“...That was the original idea from day one - the elimination of the tweening process. But it is certainly not the only feature of Synfig that makes it unique. In addition to eliminating the tweening process, I also wanted Synfig to be used for pretty much every part of production except story-boarding and editing.”
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Posted by Konstantin Dmitriev on November 19, 2013
Six months ago I was happy to get awarded by the Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant, which I decided to use for Synfig development. Six months is a long period and things might get fuzzy as time passes by. Now it is time to take a look back, summarize results of the work done.
I'll remind that the total amount of $5000 was split in two parts.
First part in the amount $3000 was decided to be used to pay a full-time developer to work on Synfig for three months. Initially my idea was to take place of full-time developer by myself, but at the end I have found a professional C++ developer Ivan Mahonin and hired him for this task. Meanwhile, I've took a role of coordinator and maintainer.
So, for the first time, Synfig got the dedicated full-time developer. The grant money covered Ivan's work from August 1st till November 1st, 2013. To give community an opportunity to track Ivan's progress, I have decided to write a weekly reports about Synfig development process. They could be found here.
Here's the summary of major Ivan's achievements during this period:
The results of Ivan's work were highly acclaimed by the community, which allowed to attract more funds (through a series of crowdfunding campaigns) and extend the Ivan's dedication beyond of 3 months period. So, at the moment Ivan keeps working on Synfig and his efforts are paid by community.
Second part of the grant in the amount of $2000 were decided to put into production of the training video course. These money were paid to Nikolai Mamashev who did the most of the work producing it. Also, I was happy to collaborate with my friends who helped to translate the training package into English.
So, thanks to support from Shuttleworth Foundation, we have managed to cover two huge gaps in Synfig (at least temporary). We've found a fulltime developer and we've got a first training course released. I believe the consequences of those two events are still going to show up as time will pass by.
On the more abstract level there is another important consequence to mention - the experience of working on Shuttlewoth Foundation Flash grant gave a clear understanding how much impact could be done with particular amount of money. It shows that the projects gets ready to accept the money and make a real result out from them. This is a very important for the future project growing.
Here I would like to take a chance and say a few words, outlining where we are going to move from this point.
Right now we are in the middle of development process and my primary task now is to make sure we could continue to fund Synfig, so we could keep our paid developer. It is really nice to have a support from the community via the crowdfunding, but I believe this shouldn't be the only way to fund the Synfig development. For example, the revenues from sales of the training package might help us a lot here. It is also possible we could have some funding source from commercial projects (like me and Nikolai did in the past), but such things are really hard to predict.
Personally I would like to outline the following directions for our further activities:
Please don't treat the list above as promises. It's just a list of directions where I would like to get move to. The real results are heavily depend on the personal situation, lucky opportunities and weather. Anyway, dreaming is not forbidden. So, stay tuned!