Spectacular Challenge Sponsors
Boxx Technologies
The Gnomon Workshop
E-on Software
Ballistic Publishing

CGNetworks is proud to present the

Spectacular Challenge (CG Challenge XVIII)
04 September 2005 - 06 December 2005

Sponsored by:
Boxx Technologies, ATI, NVIDIA, ART VPS, Softimage, Alias, Autodesk, Maxon, The Gnomon Workshop, Pixologic, E-on Software, Luxology, Corel and Ballistic Publishing.

3D Prizes
Grand Prize

Boxx Technologies 3DBoxx 3200
ATI FireGL V7100
Softimage XSI 5.0 Advanced
1st Runner Up

Alias Maya 7 Unlimited
Alias Maya 7 Book Bundle +
NVIDIA QuadroFX 1400
Gelato 2 with Sorbetto
2nd Runner Up

Autodesk 3ds max 8
Combustion 4
ART VPS PURE PCI-X Rendering Card
3rd Runner Up
The Gnomon Workshop Digital Bundle
4th Runner Up Luxology modo 201
5th Runner Up
Pixologic Zbrush 2.5
6th Runner Up

Ballistic Publishing EXPOSÉ 3
d’artiste: Character Modeling + d’artiste: Matte Painting
2D Prizes
Grand Prize

Boxx Technologies 3Dboxx 3200
NVIDIA QuadroFX 4500
Alias Sketchbook Pro
1st Runner Up

Maxon Cinema 4D R9.5 Studio Bundle
Maxon BodyPaint 3D R2.5
2nd Runner Up

The Gnomon Workshop Analog Bundle
Corel Painter IX
3rd Runner Up

ATI FireGL V5000
Alias Sketchbook Pro
4th Runner Up E-on Software Vue 5 Infinite
5th Runner Up Pixologic Zbrush 2.5
6th Runner Up

Ballistic Publishing EXPOSÉ 3
d’artiste: Character Modeling + d’artiste: Matte Painting
Community Awards:

E-on Software Vue 5 Infinite, Luxology modo 201.

Disclaimer: Prizes are subject to change with notification to current contestants.

Prize and Sponsor Information

Boxx Technologies
The Gnomon Workshop
E-on Software
Ballistic Publishing

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

Sponsor: Boxx Technologies

Boxx Technologies BOXX 3200 Series Workstation

Propelled by the 64-bit ready single or dual-core AMD Athlon™ 64 processor - Dual PCI-Express x16 slots - NVIDIA Force®4 SLI™ chipset - 3 Gbps SATA I/O - and expandability options that provide industry-leading investment protection - the BOXX® 3200 Workstation is designed to make light work of your complex media-intensive and design applications.

Whether building FX rigs, editing in DV / HDV or inventing in CAD, BOXX Workstations run all the applications you're used to - application-tuned and optimized for your unique business requirements.

BOXX's innovative integration expertise makes your applications (and your people) perform like never before.

Sponsor: NVIDIA

NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 and FX 1400

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 2.0 with Sorbetto

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: Maxon

Cinema 4D R9.5 Maxon Cinema 4D R9.5 Studio Bundle

Top quality made even better. Once again, CINEMA 4D convinces with its forward-looking innovation, ease of use and legendary stability.

CINEMA 4D R9.5 offers you more possibilities than ever before, whether for film, television, advertising, scientific simulations, architecture, product design or any other field that demands professional results. Its one-of-a-kind modular system and the ease with which it can be learned make CINEMA 4D R9.5 the ideal tool for any purpose and every budget. CINEMA 4D R9.5 is available in several languages.

BodyPaint 3D R2.5

Wouldn't it be great, if you could have all your favourite image editing tools directly in a 3D environment? Wouldn't it be great, if they worked in conjunction with your 3D application rather than against it? Well, that's exactly what BodyPaint 3D Release 2.5 does!

Wave goodbye to UV seams, inaccurate texturing and the constant, back-and-forth switch to your 2D image editor. Say hello to hassle-free texturing, where you can paint fast high detailed textures directly on your 3D objects.

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.

Sponsor: Alias

Maya 7.0

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 realize their creative vision.


MotionBuilder 7

Alias MotionBuilder is the world's leading real-time 3D character animation productivity suite for game, film, broadcast and multimedia production. With its collection of real-time character-centric tools for tasks ranging from traditional keyframing to motion capture editing, the software gives technical directors and artists the ability to take on the most demanding, high-volume animation projects. Its native file format, FBX, allows for unparalleled interoperability between 3D content creation packages - making MotionBuilder 7 a complementary package to enhance existing production pipelines.


Sketchbook Pro

Award-winning Alias SketchBook™ Pro is a nimble, high-quality paint and drawing application designed specifically for use with Tablet PC or digitized pen 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 75-brushstroke undo/redo option, and a unique pan/zoom tool. With its well-designed, streamlined user interface and fast intuitive workflow you'll be able to start using Alias SketchBook Pro in a matter of minutes.

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.

  • NURBS Modeling, 1 - 3
  • Organic Modeling, 1 and 2
  • Rendering, 2 - 4
  • Deformers, 1 - 3
  • Kinematics, 1 - 4
  • Skinning, 1 - 4
  • Constraints 1
  • Mental Ray (all 3 DVDs)
  • Introduction to ZBrush
  • ZBrush Production Pipeline
  • Digital Sculpting: Human Anatomy
  • Head Sculpting and Texturing
  • Spherical Panoramic Photography
  • Creature Design with Aaron Sims, 1-2
  • Photoshop for Digital Production
  • Texture Painting (2 DVDs)
  • Character Animation, 1 - 3
  • Texturing, 1
  • Expressions, 1 and 2
  • Dynamics, 1 - 14 (except #3,soldout)
  • Polygon Modeling 101
  • Creature Head Modeling
  • Humanoid Modeling
  • UV Mapping 101
  • Character UV Mapping
  • Paint Effects (2 DVDs)
  • Modeling the Human Head
  • Digital Sets, 1-4
  • Image Based Modeling 1,2
  • Maya Fluid Effects (3 DVDs)
  • Modeling for games (2 DVDs)
  • UV Mapping for Games
  • Global Illumination:Exteriors
  • Detailing Characters: ZBrush Alpha
  • NUKE 1-2
  • Shake 101
  • Matt Linder's Shake DVDs (4)
  • Houdini 101
  • Visual Effects Compositing Fund.
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.

  • Concept Design, 1 - 3
  • Feng Zhu, Volume 1 - 3
  • Ryan Church, Volume 1 - 5
  • James Clyne, Volume 1 - 2
  • Harald Belker, Volume 1-5
  • Carlos Huante, Volume 1 - 2
  • Visual Storytelling with Iain McCaig 1-4
  • Originality in Design
  • Creature Design Illustration
  • Drawing the Adult Male Head
  • Painting the Adult Male Head: Mono.
  • Creature and Environment Rendering
  • Scott Robertson, all 6 DVDs
  • Mark Goerner, Volume 1 - 2
  • Neville Page, Volume 1 - 4
  • DUSSO, Volume 1 - 2
  • Syd Mead, Volume 1 - 4
  • Sculpture, 1 - 5
  • Christian Lorenz Scheurer Intro and Adv.
  • Dylan Cole Intro and Adv. (3 DVDs)
  • Painting the Adult Male Head: Color

Sponsor: ART VPS

New PURE PCI-X rendering card

ART VPS has released a new PURE ray-tracing card with twice the processing power for dedicated 3D final-frame rendering, 66MHz PCI-X compatibility, and 64-bit core rendering software. The PURE card is unique in its ability to support 3D image rendering larger than screen resolution. Using 16 AR350 ray-tracing processors, the PURE PCI-X produces images that are identical to a high-quality photograph, but with the added value of realistic 3D effects and animation. ART VPS's ray-tracing technology enables images to be generated up to 35 times faster than with conventional software rendering.

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: 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: Autodesk

Autodesk 3dsmax

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® 8 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 Combustion 4

The Definitive Creative Solution for the Demanding Effects Artist
If you're ready to achieve amazing digital feats faster and at less cost, you're ready for Autodesk Combustion 4 software - the all-in-one professional compositing application from Autodesk Media and Entertainment.

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.

Sponsor: Pixologic

Pixologic Zbrush 2.5

ZBrush 2 is a huge leap forward in speed, performance and technology. Modeling, texturing and painting features have all benefitted 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.

Z2 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, Z2 offers revolutionary new modeling, surfacing and texturing techniques, while intuitive controls focus these powerful resources on the creation process.

Sponsor: Softimage

SOFTIMAGE|XSI 5.0 Advanced & Essentials

SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0, the digital character software designed with a gigapolygon core to handle ten times the detail for next-generation productions and take full advantage of 64-bit platforms.

A core component at the heart of Avid Computer Graphics solutions, XSI v.5.0 allows 3-D art teams to achieve richer results more quickly. Combined with Alienbrain® Studio, the scalable asset management system and powerful Avid editing and compositing workstations, the flexibility of Avid Computer Graphics solutions make it easier and more affordable to bring order to complicated creative workflows.

Sponsor: Luxology

Modo 201

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: Ballistic Publishing

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D'artiste: Character Modeling
D'artiste: Matte Painting

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