One day in late May 2019, I thought to myself "What if we could wish someone a Happy Birthday, and they could actually customize the name of the person, and have it appear in the 3D animation?
I have been a web developer from the very beginning of "the internet" starting around 1995, lol, (or should I say AOL, haha!) I have created literally hundreds of web sites and (with my go-to team of super devs and designers), created over 30 iOS apps, one which resulted in meeting with the CEO of Universal Music Group and ten high-level V.P.'s. I learned a great deal along the way, but one thing, or should I say a few things, escaped my attention over the years.
From the early work of Walt Disney and the nine old men to the stunning 3D animations produced by the artists at Pixar, I have long been fascinated by animation. In early May 2019, I happened to view two documentaries that would change my life forever. The first was about Walt Disney studios, and the second was "The Making of Pixar". I was completely entranced and inspired by both.
"Blender" has been a resident in my twin 24" iMac's for several years, yet each time I tried to play around with it, I quickly became impatient at the complexity of the interface, and as a result abandoned it until I had "more time". After watching the awesome animation documentaries, I was determined to dive into Blender once again. Little did I know the chain of events that would ensue. Blender itself was a challenge, but soon I had some basic designs I liked. They started out as 3D animated logos for the entertainment business associates we have. Then one day in late May, I thought to myself "What if we could wish someone a Happy Birthday, and they could actually customize the name of the person, and have it appear in the 3D animation?"
Of course, NONE of it would have been possible without my partner, Donna, who provided brilliant ideas to incorporate in the designs, developed the promotional videos, created, populated and managed social media accounts and all aspects of marketing. ALL THIS while at the same time keeping a roof over our head, food and coffee over what seemed like endless nights and days.
And Christopher Taylor swooped in at critical times in the process to provide ESSENTIAL code to install software and customize the flow, database creation and security. Without his help, we would not have made it; there are no words to adequately express my appreciation, gratitude and love! And last but not least, a huge shoutout of LOVE to John Drongeson, who not only believed it would happen, but helped test the products in the development stage and provided funding to get the dedicated server! I am so grateful to be surrounded by these great and talented people, it truly is a wonderful life! It is my hope that as we continue to add new ShoutOut3D categories and products, that you, the end-user, will find joy in these simple expressions of love and kindness and share them with your friends and family! Here's a big SHOUTOUT to YOU! -Scott Taylor