At 6/11/12 04:32 AM, TurkeyOnAStick wrote:
Didn't this forum used to run weekly/fortnightly animation challenges, such as walking loops? Did they get a decent turn out?
Luis has also suggested linking the animation activities with Creature of the Week contests in the past - say the winning creature concept in one week is the topic for the animation activity in the next.
Maybe you could cut out the middleman, and produce an animated creature/character concept. For example, say the topic for a character concept was "Gunslinger". You could either
- Focus your attention on details, and draw a cowboy resting in an alley, only animating a loop with a pistol being flicked casually in his hand, or
- Focus on dynamics, and create a fast paced scene where he's turning round to race a foe behind him.
I really like this idea, especially if it were implemented on a weekly or biweekly basis. I do agree that it would make sense to do it more frequently like that rather than once per month.
We could set something up like a sort of 'Miniature NATA' per se, where every two weeks, everyone is given a theme and they must create something that is between 10 - 30 seconds long. Perhaps at some point if possible, we could find a way to give out small prizes (money, store credit, small merchandise). Incentive definitely helps get people to participate, as does the 'contest' aspect of it, though really it would probably be more of a practice or show and tell type thing.
While in theory the animation lounge thread seems like a good idea, I feel that for a medium like animation, it kind of flounders. The animation practice thread has conversely had a lot of activity over time, though, so it is clear that everyone likes showing others their practice work and sharing their tips and ideas.
I think competitions like NATA definitely draw this forum a lot of attention, so rather that have one competition that draws a lot of attention once a year, having an ongoing competition or smaller ones sprinkled in throughout the whole year would keep this forum fairly active.