Our work on the (sadly, fictional) Ninja Delivery Services advertisement is going splendidly! The video is now over 1 minute long, and things are slowly beginning to look like, well, things :yes:
We have a full task system, allowing people to claim and submit tasks, which we then update into the video and regularly re-render the whole thing (we are at fifth rendering now). A website, State of Flux, has even been designed to accomodate the work process, allowing access to all tools, manuscript, and Vimeo channel (the most current video render is directly accessible from the front page. It’s the small video in the title bar, just click Fullscreen).
If you want to see the video, go to SoF and Fullscreen the video in the title bar. It is still advisable to read the brief/simplistic manuscript, found under “The Project”! If not, things can still be pretty hard to understand
If you want to participate (we have upped the available tasks to 24 now, including modelling, texture, rigging, and one slightly odd one), PM me or post in this thread to receive an invitation to the Dropbox used for the project!
The Ninja ad is a very interesting project, but in reality, it is just meant to be the first field test of the system. State of Flux is being designed to facilitate collaboration movies, and once the ad is completed (and made public, complete with .blends), a new project will be started, bigger and more challenging. It is already being drawn up, but will remain undisclosed until the ad nears completion.
The aim is to create a way for collaboration to be much easier than it is today. That way should be easy for anyone to participate in with whatever time and effort (and skills/challenges) a person wants to commit, as opposed to having to swear loyalty to a project from day 1 without knowing where that project will even go. What we are doing is experimenting with available tools and organizational structure, and once it really, truly works, a guide will be created so that anyone might start similar movie projects more easily. Hopefully, State of Flux, or another such website, will even make the entire organizational structure so near-automated that we can all focus on what we really want to do (create movies), and not on what we currently have to do (constantly organize people and make sure they do what they promis to).
That’s the dream, anyway. For now, the Ninja Delivery Services advertisement video is the reality. So if you feel this is for you, please let us know, and come be a part of it