Here’s a short clip advancing the story a bit. I would have like to do more but have been cutting alot of rocks and enjoying life. It’s a NeverEndingStory but I also wanted to maintain my commitment to this project, show an update.
Click to watch http://youtu.be/MyYvpBlArW4
I got the voice work back and did some renders but after you advance a bit I find you get into “wack a mole” mode. There are various flaws like the Wiz’s teeth being too white, I will remove the torches, the shader changes on the sword, things like this. I also still have to do the Foley for the original part and will need some for when he sticks the sword in. I have some chicken legs in the refrigerator I bought specifically for this purpose, ha ha…
I just wanted to talk a bit about sponsorship’s and getting support from the government for a project.
There are currently 2 business opportunities I am working on; Internet and now perhaps creating some type of factory to create stone siding. One would produce a physical product (rock siding) and the other an “intangible”; websites; entertainment.
I am all of a sudden interested in doing more with the rocks since the reactions I have been getting have been:
- Can you get more? How much does it cost? (ie: I want to buy some…)
- Once you cut it, where do you keep it? (ie: I want to steal it…)
- How did you do this? (ie: Even though I’m from around here and rent tools I’ve never seen this before)
As an entrepreneur reactions like this make the small hairs rise on the back of your neck. You’re always looking for these signs and you don’t see them often. When you do, you tend to want to pounce on the opportunity.
If I bought some industrial saws and some robots I am 100% certain the government would be interested in supporting me. Why? Because this type of project is labor intensive and would most certainly create union jobs. You don’t ask someone to use a diamond tipped saw all day without affording them appropriate pay and protections, in my opinion. Would someone want to sponsor me? Doubtful. Most probably if it went well I would be the one sponsoring the local baseball team or whatever.
The government would absolutely NOT be interested in investing in a 3d project since it would only create uncertain, contract jobs. Fair enough. But asking private companies for sponsorship’s I think is possible since typically these types of deals do not involve the exchange of money, only products and services. (NOTE!! But they do typically have a “cash value” and should be reported as income).
Let’s say I am doing an event at the resort and you have an energy drink company. If you want to put up your banner and be in the days program and on the podium I COULD ask you for $4,000 for the privilege. Or, I could ask you for 60 cases of product to be given away to the participants. This is a waaay easier deal to swing and can appeal to both parties.
If I was pitching Microsoft (and I did talk via email from someone from Azure awhile back they were not uninterested; but I never called back, so here we are…) I would tell them the following:
I am an existing Azure customer and have been for awhile now. I use asp.net applications and am a registered user of server2003. I would like to upload my applications to Azure but my applications are webs and not solutions and it seems you need the full copy of VWD to do this easily and it costs something like 8K for a registered copy.
There’s this great set I’m considering, check it out @ http://www.daz3d.com/darkwald
I have been alluding to the “power of the mushrooms” for awhile now and there’s a story line FaeDeception where the lead male says to his father “just go back to your mushrooms”. So the next step is for him to do this and talk to his wife and be all worried about their daughter, do some foreshadowing.
I could take a color picker and make sure that the dominant colors of the set were subtly the MS palate and we would call this “force” Azure.
What I am asking in return is some hours for rendering on virtual machines and some web services on Azure. I would require a S/N for VWD to make this happen. I can also show Microsoft 30 second commercials as prerolls in any consumer facing applications and will mention Azure often while blogging technical topics. Interested?
So it would go something like this I imagine. But as always the first one is the hardest. But I’m hopeful it will snow one of these days…
Anyway, hope everyone has a great weekend