Gratis video tutorials fra folk bak Avatar, Harry Potter 5, Ice Age 2, John Carter osv. høres aldri dumt ut.
Dette virker som et veldig fint tiltak, og jeg har personlig støttet med litt småpenger.
[spoiler]What is the VFX Learning Open Source Project and who is behind it?
My name is Luis Pages, I'm originally from Venezuela, for the last 10 years I have been a visual effects artist in the film industry. I'm a member of the Visual Effects Society and I have worked in over 12 feature films including Avatar, Harry Potter 5, Ice Age 2, John Carter and The Lovely Bones. You can see samples of my work here www.solidanimations.com .And learn more about my efforts to change the vfx industry here : http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/l ... ion-386863
In winter of 2010 I founded VFX Learning with the sole mission of creating high end training, mentored by artists actively working in the film industry, and delivering this sessions in English and Spanish, live anywhere in the world via our online classroom.
Since our launch we have been training students from every continent and has been a phenomenal experience. But at the same time it has been painful to receive hundreds of emails from students who cannot afford the cost of the courses but that are so passionate about what we do.
This made me think about my start in this industry,how I had to work 2 jobs during the day and stay up most of the night on my dial-up internet connection hunting for any tutorial I could find, how hard it was to train and compete with artists coming from the big fancy schools, it didn't seem fair...
What I'm trying to accomplish with the VFX Learning Open Source Project is to give everyone regardless of their geographical location or financial situation a fighting chance.
I want the competition for those precious VFX film jobs to be fair. I want to give everyone the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in this business, and let creativity, imagination, talent, intelligence, hard work, desire and passion be the determining factors in who makes it and who doesn't.
In order to accomplish this I will stop operating VFX Learning under the current business model and instead we will run one last series of live mentored training with our supporters, this sessions will be recorded and released online for everyone to watch week after week until we complete the cycle.
What We Need & What You Get
In order for this project to be successful I need to secure approximately $450K, this will cover all the investment that I have put to create the company and training programs, equipment, staff salaries, software, servers, advertising, etc over the last two and half years, allowing me to basically turn my business into a non profit open source content provider.
Your contributions will also help me cover the cost of the web servers to host the 204 hours of video training (17 courses, 12 hours of class per course, in 2 languages each) ,online student community, supporting scene files for each assignment in each course, tracking of live action plates, pay our instructors for their open source content, and cover the cost of software licenses offered as perks, as well as IndieGoGo and PayPal commissions.
I have created many different levels of donations each one with very interesting rewards. Describing each individual course will take too much space so thats why I have left the VFX Learning website intact as it is today while it stills operates as a business. This will give you an idea of what we do, how we do it, and what you and everyone else in the world will get in terms rewards in the form of training.
You can visit www.vfxlearning.com and see it for yourself. I'm devoted to this so I'm always available to answer any questions via email, Skype or even as part of an open house tour to our online classroom. Ask and you shall receive
If we dont manage to reach the minimum goal of $400K I will release as Open Source all the courses that I personally teach, this means: Maya Dynamics 1, 2 and Master Class as well as the Getting Wet with RealFlow course, as well as Igor Gonzalez course: Intro to Maya for Effects. All 5 courses both in English and Spanish.
If we are successful all of our contributions will give that kid in India or China, South America, Europe or Africa who sits and watches is awe how Iron Man and The Avengers save the world, or how Harry Potter defeats evil with so many cool tricks and spells, an opportunity to learn how this impressive imagery is done, and hopefully become the next generation of VFX Artists that with an open mind and warm heart will take our troubled and sometimes unfair industry into the place it deserves.
Other Ways You Can Help
Don't worry if you cant contribute, you can help me immensely by spreading the word, tell everyone about this initiative so they can do the same. We all love movies so I'm sure someone you know will feel identified with my cause.
Also if any artists would like to contribute with course material, tutorials, etc please feel free to contact me.
If any VFX post-production houses, studios or software developers would like to participate in this project also feel free to drop me a line.
Thank you so very much for reading this long text and for your support.[/spoiler]