Reading the rest of the series becomes optional at this point.
Cutting the rest of a long story short, visiting another country opened my eyes to what’s possible. Both of the rest of the world and the potential there, and of myself. I’ve moved on quite a bit since this site started back in January, and some of my interests and focuses have certainly changed since then!
So why bother writing about it at all?
Well, had I come back and just altered the way I did everything with no explanation I’d have had people wondering if I’d sold the site (not likely, for the record) or gone insane! This series was my way of making sure we were all starting from the same, new page. It went on a little longer than I’d originally intended however I had a lot to say this time. For better or worse I indulged in my own need to talk about some things I’d learned. My bad.
Statement of Purpose
To provide students in 3D and film (with a particular emphasis on visual effects) with the background knowledge needed to make full use of the tutorials and tools at their disposal.
Changed quite a bit from ‘Tutorials, Reviews, and Advice for 3D Students’! The reason for this is that you can find tutorials anywhere, many of them as good or better than the ones I’ve had the time to create for you. You can also find the larger concepts all over the place; the whats, whys, and whens of the art. Arguably the concepts are far more important than learning any one tool or technique, since they are what allow you to create your own.
They’re also harder to decipher for beginners or those with a minimal amount of time to learn.
And they have the side bonus of being far more interesting to me personally as well.
Commence Evil Plan Beta Testing
Twice a month I’m going to research and write an article (between 1500 and 2000 words long) on one of the key concepts behind what we do. In those posts we’ll look at what the concept is, what it does for you, how to start implementing it, and where to find out more information. No fluff – the real nuts and bolts.
Every time I write one of those posts I’ll be learning as well. Because of that there’ll also be a list of references or further reading at the end of each post. This means that even if you don’t particularly agree with me you’ll have access to the same material I did.
Extra New Shiny Things
In addition to the main concept posts some of the other site features will keep running. The Practical Tips series will continue once a week, along with the Student Advice posts. Not much is really going to change for either of those features except the day of the week they’re delivered on. Reviews are once a month, other than the frequency they’ve not changed a lot either.
Tutorials will run each Wednesday, however they won’t be written by me. Guest posters are going to be brought in for the bulk of that (possibly with some compensation, more details on that soon) or, if none can be found for a week, I’ll link you to some of the better ones on a certain topic. The reason I’m no longer writing or recording them myself is that I’m now in my degree year. I no longer have time to make independent projects one day a week, every week. While I do enjoy doing them it’s taking more effort than I really have the resources to give just now, so it’s time to let other people share their ideas with you. Higher quality, better presented, wider range… Bonuses all round.
The last new update I need to cover is the introduction of progress reports and monthly roundups. As some of you are aware, I have projects of my own that I need to complete for college. Rather than keep you in the dark about these (as I did last year) I’m going to spend a little bit of time once a month showing you what I’ve worked on. This can be anything from a short paragraph or two discussing what I did, or examples of my work and how it was achieved. When a project is finished you’ll be able to see that too.
Those posts will also have details of where else I’ve written over the month, things I’ve found particularly inspiring, and an idea of what’s going to be covered next month.
The Master Schedule
Monday: The first and third Mondays of the month are for the concept pieces; the real keystone content. Second Mondays are for reviews, and Fourth Mondays are for the new progress posts.
Tuesday: Evil Masterplan
Wednesday: Tutorials from guests, or links to tutorials on another site.
Thursday: Evil Masterplan
Friday: Practical Tips Series.
Saturday: Student Advice
Full steam ahead!
What do you think of the new schedule? Any questions or queries?