What is this all about?[/b] We're making a CG Short Film for the love of it as a hobby on the side of my day job. But its much more fun and creative if I can find some talented collaborators. So Im posting this to see if there are any talented souls out there looking to get involved. Ideally Im looking for people with some experience already, perhaps looking to diversify their skill set and portfolio. Or simply to act as a showcase for talents they know they have but have yet to have the opportunity to do working in a professional environment. You can see how the project is shaping up at [DevilsAngelsAndDating.com](http://devilsangelsanddating.ning.com/), but Im hoping that we can use this forum to help spread the word and show off the highlights as we go along. The target audience is the web surfer, it will look striking enough on almost every frame for most people to want to click on an image of it, while intriguing enough in its subject matter to keep people watching. Obviously it will be fired off to the festival circuit and Ill knock on any other doors that are relevant (TV, Cinema, DVD, etc...) but the internet is our only guaranteed venue. [IMG]http://michaelcawood.com/images/CGShort/sh0340_DTH_undecidedflirt.jpg[/IMG] [b]Who am I?[/b] My name is [Michael Cawood](http://michaelcawood.com/). Ive been an Animated Filmmaker since 1994, having worked on Animated Films, VFX Films, Commercials, Games and made numerous personal short films in my student days. You can check out my [LinkedIn](http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelcawood) profile and my [Filmography](http://michaelcawood.com/movies.htm) to get a flavour of my work. My last student film, Panda Pander picked up a few million viewings on one of the video portals. But having started as a 2D Animator, Ive yet to make my own CG short film, and my film making skills have moved on a lot since then. I love making these things and Ive done more than my fair share in the past but for the last nine years Ive been focused on making other peoples projects. I enjoy the process in any capacity who ever its for, but I felt it was time to get back to making something for myself. Ive never stopped writing stories or creating characters over that time but this project is compact enough to actually get made. I have most of the skills necessary myself to make this thing so I have no fear that it can be done. Im only lacking the modelling and texturing skills to make a character models to my standards, so thats the only minimum requirement of this endeavour. However we've already picked up a [team of contributers](http://devilsangelsanddating.ning.com/profiles/members/). [IMG]http://michaelcawood.com/images/CGShort/sh0070_DVL_rise.jpg[/IMG] [b]What do you get out of it?[/b] [i]Not paid:[/i] Dont be fooled. There is almost no market for making money out of this. Its too easy to watch a CG Short on a video portal for free, so why should anyone pay for it? So Im not offering money. I could tell you that Ill divvy up any proceeds should that happen (and I would), but you really shouldnt be doing this for the cash. Personally Im quite sure Ill spend more on this than Ill ever get back. [i]Credit:[/i] I have no particular need to sit back and say I did all of this, so Im very happy to share the credit, where credit is due. Ill deploy a similar system to the BBC, anyone that contributes over 10% in any given specialist area will be credited, most likely in order of contribution. Ill also try to maintain a list of contributors on [my website](http://michaelcawood.com/CGShort.htm) during production, once they start having something to show. [IMG]http://michaelcawood.com/images/CGShort/sh0400_DTH_swoon.jpg[/IMG] [i]Portfolio Material:[/i] This isnt a secret project, as it unfolds you are welcome to use whatever you are contributing in your own portfolio to sell yourself to employers, as long as you are specific about what youve done. Im relying on this to ensure a high quality of product. [i]Reference:[/i] Im more than happy to write worthy contributors a good reference. For professionals, Id heartily recommend adding this project to your LinkedIn profile (only once you actually start working on it) where I can recommend you and employers can verify the legitimacy of it. You can also seek recommendations from other people youve worked with on this project. [i]Promotion:[/i] Ill happily cross link with strong contributors if they have websites they want people to see. Several contributers have already started to see the increase in traffic on their portflio websites... be wwarned that you have to be contributing to get the linkage though. [i]Contacts:[/i] Anything you do like this is a good way to make contacts in the business. You never know who youll be working with in the future. See some of the talent pool we've already gathered in our [members section](http://devilsangelsanddating.ning.com/profiles/members/). [b]How much of a commitment?[/b] Since Im assuming people are doing this for their own portfolio, I would expect that most people will want to do a small number of contained parts of the project. If youre an animator, it might be a few handpicked shots. If youre a modeller it might be just a character. If youre a concept artist it may be a handful of sketches. You get the idea. If there is someone out there willing to make the same broad level of commitment as I am, Id welcome a partner but Im not foolish enough to expect it. My only request is that whatever you want to get out of this, you at least make a commitment to yourself to complete it and to the best of your abilities, although no-one is going to come and burn down your house if life gets in the way and its not possible, just try to let me know and pass on what you have if its reasonable for someone else to finish it for you (although bear in mind most people would rather work on something they can clearly identify as their work). [b]Whats the film about?[/b] [i]Synopsis:[/i] Mr. Cupid, Master Devil and a rather attractive young judge, jury and executioner in the form of Miss Death gather in the After Life War Room to attend to their daily routine of manipulating our lives down on Earth with modern techniques that would put our iPod generation to shame. Each of them reluctantly compelled to play out their role in the game of life in order to maintain the balance. There's an unspoken attraction in the room as their true personalities are revealed to each other. Then someone gets a bright idea and re-purposes their high tech tools in a way that turns the tide of war and flips everything on its head. At the moment Im not posting the full script/treatment to avoid direct copy cats, but that may change. Ill reveal it to people that get in touch with me when its suitable. Its still open to change at this time but it has settled into a decent story already, and it just needs a few talented eyeballs on it to really make it shine. But the goal is to keep it short and manageable. [b]What do you need to do?[/b] I want to make one thing clear. My standards are quite high, and although I hate to exclude anyone, Id rather work with people that can prove in some way that they are up to the job so that we dont end up wasting each others time. So get in touch either on this forum, through my websites contact page and send me a link to your work (no attachments please, unless theyre only a few KB) or ideally in the public [recruitment section](http://devilsangelsanddating.ning.com/forum/categories/recruitment-1/listForCategory) of the development forum. Make sure youve thought through what talents you want to offer and prove to me youre capable (either visually or through a good explanation). [b]What does the project need?[/b] [b]Concept Artists[/b] (Colour Scripts) [b]3D Animators[/b] (Maya 2009, Reel must display a high skill level)
Layout Artists (Maya 2009, Industry experience required)
Animation Supervisor (Maya, Industry experience required)
We already have a large number of animators lining up to get on board, but we'll advertise that position when we're ready for that, we need concept artists, tech heads and modlellers the most right now. Ill post other specialist skills as and when its most appropriate, but as you can see at some stage in the project you can expect most animated film making skills to be of use. If you are interested and just want to discuss it please get in touch. If you have any quick questions of interest to everyone please use this forum thread. Thanks for reading... you'll probably want a rest now!