Hi, Some of you may know me, but I think most people here who’ve been around since Blender 2.33 are more familiar with my old username Howitzer.
Maybe about three years ago, a friend of mine named Raxx started a small team of 3d artists. I was part of this team, but I’ve since forgot the name. (something-CG)
While a part of this team, we kept in touch via Skype - which proved to be a very robust voice conferencing tool. While others use IRC, we used a more intimate level of communication to keep us together. Raxx’s goal was to eventually take on commercial projects, but we never quite got that far. Our last project was to help out a small indie game dev team who needed free models. For unknown reasons, he didn’t tell anyone the name of the game or the people we were working with, but I still have my work (or rather, what’s left of it).
I modeled this in Blender, and Raxx (Randall in the credits) did the texturing in Gimp. There are other models done by the other members of the team, but I do not have pictures of those anymore.
I’m bringing this up because I would like to try doing that again. I would like to form a small team of modelers and animators of about three or four people. I do not have a team project in mind, and in fact - I would prefer it if we did not. Think of it more as a small group of friends who will eventually work on collaborative projects for profit and otherwise. So our first ‘project’ would probably be just getting to know each other.
My end goal is to create a team that is Small: no more than 5 people with optional shared web hosting. Close-nit: We would do regular voice conferencing for chat and in-depth critique of each-other’s individual work, and when we are ready, for-profit collaborative projects. Dedicated: our goal would be the betterment of everyone involved. We would seek to improve in our trade as a whole. And most important, Friendship, which does not need a description.
Think of the idea like a tiny forum with 5 talented people who know each other well, give excellent crits (not simply to give useless praise, show off their knowledge, or increase post-count - but because they genuinely care).
Do not think of this post as an attempt at traditional recruitment. Rather, let me know if this is a good idea, and if any of you have the time for something like this. If someone here has tried it already, let me know how it worked out; and feel free to voice your opinions of online team collaboration as well. As for ‘recruitment’, I will probably contact people myself, though don’t hesitate to ‘apply’ in this thread if you want.