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Dell, Inc.
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NVIDIA
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NewTek
Stash Media
SideFX
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Craft Animations
MAXON
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ImagineFX
3DVIA
Ballistic Publishing
Smith Micro
StudioGPU
3D Connexion
Massive Software
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CGSociety is proud to present the

B-Movie (CG Challenge XXV)
16 January 2010 - 20 April 2010

The 25th CGChallenge: "Attack of the 50ft CGChallenge" asks you, the artist, to bring these gems back to life, or create your own in their spirit, via a still image, video, or, for the first time, audio.
Category: Prizes:
Image (Individual)
Master Award
  • Dell Precision™ M6500 Mobile Workstation
  • Choice of one of either Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max or Autodesk Softimage
  • Vue 8 xStream
  • Smith Micro Poser Pro
  • 3D Connexion SpaceExplorer
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Choice of 6 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Image (Individual)
    Excellence Award
  • StudioGPU MachStudio Pro
  • Pixelogic zBrush 3.5R3
  • Smith Micro Poser Pro
  • NVIDIA Quadro
  • 3D Connexion SpaceNavigator
  • Choice of 3 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Individual)
    Master Award
  • Dell Precision™ M6500 Mobile Workstation
  • NVIDIA Quadro
  • Choice of one of either Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max or Autodesk Softimage
  • Vue 8 xStream
  • Craft Director Studio Master Bundle
  • Houdini Master
  • Kickstand StretchMesh
  • 3D Connexion SpaceExplorer
  • Monet - placement station (List price: $3,295)
  • Mokey - removal station (List price: $3,295)
  • Mocha - tracking station (List price: $1,095)
  • Mocha shape for After Effects (List price: $110)
  • Mocha shape for Final Cut (List price: $110)
  • Choice of 6 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Individual)
    Excellence Award
  • NVIDIA Quadro
  • Kickstand StretchMesh
  • 3D Connexion SpaceNavigator
  • Smith Micro Poser Pro
  • StudioGPU MachStudio Pro
  • Choice of 3 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Mocha - tracking station (List price: $1,905)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Team)
    Master Award
  • Dell Precision™ M6500 Mobile Workstation
  • Choice of one of either Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max or Autodesk Softimage
  • NVIDIA Quadro
  • Craft Director Studio Master Bundle
  • Kickstand StretchMesh
  • 12 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Choice of any Imagineer Systems Product (up to 7 licenses depending on the number of members in the team
  • Maxon Cinema 4D Studio Bundle
  • 3D Connexion SpaceExplorer
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year) - One per team member
  • Video (Team)
    Excellence Award
  • NVIDIA Quadro x2
  • Kickstand StretchMesh
  • Smith Micro Poser Pro
  • 3D Connexion SpaceNavigator
  • Choice of 6 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Mocha - tracking station (up to 7 licenses depending on the number of members in the team)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year) - One per team member
  • Open Categories
    Category: Prizes:
    Animation
  • Choice of Autodesk SketchBook Pro or Mudbox
  • Craft Director Studio Master Bundle
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Oddworld Inhabitants' (Standard Edition)
  • NewTek Lightwave 3D
  • Stash Best of 2009
  • Smith Micro Poser 8
  • Kickstand StretchMesh
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Art Direction
  • Choice of Autodesk SketchBook Pro or Mudbox
  • Newtek Lightwave 3D
  • Stash Best of 2009
  • Smith Micro Poser 8
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Exotique 4 & 5' (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Best Character
  • Choice of Autodesk SketchBook Pro or Mudbox
  • Luxology modo 401
  • Smith Micro Poser Pro
  • Ballistic Publishing 'd'artiste Character Modeling' bundle
    (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Compositing
    & Editing
  • Choice of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro or Mudbox
  • Vue 8 Infinite
  • Mocha - tracking station (List price: $1,095)
  • Stash Best of 2009
  • Ballistic Publishing 'EXPOSE 7' (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Concept Art
  • Smith Micro Poser Pro
  • Gnomon Workshop Analog Bundle
  • Stash Best of 2009
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Massive Black' (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Digital Painting
  • Gnomon Workshop Digital Bundle
  • Stash Best of 2009
  • $500 to the 3DVIA Store
  • Ballistic Publishing 'd'artiste Digital Painting' bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Landscape /
    Matte Painting
  • Choice of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro or Mudbox
  • Vue 8 Infinite
  • Smith Micro Poser 8
  • Stash Best of 2009
  • Ballistic Publishing 'd'artiste Matte Painting' bundle
    (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Lighting
  • Choice of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro or Mudbox
  • Vue 8 Infinite
  • Smith Micro Poser 8
  • SideFX Houdini Escape
  • Stash Best of 2009
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Elemental' Bundle (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Modeling
  • Choice of Autodesk SketchBook Pro or Mudbox
  • Craft Director Studio Vehicle Tools Bundle
  • Luxology Modo 401
  • TopoGun
  • Ballistic Publishing 'd'artiste Character Modeling' bundle (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Texturing
  • Choice of Autodesk SketchBook Pro or Mudbox
  • Luxology Modo 401
  • TopoGun
  • Smith Micro Poser 8
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Essence The Face' (bundle)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Visual FX
  • Choice of Autodesk SketchBook Pro or Mudbox
  • Houdini Master
  • Craft Director Studio Camera Tools Bundle
  • Mocha - tracking station (List price: $1,095)
  • Massive Jet License + Locomotion Agent Library + Access to Student Forum
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Massive Black' (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Music and Sound
  • Newtek Lightwave 3D
  • TopoGun
  • Stash Best of 2009
  • Smith Micro Poser 8
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Utherworlds' (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Disclaimer: Prizes are subject to change without notification.
    Prize and Sponsor Information

    DELL, Inc.
    Autodesk
    NVIDIA
    Luxology
    Stash Media
    SideFX
    TopOGun
    NewTek
    Kickstand
    Imagineer System
    Smith Mico

    3D Connexion
    e-on Software
    Craft Animations
    MAXON
    The Gnomon Workshop
    Pixologic
    ImagineFX
    3DVIA
    Ballistic Publishing
    StudioGPU
    Massive Software

    Dell Sponsor: Dell, Inc.

    Dell Precision™ M6500 Mobile Workstation

    Where other mobile workstations start to fade is just where the Dell Precision™ M6500 comes into its own. With specifications some desktop workstations might struggle to deliver, the flagship mobile workstation from Dell is ideal, even for the most demanding user.

    Optional Intel® Core i7-920XM Quad Core Extreme Edition processing power, working in harmony with 1333MHz DDR3 memory, is backed by stunning professional OpenGL graphics to support your artistic creativity, talent and power hungry apps. Designed to be a workstation, the M6500 has the performance headroom to deliver including certification on leading DCC applications like Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3dsMax and Autodesk XSI.

    Sponsor: Autodesk

    Autodesk Maya

    The world's most powerful 3D animation and visual effects software and the ultimate version of Maya. Experience industry-leading innovations for the creation of advanced digital content.

    Available for the Windows XP Professional, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems.

    Autodesk 3ds Max

    Realize your most complex, creative ideas.
    Bring 3D film effects to the big screen. Generate realistic characters in a top-selling game. Create rich and complex design visualization. Introduce a new dimension to your school curriculum.

    Autodesk 3ds Max software builds on our promise to deliver state-of-the-art tools for creative and media professionals. Developed as a total animation package with a deep, productive feature set designed to accelerate workflow, 3ds Max is the leader in 3D animation for game development, design visualization, visual effects, and education.

    Autodesk Softimage
    Softimage features Interactive Creative Environment (ICE), a new platform for building effects and tools visually using a node-based paradigm. Powering ICE is a high-performance parallel processing engine that takes advantage of multicore workstations, giving users the utmost performance and scalability.

    Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited
    Stitcher is a professional-level application, used by thousands of professional photographers, architects, multimedia and 3D artists worldwide, and enables the creation of superb wide-angle panoramas for the Web, film, print, and 3D.

    This latest and much anticipated version of the software represents a real breakthrough in technological terms.
    Sponsor: NVIDIA

    NVIDIA Quadro

    The NVIDIA Quadro® FX family of desktop workstation solutions delivers the fastest application performance and the highest quality workstation graphics. But raw performance and quality are only the beginning - NVIDIA Quadro FX takes the leading CAD, DCC, and Visualization applications to a new level of interactivity by enabling unprecedented capabilities in programmability and precision. Featuring the industry's first top-to-bottom family of PCI Express products, NVIDIA Quadro FX ushers in a new era of unprecedented performance, programmability, precision and quality.

    Sponsor: Maxon

    Maxon CINEMA 4D

    CINEMA 4D is the top choice among motion graphics artists, architects, medical illustrators and many other industries because it's extraordinarily easy to use. Outstanding workflow, legendary stability, and easy export to compositing applications such as Adobe After Effects, Apple Combusition, Motion, Shake, Final Cut Pro, and Eyeon Fusion set CINEMA 4D apart from the rest.

    CINEMA 4D has everything you need to take your designs to the next dimension. The CINEMA 4D Studio Bundle includes advanced tools for professional users, including character animation utilities and advanced rendering and particle features. The Studio Bundle opens a wealth of new possibilities with extended functionality for rendering, character animation, thinking particles and NET rendering.
    Sponsor: 3DVIA

    3DVIA Virtools



    3DVIA Virtools is a complete development and deployment platform with an innovative approach to interactive 3D content creation.

    The 3DVIA Virtools production process facilitates prototyping and robust development up to large-scale, immersive or online, lifelike experience delivery.

    Breaking away from traditional environments, 3DVIA Virtools solutions help optimize timescales and budgets: meet your production requirements on schedule, while significantly reducing production costs and overall risks.

    3DVIA Virtools’ ground-breaking software solutions suit a wide range of production and trade-specific application needs, like design reviews, shopping experiences, simulation-based training, advergaming, sales configurators and more.

    Imagine, create and deploy 3D lifelike experiences within days thanks to 3DVIA Virtools.

    Sponsor: Imagineer Systems






    Imagineer Systems is the award winning creator of planar tracking technology, an industry-unique tracking innovation optimized for compositing and rotoscoping. With its family of mocha software and parent products monet and mokey, Imagineer delivers affordable and practical VFX tools for independent digital artists, while also offering sophisticated compositing, roto and tracking capabilities ideal for boutique agencies, facilities and major Hollywood studios. 

    Sponsor: Kickstand






    Innovative content often calls for cutting-edge techniques to bring it to life. Kickstand puts the emphasis on fresh techniques developed systematically through research and design. Our unique production model raises the bar for content, inspiring us to push new forms of creative expression, tell stories with more nuance and complexity, and develop more efficient and sophisticated pipelines throughout.

    With almost 30 years of combined industry experience, Kickstand can provide content development, consulting, tools development, pipeline engineering, and character creation that's tailored to your studio's needs. We look forward to the opportunity to thoroughly tackle new production challenges and work with you to create the best possible result.

    Sponsor: NewTek



    Much of the desktop video revolution can be traced in the history of NewTek. Since founding NewTek in 1985, visionary Tim Jenison has led in the design of a series of ground-breaking products and continues to guide the company in pioneering innovative and affordable tools for computer-generated animation, video and film special effects.

    Since its inception, NewTek has been a driving force in pushing the edge of video and 3D graphics technology while redefining price/performance and ease of use. NewTek is perhaps best known in the film and video industry as the company that created the desktop video market segment in 1990 with the introduction of its wildly successful product, the Amiga Video Toaster®. In 1993, NewTek and its founder, Tim Jenison, were presented with an Emmy Award for Technical Achievement for this revolutionary product.

    In 2003, NewTek was again presented with an Emmy for LightWave 3D's seminal role in the revolution in CGI visual effects over the preceding decade. NewTek has built its success on the concept of providing powerful, intuitive products at prices that are very affordable. In late 2001, NewTek once again redefined video editing with the release of the powerful Video Toaster® [2], the next-generation Video Toaster® running on the Windows 2000 platform.

    Sponsor: TopOGun






    TopoGun is a stand-alone resurfacing, and maps baking application. The resurfacing functions in TopoGun will help you modify and/or recreate the edgeflow of your digital 3D models. The maps baking functions, will help you bake various types of texture maps from your high resolution 3D models and then allow you to apply them to your newly created optimized meshes. These texture maps contain information that will help you recover the appearance and features of the original high resolution mesh.
    In today's 3D graphics, high quality 3D models, due to their nature, usually have millions of polygons. This is because most of today's 3D models are created from real world scanned models, or they are digital sculptures, created using brush based 3D sculpting applications.

    In order to better serve their purposes, 3D models should have a much lower polycount and must provide for a deserved ease of handling. Even more than this, they need to have specific edgeflows in order to be more easily animated, or further detailed.

    Sponsor: Massive Software





    Massive Software, developer of the Academy Award®-winning 3D animation software for AI-driven characters.

    Sponsor: Smith Micro




    Smith Micro Software, Inc., develops and markets mobile software products and services and an extensive line of PC software products for business & home markets. Bringing together innovative solutions from mobile connectivity to managing media content mobility to advancing mobile software management, Smith Micro products enrich the experience people have with their computer systems, mobile devices and wireless networks. Our knowledge spans 25 years of design, creation and engineering for hardware and software products, and we have shipped over 100 million copies of our QuickLink family of products to our customers worldwide.

    Sponsor: StudioGPU






    For over five years, StudioGPU's team of engineers and artists has developed and refined a wealth of features and innovative workflow into a single cohesive package that has been deployed and tested on numerous productions. The result of this engineering/artistic collaboration is MachStudio™ Pro, a breakthrough technology that radically changes the traditional 3D CG production paradigm. Production cycles that often take days or weeks are now reduced to minutes or even seconds. This is not an incremental shift, but a bold workflow change to the way 3D CG content is created.

    Sponsor: Luxology

    modo 401

    modo is one of the most advanced polygonal and subdivision surface modeling tools ever created.

    Engineered For Flexibility
    modo was engineered to meet the challenges of the increasing demands of film, gaming, television, print and many other markets. modo combines a highly advanced real-time subdivision surface engine, fast, flexible and extensible modeling tools, and one of the most innovative and flexible user interfaces ever created. Due to the flexible nature of the modo toolset and interface, modo is excellent for creating models of any type. From organics to hard surfaces, from high-resolution film models to low-resolution real-time meshes, modo has the tools you need.

    Built For Artists
    modo was created to fill a void in the production world. Today's 3D modelers require a much more robust set of modeling tools, within a real-time environment, designed specifically for manipulating subdivision surfaces. modo delivers this toolset in an architecture that is designed with expansion in mind. This allows artists to create more detailed models, in an interactive environment, in a shorter timeline. modo's customizable nature allows these advanced artists to sculpt the toolset to their production requirements so that productivity can jump to new levels once the artist is fully established in the modo environment.

    Sponsor: Pixologic

    Pixologic ZBrush

    ZBrush is a huge leap forward in speed, performance and technology. Modeling, texturing and painting features have all benefited from unprecedented code enhancements. New tools and options provide even more versatility in all areas, boosting the artist's productivity and streamlining workflow in surprising ways.

    It is fast. It boasts handsomely optimized code innovations, combined with unique features, providing more power to create models with unparalleled detailing capabilities. Even medium to high-resolution models respond instantly to sculpting actions, constantly rendered and shaded in real time.

    Building on the freedom to sculpt high-frequency details with ease, it offers revolutionary new modeling, surfacing and texturing techniques, while intuitive controls focus these powerful resources on the creation process.


    Sponsor: Craft Animations

    3ds Max, Maya & CINEMA 4D Plug-Ins

    Craft Director Tools are the result of several years of research into advanced neural networking, artificial intelligence and autonomous control techniques (cutting edge Swedish Research). Movements are controlled and recorded with our own inventions; the HYPHEN Engine™ (Hyper Physics Engine Engine™) and the Craft Razorback MoCap™ system.

    These inventions enable real-time based control and viewport motion capture of objects either actively controlled by a keyboard, joystick, 3D mouse (beta) and DirectX game controllers, or through fully automatic control (called Driven or Passive techniques).



    Sponsor: SideFX

    Houdini

    Client expectations are rising, deadlines are looming, budgets are shrinking. Your studio needs
    CG software tools that get the job done. Break down barriers and nail your creative vision with
    Houdini 10. Enjoy performance that significantly reduces timelines and enhances flexibility
    for your production pipeline.

    Discover a whole new Houdini – more accessible, affordable and immediately easy to use. Houdini 10 combines superior performance and dramatic, new ease-of-use functionality to deliver a powerful and accessible 3D animation experience to CG professionals everywhere. With a new user interface designed to match the UI standards of the CG industry, you can enjoy smooth, stress-free learning and unparalleled results.

    So go ahead – launch into greater creativity and productivity with Houdini 10.

    Sponsor: 3D Connexion


     




    3Dconnexion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Logitech, is the leading provider of 3D mice for design and visualization professionals. Supported by today’s most popular and powerful 3D applications, 3Dconnexion 3D mice offer a more intuitive and natural way to interact with digital 3D content.

    With a 3D mouse users can pan, zoom and rotate as if they’re holding the model in their hand or fly like a helicopter through three-dimensional worlds. It’s a level of control that’s simply not possible with a traditional mouse and keyboard. More than 800,000 active users worldwide testify to shortened product design cycles, a reduction in work-related fatigue and improvements in design quality.

    The core technology inside all 3Dconnexion 3D mice has its roots in the field of robotics and space exploration. In 1993, a 3D controller was used on the space shuttle Columbia, manipulating the first robotic arm in space. This was the launching point for a family of 3D mice. A patented optical measuring system delivers unparalleled performance and a fundamental understanding of how designers and engineers work with their 3D software, drives the continual development of groundbreaking new products. It is the goal of 3Dconnexion to refine the technology even beyond the present benchmark established by the SpacePilot PRO™, introduced in April 2009.
    3Dconnexion is the expert when it comes to providing 2D and 3D design professionals with an immersive design experience. To help people produce better designs, faster and more comfortably is our mission. Digital prototyping is in our DNA. From aerospace to automotive, consumer goods to electronics, machine tools to game development, 3Dconnexion 3D mice accelerate productivity and design quality to a new level.
    3Dconnexion is headquartered in Fremont, California with European headquarters in Seefeld, Germany and offices worldwide.

    Sponsor: e-on Software

    Vue xStream

    Access all the power of the world's leading 3D scenery program directly from within your favorite application. Create and edit extremely rich and realistic natural environments, and seamlessly blend them with Maya/Max/LightWave/C4D/XSI native scenes and animations. Render everything together inside your favorite application, with full interaction between Vue and native elements, including 2-way mutual shadow casting, reflection, refraction and lighting.

    Vue xStream provides a unique, unmatched solution for creating and integrating high quality natural scenery into any professional production pipeline, from architectural visualization to broadcast and film.

    Render everything together inside 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave, Cinema 4D or XSI, with full interaction between Vue and native elements, including 2-way mutual shadow casting, reflection, refraction and GI.
    Sponsor: The Gnomon Workshop



    The Gnomon Workshop Digital Bundle
    Ready to learn a lot? This bundle will keep you busy for a while, as you go in-depth for hundreds of hours of lectures. Perfect for in-house studio artist development, schools or universities looking to get their students and instructors up to speed on the deep intricacies of Maya.



     

    The Gnomon Workshop Analogue Bundle
    Whether you're a studio, a student or an individual who wants to accelerate your knowledge and skills, the Gnomon Workshop DVDs focus on the workflow and techniques you need to excel. Each DVD features over two hours of lecture, lecture notes, chapters and bonus material including galleries and resource spotlights. For lectures that begin with pre-made line-art, the line-art is made available to you, accessible on the disc via your Mac/PC equipped DVD-ROM drive.
    Sponsor: Stash Media

    STASH Best of 2009

    Stay inspired and informed with 36 of the most spectacular commercials, music videos, virals, short films, broadcast designs and game cinematics of 2009.
    Own two hours of animation, VFX, motion design and Behind the Scenes extras carefully selected from Stash DVD Magazine – PLUS a 40-page book of stills, credits, production notes and links for every project..

    Sponsor: ImagineFX Magazine


     


    ImagineFX is the only magazine for fantasy and sci-fi digital artists. Each issue contains an eclectic mixture of in-depth workshops from the world's best artists, plus galleries and interviews, community news and product reviews. Each issue also includes a DVD offering software demos, hi-res multi-layered workshop files and video tuition from professional artists.

    "ImagineFX is the best published source of conceptual art information I have ever seen. It is a must-have investment for any aspiring concept artist that wants to take their skills to the next level." ~ Andrew Jones, Concept Artist, Massive Black Inc.

    Sponsor: Ballistic Publishing

    Our mission is to create the highest quality publications for the Computer Graphics (CG) and digital art community. We are setting high standards in all areas of publishing from the quality of our content, design and delivery to our responsiveness to the market.



    Ballistic Publishing

     
         
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