This thread is for the community’s plan B proposals in case Gooseberry unfortunately don’t reach its goal.
EDIT (4th of May) : let’s forget about this time - things are already set or can’t be changed - so ideas discussed here could be of use for a future project - END of EDIT
(I know something has been thought about already,
and I know there are a few days left to reach the 5000 supporters limit,
but free brainstorming is good for our synapses,
and - who knows - some really great idea could emerge,
and there will be other projects after Gooseberry).
Proposal 1 : Improve Blender + Library of assets
I’ve observed that out of 290 000 euros pledged only 30 000 would buy - and nothing else - a discount on the hardcopy of the film. All other pledges are for the cloud or are sponsor credits (yes, they include the discount but obviously it’s not the main feature of this kind of pledges).
My guess is that these 260 000 euros are given in the hope that Blender will be improved, or as a support to Blender and not necessarily conditionned to the making of a movie.
I would love a feature movie (I’ve pledged) and I understand very well that it’s a very good way to push the software forward but in case it fails, we still have at least people that were ready to give 260 000 euros to improve Blender. That’s a lot of money and we can make a lot of things with that much money.
So my proposal is to skip the movie part and affect this money to the implicite hope behind these 260 000 euros (of course, they can’t be reaffected like that, that means contacting the supporters or maybe launch an other subscription later- as I said, ideas that are brainstormed here might be saved for later).
So, in case, some day - or as a plan B - we collect money, my proposal is to the set the following goals :
- improve definite areas of Blender : a list of improvements that would benefit directly the users and are appealing (the appeal part is important for promotion, new features could be promoted through mockups or Kickstarter’s style videos)
- build libraries of materials, nodes, objects, textures, re-usable motion graphic animations,… whatever is usable and would save time. That would be presented in an organized way and could be downloaded. There are a lot of assets available but they’re spread and hidden in various websites, forum posts and so on… That would be an other way - by the way - to give some work to artists. Movies do produce a lot of assets but they are specifical to the movies created. We could focus on the most useful things we can think about.
Something I’m unsure about my proposal is the appeal part. Movies are appealing, set of improvements might not be. An other problem is that Blender is free and some people might think - and dislike the fact - they’re buying it with this proposal. I guess communication would be essential !
What do you think ? What’s your proposal ?
(please, I know Gooseberry has been controversial, no harsh words, let’s stay positive and as kind as a lamb to each other ! )