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    The CGSociety is proud to present the winners of our largest challenge to date: CG Challenge XXI - 'Strange Behavior'.

    From the beginning we defined the topic for this challenge as: 'Strange Behavior' - "The unexpected can delight or shock. It can be exciting or frightening. It's often funny. It's never boring!"

    The global CG community rose to the challenge and responded with enthusiasm, generating some of the most imaginative and entertaining work we have ever seen.

    The CGChallenges organised by the CGSociety have always been the largest competitions of their kind in the world.

    We dramatically expanded the scope and prize pool in this the Strange Behavior challenge with over US$90,000 in prizes for 15 winning entries.

    Traditionally CGChallenges have been illustration based. In the previous challenge (EON) we introduced a film trailer category and were astounded with the quality of entries. Inspired by this we elevated Animation and Short Film to join Illustration as major categories with Master and Excellence awards in each.

    As well as this we introduced 9 special categories to recognize a wide range of additional skills: Modeling, Texturing, Lighting, Visual Effects, Art Direction, Cinematography, Matte Painting, Compositing & Editing and Screen Play adaption.

    The Strange Behavior Challenge was sponsored by BOXX Technologies, NVIDIA, Autodesk, Softimage, Pixologic, Luxology, e-on Software, Maxon, REALVIZ, Corel, Stash, Gnomon Workshop, MudBox, and Ballistic Publishing.

    With so many outstanding entries the judging was difficult, but the jury selected the 15 entries that stood out as truly world class. On behalf of the Judges, sponsors, our staff and the whole CGSociety I would like to extend our warmest thanks to all the entrants who join us now in congratulating the winners.

    Mark Snoswell,
    President of the CGSociety.Strange Behavior - The Theme
    Choosing a challenge topic is a difficult task. Strange Behavior was a reflection of the type of work the digital community favors and appealed to the mischievous side of us all. This topic also offered a broad theme as an alternative to the focus of the previous challenge on a single blockbuster book, EON. The community was thrilled with the topic and the choices it offered. As a consequence we have seen some of the most bizarre and entertaining work to date.
    The challenges would not happen without the support of sponsors. Fortunately the sponsors are as geeky and into art as the entrants. This is an industry that everyone enjoys being a part of. The sponsors were very enthusiastic when we showed them the concept of Strange Behavior and the new categories. From everyone here at Ballistic and the entire CGSociety we thank our sponsors.
    In addition to previous winners, we were privileged to have three outstanding external Judges. Jinko Gotoh [1], Film Producer; Dan Curry [2], Film producer/director and Paul Gulino [3], Head of Screenwriting at Chapman film school.

    We thank all of our judges for helping out in our most ambitious and complex challenges to date.

    4. Mark Snoswell
    5. Emiliano Colantoni
    6. Marco Stellabotte
    7. Gianfranco Sgura
    8. David Bonelli
    9. James Kaufeldt
    10. Torsten Wolber
    11. Leigh van der Byl
    12. Dehong He
    13. Damian Bajowski
  • Umbrella SkyEXOTIQUE 3
    We are constantly pushing the boundaries with the CGChallenges. The previous challenge (EON) saw the introduction of a film trailer category. We were astounded by the quality of entries in that category and the range of skills demonstrated. Inspired by that we dramatically expanded the categories for this challenge. This also reflected a dramatic increase in the prize pool with sponsors lining up to participate.
    The Animation category is another first. Here entrants had to develop their own story and animate it – a huge task. The range and quality of entries were outstanding, making it very hard to select the Master and Excellence winners.
    "Spaced Out"
    • Martin Sen (Versiden)

    “A delightful animation that is full of energy and emotion. The execution, timing, lighting and composition are all world class. It’s also just the right length – it tells a story without excess or cutting corners. Truly a master class animation.”

    "Spaced Out" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » BOXX Workstation
    » Autodesk Maya or 3ds Max
    » Stash 6 Pack
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for 1 year
    "Polkarella"
    • Zubuyer Kaolin (overcontrast)

    “A wonderful piece that merges Seuss and Pokemon influences with a liberal dash of twisted humour. The atmosphere, colours, animation, timing and compositions are all excellent.”

    "Polkarella" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » NVIDIA Quadro 3500
    » Softimage XSI Advanced
    » Stash 6 Pack
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for 1 year
    This traditional challenge category pitted all illustrators against one another – formerly we had separated 2D and 3D illustrations. The range of illustrations and techniques used were enormous. What was consistent though was the thought, emotion and quality expressed in the entries.
    "5 o`clock, somewhere at the orcish border"
    • Mathias Kollros (guterrez)

    “Truly masterful. A wonderful romantic illustration of a very strange event. The detail at every level is superb. The lighting and composition complement the setting perfectly.”

    "5 o`clock, somewhere at the orcish border" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » BOXX Workstation
    » Corel Painter X
    » Stash 6 Pack
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for 1 year
    "Carrot Run"
    • Bobby Chiu (digital-bobert)

    “Great energy, cute and funny… a fantastic combination. Decidedly strange as well – a vegetarian dragon chasing a furry legged carrot bearing a set of mean teeth. Good composition and depth also. All round an excellent image.”

    "Carrot Run" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » NVIDIA Quadro 3500
    » Corel Painter X
    » Stash 6 Pack
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for 1 year
    For the first time we introduced a full blown short film category. To aid entrants, Paul Gulino wrote a professional screenplay that entrants could adapt for this category. As the winning entries demonstrate, the CG community rose to the challenge and created some outstanding short films. As with the previous challenge, we were astounded by the amount of effort and skill demonstrated in all of the entries.
    "Atoms and Pixels"
    • Taino Soba (Taino)
    • Adrian Zamora (AdrianZ)
    • Michael Vafeas (mcvaffe)
    • Meng-Han Ho (menghanho)


    “Very clever and very well done. This short film has it all from a great screenplay adaption, to great integration of live and CG elements to great visual effects. An extraordinary achievement from a group of students with a very bright future.”

    "Atoms and Pixels" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » BOXX Workstation - or - 2 renderBOXX’s
    » Autodesk Maya or 3ds Max
    » Luxology modo 3D
    » REALVIZ Image Modeler
    » 2 Softimage XSI Foundation
    » Stash 6 Pack
    » Complete Ballistic book set
    » 6 CGS memberships - 1yr
    "Vacant"
    • Jacob Luamanuvae (jakeDaMus)
    • Stephen Richard Hutt (Headcased)
    • Bryce Fredrik Johansen (HowlingMad)
    • Grant Stephen Percival (SamoanSamurai)
    • Daniel Patrick Meighan (monkeykingmagic)
    • Mathew Luke de Ruiter (Judg3m3ntDay)
    • Rebecca Elizabeth Rose Raphaela Cole (lilmoocow)
    • Kieran Rea Thawley (crazyEyes)
    • Robert John Gordon Cancian (JellyBeanKiller)
    • Daniel Gregory Nunns (Xorsist)
    • Aidan Gillies (Freckles)
    • Ka Ho Wong (jameskaho)
    • Alexia Gonzalez (MayaBrat)
    • Daniel Lynch (kiwistarboj)
    • Darwin Go (darwin_go)
    • Tim Gilmore (Timage)
    • Jack Tema (PimpCane)


    “What a twisted screenplay adaption – very entertaining. The timing and camera direction were great. The sound track was also well done, as was the lip sync. This was an enormous and well balanced production with a lot of animation, editing, texturing, lighting direction and overall team work.”

    "Vacant" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » 4 NVIDIA Quadro 3500
    » Softimage XSI Foundation
    » Luxology modo 3D
    » 2 Mudbox
    » REALVIZ Stitcher Unlimited 5.6
    » Stash 6 Pack
    » 6 Ballistic Books of choice
    » 6 CGS memberships - 1yr
     
  • Digital productions encompass a huge range of skills. Many artists will become expert in one or more areas but not in all. In the past there were many skills and talented people that we had not been able to identify and award. This challenge is the start of a change in which we will award prizes in recognition of a range of skills. For this challenge, prizes have been awarded in the following special categories:
    "Atoms and Pixels"
    • Cinematographer Michael Vafeas
    (mcvaffe)


    "Atoms and Pixels" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » REALVIZ Stitcher Unlimited 5.6
    » e-on Vue 6 xStream
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for one year
     

    "Devils Jackpot"
    • Dariusz Sebastian Burdon (pierzak)

    “Superb lighting. This charming but twisted tale is supported by excellent attention and execution of the lighting. I can see ambient occlusion, rim lighting and bounce lighting – all combined to support the look and feel of the story. Very nicely done.”

    "Devils Jackpot" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » NVIDIA Gelato Pro
    » Maxon CINEMA 4D XL bundle
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for one year
     
    "A New Evolution"
    • Adrian Baluta (adib)

    “Excellent composition and effects.This clever piece demonstrates a high level of compositing and lighting skill.”

    "A New Evolution" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » Autodesk Toxic
    » Gnomon digital DVD bundle
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for one year

    "Mister Shity the Wonderlover"
    • Jürgen Johannes Jäckel (Jakyll)

    “Oh, what a sick twisted sense of humor – and so excellently executed. The modeling is truly first rate and is complemented by superb texturing and lighting. I also loved the presentation of the making-of clip and the accompanying audio track – even if I couldn’t understand a word! ”

    "Mister Shity the Wonderlover" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » Pixologic Zbrush 3
    » Luxology modo 3D
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for one year

     
    "Vacant"
    • Jacob Luamanuvae (jakeDaMus)

    "Vacant" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » Complete set of Ballistic Books
    » Stash 6 Pack
    » CGS Membership for one year
     
    "The Cat"
    • Anna Celarek (ania)

    “The art direction is excellent. The sketchy render style with ambient occlusion really bring the whole setting to life with a whimsical storybook feeling. A great example of a bold and simple render style that enhances the subject and is technically easy. Bravo.”

    "The Cat" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » Corel Painter X
    » Gnomon analog DVD bundle
    » 5 Ballistic books of choice
    » CGS Membership for one year

    “Strange Ambition”
    • Matt Ellis (MattEllis)

    “Strange ambition indeed. This delightful image draws you into its hidden depths with a masterful integration of the excellent backdrops with the foreground subjects. Truly a fine example of an illustration that says a thousand words.”

    "Strange Ambition" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » e-on Vue 6 Infinite
    » Corel Painter X
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for one year

     

    "Pursuit of Perfection"
    • Jesse Sandifer (Sandpiper)

    “What a wonderful concept and superb execution. The attention to detail and the consistent high quality are superb – phenomenal texturing, great lighting composition and effects.

    "Pursuit of Perfection" challenger page.

    Prizes:
    » e-on Vue 6 Infinite
    » Maxon Body Paint
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for one year
     
    "Atoms and Pixels"
    • VFX by Meng-Han Ho
    (menghanho)


    "Atoms and Pixels" challenger page.


    Prizes:
    » Autodesk Toxic
    » Softimage XSI Foundation
    » Ballistic book of choice
    » CGS Membership for one year
    Congratulations again to everyone involved with the challenge – you are all winners for participating and making the CGChallenges the best in the world. With each new challenge the standard and breadth of work rises.

    At the same time we have growing interest from sponsors and other interests that recognize the CGSociety as a leading global creative movement. With each new opportunity we look for ways to enhance the challenges for everyone involved.

    As we congratulate everyone involved in this challenge we also look forward and wish you all the best and a happy new year... I can personally promise that next year's challenges will be even bigger and better!

    Mark Snoswell,
    President of the CGSociety.
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    Challenge Sponsors:
    BOXX Technologies
    NVIDIA
    Softimage
    MAXON
    Luxology
    Autodesk
    RealViz
    Corel
    Stash
    Pixologic
    The Gnomon Workshop
    e-on Software
    Mudbox
    Ballistic Publishing

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