BIONICLE: Next Generation Recruitment [UNPAID]


Hello everyone! Lukas Sprehn here, Recruitment Head of Bionicle: Next Generation, a great and fun, and hopefully-to be high quality volunteer Bionicle fan film project.

First of, I know that we use Blender, but that software can actually achieve pretty damn good results, all High quality.
We also use .OBJs which Blender support.
Also, you will be allowed to use 3DS Max and other 3D high quality softwares, as long as you are able to export to a format like .OBJ which is compitable with Blender.

This is an official 3D artist recruitment thread. Please read on.

Backstory: On the 20th of January, 2010, two years ago, an ambitious project were started by a man, named ‘Toa Jampot’ on the BZPower forum, and Lord Jam Pot on the Bionicle: Next Generation forums. It was created in response to the ending of the Bionicle toyline, and the story. The original goal were to create high quality fan films, based upon the online serials written by Gregory Todd Farsthey on BIONICLEStory.com In the beginning it went quite well, until many of the best modelers and animators quit due to them wanting to start their own professional careers.
The first film that we were working on were an adaptation of Dark Mirror. We entitled it The Empire.
After losing the 3D artists it went quite downhill, and we decided to move onto short films to demonstrate what would be possible for a bunch of teenagers with limited working time to accomplish with Blender.
And we already have a lot of concept art done. And we use Dropbox to store our files.
Your age don’t matter, your personality and skills does. We want to work with kind, experienced people. And people we can learn from.
It don’t matter if you are truly a Bionicle fan either. If you want to help and are able to do so, go ahead.
We want to start the project up again and work on The Empire again soon. Or at least soon enough.
I already found a little handful of people capable of helping, and wanting to, and I am very grateful for that. These said people include the professionals Ethan Luo and Nathan Taylor, as well as a couple other quite nice people. But we are in need more, so please step forward and show us what you got.

Note: The Bionicle: Next Generation project got a lot of attention from Bionicle fans all around the world, perhaps more than others. And that is one of the reasons we wish to start it up again, and reach our goals as soon as possible. With a great example and payoff.

Back to topic: Yes, we want your help. Whether you’re boss with Blender 3D, whether it’s modeling, animation, rigging or even texturing, we can use your help.
Our goal is to create something the quality of the Blender short film, Sintel: Sintel - Third Open Movie by Blender Foundation - YouTube Or perhaps better. We want to create some that are enjoyable for both us and the Bionicle fans.
I guess I should now show you guys a small portion of what we have accomplished as of yet. Here is a link with a list of images, the Toa Mata models on the BZPower forum. It is probably the easiest to navigate aparty from the Recruitment Thread, http://www.bzpower.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=324654&st=1520&p=7080588&#entry7080588
If you like them, and if you want to help us create sets, new models, terrains, fluids or visual effects, we would be very greatful. We need more structure and active members.
If you want to help us, either post a comment here or send me a private message and I’ll be happy to check out what you have to offer and what you have already made. You can also post it in the official forums, either in the 3D Modeling and Animation Department’s board, or in the official forum Recruitment Thread.
This is also one of the largest Bionicle fan project ever created. And we want to accomplish what we have started. This is getting harder and harder because when we don’t do much, or nothing at all, people are falling down like dead flies (not literally.)
Remember, we want to take this project serious, we want to artists, to create something that are outstanding when only using a free software.

Note: Currently we have over sixty models finished. I am not sure whether or not they need to be fixed or developed some more, but maybe.
This is a project between several Bionicle fans and/or tallented people, but we need your help to accomplish our goal with this volunteer project. It don’t matter if you don’t live close to us or anything, because this is a project between people from all around the world that wish to help and make magic.

A few minor criteria:

  1. Good understanding of Blender (and .obj and another software, if you decide to use that) and preferable good experience, even more preferable professional experience
  2. Some past work you have done to show us what you can do.
  3. Being able to spend the time necessary, be kind and not just give up right in the middle of all of it
  4. Being able to create decent, or high quality, work with Blender
  5. The will to spend volunteer time and talent on our project

Legal issues:
Since this is a fan project, a non-profit project, and created under the Fair Use Copyright Law, we should not be able to get in trouble starting this up, so don’t worry.
Furthermore, the LEGO Company already ended the toy- and storyline. Maybe they still have the rights to the Bionicle series, but I don’t think they would mind seeing their fans make use of their series in this manner. Especially since they usually support fan made content.
Here is a link to the forums that we operate the project through our forums (this is the Official Recruitment Page.)
And here is a link to the project’s official YouTube channe: http://www.youtube.com/user/BionicleNextGen (most of what’s on there is old and not that good)

Soon we will update the topic with one of the shorts as a kind of pitch, so that you can see what we are getting at, and what we are looking for.

Note: Please look over some of few models and pieces of content that we have made in the past below:

More images coming soon.


Render of Toa Mata Nuparu.


Render of Toa Mata Tahu.

Render of Toa Kualus.


Concept art piece of some of the Bionicle’s island landscape.

Keep Bionicle alive. Stay together as artists. And believe, because I do.
Peace out,

  • Luka1184/Lukas S.

We are happy to announce that it’s going pretty well with two of the shorts, and we have done a swimming cycle animaton test render.

Please come on and join us if you want to. We really appricate it!

Stay creative,

  • Lukas

Do projects like these ever need volunteers to contribute CUDA computing power? :slight_smile: Like [email protected], but for Blender movies?