributed code to GIMP, Blender, libmypaint, Entangle, and many other creative software. We are planning the following developments:

Improvements and bug fix, but also having the animation preview plugin to be able to line test animations, and preview much more complex animations, with high resolutions (HD), any complex layer and frame structure, and many advanced features.
Blender VSE
Transform image sequences directly into the preview window (see our patch waiting for inclusion), work inside meta strips, import layered images (XCF or OpenRaster) and have the layers directly placed according to the animation layout… The latter will likely be our first development in Blender.
Extension for animation, allowing us to easily exchange files between programs, and keep animation layouts.
We have already started working on a new higher level software enabling the organization of an animation film project. It will include storyboarding, x-sheets, and initial generation of OpenRaster files ready for drawing. The goal is to help organize a big and complex project involving hundreds, or even thousands, of files, and simplify repetitive base works, but also provide a higher level vision of a project to discover mistakes before even starting to draw.
As we go, we will document our process.
We will likely also release a book after the project about "Creating 2D animation with Free Software" (not a finale name!), which will also be under a Libre license (probably same: CC BY-SA).


Licensing What is Libre Art?

We believe in Art being Free, as much as Speech must be Free. Artists still have to make a living, which is why we are crowdfunding. Yet once produced, ZeMarmot will be yours, ours, everyone's. It will be a Free movie, given to the world.

If you "invested", you would expect a return on investment, often in monetary form. For ZeMarmot, it is in the form of a media artwork under a free license. You will be able to download it, watch it anywhere, anytime and as much as you want (i.e. no DRM!), copy it, share it, screen it for a larger audience… For us, this is what crowdfunding is about, it is an investment for a brighter world.

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Sponsors They are awesome

This far (Feb 11, 2015), ZeMarmot is funded by 358 people or organizations around the world, from 36 countries! Most of the funding so far comes from our crowdfunding and from association LILA support. Whoever you are, small or big sponsor, ZeMarmot will exist thanks to you. You are all awesome!
Below are our main sponsors, listed by dates of sponsoring.
The full list will be available in the movie credits. You can still contribute and be added to this list! Either through Patreon or by contacting us if you wish to contribute directly.

Special Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • Vincent Lamar
  • Guillaume Gasnier
  • MediaInfo
  • François Seguin
  • Camille Lhardy

Silver Sponsors

  • Mike Linksvayer
  • Sébastien Gendre
  • Jefsey Morfin
  • David Da Silva
  • Benoît Audouard
  • Alice Toral
  • apertus°
  • Laboratorio Bambara
  • Xavier Guillot
  • Mélusine Guenneau
  • Coucouf
  • Denis Marcq
  • Oliver H

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