Lechnology, you're now pretending to have some good points but you blatantly ignored everything I said, except for me saying not everyone has CGI programs.
I guess Peter Jackson, Tarantino, the Coen brothers should do everything themselves huh ! Doing effects, composing music, editing. Everything themselves
How am I ignoring what you're saying?
You're comparing doing effects for someone (which I also have done) who can't afford/find the software to do it themselves (including music) to providing a basic part of computer animation that there are tutorials for and a person can learn to build it on their own.
Doing the effects for people because they don't have the tools to do it is fine. You don't know how to duplicate a key, get a key maker to do it. Doing the CGI for people when they themselves have the tools to do CGI (Blender, free) is not fine.
You're talking about multiple people contributing to a single film project. Community projects, in other words. FYI, former Community Projects moderator here (great ideas thrown around, great discussions, no results, unfortunately). Teamwork is acceptable, obviously. What I am talking about is in regards to learning CGI. If you don't intend to learn CGI and just want someone to cover parts of your film with CGI, then that's between you and the person you're asking. I've done it for Sprinkles. But if you're learning CGI and intend to animate in CGI, then it is in my opinion better if you learn hands on and through tutorials. My point of view is that if I give you an essential part of CGI brickfilm animation (the minifig rig), I'm afraid I'd rob you of your learning experience. As James W puts it: "you should always build your own rig. Figuring out how to build it and how to weight paint are skills you'll need again if your serious about it." It is my opinion, though, not the law.
Let me put it another way: Prime Directive. My prime directive is that I will not intervene in your learning process until you've learned the basics.
But should this CGI brickfilm trend become more popular, I'll certainly contribute.
To reiterate: You're talking about contributing to one person's film, I'm talking about interfering with the learning process.
By the way, rookie riggers, how goes rigging the hands? The minifig hands have such an arbitrary axis of rotation, it takes time to get it just right. Let me know if you're having trouble.
Of course, if you're going with the flexible outside-the-minifig-box arms, then you can avoid the arbitrary axis entirely.
Last edited by Lechnology (April 12, 2010 (12:53pm))