Hey guys, I've been thinking about this for some time, so I'll just post what I came up with:
I think it would be pretty cool if we'd do team challenges. I'd say we group up in teams of 3 to 5 people, we get a theme for a still scene, or better, a short movie, and have to get it done in one month.
Yeah, I know what some of you might be thinking: "That takes far too much time", "How can we coordinate ourselves?", and so on. Well, see it like that: If you're ever going to do a short on your own, you got to have a lot of spare time and a lot of talent/experience, too. So, if you're doing this with other people, the work is actually much less, but the end result is still nice.
Now about communication: BlenderUnderground got an IRC-channel since some time, it is right now running continuosly, thanks to ssen and his bot. So there is a way to talk about issues on the project. For file-sharing, there are sites like dropbox, sourceforge or, at least, mediafire. I think, the working-together part is possible with minimal effort.
Another problem is the different timezones. Not so much a problem if you consider that we got lots of active people at BU, so it should be possible to group up europeans with europeans or americans with americans. No discrimination intended, talking about timezones here.
The above all only states that it is possible to make team challenges. The reasons why we should have team challenges are simple:
1. Has anyone of you ever worked together with other people on a (non-)blender project, online? I guess, most haven't, but this happens quite often in business. It will be, at least for me, a completely new experience, and we will learn how to set up and work according to a reasonable schedule, how to coordinate actions, how to work with other people's .blends,...
2. In a short movie, nearly every Blender-tool finds its use, like modelling, rigging, animation, lighting, texturing, uv's, most likely particles or cloth and maybe even fluid sims. So this gives the team a wide range of work, and whenever a team member runs into a problem, it can be solved much quicker in the chat because the other members are working on similar tasks. This means, everyone of us will learn new things about blender and maybe get some tricks by more experienced users.
3. It will be a lot of fun, I think. And we will get to know each other a little better. This way, our community profits from a team challenge, too.
Damn, I don't know if this is a good idea or not, it might be worth a try, so I'd like everyone to think about it and give me feedback. I think it should be possible to get at least 3 teams for a challenge, and we might start with something funny and representative like "A tour through the BU bunker", where the different members are introduced.
I'd like to add a poll, I don't know how to do that... Someone help me?
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