Grand Space Opera The Book

Grand Space Opera Sponsors

• Boxx Technologies

• PNY Technologies

• Softimage

• Discreet

• ART VPS

• The Gnomon Workshop

• Ballistic Publishing

• Luxology

• Pixologic

• Corel

• Ballistic Publishing

• Turbo Squid


• Digital Tutors



The Grand Space Opera Challenge is proudly sponsored by:
Boxx Technologies, PNY Technologies, Softimage, Discreet, ART VPS,
The Gnomon Workshop, Ballistic Publishing, Turbo Squid, Luxology,
Pixologic, Corel and Digital Tutors.

3D Prizes
Grand Prize •


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Boxx Technologies 3DBOXX 4206 workstation
+
PNY Technologies NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400
+
Softimage|XSI Foundation ($5599)
1st Runner Up •

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Discreet 3ds max 7
+
Turbo Squid Turbo Toolkit ($5490)
2nd Runner Up • ART VPS PURE P1800 Rendering Card ($3399)
3rd Runner Up •


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Softimage|XSI v4.0 Essentials
+
Softimage Production DVD's ($2195)
4th Runner Up • Luxology Modo ($895)
5th Runner Up •


•

•
Digital-Tutors Genius Bundle
+
T-Shirt
+
Backpack
+
$50 Gift Voucher ($811)
6th Runner Up • Pixologic ZBrush 2 ($489)
All Short-Listed Entries (winners + honourable mentions) • Ballistic Publishing EXPOSÉ 2 ($55)
3D Community Award • Luxology Modo ($895)
3D Community Award#2 •


•

•
Digital-Tutors Genius Bundle
+
T-Shirt
+
Backpack
+
$50 Gift Voucher ($811)
 
2D Prizes
Grand Prize •


•


•
Boxx Technologies 3DBOXX 4206 workstation
+
PNY Technologies NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300
+
Corel Painter IX
($3409)
1st Runner Up • The Gnomon Workshop - All Analog DVD's
($2000)
.
2nd Runner Up • Discreet Combustion 3 ($995)
3rd Runner Up •


•

•
Digital-Tutors Genius Bundle
+
T-Shirt
+
Backpack
+
$50 Gift Voucher ($811)
4th Runner Up • Pixologic ZBrush 2 ($489)
5th Runner Up • Corel Painter IX ($429)
All Short-Listed Entries (winners + honourable mentions) • Ballistic Publishing EXPOSÉ 2 ($55)
2D Community Award • The Gnomon Workshop - Painting and Rendering Bundle ($1055)
2D Community Award #2 •


•

•
Digital-Tutors Genius Bundle
+
T-Shirt
+
Backpack
+
$50 Gift Voucher ($811)

Prize and Sponsor Information

Boxx Technologies
PNY Technologies
Softimage
Discreet
ART VPS
The Gnomon Workshop
Ballistic Publishing
Turbo Squid
Luxology
Pixologic
Corel
Digital Tutors

Disclaimer: Prizes are subject to change. This page is always up to date.

Sponsor: Boxx Technologies
BOXX Technologies, headquartered in Austin, TX, delivers technology to the innovators in the digital media community with high-performance, flexible workstations and turnkey solutions that enhance creativity and fuel innovation. The BOXX series of high-end workstations are used extensively throughout the 3D, visual effects, animation, broadcast, post production, digital video and film and HD communities.

http://www.boxxtech.com
Prizes:
3D Grand Prize (Value: $5599) :
Boxx Technologies 3DBoxx 4206 + PNY Technologies NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 + Softimage|XSI Foundation

Configuration:
1 x Pentium® 4 Model 560 with HT Technology (3.6GHz)
1 x 2GB DDR2 533 (2 DIMMS)
1 x NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 256MB G-DDR3
1 x 80GB 7200rpm Serial ATA 8MB cache drive
1 x 400 watt Quiet ATX 12V auto switching PS
1 x 16x DVD 40x CDROM (w/ playback software)
1 x Windows XP Professional Edition SP2
1 x SoftImage XSI Foundation 4.0 for Windows
1 x Black 104 key keyboard
1 x 3 Button Belkin USB Mouse (black)

Model Specifications:
Intel Pentium 4 Processor
Intel® 925X Chipset
EM64T support (depending on processor)
Dual Channel DDR2-533
(4 DIMMS)
(4) Serial ATA ports (RAID 0,1 on 2 drives at a time)
(1) Parallel ATA IDE interface (2 devices)
(1) Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mbits/sec) LAN
Intel® High Definition Audio subsystem
Front panel audio connections (mic + audio out)
(8) USB 2.0 Ports: (2) Front, (6) Rear
(2) IEEE 1394a Ports: (1) Front, (1) Rear
(1) Serial port
(1) Parallel port
Floppy drive
400W Power Supply
4U: 7"w x 17"h x 18"d

Expansion options:
(6) 3.5" hard drive bays
(2) 5.25" drive bays
(1) PCI Express x16
(2) PCI Express x1
(4) PCI 32-bit 33MHz
Prizes:
2D Grand Prize (Value: $3409) : Boxx Technologies 3DBOXX 4206 workstation + PNY Technologies NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 + Corel Painter


Configuration:
1 x Pentium® 4 Model 520 with HT Technology (2.8GHz)
1 x 1GB DDR2 533 (2 DIMMS)
1 x NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 128MB
1 x 80GB 7200rpm Serial ATA 8MB cache drive
1 x 400 watt Quiet ATX 12V auto switching PS
1 x 16x DVD 40x CDROM (w/ playback software)
1 x Windows XP Professional Edition SP2
1 x Black 104 key keyboard
1 x 3 Button Belkin USB Mouse (black)

Model Specifications:
Intel Pentium 4 Processor
Intel® 925X Chipset
EM64T support (depending on processor)
Dual Channel DDR2-533
(4 DIMMS)
(4) Serial ATA ports (RAID 0,1 on 2 drives at a time)
(1) Parallel ATA IDE interface (2 devices)
(1) Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mbits/sec) LAN
Intel® High Definition Audio subsystem
Front panel audio connections (mic + audio out)
(8) USB 2.0 Ports: (2) Front, (6) Rear
(2) IEEE 1394a Ports: (1) Front, (1) Rear
(1) Serial port
(1) Parallel port
Floppy drive
400W Power Supply
4U: 7"w x 17"h x 18"d

Expansion options:
(6) 3.5" hard drive bays
(2) 5.25" drive bays
(1) PCI Express x16
(2) PCI Express x1
(4) PCI 32-bit 33MHz
Sponsor: PNY Technologies

Prizes:
3D Grand Prize Bundle: Quadro FX 3400 and
2D Grand Prize Bundle: Quadro FX 1300


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.

NVIDIA Quadro FX workstation boards proudly sponsored by PNY Technologies.

http://www.pny.com | http://www.nvidia.com
Sponsor: Softimage

Prizes:
3D Grand Prize Bundle: XSI Foundation ($495),
3D 3rd Runner Up: XSI Essentials ($1995) and Production Series DVDs ($199.95)


Through the power of integration, SOFTIMAGE|XSI gives you the most efficient workflow in the industry. XSI takes the guesswork out of creating 3-D content with in-context viewing and non-destructive non-linear control. The profound integration of all functions and toolsets in XSI means clients can experience an unmatched level of iterative control without losing valuable production cycles. XSI also takes full advantage of the Avid family of products to offer a combination of unparalleled compositing, video and effects tools all in one box. Get it right the first time: SOFTIMAGE|XSI.

http://www.softimage.com

Sponsor: Discreet

Prizes:
3D 1 st Runner Up: 3ds max 7 ($3495)
2D 2 nd Runner Up: Combustion 3 ($995)


3ds max 7 —the must-have 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solution for demanding artists, schools, and production environments. This landmark release of Discreet's award-winning software raises the bar once again, defining the new state of the art in 3D animation for game development, design visualization, feature film and television effects, and education.




combustion 3 offers the creative tools, speed and interactivity that professionals need and artists crave. Paint, animation, editing and 3D compositing are combined in an integrated environment based on Discreet's legendary user interface. Designed to satisfy the world's most demanding effects artists and priced to fit within any budget, combustion 3 is the best solution for creating effects and motion graphics for video, film, DVD, and the web.

http://www.discreet.com

Sponsor: ART VPS

Prizes:
3D 2nd Runner Up: PURE P1800 Rendering Card ($3399)
PURE puts ART 's innovative rendering technology inside your workstation. A powerful, compact and affordable PCI 3D rendering card, PURE is the most productive high quality 3D rendering solution available. With PURE, there's no megabuck render farm to buy or rent to render your work. PURE is on-board your workstation. And there is certainly no trade-off - on this one PCI card, eight of ART's dedicated raytracing processors render your work faster, better and more affordably than any other rendering solution.

http://www.artvps.com
Sponsor: The Gnomon Workshop

Prizes: Analog Training DVDs
2D 1 st Runner Up: All Analog DVDs ($2000),
2D Community Award: Painting and Rendering Bundle ($1055)


The Gnomon Workshop has partnered with Design Studio Press in the production of Analog training DVDs. The term Analog refers to traditional skills training in areas such as drawing, painting, sculpture and design. Leading concept designers from the film, game and industrial design industries are sharing their techniques, in an effort to inspire and educate artists around the world.

Our extensive Analog library includes titles by concept artists Harald Belker, Ryan Church, James Clyne, Mark Goerner, Carlos Huante, Neville Page, Scott Robertson, Feng Zhu, and sculptor John Brown. We are continuing to work with other leading artists in the development of new titles.

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.

http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com
Sponsor: Luxology

Prizes:
3D 4th Runner Up: Luxolgy Modo ($895)
3D Community Award: Luxolgy Modo ($895)


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.

http://www.luxology.com
Sponsor: Pixologic

Prizes:
3D 5th Runner Up: Pixologic ZBrush 2
2D 3rd Runner Up ($489)
: Pixologic ZBrush 2

ZBrush enables digital artists to create high-quality, original artwork in a highly creative and interactive environment. ZBrush is host to an extensive set of real-time 3D sculpting, 2D/3D projection painting, 3D texturing and deformation tools - seamlessly integrated in one intuitive environment. With instant feedback encompassing a unique synthesis of 2D and 3D capabilities in a single stand-alone tool, ZBrush offers tremendous flexibility and appeals to a wide audience.

ZBrush 2 employs powerful code and feature innovations to boost the artist's productivity.

Some of the highlights of these innovations include:
-Multi-Resolution Mesh Editing: Models can be edited in multiple mesh-resolution levels, enabling artists to add low- or high-frequency details on the appropriate level, while ZBrush transfers the changes to other levels.

-Displacement and Normal Maps: Building upon the Multi-Resolution Mesh Editing functionality, detailed maps can be generated for low-resolution base meshes.

-Visibility Controls: Portions of any mesh can be hidden, offering numerous advantages. Artists can concentrate on areas of interest, and use selective hiding to add edge loops and other mesh-enhancement features.

-New Sculpting Brushes: Nine new sculpting brushes provide new ways of adding detail to meshes of any resolution in intuitive ways.

-Displacement Projections: Using depth-enabled paintbrushes and tools, mesh displacements can be applied by simply brushing them onto the surface of an object.

http://www.pixologic.com
Sponsor: Corel

Prizes:
2D Grand Prize Bundle: Corel Painter IX
2D 4th Runner Up ($429)
:Corel Painter IX

Corel Painter IX – the world's most powerful Natural-Media painting and illustration software – features unique digital brushes, art materials and textures that mirror the look and feel of their traditional counterparts. The newest version of Corel Painter takes digital design to unprecedented levels with the revolutionary Artists' Oils Painting System, Snap-to-Path Painting, Quick Clone for photographers, and brushes that perform up to ten times faster than previous versions. Corel Painter enables some of the world's most accomplished creative professionals – including commercial designers, artists, and photographers – to extend their natural talents and techniques to create original works of breathtaking digital art.

http://www.corel.com

Sponsor: Ballistic Publishing

Prizes:
All Short-Listed Entries (Winners and Honorable Mentions): EXPOSÉ 2 ($55)

Ballistic Publishing is pleased to announce EXPOSÉ 2, the second edition of the industry's best art book celebrating the creative talents of digital artists worldwide. EXPOSÉ 1 set extremely high standards in production quality and featured artists, and won critical acclaim and numerous awards. EXPOSÉ 2 will capitalize on the phenomenal global success of its predecessor which was sold in 68 countries worldwide and features more of the finest digital artwork the world has ever seen.

"I must admit that the first fan letter I ever wrote to a book publisher was sent to Ballistic immediately after I picked up EXPOSÉ. From the moment I flipped opened the cover I was amazed and inspired and felt the need to applaud their outstanding accomplishment. Never before had I seen such an incredible compilation that showcased the best in digital art from around the globe. This was particularly refreshing (and valuable) as it opened our eyes to more of the amazing talent that is emerging from international territories - such as Indonesia, Korea, and China - that we so seldom have the opportunity to glimpse."
Lorne Lanning, President/ Creative Director, Oddworld Inhabitants, US

"Prepare yourself to be blown away again with this second collection of the finest in digital art from around the world. Every page contains a new image from the wild and fertile imaginations of today's hottest digital artists. Stunning, awe-inspiring, technically brilliant works!"
Bud Plant, Founder of Bud Plant Comic Art

EXPOSÉ 2 consists of international artwork covering the fields of 3D, digital illustration, industrial design, architectural visualization, games, television and feature film.

http://www.ballisticpublishing.com
Sponsor: Turbo Squid

Prizes:
3D 1st Runner Up – with 3ds max: Turbo Toolkit 2


The biggest and best Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-in collection just got even more compelling! The Turbo Toolkit 2 offers a cost-effective suite of the most sought after plug-in tools and technologies in one bundled solution. This powerful collection provides you with instant access to ten Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-ins including finalToon and finalRender Stage-1 for advanced rendering, AfterBurn 3.1, DreamScape 2.1 and Particle Flow Tools: Box 1 for powerful special effects, clothfx, hairfx and Absolute Character Tools 1.6 Pro to help you create convincing character animation, and Kaldera and Texture Layers 2 for advanced mapping.

All tools are 3ds max 6 compliant and will be ready when R7 ships later this year.

http://www.turbosquid.com
Sponsor: Digital-Tutors

Prizes:
3D 5th Runner Up:
Digital-Tutors Genius Bundle + T-Shirt + Backpack + $50 Gift Voucher ($811)
3D Community Award #2:
Digital-Tutors Genius Bundle + T-Shirt + Backpack + $50 Gift Voucher ($811)
2D 3rd Runner Up:
Digital-Tutors Genius Bundle + T-Shirt + Backpack + $50 Gift Voucher ($811)
2D Community Award #2:
Digital-Tutors Genius Bundle + T-Shirt + Backpack + $50 Gift Voucher ($811)


The perfect companion to all artists! If you seek comprehensive training with interactive lessons - look no further! Over 65 hours and 29 discs! The bundle includes:

- Maya Basics - Free Copy of DT-Insider 1.01
- Maya MEL Basics
- Maya Character Setup (Rigging)
- Adobe Photoshop Basics
- Maya Character Binding
- Maya Soft Bodies & Rigid Body Simulations
- Maya Particles & Fields
- Maya Mental Ray
- Maya Fur
- Maya Fluids
- Maya Hair
- Maya Cloth
- Maya in Production - Advanced Modeling
- Maya in Production - Advanced Texturing
- Maya in Production - Advanced Rigging
- Photorealistic Car Modeling in Maya
- ZBrush Basics

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