Hey everyone! This is Nathan from BBB and Sintel.
I have a weird idea that I’m hoping could work out. But I’d like to try to gauge interest before I sink any time into it. Please read the whole thing before voting on the pole.
I would really like to create some educational material about rigging. Both rigging in general (conceptual level) and rigging in Blender. I am planning on doing some of this regardless, but I was wondering if people would consider it worth it to pay me to produce the material. It would allow me to focus on it better, rather than trying to motivate myself in my free time.
So here’s the idea:
I’ll create a series of videos, rather than one long epic video. Each video would be relatively short (10-15 minutes) and only cover one or two topics (like say, rigging an arm, or rigging a mouth, or quaternion rotations, or corrective shape keys… small individual things like that). Each video would be reasonably thorough, explaining my reasoning and thought process, not only “step by step”.
I would release them as frequently as I get funding. I would make a new kickstarter page for each video, and start making the video once the goal is reached. Any overage on one video’s funding will count towards the next video.
Once a video is finished I will release it for free under Creative Commons Zero (i.e. public domain).
And this process will go on and repeat for as long as people keep funding the videos. Or until I get sick of it, or no one can think of new things to make videos about.
The motive for paying for the video would be two-fold:
- Assuring that the video gets created at all.
- If you pay, you get a say in what the video will be about (proportional to how much you pay). I’ll propose two or three topics, and you can cast a vote. Or something like that. I’m not sure yet.
- You’ll be helping to make good, freely available educational material for the Blender community.
So here’s the rub:
I don’t know how many people are interested enough in rigging to actually pay for this. Rigging is pretty specialized. And I will likely be making similar material in my free time anyway. Just not nearly as much of it or to as high a level of quality.
So I’m asking: how many people out there would actually pay me to make this stuff? And how frequently?
I’m thinking that to be realistic, most people would probably only pay $5-$15 per video for something like this. Maybe not even that. But assume for the purposes of this pole that you would be paying about $10 on average per video. And you can assume I will actually put time into making the videos good. Not just me fumbling around with a screen record.
Is this something you would be interested in? Would this be something that you would pay for on a regular basis? And how often would you want/be able to pay, knowing that how often videos get made depends on this?
Also, big hugs for everyone.
Also, if people have feedback on things that would make this more likely to work (a different setup, or different incentives, or whatever) please feel free to post your ideas.