MFA Thesis – Excerpt 20

Why is the film relevant? – Relevance Reason #1 – Cooperation

“Table 1 presents evidence that armies of developers around the world have dedicated more time and resources to open source software packages, Debian OS in this example, than any one company could afford to sustain in a comparable fashion on its own. 

Table1

‘Table 1: Debian GNU/Linux Distribution Source : Data Adapted from “Against the ‘Networked Information Economy’: Rethinking Decentralization, Community, and Free Software Development,” Criticism 53, no. 3 (2011) : 389.

Debian is one of the distributions of the open source operating system (OS) Linux. “Distribution,” is the name for an individual OS version in the industry, like OpenSuse, and the most popular Ubuntu. The exception to the free availability of open source is RedHat, a commercial variation of open source Linux, but built on cooperate culture. While RedHat is for enterprise development and deployment with monetary charges, the company also has the free version Fedora for entry level developers who want to someday work with RedHat. Later the difference between free/libre software and open source will be explained.”

MFA Thesis – Excerpt 19

Why is the film relevant? – Relevance Reason #1 – Cooperation

“Software like OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, ClamWin (Windows software), VLC Media Player, Audacity, PDFCreator, Inkscape, Gimp, Blender 3D and others have demonstrated how capable and successful are trans-frontier, worldwide collaborations among developers. The pride of having a strong and admirable software package that solves, in some cases, multiple problems is the reward.

According to Jaron Lanier, the information technology industry should move from a free information gathering market where the people with the strong servers (Facebook, Google, Apple, etc.) are the ones making money, to a market where individuals are rewarded with currency for the contributions of their information according to the quantity and quality of that information. There is evidence that perhaps a currency system is not necessary, but in fact limits the possibilities for the advancement and development of technology…”

MFA Thesis – Excerpt 18

Why is the film relevant? – Relevance Reason #1

Nor can any of these packages, costing thousands of dollars, handle as many steps in the production pipeline. Furthermore, none of them alone can produce an entire film. In addition, proprietary software suites are not available for open alterations to the code and are not fully adaptable to production needs despite the ability to add features with the proprietary languages some of them have, like MEL for Maya.

Buying proprietary software like Maya, 3dsMax, Cinema4D, Modo, ZBrush and others is, in the words of Bob Young, former CEO of open source software company RedHat, like buying a “car with the hood welded shut.” One cannot alter the source of the proprietary software as is possible with open source software. Because of this and the easy availability of the software itself, open source is having the unintended effect of democratizing industries where socioeconomics keep disadvantaged groups, i.e. poor families, from accessing better education, training or employment opportunities. In the VFX industry, for example, protectionism among the established studios influences employed artists to believe that open source software is unprofessional. That notion, in turn, denies artists not employed by established studios the chance of ever belonging to the artistic “elite” because they cannot afford the accepted industry standard software like Maya, Cinema4D and so on.

Another “curve-ball”

Turns out I will have to take a non-art job as a day job to pay for the “societal slavery” of bills. That means it will take more time to finish this project of mine. Good thing is that I can and should use public transportation where I could continue working with my new iPad Pro and pencil… and if still energetic when I get home, then spend time on Blender.

This situation, of course, makes me re-plan my societal life. I am selling all things shackle like, such as an inherited power boat, traditional art supplies I don’t use… a drafting table that is on my way, and light table that has not been used in years. 

All that so I can say bye bye to slavery and become a digital nomad in the future. I have a couple of friends doing it and they are producing more content than me! And are happier!!!! 

So, new goals.

Updating my external 3D portfolio.

I am concentrating my digital 3D portfolio, the 3D art created with Maya, Mudbox, ZBrush, Blender and the 2D software used for texturing those models, into a single portfolio hosted by Squarespace.com. That hosting system allows me to to concentrate on my portfolio of art that is not web related, meaning that I do not have to code a single part of the site.

If I were a web designer or developer then that would not be ideal. I would have a site hand-coded to show all my skills on web design and development (no, not the same thing, by the way). One thing that I like, is that I can connect this “catch it all blog” to it and repost anything from there that I want. But not automatically. Which I like better to be selective.

This blog and site is mostly for my film, my independent work. That other site is for my commercial 3D work.

Any way, here is the address to the main site: http://www.gerardovargas.digital

And here is the direct Portfolio 1 link: https://www.gerardovargas.digital/portfolio-1/

Here is the W-C and cloth sim of Jara.

Here is the version for Jara. Like I said in Vimeo directly,

“Here is the test of the walk cycle for Jara, the female character for the short story Traces. I like the hair simulation, it is particularly unique for a cg character. The pause on the walk is annoying and will work it out to get it smoothed. Like the steps but not the speed. Also the hands are too stiff for my liking. The cloth simulation is quite awesome. It can be better and with time it will be.”