I pretty much agree with everyone.
There is nothing wrong with BAC as it is now, however it is not very attractive to participate having to learn a rig, or you may dislike the rig’s performance, these things turn off many of us. Reasons? Well, lack of time, no motivation, wanting to work with your own rigs, etc etc.
We have discussed this many many…many times, most have said: Let us use any rig ! But the circle starts over, the same rules, the same rigs, etc etc. Results? Let’s be honest, two years by now and there is no participation…isn’t it an accurate sign that no one is interested as it is now? Is there any problem in trying at least ONE TIME using any rig, any pro, unleash your mind?
Musk, what do you have to loose with giving it a try? We have had from 1 to zero participants in recent contests, what could be worse than that?
I totally understand the politics behind BAC, same rigs, same animation, everyone has the same opportunity then it equals to easy and fear judgment. but…hello, it is not working !
Let the beginner put some sticks together and do his animation, let the sculptor to model his Alien, at the end people aren’t stupid at the moment of judgment, if the stick character moves better than the sculpted Gozilla, I bet the stick man would win. Probably we will also get more participation from the audience, comments like maybe: Gozilla is a much better design but the stick man is better animated. Or your lighting is great but your animation needs work…etc etc, come on let’s try it !
If there is no prize, no payment, no rewards, then don’t kill the only motivation that could make us do the Animation: Inspiration.
Beside all of the above, the free rigs will be still available for those who love Pantin, etc etc.