OK, so I went digging through the forum and ended up re-reading the first post where the idea behind a CGSociety short film was first introduced by paperclip. I’d like to … at this time … remind everyone of some of the points made in that first thread.
Now, I found these quotes (and some others) to be of interest because they showed enthusiasm, sound judgment and experienced guidance regarding the evolution of this short film project. It’s easy to look at the earliest threads of this forum and find an amazing level of excitement amongst the CGSociety members.
There is a spirit of community there that is refreshing and inspirational. People were genuinely enthused about the project and many quickly volunteered their skills and time to seeing a community project completed. It was this community spirit that made me quickly volunteer my ideas and time as well.
Now, just for the record, I have been Forum Leader for CGTalk’s collab section nearly as long as it has existed and I am also no stranger to the pitfalls of dealing with internet team management. My first project, AlienZ, stared and ended in the same manner that 95% of all collab projects do. I’m now watching the interest in this project die off and I’m wondering if this is going to be another collab statistic.
Call me an idealist (or a self-destructive) … but I jumped into this project with both feet running, knowing that statistically speaking the completion of this (or any other collab project) has less than a 5% chance of seeing any success.
Really dismal and depressing stuff there … :sad:
However, I am an idealist (as already stated), remain optimistic about this project and have faith in the CGSociety community to achieve it’s goals. I genuinely believe that this project is capable of being completed due to it’s inherent simplicity and the CGS member’s willingness to succeed.
Am I wrong? Is the project doomed because it falls into a category of detrimental statistics? Or are there some people (like me) left here who believe it can be done?
Someone recently PM’d me this message (sorry, I’m not mentioning names)
You probably feel like killing anyone connected with ‘simple life’ at the moment, but I think the time has come when we have to make a decision about what to do with the project. We can either give it a big, big push or call it a day?
No … I’m not feeling the need to “kill” anyone. Nor am I ready to “call it a day.” I am a little dissappointed in the recent activity, but I understand that people get busy with work, life and recreations. So, I’m not going to push anyone in any direction.
This is a community project that was created with the intent to show others what we are capable of. As much as CGTalk has developed as a community over the years, I find that this is just another product of the creative talents that exist here and something that (when completed) we can show to friends, family and possibly the world with great pride.
I’m still dedicated to this project through completion, even if I end up being the only person here working (and learning ) the animation and final comp processes. My response to the previous PM was “If I have to finish it myself, I will.”
I’m hoping that it doesn’t come to that because this is much more interesting as a community project than something that I want to say was “completed by me.”
“a simple truth about life” is a great story that has many little life lessons involved within 3 minutes of the most simplified 3D elements that I could imagine. It’s simplicity of character, set and execution make it a perfect project for a collab.
However, I didn’t write it for this purpose. I wrote this for my children, my family and my friends. The many ideas presented in this short film are things I’ve learned as a young adult and as being a father. Yes, the film has more than one lesson. I can interpret 4 or 5 different life lessons within the same film and I’m hoping that by viewing it, it will provide even more for the audience to reveal that I might not have considered.
But that’s not going to happen anytime soon without some help. All I’m asking is for the enthusiasm and dedication towards this project remain as it started in the early threads. As you can probably tell from this post, I’m still very much into working in any way I can on this project.
Thank you. :applause: