Blender production Challenges – Call for content (yes still a few months to go :)

Hello Blenderheads,
I’m Olivier, and I presented the Open-Stage blender Production Challenges at last year’s blender conf.
I would like to get your help for this year.
You can see my blogpost about last year here . And also the video here

Possible Improvements for this year:
Some things that will need to be improved :
– The internet connection at the conf venue (not my fault 🙂
– A way to distribute the challenge files faster.
– A better way to interact and discuss with online people (have someone in the room to check IRC and help participate)
– Have more people sending in the challenge files before the conference.

Call for challenge files
So, this post is all about the last point: I would like to get more files from you, blender users.
Usually these challenge files come out from a problem that you had (or still have) during a production or image creation. They have a broad range: Something that weirdly behaves not the way you want or expect (no bug wanted here, it could be just a rig that maybe doesnt bend correctly even with rotation locking, or maybe something that you are stuck with, like how to change the color of an instanced group randomly. Other examples: you try to render an image, but an object doesn’t render correctly.
I will not be able to show all files during the conference, and will have to do a selection of the most interesting ones. The ones that could start a debate or technique sharing. But possibly all will be shared somewhere online after the conf.

what to provide
The best format is a simple lightweight blender file, which focuses only on the problem. We do not want too many useless artefacts around. A bit like when you send a bugreport file, you squeeze it down to only the part that you are interestred in. For example if your challenge is about rigging, you do not need a complicated animated sculpted textured character.
Ideally you should provide a text file (inside blend file or outside as .txt ) with the explanation of the problem (and your solution :p). You can append images if needed. And try to rate its difficulty level ( we need hard ones, as well as easy ones) I might re-edit them a bit + beware that they will be redistributed, so be sure to provide only content that is not afraid to be copied around the world wild web.
If possible size should be reasonable.

Feel free to look at the files from last year and provide better ones 🙂

Thank you and looking forward to get your feedback and maybe files. You can send me a link to files oenvoyage AT gmail.com or by writing a comment here. I’m also on twitter @oenvoyage and sometimes on IRC

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