So, project gooseberry has just a few days left on it's countdown.
A lot of supporters have been asking for the deadline to be extended and so the blender foundation has agreed to do so if we're able to reach 3000 supporters by Saturday.
the funding goal would be easily met if we could get plenty of people just to [donate] a dollar or a euro ($1.37) each.
you can pledge a custom amount [HERE]
you may wonder if it's a worthwhile donation since there seems to be a lot of individual people going around saying things like "blender isn't there yet" and what have you.
here are a few quotes from people who actually work in the industry
Tony DeRose, the senior scientist at pixar, (yes, pixar has a senior scientist. you think high level computer graphics and animation is just simple math and low level computer science? maybe you're also unaware of the physics they involve?) said
"Now, says DeRose, open-source software like Blender can do almost everything Pixar's software can do." [source]
some uncredited things said to Ton Roosendaal during a pixar dinner he was invited to from siggraph 2013
"Everyone in the industry is watching Blender closely, you guys are trendsetting now" and "One day a group of young Blender users will make a film and become the next Pixar". [source]
here's some good reasons to donate and spread the word for others to donate
first being the film will be freely available to watch and download free of charge and you will have been a part of bringing it to the world.
there will continue to be more posts of great things on the [gooseberry.blender.org] project blog
gooseberry project is ready and waiting to develop tools and pipeline workflow that will make it easier for a group of young blender users (or just a group of friends who share the hobby) to make a film and become the next pixar.
development is also set up to enable that to be more easily done with each of those people not having to be in the same physical location.
enabling professional artists to create a film who very much want to create a film but otherwise couldn't due to working at a smaller studio. small studios generally don't have the manpower, funding, or time available that it would normally take them to create an animated feature length film but the gooseberry project is bringing together several small studios from around the world to create the film.
these studios all do things differently from each other meaning the fixes and development needs that are met through the course of this project aren't going to be focused on just one workflow but a set of workflows.
the work will all be open which will offer a glimpse into a major production work that's hard to find elsewhere and will offer great learning material.
you'll have my heartfelt thanks. i'm not a part of the gooseberry project but i love art and animation and i very much want to see what all of these people can do together.
PS. "Meanwhile in Mumbai" from the most recent gooseberry project blog.
[donate! please! i'm begging you!]
also, i'll draw anyone a picture (i'm not talking about a quick sketch kind of thing here) who posts a journal spreading the word and asking people to at least check it out and spread the word if they post it before the end of the campaign (including the extended time if we make that).
i'd rather keep my gallery more family friendly so no nudity. i'd also rather not do couple stuff but i'm willing to bend there.
[donate!!!!!! 'CAUSE I'LL CRY IF YOU DON'T!!]