Nice ”rhymey” title, huh? Anyway, Project #1, the Training DVD, is now done! Woho, yay, and all that. I am even going to add a smiley here, just for the occasion 🙂 It took some time, but now it is finally completely complete.
So, how can I summarize it all?
First of all, I learned quite a bit on the way, (which is kind of unavoidable even if you try not to when you work on something like this), including how to teach better, perform better with my voice, planning and execution, testing the whole spreading the word on social media, etc. However, considering how much time it took and how much of the work was just the same thing over and over again, I did not learn much in relation to the time spent.
When it comes to making a living, I did make some money off of it, but definitely not proportional to the time spent. But I never expected that anyway. This Training DVD was the niche of a niche. Ridiculously small target group. Not only are there few Blender users, but the amount of Blender users paying for training AND are interested in drivers, which does not make renders prettier (which is what basically everyone wants to know) is SUCH a small percentage.
So, why did I pick the subject? Well, I simply didn’t think there was any training out there that covered it. I felt like I could teach something that no one else had done before. And that will always be more exciting to me than creating yet another tutorial on how to make a pretty character.
So it might be a small market, but I am at least the only one there (to my knowledge).
Now, with all of this complaining you might think I see this project as a failure, but I don’t. The thing that really made it feel successful in the end, regardless of the amount learned or money made, is the response I have gotten from people.
A lot people have watched my videos in one way or another, and I have yet to receive a bad comment. The worst anyone has said was something like “silly voice, but good information”. Silly voice? Yeah, I can take that.
And that is it! Other than that people have only said how much they like it, which makes it feel worth it that I went the extra mile when creating the DVD.
The “ultimate recognition” was when Adventures in Blender, whose reviews I always read, gave it a score of 95%. From what I know, nothing has ever received a higher score than that so I couldn’t ask for more. (And shockingly enough I didn’t feel bad at all for not getting a 100%. Am I… growing or something?).
So to summarize; my time could definitely have been better spent if I had done something else, but I did finish something and people liked it, so in the end, it was a good experience. But I am also glad that it is over so I can move on to the next thing. I can now leave this behind, and focus on what is next.
So, what is the next thing? What is my next personal project?
Well, I am going to do something I have always wanted. My own animated short film! Yep, my own (roughly) 5 minute 3D animated beauty. And you will be able to follow every step on the way.
All the details are not ready to be revealed today, but hopefully sometime in February. But, I think it is going to be pretty good. Prettyyy, prettyyy, pretty good.
I will write more about it when everything is decided. So long for now!