Hey TommyBoy, here's a hypothetical situation for you...Let's say you and your friends (or at least acquaintances) are unloading furniture from a truck. You're wrestling out a big sofa right now and you and your friends have got your hands full. There's still a few more sofas left in the truck, but first things first, right? Then a COMPLETE STRANGER jumps in and starts trying to wrestle out one of them by himself (seemingly). No words spoken, just runs right in and tries to "help". Wouldn't you be a little alarmed? I know I would.
You talk a lot about respect TRude, but did you even bother to ASK Brad, KusOyaro, or Quu (whom you FAILED to even MENTION, which is a crime in itself considering how much work he's put into the DDR Projects) if they needed/wanted help? Did you ask them if they felt they were being unduly stressed out by these projects? I think it's hard work, but they seem to have things well under control. The funny thing about respect is, it's tough to GET any if you never GIVE any.
And what is this shit about "AMV Ruling Classes"? Who are these purported "rulers" and what exactly are they ruling over? Do they administer AMVs with an iron grip or something? Are they lording it over all the AMV-dom citizenry, living a lavish and depraved lifestyle while the AMV peons toil in the fields? All this class/social conflict is all in your head. I don't really care about this savior-complex you seem to have and I don't think most of the other people on the forums/mailing lists do either, but really, I think you're being a little paranoid. You're trying to pick a fight with a figment of your imagination and that is ultimately useless. If you think that there are AMV creators that are too "powerful" then it's your fault for granting them such "power" over you as you choose to let them have.
TommyRude wrote:See, I'm not content to sit back an let the 'ruling class' handle all the big scrary stuff. I know you would like to believe that there are only 4 or 5 people on the face of the earth who could organize a project like this, but some of us have a slightly more realistic view of the world.
The realistic view on larger-scale projects like the DDR project is that it DOES take a certain amount of expertise to pull off. You can't pull any old person off the street, no matter how much enthusiasm they may initially have, and expect a golden egg every time. More often than not, you're just gonna have a pile of goose shit. So what does this mean in terms of selecting people to do DDR tracks? My guess is that they pick people who they can DEPEND on to get the tracks done. If they run out of those people, then they ask those people who they would think is a good editor and so on and so forth. If you're a little known creator, haven't gotten your videos shown widely and have no friends, yeah, you may not have a good chance of getting in on the original DDR project. Does that make you a bad creator? Not necessarily. There are a shitload of wildly talented people in this world that go through their entire lives unappreciated. THAT is reality for you.
TommyRude wrote:Again wit the doomed to fail thing. Why not jus' sit back an see how things pan out before YOU decide this project isn't goin anywhere.
Maybe I don' know what I'm getting into, but unlike most people, I don' let that stop me.
You're not doomed to failure, that's just a prediction. Consider it a weather forecast. There's a reason that they make you take driving tests before they give you your driver's license. Even so, most driver's tests are piss-poor preparations for the real thing and a lot of learning is done on the road. Brad, Kusoyaro, and Quu already have one project under their belts and have taken what they learned from their first experience and put it to good use this time around. I'll bet that they're still learning some good lessons this go around and that'll make next year's even better. How much experience do you have in large-scale video editing projects? Are you good at editing? Are you good at organizing? Are you good at making deadlines? How well do you deal with stress? There's a difference between skydiving and jumping out of a plane with a parachute on. In one case, you took a little time and prepared yourself by taking lessons and, in general, you land safely. In the other case, you're most likely a bloody pulp on the ground. Blind faith can only take you so far. Me? I prefer to stack the odds as much as I can in my favor, but your callous disregard of just about everyone probably means you won't be getting much help. I doubt you would recognize constructive criticism if it jumped in front of you wearing a flashing neon sign. I just feel sorry for the people who place their trust in you.
TommyRude wrote:I'm gonna see this through or die trying.
I, for one, am looking forward to a big flaming car wreck on the side of the road to AX.
A Message To You Rudey: Rest in Peace.