Hey Voodoo! Yes, I have an annual update commitment, if sales go well, to go back out to LA and in the studio for two weeks with my producer to record. I will have to start writing the course around October, lay down practice tracks in November, record in December, and then editing and testing and post-production begins. For this course, it took me 2 months to write the course and develop the exercise files and practice. I then spent two weeks in the studio with my producer recording the raw footage. They then edited it and sent it all to a testing house in Canada, who came back with hundreds of discrepancies. We fixed alot of those and then they sent it to an e-learning consultant who came up with more issues. I then flew back out to LA for another week where we re-recorded some videos. Those went back through editing and now it is released.
Kareka, I hope you read this post and understand the amount of work it takes to produce something like this, and hope you realize that we all (me, my editors, my producer, the testers) got no income while we did all this work - it was all paid from our savings - the airfare, the rent, the food, the electric, everything. All the revenue now has to come from subscriptions to pay us back. If it doesn’t, I’ll be stuck with a huge credit card bill i can’t pay, and Lynda.com will be stuck with a tab of, I would guess, a thousand man-hours of labor (at $50 per hour, $50,000 plus overhead) that they can’t pay. Only by asking each person to pay a little bit, and hoping that there are thousands who do, can training like this come into being and stay around. Each illegal bit-torrent hurts me badly and Lynda and the future of Blender. Lynda employs lawyers to file law suits and seek damages against both the torrent maker and the hosts for illegally distributing stolen material across state lines. So far, Lynda has been very successful in prosecuting and obtaining money from people who make or host torrents of Lynda’s courses.
A huge concern is that this is the first open-source product Lynda is offering training on. So a big question is, since people get the software for “free”, are they going to expect everything else for free, or are they going to rip us off rather than pay, etc. Only the balance of our planet’s moral fibre will tell. So, if you see a bit torrent of my copyrighted material, because of the work and effort that I have previously given to the Blender community, and the fact that I gotta eat, please say no to torrents of my course. Thanks.