Last year I created a 55min Cartoon/3D Animated VideoCD using a freeware training program called DoGA-Lesson 1. The problem with L1 is that it didn’t allow textures, surfaces, allowed only 1 light, and had only 5 colors to choose from. But, they have Lesson 3, which has capabilities slightly equal to Blender.
Blender, on the other hand, allows custom modelling, and i’ve been practicing modelling in GMAX (The DoGA Lesson series did NOT allow modeling, you used pre-modeled parts to create starships, planes, etc.).
According to the awesome pictures i’ve witnessed in the galleries, Blender is fully capable of producing pretty convincing images/animations. . . and it’s free!
Then, I saw Cinema4D. After reading it’s features, I instantly fell in love with it (Cel-Shading, and sound processing for output to Dolby Digital, DTS OR SDDS :o :o !! I’m a BIG surround sound fanatic!!). But, it costs $600 bucks.
So here’s the dilemma. I’m working on a fully 3D sequel to the movie I already made (If you want to see screenshots of the movie, you’ll see that the characters were 2D images), and that requires that I make 3D models of the 2D clip art images I used a characters, buildings, weapons, planes, etc. I could ealier stick with the DoGA series and use L3 ($50),
train myself (and maybe a team) to use Blender ($000–but time consuming), or buy Cimena4D and BodyPaint3D (in all +$1000). Keep in mind, I’ll have to spend at least $500 in royalty free music, $500 for Dolby Digital licences and encoding software, and little under $50 for DVD creation (I’m already VERY knowledgable in media creation). Which software should I use?
DoGA Lesson 3: :-? Don’t really want to . . .
Blender: I would like to, as a project a big as this would bring LOTS of attention to the program, but it’s learning curve might take up needed time. . .
Cinema4D: Too expensive. . . but I really like it’s features. . .
(I want to have a good part of this movie done in time for my 12th grade senior project next year. . . yes i’m in 11th grade :o. It doesn’t sound like it, does it?)
Maybe some of you out there could give me some advice.
(Note: MAX PROJ EXPENDITURES: $4000)