ANIMAXION STUDIOZ is an independent animation collective that only uses Free/Libre and Open Source Software.
We aim at combining creativity and technology to support innovative projects in the field of computer-generated imagery.
Our work spreads across self-funded projects, commissioned projects, commercial work and training, covering a diverse range of domains and techniques.
What we do
What We Do
...is much more than just the sum of our members' skills and interests.
Our projects are diverse in nature. They're the result of the combination of different areas of expertise, serve various purposes and can take a multitude of forms and distinctive looks.
We work with 3D and 2D images, static and animated, for a variety of media (film, tv, print and web).
The Principles and Ethics
The principles and values that guide this project are based on this cornerstone:
Free Art, Free Culture and Free Technology are crucial for a Free Society.
This tenet can be translated into the following list of guidelines:
- i) Only take projects that we feel ethically comfortable. Although we're not close to other types of projects, we tend to favor "not-for-profit" and NGO organizations, political and social causes, public service, educational and scientific purposes.
- ii) Use Free/Libre Software. The decision to work with Free Software is also an ethical decision. It's a statement about the world we live in and expresses a choice of how we choose to live and work in it.
- iii) Adopt Free Culture licenses (as Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License) whenever possible.
Hopefully, the above list will help us living and working in a way consistent with the values of freedom, sharing and solidarity. And this is important for those who are striving for a society where the artificial barriers that benefit only a few are eliminated.
The Free/Libre way...
Free Software is a matter of liberty, not price. It means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Access to the source code is a precondition for some of these freedoms.
To us, the ethical grounds are particularly important. However, there are several other reasons why we use Free/Libre Software. Among other reasons, we highlight the following:
- i) the overall quality of several already available Free/Libre Software programs,
- ii) the freedom to study, adapt and redistribute the code,
- iii) using a workflow independent from proprietary software companies strategies,
- iv) avoid vendor lock-in, and
- v) cost savings.
What is Free Art?
Creative works that can be freely studied, applied, copied and/or modified, by anyone, for any purpose. License restrictions are consistent if they respect or protect these essential freedoms.
It's an answer to overly-restrictive copyright laws that hinder the free exchange of ideas and creativity. A way to protect the digital commons.
Works in progress
Hugo Ferreira could tell you when he was born but he's a childish young adult aged 23, so you'll have to do the math. He's currently a freelance animator and 3D artist wannabe located in Oporto (Portugal). He also finds it weird to talk about himself in the third person.
A traveller in a world of uncertainties. Loves music. Loves computers (especially those running open source software). Loves using a computer to do a lot of maths. Loves to learn. Has some issues with describing himself.
I was drawn into the work and exploration in the fields of education and design. The new century opened a door to a journey that took me down several paths. I joined the academia, where I embraced teaching and researching as passions. Along the way I have found Free Software and Free Culture.
Miguel Vale was born in Viseu, Portugal, in 1987, and is currently a lifelong traveller exploring the landscapes of visual arts and design. Curious by nature, a "digital native" with an inexhaustible will to learn, he has an ineluctable will to daily feed his creative mind with learning, dreaming and working.
Passionate about Animation, Education, Free Software and Free Culture (among other things!). When not writing stories or animating, he's staring at a screen watching animation for endless hours. Likes free beer and saying that "Using Free Software is a statement about the world and how we choose to live in it".