Hi! This contest is great ! I'm pretty new to Maya, but getting gradually used to the interface. The only 3D graphic software I used in the past was "Infini-D.. v.4?", which had, well, a LOT of constraints compared to Maya.
I can't wait to participate to this contest so I can (maybe) learn a lot LOT more about the software. In a certain way, it's a little contradictory that the winners (that are the best of the participants), are the one getting to learn more... lol But I guess there's really no way out of this paradox.
Maybe if the prices were divided by skills?...
- 40 DVD's for the Expert
(that has no time to wait to learn!, because he maybe already has a full time job in the industry, and would need to know things about the workflow of other softwares he's not already using).
- 20 DVD's for the Intermediate
(That needs the 20 DVD's to complete his skills regarding that single software he's aiming for).
-10 DVD's for Noobs
(like me! lol
) that are getting increasingly interrested in learning specific parts of a sofware.
Probably the problem here would be to determine what are the real skills of people,.. For exemple to get an expert to easely win the Begginer's price. That could be resolved by sending the .mb file? To see how desperately a noob has to go to get a simple scene correct. lol... The scene would be awfully constructed,.. well,.. at least different from an expert! (I guess).
I don't even know how to use "Mental Ray" yet...
So If I build a treehouse, no matter how long I model it, it will never get that shinny look other contestants are achieving (in many cases, with several softwares at a time).
I'll work on a treehouse and send it, even if it looks pretty AWFUL for the eyes of an expert. lol