Saturday 29 July 2006

Odd Job Jack is an animated TV show on Canadian TV, so I’ve never seen it. The reason I mention it is that they are open-sourcing their production files. FreeJack is their give-away of all of the files used to produce each episode. The whole thing is done in Flash, and they’ve made available all of their work for others to learn from, borrow, and re-purpose.

It’s fascinating to see how the open source movement will translate into other domains. Will this be common, or is Odd Job Jack going to remain the odd man out? In either case, it’s great for students of animation who want to see how a show like this is put together. And they’ve got what looks like detailed tutorials explaining what they do.

The files are distributed over bittorrent because of their size (about 800Mb per episode)!


Hi. We will showcase use submissions so please send them.

By the way episodes 1, 2, and 3 are all up with a high speed seed.

We also just put up a sample flash movie, two video tutorials, 23 animation guides and 13 interviews with our production team:

If you bother to register then you are in a draw for a play station 3. How much better does it get than this?

Go Odd Job Jack, go freejack.
Hi. Thanks for the support of Odd Job Jack's Freejack program. We just released a single torrent containing all 13 Freejack archives. Think of it as a full set.

Download it here:

This archive contains master flash assets from 13 episodes including:
- 1416 characters
- 914 props
- 2762 cameras

You can browse all the files before downloading the torrent:

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License so feel free to share, remix and mash. Don't forget to send us a link to your work.

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