I think you’re right on both points. I posted the FAQ’s after this post and edited the first- hope that made some sort of difference… I didn’t want to invest into putting the information on a website just yet, until I knew someone was interested. As far as it being open to US and Canadians. This is a point for discussion. Yes to the second statement. The first three shorts are actually shorts (:30, 1:00, 2:00). Easy to accomplish, but they can give viewers a pretty good idea of what to expect in the future. This way we earn our reputation first- then accept donations- I think its only fair.
The main reason for US/ Canada is the time zones. Our maximum time difference is about 3 hours. This means we have a pretty solid chance for emailing/ contacting each other (not that everyone would respond immediately anyway). Actually, the reality is, once the individuals are chosen for the project- they can accomplish their duty how they want to within our agreed time frame- so if they want to suddenly do an open call to help them out- thats fine. I am very well aware that there are some fantastic artists in France, Australia, Netherlands :)… but I do feel its better for speed of the project considering we can’t all be in the same room. What do you think? Is there a perfectly viable way to conquer the time zone barrier? Or can it be tented under the project leads decisions?
By the way- the scripts and character descriptions will be given out first to the team- then we’ll work on the concept art/ storyboard.
Simplicity, quality, responsibility. This is a learning project- meaning you don’t have to be a pro to start. But if you’re not, just keep in mind that you should be prepared to dedicate some real time into learning quickly whats necessary to not let the team down. (But we’re nice- so we’ll help and give suggestions where we can).
If you want to be a part of the project, the requirements are:
-Intermediate or Pro Blender user
-Working in the industry (Not necessarily in the trade applied for, but in the industry- or preparing to work in the industry)
-Capable of making the time to learn and carry out your agreed part.
-Good Communicator (Theres no such a thing as too many emails- well maybe, but you get the idea. We’ll agree on using Skype or something else.)
-US or Canadian Based (Just for better coordination with the time zones and all)
-Nice Person- No Art Divas
Will we get paid or at least take donations?
No and Yes. I propose that for the first 3 featurettes- no, we won’t be accepting donations- after the fourth we can. This way we earn our worth. The Full Feature (due to likely rendering costs and maybe simulation costs) will be pay per download, but for a fee that covers our production expenses. Full feature would require a lot of time, so hopefully we would have earned our reputation for a quality movie by then. We’ll make the feature well worth it.
Will there be a website?
Again- working for our stars I think is the best way to handle this sort of thing. So, after the first animation is successful- then we put up the site for tracking the rest of the projects and adding profiles, etc.
How long will each animation project take?
That will be determined by how long the team members involved feel it should take. Once its agreed upon- then we hold to what we’ve agreed upon. You will be responsible for keeping your word and finishing your part. (Sorry- no micromanaging here- please apply as an office worker for that)
What skills are needed for the project?
Most roles will be doing double duty. So just the basics… Scripter/ Programmer, Lighting, Modeler, Animator, Compositor, Texturer, Shader developer (Which is likely under texturing unless someone knows how to write some for Blender/ YafaRay), Sound Designer, Technical Director, Art Director, Project Manager, Web Developer, App Developer…
Yes- for the last two features. This will allow us to learn developing games or informational apps spun off of the feature. (iPad/ Android only) You won’t be involved until the last two films- unless you just want to develop basic, fun apps for the films as we go along.
Is it going to cost me anything to join?
Won’t we need money for rendering and stuff?
Yes, I’m the producer- I’ll get that done.
How long would it take to complete 8 featurettes/ features?
Well, as mentioned, the first 3 are short, and should move fairly quickly. After that, it really depends on the help and time we put into it.
What if we can’t finish it?
Can I at least take a look at the story lines to see if its worth it?
They are hush- hush, but, well… for your eyes only:
#1- (Photo Finish) Animals engage in a hilarious race to a finish line for an unusual prize.
#2- (The Scenery) A woman is listening to her own theme song, and the scenery and people seem to change with her mood.
#3- (Its No Picnic) Two posh lady bugs are trapped in the country after traveling with a picnic basket from the city. There they learn to respect the country folk, and love the simple life.
#4- (Waterman) A man- who has mistakenly invented a water magnet- tries to use it to save a town from a drought- with some very unintended consequences.
#5- (The Guitarist) Several orphaned teens try to make it big in the music world when a tragedy happens. Fortunately, one of them is discovered, but will it cost him his life-long friends?
#6- (Crocodile Tears) An Epic Musical about an Amazon crocodile baby exploring his new world. His world is shaken when it is wrecked by tragedy. Not being able to find friends, he has to learn important lessons in life in order to survive.
#7- (Live Circuit) A strange accident leaves an ordinary servant-bot with a runaway program. The program makes him alive- or does it?
#8- (Franqlin’s Note) THE Epic Feature. In the distant future, little inhabitable land is left. As the daring astro-blazers are desperately looking for other planets to inhabit, the last large area of inhabitable land which now houses all of the human population- is sinking. What secrets did the founders hide? Can they find a planet for billions of people? Can they move billions of people before disaster strikes? One inquisitive young man may have the answers, but is it too late?
OK- Cool! Will the titles or stories change?
The titles might change (though not likely), but the stories will not.
So when does all this start?
As soon as we finish discussing whether anyone wants to make this happen. If its a yes and there is support- we blaze forward!
What if I have to quit due to other personal reasons?
Please find a qualified replacement, and introduce him/ her to the team.