Thanks for your opinion Pixanaut. Thing is: that is exactly what I was/am trying to do.
And I completely agree with your last few lines.
“Writing should be pure, straight storytelling. Otherwise you’re putting the cart before the horse and you end up with the string of seriously crappy Hollywood styled VFX driven, heartless junk.”
But the other side of the coin is that I am also for having my writing read. So if I can share what I thought up it is a big bonus for me. That is why I would also love to have my script/story turned into an animation. So I am willing to give in somewhat.
The second point is in this time and age there is almost no job that has complete creative control. If you want that you better be the guy who pays for everything
And number 3 (yes I go all the way to 3) I think the best way to stimulate creativity is to restrain people somewhat. Because then you need to stand on your toes and use everything you can to still deliver.
Reading uptil now: Yes, I am a hypocrit and sleep with the enemy, kick me.
But there is also something different here. As of now I plan to keep this going no matter what, at least until the end of the year. And over that time I don’t want to have the same stuff coming up each time. So besides the now running type of writing challenge where we have the image and you come up with the story, no rules, I will try to put some different stuff in too. Really short, a storyboard only or comic script challenge, the possibilities are many and rules change per challenge. Always with storytelling as a main interest.
I also have to excuse myself to you and possibly others for delaying the first challenge that long. I was all for quick but then complaints came in, Roberto needed a bit more time, no one seemed to post anymore. The long and short is I got a bit fed up. But after a week cooling down I thought it too much fun to stop now, also since I have been trying to get a little life in this part of the forum for some time now.
So I went ahead and did it, unceremoniously, a start had to be made.
I have taken all your heartfelt pleading with me though (sounds cheesy but it is true!) And I will make sure that your wishes will be fullfilled. It’s just nothing is easy and I really want other parts of the forum to go:“those guys there, they are cool!”.
But I noticed that it just is really hard to keep going on your own without knowing that there are people that actually read your stuff and want to be involved, so I tried to get that part done with first (still it probably needs time).
Finally about uploading to a server…
Right now we are attatching to our post, which has the added advantage that only cgtalk members can download and read, so there is a little control where it comes to copyrights. With just any server or online sharing there is no such thing as far as I know. Have you any suggestions to make sharing and voting easier?
Well the voting is probably a little vague still I will make a mockup style voting sheet… so as to clear that up. That’ll be later.
Finally for everyone, and you in particular:
I’ll end with the sincere hope that you’ll find what you want within our little challenges. Since I really want everyone to enjoy themselves. And please shout at me when there is something I can do to enhance that enjoyment.
For now on I think I will do a traditional challenge followed by something a little different and back to the traditional. So if you have specific wishes or ideas. Let me know!
Thanks for reading through this. I hope you’ll play with us.
And I apologize for any spelling mistakes as english is not my first language and I have no spellchecker at the moment.