Has anybody else pondered this?
I have been studying Cinema 4D for almost precisely a year now, and in that time must have worked through hundreds of hours of tutorials, all offered free of charge (a particularly worthy mention here, though I'm sure they don't need the publicity, is Chris Schmidt's monumental, free crash course, quite staggering in its comprehensiveness). This has enabled me to realistically contemplate changing direction with my design career, to finally take the plunge and do something I've long dreamed of doing; animation and motion graphics. In other words, I've been putting myself through college without having to pay any tuition fees, and recently landed myself a try-out in the motion graphics department at one of New Zealand's biggest ad agencies, which would have been unthinkable without the likes of Pixellab or Greyscalegorilla to help me on my way.
Is it just me? Is part of me stuck in a selfish 20th century mindset or something when I ask "What's in it for them?" Gary Vaynerchuk's argument that "A funny thing happens when you give a fuckload of value up front: you guilt people into buying shit" may hold water, but I can't for the life of me square this hard-nosed marketeer's attitude with the humility, the manifest kindness and affability of the C4D wonks I've been studying "with". Sure most of them do sell stuff: training videos, plugins, kits and so forth, but soft-sell is an understatement when it comes to the way these guys go about business.
So what do they know that I don't? C'mon, what's their angle fa cryin out loud? Did they all go to the same buddhist school as kids or what? Is this karma or dana or whatever? The funny thing is, it's making me aspire to be as generous with whatever help and advice I may some day be able to give, and not just Cinema 4D stuff either, like Beeple, when asked why he gives away all his C4D scene files:
This is my attempt to give back to the awesome community who made this possible in the first place.
Which sounds a lot like:
I created the YouTube channel Mt. Mograph, to pay it forward to the community I learned so much from when I was first getting into motion graphics...
By my reckoning, the logical conclusion of this attitude is that we are all just going to learn more and more and get better and better and share more and more so that we can learn more and more and get better and better and share more and more so that we can learn more and more and get better and better and share more and more so that we can...
...I could go on, but...
From my perspective, as a penniless immigrant, the resources these guys offer are truly invaluable, enabling me as I say to have a serious shot at up-skilling and rebooting my career at the grand old age of forty. Their apparent philosophy is uncannily in tune with that of the open source movement. By way of signing off, more words from some open education philosophers:
Proponents of open education believe everyone in the world should have access to high-quality educational experiences and resources, and they work to eliminate barriers to this goal. Such barriers might include high monetary costs, outdated or obsolete materials, and legal mechanisms that prevent collaboration among scholars and educators.
sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built
Collaboration and exchange is what keeps me inspired and betters my work. For me, knowledge is the best part of life and should be free. That is why I post tutorials online to make content accessible for all.
Role call of Cinema 4D Bhodisatvas that I know of (in no particular order):
and mighty new kid on the block mtmograph.com
I just learned of two more who I'm going to be studying! Heck, not enough hours in a week.
Check out Colin Evoy Sebestyen who even open-sourced his own showreel:
And VFX wizard and Maxon Cineversity contributor Josh Johnson's site:
Speaking of Cinversity, Maxon, the makers of Cinema 4D also offer a BUNCH of free learning (and other) resources here
Oh Wait! Another one! Sean Frangella's site.
Oh Wait! What am I thinking?! Just go to
lesterbanks.com and get lost forever in Freetutoria-land