The Blender project and the Blender Foundation are a lighting example for many. People have high expectations of what we do at blender.org. They love the software, the freedom, the community, the responsive developers online, and hanging out together.
During the past 7 weeks, the Gooseberry campaign has whipped up a lot of energy in thousands of people. It made them act to contribute to us – out of passion, out of trust and confidence.
Someone mentioned to me that our campaign resembles Ubuntu Edge, by letting vision blind the better judgement… setting a goal very high. Ruthlessly pulling the plug on something that lives for so many people would be devastating, a slap in the face for everyone who has supported us so well.
Well, I am not intended to pull the plug, and I won’t let you down!
We do have to be fair though. The Gooseberry Project was meant to be your project. By the community and for the community! To make this happen we need a critical mass. That’s really still 5,000 supporters – hoping it would grow to 10,000 by this Fall. I want to take such a challenge seriously, and I want to take the people who work on that seriously as well. We will try to make a theater quality feature animation movie here, no bullshit.
So – are there still 1600 people hiding somewhere waiting for the last few days to press the Pledge Now button? Are you waiting? Then it’s your chance to vote for getting me to work on the most amazing Blender film ever!
If not… well, there’s no harm, no disasters happen, there’s no deception really! We will just do something smaller though… a great short film here in Blender Institute, building on the cloud platform features and videos, and then who knows… things might look different again next year.
Life is full of uncertainties and possibilities anyway. One thing for sure though: get us the funding, and we go for the Gooseberry feature movie! If not, then we’re just as cool :)