RE: the diversity of the group and making it an asset rather than a liability
So far in talking to the original members of the group, we all are interested in making the group flexible enough to assist the needs of all socal blender users. That means bringing together those from Culver City, to Burbank, to Orange County and San Diego County. I will through in Vegas when I can ;p
Also there is a mix of professional and hobby users that will have different needs and interests. So with that in mind and the geographical layout a flexible approach and not a one size fits all is looking like the best path to me. More thoughts on this later so we don’t get bogged down in details that don’t give a good ROI of time.
I think determination and persistence to find ways to have meetings of any type, big or small, occasional or frequent as well as collaboration and information sharing will benefit not only each other but encourage the CG industry in socal to use blender more.
As a long term goal and interest I have, it would be great if the the group as a whole or segments will be mature enough to participate in the Blender Institute Gooseberry project. It is a full length feature animation that the institute will be using studios from all over the world to produce.