UPLOAD YOUR CONTEST ENTRY
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Create your marvelous machine using Houdini and Mantra! It can be a still frame, or an animated sequence of infinite moving machine parts. There are no restrictions on file type or image/movie resolution - and yes, you can import external file formats (though the more you do in Houdini, the more we take that into consideration). As for Mantra, sure you can use just texture maps - but the Principled Shader and VOPS can be your better friend.
As for compositing - you can use Photoshop or After Effects or any application you like; but the less you rely on them, the more the Jury will take that into consideration. Bonus if you use just COPs instead!
You can work in teams, but it may be difficult to split the prizes up amongst yourselves, so we recommend solo entries.
Upload your work
Artwork upload tool goes live on December 1, 2016. Submit your entry no later than 11:59 pm (EST) on January 31st, 2017. Zip up your final image/video (please name it "yourname_final" so we know that it's yours)!
Judging will occur between Feb 1st to Feb 14th, 2017. The judging panel will select entries based on aesthetics and originality!
Results will be announced on Feb 15th - we'll post the winning entries, runner-ups and some of our other favourites here at SideFX.com
All winners will be contacted to arrange for the delivery of their prizes - post a selfie when it arrives!
VFX Lead Artist
Technical Director, Set Extensions
Visual Arts Coordinator and Lecturer
International Game Architecture and Design (IGAD)
Breda University of Applied Sciences (NHTV)
Program Director-CGMA, Modeling Lead
Production Technology Supervisor
Global Head of VFX
Double Negative VFX
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