Friday 23rd August - SITE CLOSED
AFTER 3 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS
Well, this is it. The site has been dormant for
quite a while now and the reason for this is because I'm just tired
of running it. I'm afraid to say that there will be no more updates
to this site (least not proper movie updates). I find these days
that updating this site has become well beyond a job and has become
a pain. I've also lost alot of interest in the community mainly
because the 'buzz' of movie making is simply gone. Also, a great
many good people have left and what is left are mainly newbies and
stubborn bastards who want nothing else but to annoy everyone else
*cough* Andres *cough*.
When I first opened this
site it was under the guise "Willsmovies" and just hosted
my own movies. Back then I really loved making movies and having
a website to showcase them was even better. As the site grew I discovered
the community and the site become host to other people's movies.
From this point on I kept the site regularly updated for nearly
2 years. By regular I mean updated EVERY week with a big batch of
movies. At the beginning I was even updating twice a week. However,
as time went on and the site got bigger and bigger, updating began
to lose it's fun. Too many movies were sent in and too many were
shit. Having to sift through all that crap became really tiresome.
At that point I started
getting other people to help out. Jim Weatherby was the first and
kept the site running by himself alone for a good 2 or 3 months.
After that I took charge again but soon again felt the strain. I
then got Harris to take over. Harris did an exceptional job handling
the site at it's peak of movie intake. He even managed to put out
his weekly "shit movie showcase" which despite it's cheapness,
was a commendable effort considering the workload. After that I
cam back again and that was really my final stretch. Updates got
less and less frequent and it got to the point where I really just
hated having to do anything with the site. One of the main things
that kept me going was either tweaking the site design or working
on a whole new look. Infact, for the last year or so, designing
the site has become my main priority since it's the one last thing
I still enjoy doing.
Well, more recently I
made an effort to get the site on it's feet again with the help
of Harris again and some fresh faces. Unfortunately I just haven't
been motivated enough to get and keep the ball rolling and so the
co-workers have lost interest equally. I don't blame them at all.
So that's where the site is right now, and basically I've decided
that I might as well let the horse die and be done with it. It'd
be nice if someone could keep the site going, but I know it'd have
to involve me too much and I just can't be bothered anymore.
I'll gladly be a front
to whatever site is the current 'new movies hub' but that's all
I will do.
I won't be taking anything
down, however, since there's no reason to do so. The archives will
remain open for as long as Travis is willing to host the movies.
As for me, well, I'm going
to be taking leave from the community. I haven't been on the board
for ages and for a long while I've hardly participated and kept
up with what's been going on. I came back the other day and saw
Andres's pathetic "manifesto" and just thought that this
place is no longer somewhere I want to spend my time visiting. The
bulletin board used to be a great place to visit. People would post
original and interesting stuff and movies were often made and talked
about. These days the community has no real purpose. Movie making
is just a guise. The BB is nothing more than a chatting ground for
crap. Don't get me wrong, there are still some great people in there,
but not enough to make it interesting for me anymore.
As for my movie projects,
well, I'm afraid they won't be finished either. It's no secret that
my latest movie "CC" is blatantly far from finished. Infact,
all I have done is half of the intro and half of the intro titles.
That's it, and I did all that ages ago. I haven't made anything
in 3dmm for ages. The CC preview has slowly (very slowly) been made
but that isn't finished to a satisfactory fashion at the moment.
I hope to at least finish that (even if I know CC won't come out).
So that's it really. I
did have plans to turn this place into a big 3dmm history site,
but really, for the same reasons I'm closing the site in the first
place, I'm just not motivated enough.
I'll be in touch through
email, but don't expect to see me on the BB and don't expect me
to read stuff there because I simply am not visiting it at all right
now. I know I've been saying for ages how people can't ever 'leave'
the community and it's true. I can always come back at any day and
I'll be 'back'. Unfortunately, unlike all the tryhard attention
grabbing losers who massively publicise their leaving, I will probably
make more of a 'leave' than they ever will.
One last thing; I apologise
to everyone who's emailed me in the last month or two and had no
reply. The reason for this is simply that since the site is dead
I just haven't been bothered to answer any emails regarding it.
In order to answer them I have to think about sorting the site out
and since it's dead, well, I have nothing to say. Again I'm sorry.
My inbox got filled up with 100 or so emails and I've just now marked
them all as read. If I get anything from now on I will actually
read them since I can rest in comfort that the site is closed.
- Will Maltby