That is a possible option as well, but why should there be only one ‘thing’ to do to promote Blender’s capabilities. I do agree that a short film would be great, but it is also a big undertaking that takes a lot of time and effort. Why shouldn’t we do the other things as well.
You either didn’t read my post properly, or have not understood it.
You wanted suggestions and comments. I commented that I’d prefer animations rather than still images, for the intention of demonstrating Blender’s capabilities. I also explained why I do not like still images.
There was no exclusion of other people’s ideas.
Back on topic:
I just watched the Blender’s demo reel for SIGGRAPH. It was very well done, although somewhat bland. It showed some of the best stills and animations created by the Blender community, and will be sure to impress a lot of people.
However, harking back to my previous suggestion, the quality of still images created by Blender were technically not much better than those created by low-end commercial apps. What was most impressive for me, were the animations, because the complexity of some of those animations really showed Blender’s competitiveness in mainstream (advertising, visualisation, broadcast) 3D work, comparable to the capabilities of mid-range commercial software.
A big hurdle seems to be the lack of really high-calibre aritists using Blender, compared to the artists using high-end commercial software. Many of the still images in the demo reel were created by @ndy, who is undoubtedly one of the best Blender artists in the community. But it was odd to see his name appear again and again… and again. Viewers might look at that and think: “why are so many of these things made by that one guy?” We need more artists of similar calibre – I’m sure that there are some Elysiun members (Robertt, Speedtiti, Endi, etc. spring to mind) who could have much to contribute in the artistic arena.
I think the Japanese have already proven that statement wrong for at least thirty or fourty years.
Ah, the difference is that the Japanese did not merely copy. They copied and added their own innovations.