Caligari announces the ''Big Break'' Animation Contest

Thu 13th Feb 2003 | News

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2003) -- Caligari Corporation today announced an animation contest designed to inspire hobbyist and professional animators to bring their ideas to life. All entries will be viewed by a star-studded panel of judges with first, second and third prize winners to be awarded a slew of technology prizes.

The contest includes two categories: Art Form, for "pure" animation focusing on a single element - realism, light, a reconstruction, etc. and Story Form, focusing on the story - possibly a high concept visual pitch for a film short, television program or movie. The contest kicks off today and will conclude on June 15, 2003.

Judges include Ralph Guggenheim, Academy award-winning producer of Toy Story and Toy Story 2; John Evershed, president and co-founder of Mondo Media, largest supplier of in-game and marketing art and animation for computer games; Eli Noyes, Academy Award-nominee for his animated film "Clay" and producer of animation for Sesame Street, HBO, Scholastic, Nickelodeon etc; Don Davidson, animation and art history teacher in San Francisco; Andrew Britt, well-known author, media spokesperson and digital media director at the Xpression Center for New Media and Roman Ormandy, president and founder of Caligari and sponsor of the contest.

In addition to the opportunity provided by having entries viewed by these well-known animation professionals, top prizewinners in each category will receive a Wildcat animation card by 3D Labs, Poser 5 software by Curious Labs, video editing software by Ulead, and a collection of 3D objects specially created for the Big Break contest by Cacheforce. Prize-winning animations will also be featured on the Caligari website.

"We have the largest and most vibrant design communities on the web," said Roman Ormandy. "We see this contest as a way to showcase some of the talent we've fostered and give back to this very vibrant community."

The contest is open to registered users of trueSpace 6.5, Caligari's flagship 3D modeling and design software product. Caligari's trueSpace is the most widely used 3D application and #1 in licenses according to the latest Roncarelli Report. Details on the contest can be found at and submission details can be found at

About Caligari Corporation

Caligari Corporation was founded in 1986 and has remained at the forefront of 3D authoring for the Web age. The company's award-winning flagship product, trueSpace, is a 3D modeling and animation program used by product designers, web designers, illustrators and animators worldwide. Caligari iSpace is a 3D web graphics and animation program that allows web developers to create stunning 3D web pages in HTML and Macromedia Flash format. The company maintains headquarters at 1959 Landings Drive, Mountain View, California, 94043. Contact Caligari by phone at 800-351-7620 or 650-390-9600 or by fax at 650-390-9755.

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