When geeks get to talking about 3d apps they tend to talk about what the packages are missing...which is a concern IF YOUR NOT THE RESOURCEFUL...the way I look at it... You often trade complexity/flexibility for ease of use/speed... When it comes to 3d apps Houdini has to be the most flexible... I've been playing with the learning edition and yes it is powerful and complex BUT I wouldn't try to do my one man 3d animation show with it... the workflow is way too complex and slow... yes procedural stuff is great BUT when making a film with like a STORY and CHARACTERS and tons of more important things going on you don't really care about yer procedural workflow... You just want to set up shots, animate and render... and have it look good out da box... Crazy procedural tools like Houdini are great for specific fx shots but you would be insane to try to make a whole film like I do in it 0_0
It seems to me most other apps are meant to be used in big productions as they are... to me C4d is the best 3d app for the ONE MAN SHOW for NON GEEKS...for artists... I mean if you had to take an artist weirdo and have them make an animated short film which 3d app would you give them? Houdini?HELL NAW thats like TD heaven... Maya?! Yeh an artist is going to feel comfortable with that interface 0_o (Even though they ripped off C4d's UI with they newest release) Max? ... You would give them C4d I bet ^ ^
YEH BUT WHAT ABOUT "INDUSTRY STANDARDS" If your going to WORK FOR YOURSELF than industry standards don't matter... So I say use whatever you are most comfortable in... if you want to be a drone then yeh get one of those "industry standard" apps... but I suspect there are not many drones reading this blog ^ ^ There's plenty of other places for drone talk...
I've now completed over 1300 shots using C4d every day for 10+ hours a day over the past 10 months or so.... and it is ROCK SOLID... in all that time I could count the number of times its crashed on one hand... Its so stable its SCARY 0_0 and when it did crash it automatically recovered the scene I was working on perfectly... And the built in renderer is SO FAST... there's only 5 shots in my render queue right now... So it renders as fast as I work... and I'm rendering 1920x802 32bit exr sequences with pretty high AA and they look win ^ ^
It's so fast and easy to use the way I utilize it..its literally waiting on me! Its like HELLO M DOT WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE TODAY! So yeh I know it might seem weird for me to write this software love letter BUT without the software I use you would have to look at my crappy drawings ^ ^ AND I don't want to have to subject ANYONE to that except for comedic reasons... When I showed my brother the wats animatic with my crappy drawings and ghetto sound fx he was laughing out loud...he was all "You should just put that out as the movie haha"
So its like if you don't have mad art skills or real musical instrument skills... the software is your translator so that you can explain your intent... your feelings... your expression to the world... So your translator is very important... I've worked with a lot of human language translators when speaking in different countries and the best ones don't ask too many questions or get hung up on the details they just take what you say and translate it quickly as you intended it... and for my creative ideas that's what Cinema 4d does for me... So if feels like speaks the same language as a human artist as much as a piece of software can... it just MAKES SENSE!
As you'll see with my new film... I NEEDED ZBRUSH I wasn't skilled technically enough to poly model anything I could imagine but Zbrush erased that barrier for me so now your going to see some crazy shit ^ ^ We should all have 3d sketchbooks.... do a sculpt everyday if you can... So yeh with my new film its going to look like someone else made everything cause its totally different from what I was doing before...
The blocky 8-bit style I was doing before worked for what I was doing... the style gave me an excuse to have such rough basic models... but I didn't want to stay in Str8nime land forever as I have lots of ideas that don't relate to video games... Its kinda frustrating cause that old style is all I have out there right now... BUT that will change soon thanks to Zbrush and Cinema 4d ^ ^
I showed a musician friend some stills from the film...he has no interest in 3d graphics or anything like that... when I showed him he said "Oh my gawd this is amazing this makes everything you have done before look like shit!" This is only speaking of the technical skill involved of course as you can't judge the mood, emotion and story from some stills and that IS THE IMPORTANT STUFF...BUT technically I did the best I could do at the time and the Str8nime style certainly did act as a crutch for my limited technical abilities... So now I don't need any crutches ^ ^ and now my "best" is apparently A LOT better than what I did before...
So I thank my software translators and they many creators ^ ^