most of you are somehow eager to create softimage reel for autodesk... ohh xsi can do this, xsi can do that.. cool, now we know si can create orcs and LOTR rip off etc...
like i said before, you got to ask yourselves what are u trying to do, create autodesk softimage reel or some rip off or something creative.
IMHO some scenery porn
can be much more powerful then any LOTR rip of
the way i see it now, you have 3 options:
1. LOTR rip off: ORCs idea, where big number of giant semi-natural creatures are marching, and they all have fu*ked up faces and all that, so the viewer says, ooo... they can make LOTR is SI... cool
my thought: this type is condemned to abortion(not enough resources as first reason)
2. Pixar rip off: Create few "Toys", fishes, or walk & talk computers, that lost their friend somewhere somehow for some reason, and all they go to adventure to save | retrieve it... Originality: below zero;
my thought: I'm little tired of pixar-type happy stories, they are for children, and it looks like adults are having just too much hard time seeing a difference.
3. Creative (NARRATIVE) piece of art. Something where the plot is behind all the progression of moods that the short movie creates to the viewer and where, viewer doesn't see difference between anything; it's plain beauty, and once plot reveals the impact is big. Like opentarget said, even in narrative, slow paced, piece you can show all the beauties of SI and more...
my thought: true(art?) originality is respected and appreciated for a long time, and maybe even more and on wider scale.
My personal choice is third (narrative as mentioned earlier in a thread). And have good luck creating first or second if u decide, but third one gives YOUR WORK A DEPTH
(the thing that counts the most).