Anansi Spaceworks

Featured Projects

Lunatics! characters silhouetted against the Moon

Lunatics! is an original animated science-fiction story about the first permanent settlers on the Moon. This is an independent, free-culture, open-movie production, made with open-source software, especially Blender. Regular updates and support are through Patreon

Film Freedom logo with filmstrip and two effs in the form of wings

Film Freedom is a documentation and development project to make filmmaking with free-software and releasing via free culture funding models more accessible. It consists mainly of a documentation wiki, although it also supports some development projects, listed below:

KitCAT logo cat with sunglasses

KitCAT: the Kit for Creative Arts Teamwork, is a virtual studio system and client which connects the TACTIC studio DAMS and Project Management suite to popular filmmaking and creative software packages.

Lib-Ray logo with rays shining out from a center point

Lib-Ray is a project to create an alternative to DVD and Blu-Ray for fixed-format releases, using only free-licensed software and open formats, without encryption or region-coding.

Some books we've published

We have also published some books.

A 3D render of a spacecraft design resembling a dragonfly

Most of our paid work is through commissions of various kinds. We can do media work, animation, title design, DVD authoring, and more.

About Us

Anansi Spaceworks is Terry Hancock and Rosalyn Hunter.

We established this company to explore the possibilities for combining our love of space, space flight, space exploration, and space development with the insights and techniques of free culture and commons-based enterprise.

Since then, we've moved in a number of different directions, and now primarily work on educational and media work, with a focus on free-culture and free-software, but the foward-looking spirit of space development still motivates us.

About the Name

It was our original intent to create a space business, directly working on space development, but this would have required a lot more investment and connection than we had available. We set out to create a business with a very different and much more cooperative character, inspired more by the Free Software movement than by the history of space entrepreneurship as it has gone before.

We liked the idea of using a mythological reference (as is common in the space business), but decided to choose one from an African source (which is not at all common). And so we settled on one of the best-known figures of West African myth which has filtered into many tales throughout the Atlantian and Southern US culture -- that of Kwaku Anansi, the spider, who survives in a world of far stronger creatures through the use of his wits and his wisdom. And one of the best-known of the tales of Anansi is that of the Calabash of Wisdom, in which Anansi and his family learn that true wisdom can only be shared and that to contain wisdom, is to lose it.

It was also to be a pragmatic business with a hands-on, do-it-yourself, "maker" culture, and thus we think of it as a "space-works". We have been doing business as "Anansi Spaceworks" since we registered our business in California in 2001, though we have operated in Texas since 2003.