Computer Graphics professionals of the world, unite!
Time has come to look beyond the horizons served and promoted by the mainstream media (television and movie industries) you so closely look up to.
There is more to do out there than to create special effects for multi-million dollars Hollywood-type movies or for Coca-Cola 3D bears skating around.
Yes, and though that may not sound like great news to many of you, think again about the market and industry you would like to serve. Both the television and film industries which you so promptly would offer yourself to serve are the very one greatest enemy of your present inability to have an opportunity at expressing yourself while surviving at it.
You seem to forget that the monopoly they hold in the way of what consumers should be talked, communicated and marketed to, is completely in their hands. and as you can clearly see, the companies and interests controlling them are merging and buying over each other to strengthen even their market control.
Do you think Hollywood likes independent movie makers to be out there?
Do you think they favour bright new ideas and scripts from people like you?
How many major television stations offer opportunitites to new artists and graphic artists to show their work and communicate their ideas?
What do you think is the greatest resisting force to the spreading of independent media and resources out there on the Net?
So, tell me why you want to work for them?
You say because they give you opportunity to do things that you would not be able to do anywhere else.
I agree. But, with the same amount of energy, bright minds and networked computing power, couldn't we do something more valuable and at least a bit more lasting in the life of our race?
You say I am crazy. You say that I don't understand the market, that things have been and will be like this forever. You say I am a foolish dreamer.
You are right. I am.
I do dream of computer graphics artists who want to utilize their fantastic skills and unique processing power in creating visions and worlds that serve the highest purposes and goals.
Why should the greatest artists of our times be confined to serve the petty interests of only a restricted elite of US/UK global merchants?
There is such immense need for visual communication today that it is such an eresy to see Hollywood and television commercials as the only way of "making it" in this world.
There is a universe of silence being kept around the real needs we have for this type of "visualization" talent and for how significant could be a contribution made by these talented artists to endevaours outside the typical ones they dwell into.
But then the CG (computer graphics) geek looks at me and says:
"Fair enough. I am hard pressed to find out from you the greatest number of "noble causes" that can be married with computer graphics and the procedural textures I have designed and created."
And so I open up a little rivet of small, humble ideas.
I know these 3D geeks are going to scorn such ideas as too academic, unrealistic or utopian. But if you add your idea too at the end of this article, we may start building for them a vision they have been waiting for long.
Let's give them a hand.
Here my start at it
(what "noble causes" are available to people who are skilled computer graphics, 3D, animation geeks and that dream only of working for Hollywood or Pixar?):
a) Support to a music group that is already serving one such "noble cause".
b) Complement a visual artist who wishes to be a pioner in his style.
c) Creative visualization of difficult and complex concepts which would be otherwise hard to explain (e.g.: cold fusion, nuclear fission, relativity theory, gravity, etc.).
d) Design of mini tutorials able to explain other difficult concepts relating to social, cultural and spiritual aspects of our lifes.
e) Simulation of popular events that have become "suppressed" by the mainstream media. Show alternative simulations and reconstructions of how events could have actually developed.
f) Visual support to those courageous scientists and medical professionals who are striving to expose the shortcomings and unbelievable sad stories being made by the pharmaceutical industries around our precious health.
Let's help these pioneers visualize with precision and splendor the findings and proofs that can shake and mute the noise created by multinational interests.
g) Support to alternative investigative evidence into tragedies and major tragic events. If you are not the right guys to do this, who is then?
h) Explain and visualize to the layman how computer viruses and trojan horses work.
i) Visualize the techniques and methods computer graphics geeks
have mastered themselves to make them accessible to a larger
number of users.
My friend Massimo may complain that I have not included enough use of textures, because that is what he specializes in.
Fair enough. Let's follow them all the way into this.
i) What about then if you guys started to visualize for us monuments and wonders of this planet clean of the dirt and pollution and given back to their original splendor?
i) What about then if you guys made a gallery of these wonderful textures and you first explained to the rest of us what they are about and how powerful they can be in the simulation of artificial realities?
I have opened a groove, let's see if I can resonate with anyone out there.
Maybe I am really the one out of sync.