I turned to CGTalk for this as most people here are more familiar with this kind of things than I am, so here it goes:
Me and my friend are 18 years old, studying last year in the Technical programme at a swedish school. As it's the last year, we have to work with a special project, where we concentrate on a subject connected to technology, for around 100 hours. So we thought about doing an 3d animated short. We're not going to have any voice acting, just a simple storyline with a mute character, pretty simple rendering, not exactly Shrek-quality.
We have worked with 3d software a whole lot, so we are very comfortable in modelling, making effects, a little bit of rigging, but we've only tried animating a few times, and we haven't done anything serious yet.
For those who have worked with something similar; Is it a good idea to start on something like this, when we have practically no experience in 3d Animation(some experience in 2d animating)?
We're aiming for around 2-4 minutes of animation, is this possible within 100 hours with only 2 people, including a bit of learning to animate?
We can of course stretch the time how much as we like to, as we are able to work with the project after hours as well, but is 2-4 minutes of film within reach for us, or should we just think of doing something else?
If you do think that this is possible, do you have any tips for working with this professionally, making a storyline, dividing up tasks between 2 people, etc?
If you know a good tutorial of animating(not that we're not going to search ourselves) that you want to share, post it.
Also, if you have been in the same situation before and have done a short movie, it would have been really helpful if you showed us, so we could see how much we can accomplish.
Then of course, if you think this isn't possible at all, I'd be grateful if you suggested a project that we actually could do!
I appreciate any kinds of replies, so don't be afraid to post!