Master and Servant Sponsors

Boxx Technologies





The Gnomon Workshop







Turbo Squid

E-on Software

Ballistic Publishing

CGNetworks is proud to present the

Master and Servant Challenge (CG Challenge XVII)
21 March – 18 May 2005

Sponsored by:
Boxx Technologies, NVIDIA, ATI, Wacom, ART VPS,
The Gnomon Workshop, Alias, Discreet, Softimage, Maxon, Luxology, Corel,
Turbo Squid, E-on Software, Ballistic Publishing

3D Prizes
Grand Prize

Boxx Technologies 3DBoxx 4300
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400
Alias Maya Complete 6.5
NVIDIA Gelato ($9515 )
1st Runner Up

Discreet 3ds max 7.5
Turbo Squid Plug-in Bundle (winner's choice) ($4500) )
2nd Runner Up

Softimage XSI Essentials
ATI FireGL V5000
Softimage Production DVDs
Gnomon Workshop Aaron Sims DVDs
Maxon Body Paint ($3441)
3rd Runner Up
ART VPS PURE 1800 Rendering Card ($3399)
4th Runner Up The Gnomon Workshop - All Digital Titles ($3200)
5th Runner Up
Maxon Cinema 4D R9 XL Bundle ($1895 )
6th Runner Up Alias Motion Builder ($995)
7th Runner Up Luxology Modo ($895 )
8th Runner Up E-on Software Vue 5 Infinite ($599)
3D Community Award

Ballistic Book Bundle ($215) - CG Challenge XV: MachineFlesh,
CG Challenge XVI: Grand Space Opera , EXPOSÉ 1, EXPOSÉ 2, D'artiste: Digital Painting

2D Prizes
Grand Prize

Boxx Technologies 3DBoxx 4300
ATI FireGL V7100
Corel Painter IX ($5195)
1st Runner Up

Wacom Cintiq 21 UX
Corel Painter IX
Alias Sketchbook Pro ($3627)
2nd Runner Up The Gnomon Workshop All Analog Titles ($2667 )
3rd Runner Up

NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300 ($918 )
4th Runner Up Discreet Combustion 4 ($995)
5th Runner Up Luxology Modo ($895)
6th Runner Up

Wacom Intuos 3 9x12
Painter IX ($878)
7th Runner Up E-on Software Vue 5 Infinite ($599)
8th Runner Up Corel Painter IX ($429)
2D Community Award

Ballistic Book Bundle ($215) - CG Challenge XV: MachineFlesh,
CG Challenge XVI: Grand Space Opera , EXPOSÉ 1, EXPOSÉ 2, D'artiste: Digital Painting

Prize and Sponsor Information

Boxx Technologies
The Gnomon Workshop
Turbo Squid
E-on Software
Ballistic Publishing

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

Sponsor: Boxx Technologies

Boxx Technologies 3D BOXX 4300
Model Specifications

  • Pentium® 4 Model 570J with HT Technology (3.8GHz)
  • 2GB DDR2 533 (2 DIMMS)
  • 250GB 7200rpm Serial ATA 8MB cache drive
  • 400W power supply
  • 16x DVD 40x CDROM (with Nero software)
  • Windows XP Professional Edition SP2
  • Black 104 key keyboard
  • 3 Button Belkin USB Mouse (black
  • 3D Grand Prize: NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 256MB G-DDR3
  • 2D Grand Prize: ATI FireGL V7100
Sponsor: NVIDIA

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 and 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 Gelato is a breakthrough software rendering system designed to create beautiful imagery for film and other high-end applications. The software is accelerated with the NVIDIA Quadro FX® professional graphics hardware to render this imagery at unprecedented speeds. Gelato offers all the features that film and television professionals demand today, and is both flexible and extensible allowing for easy integration into your existing production pipeline, as well as satisfying the requirements of the future. Gelato's underlying design principles were:

  • Accelerate the rendering process with revolutionary new programmable graphics hardware. This technology breakthrough finally allows rendering to take advantage of the faster-than-Moore's-law rate of improvement in graphics hardware while at the same time introducing features such as real interactive previewing of lighting, shading, and final renders.
  • Never to compromise on image quality, robustness, power, programmability, flexibility, or any other property necessary for a top-of-the-line film rendering system. In particular, we will never let Gelato's use of graphics hardware result in inferior rendering output.
Sponsor: ATI

ATI FireGL V7100 and V5000

The FireGL family of certified workstation graphics accelerators, with solutions for PCI Express and AGP based systems, offers industry leading performance and quality at prices to match any budget. The FireGL Visualization Series is based on a native implementation of the new PCI Express bus and takes advantage of 16 lanes of high bandwidth serial connections.

Sponsor: Wacom

Wacom Cintiq 21UX

Wacom's Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display combines the advantages of an LCD monitor with the control, comfort, and productivity of Wacom's most sophisticated patented cordless, battery-free tablet technology. By using a pen directly on the screen, you work much more quickly and naturally. For even more productivity, the Cintiq 21UX features ExpressKeys™ and Touch Strips right at your fingertips for convenient keyboard shortcuts, scrolling, zooming, brush size control, and more. Use the Cintiq Payback Calculator to see just how quickly your Cintiq 21UX will pay for itself.

Wacom Intuos 3 – 9x12

Intuos3 gives you the power to quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork by turning on the full power of Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Painter™, and over 100 other leading software applications. Intuos3 tablets now put ExpressKeys™ and Touch Strips right at your fingertips for convenient keyboard shortcuts, scrolling, zooming, brush size control, and more. Wacom's Penabled™ technology gives you the natural feel and superior performance of Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free tablet technology. You'll find that using an Intuos pen, mouse, and tablet gives you more control, comfort, and productivity. Alternating between the comfortable Grip Pen and the ergonomic five-button Intuos3 mouse reduces repetitive motion. It's an easy and natural way to work.

Sponsor: ART VPS

PURE Rendering Card

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.

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 over a hundred hours of lecture. 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.

  • Introduction to Maya
  • NURBS Modeling, 1 - 3
  • Organic Modeling, 1 and 2
  • Texture Mapping, 1 - 3
  • Rendering, 2 - 4
  • Deformers, 1 - 3
  • Mental Ray: Fundamentals
  • Mental Ray: Lighting and Shaders
  • Mental Ray: Global Illumination
  • Introduction to ZBrush
  • ZBrush Production Pipeline
  • Digital Sculpting: Human Anatomy
  • Head Sculpting and Texturing
  • Spherical Panoramic Photography
  • Creature Design with Aaron Sims, 1-2
  • Kinematics, 1 - 4
  • Skinning, 1 - 4
  • Constraints 1
  • Character Animation, 1 - 3
  • Expressions, 1 and 2
  • Dynamics, 1 - 14
  • Polygon Modeling 101
  • Creature Head Modeling
  • Humanoid Modeling
  • UV Mapping 101
  • Character UV Mapping
  • Paint Effects 101
  • Modeling the Human Head
  • Digital Sets, 1-3
  • Image Based Modeling
Sponsor: Alias

Maya 6.5

Academy Award® winning Maya® software is the world's most powerfully integrated 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solution. Maya also adds to the quality and realism of 2D graphics. That's why film and video artists, game developers, visualization professionals, Web and print designers turn to Maya to take their work to meet the demands of next generation productions.



MotionBuilder 6

Alias MotionBuilder Pro has long been established as the pre-eminent character performance and animation package for animators and animation directors. It provides all the functionality found in MotionBuilder Standard along with other advanced capabilities such as motion capture data mapping and editing, and optical data clean-up. Additional tools include support for asset management integration (Alienbrain and Microsoft VSS); Python scripting capabilities; support for Nvidia CgFX shaders and the OpenReality SDK --which allows you to create custom plug-ins.


Sketchbook Pro

Award-winning Alias® SketchBook™ Pro is a nimble, high quality paint and drawing tool application designed specifically for use with Tablet PCs and digitized tablets. It features an artist-friendly, gesture-based user interface built around Alias' patented Marking Menu™ technology. With a flick of the stylus you can access any of the software's best-of-class tools: fast, reactive pencils, markers and brushes, pen-driven layers; background templates; a 30-brushstroke "undo/redo" option, and a unique pan/zoom tool.

Sponsor: Discreet

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 4
- If you're ready to achieve amazing digital feats faster and at less cost, you're ready for combustion 4—the all-in-one professional compositing application from Discreet. Delivering a powerfully complete set of desktop visual effects tools, this highly anticipated release promises to ignite the extreme creativity of any serious desktop video artist. Whether your task is to produce professional video motion graphics, repurpose video content for the web, or create effects for feature films or HDTV, combustion 4 software delivers the first-rate power you need at an incredibly affordable price.

combustion 4 offers an easy-to-use interface, non-destructive workflow, and extensive toolset designed to help you bring your imagination to life while getting your work done faster.

Sponsor: Softimage


SOFTIMAGE|XSI sets a new standard in productivity. By giving artists and developers greater access to the most advanced content creation tools, XSI dramatically accelerates any pipeline. Featuring better access to compositing and crowd simulation, enhanced integrations with industry leading tools, such as Alienbrain Studio, as well as unmatched support for post and broadcast file formats like OpenEXR and MXF, XSI allows artists to produce more for less. With a superior workflow and unprecedented interoperability within the Avid Computer Graphics family, SOFTIMAGE|XSI is the smart solution for studios of every size.

Sponsor: Maxon

Cinema 4D R9

Top quality even better than before. With CINEMA 4D Release 9 MAXON convinces the market with trendsetting innovations, maximum usability and legendary stability. CINEMA 4D Release 9 offers more features than ever before. No matter if feature film, tv, advertising, science, architecture, product design or any other other field that counts on professional results. With the modular design and its proved learning simplicity, CINEMA 4D is the perfect tool for any purpose on any budget and is available in nine languages.



BodyPaint 3D R2

BodyPaint 3D Release 2 will revolutionize the way you texture your 3D models. Regardless of how you've textured before, 3D texturing has never been easier. BodyPaint 3D makes painting by vectors as easy as painting by numbers.

Forget flat compromises and paint in three dimensions. BodyPaint 3D offers the ultimate control over your textures with complete layers, filters and tablet support - all optimized for working in 3D. With BodyPaint 3D you can paint on up to ten channels with a single stroke, so a brush can define an entire material rather than a single color. Plus, BodyPaint 3D's exclusive RayBrush™ technology lets you view the results of your painting realtime in a rendered image.

BodyPaint 3D's Projection Painting tool makes distortion-free painting a snap. This quick and easy tool lets you paint across UV seams or even multiple objects in a scene.

Even the most complex UV coordinates can be tamed with the help of a complete suite of UV editing tools. BodyPaint 3D includes three automatic UV unwrapping algorithms, including the new Optimal Cubic Mapping system.

While CINEMA 4D users enjoy the application as a completely integrated module, BodyPaint 3D is for all 3D artists and includes free plugins to exchange models and textures with popular 3D applications. These plugins transfer models, textures and UVs between BodyPaint 3D and your 3D application of choice with no hassle at all.

Sponsor: Luxology

Modo 102

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: Corel

Corel Painter IX

For more than 13 years, Painter has been the world's pre-eminent Natural-Media® painting and illustration software. Corel Painter IX offers the same breathtaking brushes and features that Painter artists have grown to love—but with significantly enhanced speed and performance. All brushes now operate at an average of twice their former speed, and some brushes are 10 times faster. Corel Painter IX also unveils the brand-new Artists' Oils Painting System, a revolutionary Natural-Media painting technology that enables you to sample multiple colors from the Mixer palette and apply them as wet oily paint to your canvas.

Corel Painter IX is much more than a software application—it's a creative journey, a treat for the artistic senses and, for many creative professionals, a life-changing experience. The Corel Painter IX Web site was designed to inspire you and to help you discover the magic of Corel Painter IX.

Sponsor: Turbo Squid

Discreet Certified Plug-in Collections

Turbo Squid offers the following premium 3ds max plug-ins from creative developers around the globe. These plug-ins are subjected to stringent testing procedures defined by Discreet to ensure each plug-in works well with 3ds max and other Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-ins. Only plug-ins that pass the testing process are eligible to use the "Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-in" branding.

All Discreet Certified 3ds max Plug-ins are 3ds max 7 compatible. Current customers should contact to obtain their free upgrades to 3ds max 7.

Sponsor: E-on Software

Vue 5 Infinite

Vue 5 Infinite is the most efficient and advanced solution for creating, animating and rendering natural 3D environments.

Vue 5 Infinite naturally integrates and extends all major 3D applications* to provide a complete, professional natural 3D studio.

Specifically designed for professionals, it combines a multitude of cutting-edge features that easily integrate with your workflow.

With its intuitive, production-oriented layout, you will quickly create and enhance your production with rich EcoSystems™ of wind-swept trees and plants, volumetric atmospheres and detailed terrains in fully animated scenes.

Vue 5 Infinite is e-on software's high-end 3D scenery solution for illustrators, SFX studios, architects, and 3D Computer Graphics professionals. It is strongly focused on power, productivity and inter-operability with existing toolkits.

Sponsor: Ballistic Publishing

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D'artiste: Digital Painting
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