3D Animator/Filmmaker

Contest Brief

We are a California based startup specializing in Artificial Intelligence applied to 3D characters to create photorealistic faces that speak and react so well they are indistinguishable from human actors.
We are currently working on creating trailer reels for a feature film utilizing this new technology and are looking for someone who can handle animation of an action adventure style movie.
All assets will be supplied, and the candidate would not be responsible for character animation. They would be required to animate vehicles, environment and camera movements as well as lighting and color correcting and editing to produce a cinema quality film. The contest is a way for us to source raw talent and the winner may be asked to work on the complete trailer reels and possibly the feature film.

This contest is to create an approximately 20 second, photorealistic clip in a cyberpunk alley. Assets can be from anywhere i.e. purchased. The judging will be based on creative use of the content, color, cyberpunk mood, camera work and editing. The most important criteria is, does it look cool and keep your interest.
The film must have more than one camera angle. Good use of depth of field and camera blur for fast moving objects may help realism. Adding a character(s) may add interest and the work will not be judged on the quality of character animation.

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  • amirmallek
    amirmallek
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hello, for #49 I have rendered the same animation in full HD 1920x1080p to see more details : https://vimeo.com/543376621 I have also added sound effects (SFX under CC0 licence )

    • 2 weeks ago
  • Patrickjoseph03
    Patrickjoseph03
    • 2 weeks ago

    Please need one day more! working on the sound #extended

    • 2 weeks ago
  • DarkLightpres
    DarkLightpres
    • 2 weeks ago

    If its possible, please extend for one more day #extended

    • 2 weeks ago
  • Patrickjoseph03
    Patrickjoseph03
    • 2 weeks ago

    Yes one more day would be perfect please #extended

    • 2 weeks ago
  • Richingon
    Richingon
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hello! One day more please. I still rendering the last scenes. #extended

    • 2 weeks ago
  • Patrickjoseph03
    Patrickjoseph03
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hello still working on the last parts of the video, will be ready by tomorrow or Thursday.

    • 2 weeks ago
  • mircube
    mircube
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hello. I am finishing the video I hope you like it. Thank you

    • 2 weeks ago
  • amirmallek
    amirmallek
    • 3 weeks ago

    I am still working on the animation :) I will probably submit in 2-3 days, thanks.

    • 3 weeks ago
  • Vandalit
    Vandalit
    • 4 weeks ago

    wow, such a great contest and until now i find it.
    I'll keep an eye on it in case #extended again. I see a very low number of entries. I hope everything goes ok.

    • 4 weeks ago
    1. johnlukew
      Contest Holder
      • 3 weeks ago

      Hi, we can't extend again however if you download premade assets and lower the resolution, you'd probably have plenty of time to enter if your schedule permits.

      • 3 weeks ago
  • johnlukew
    Contest Holder
    • 3 weeks ago

    Just a note that a lot of entries have just been random content or even still renders. There's only been a few entries that seem to grasp the central requirement of the contest. The that do few seem very, very good and I am hoping to see even more.

    If time is running short, consider rendering with Evee in Blender or using a lower resolution. At 24fps and 3 minute render per frame is only 1 day total render time. Showing skills in setting an interesting scene with great lighting and camera work is more important than resolution.

    • 3 weeks ago
  • yatsu66
    yatsu66
    • 1 month ago

    I blend 2d and 3d to create believable worlds and characters....can I post them...

    • 1 month ago
  • freemarkcasty91
    freemarkcasty91
    • 1 month ago

    This is perfect! I will be using Blender and Unity3d Cinemachine for realtime renders and quick scene setup .

    • 1 month ago
  • Patrickjoseph03
    Patrickjoseph03
    • 1 month ago

    Hello! please don't stop before, i'm still working on it. Thank you very much

    • 1 month ago
    1. johnlukew
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      We realize that a lot of people are finding the contest very late in the process and for that reason have decided to extend it by 2 weeks.

      • 1 month ago
    2. Patrickjoseph03
      Patrickjoseph03
      • 1 month ago

      Thank you so much for extending the contest!!

      • 1 month ago
  • johnlukew
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Due to numerous public and private requests, the contest has been extended an additional 2 weeks to allow people to get their projects in. In an attempt to make up for any inconvenience caused, the prize has been increased to $600 and special consideration will be given to people who managed the tight deadline.

    • 1 month ago
  • RAMYFAREHSOLIMAN
    RAMYFAREHSOLIMAN
    • 1 month ago

    can you link a reference mp4 or youtube link ?

    • 1 month ago
    1. johnlukew
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      At the 4 minute mark this has an alley in it. Assets like this are fairly easy to come by, but to accomplish the look and feel requires real artistry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyn0cLCMKsM

      • 1 month ago
    2. johnlukew
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Keep in mind you don't need characters. It could focus on anything as long as you walked away thinking "That looks like a real location and I wonder what's going to happen?"

      • 1 month ago
  • activemotion3d
    activemotion3d
    • 1 month ago

    Blender is my flavor. This looks cool. So you just want to see the contestant's cinematic eye and compositing skills.

    • 1 month ago
    1. johnlukew
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Essentially, yes. Given the proper assets, can you be the equivalent of the Director of Photography for a completely digital film. A DP for a feature film can work with the gaffer and location manager to set up an stunning shot, but you give them the same assets in Blender or Maya and they don't know where to start. We'd like to find an untapped talent that can do both.

      • 1 month ago
  • MosTafa1Ramadan
    MosTafa1Ramadan
    • 1 month ago

    submitting my entry tomorrow

    • 1 month ago
  • johnlukew
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    The contest won't be closed early so feel free to take your time until the closing.

    • 1 month ago
  • risnandarphoto
    risnandarphoto
    • 1 month ago

    interesting project.this need world class cinematic trailer with good lighting, cinematic cam movement, environment skills, path movement animation, cinematic color grading, etc , with old school render and highest quality ray tracing 1 week is too short lets say 3 days to prepare all assets, 2 days animating,3 days render and post process but with UE it's quite possible (also 4K res but gonna be a hard time later to deliver huge files). $500 for featured film? #increaseprize

    • 1 month ago
    1. johnlukew
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hi Riki, If you think a 20 second clip using premade assets, no characters and rendered in 1080p is a feature film and is beyond your capabilities, then this is definitely not a project you should attempt.

      • 1 month ago
  • arrecife1969
    arrecife1969
    • 1 month ago

    cool contest. any specific software for this?

    • 1 month ago
    1. johnlukew
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Blender or UE4 are ideal but anything capable of producing a great clip is fine.

      • 1 month ago
  • johnlukew
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Good point Mostafa. In light of the rendering involved, we have decided to reduce the required length to 20 seconds. 4k is not a requirement for rendering.

    • 1 month ago
    1. MosTafa1Ramadan
      MosTafa1Ramadan
      • 1 month ago

      Thanks contest holder that will save much time but one more thing please dont close the entry before the time am going to make Excellent video am sure

      • 1 month ago
  • Jozzz
    Jozzz
    • 1 month ago

    Working on it! Please don't close the contest early. Thanks.

    • 1 month ago
    1. johnlukew
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      We have no plans for closing early. In addition we have lowered the length of the clip to 20 seconds instead of 60 seconds so there would be time to render.

      • 1 month ago
  • AJeyCG
    AJeyCG
    • 1 month ago

    could you specify a story or script?

    • 1 month ago
    1. johnlukew
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Part of the contest is creativity so coming up with an individual backstory for your scene is important. This backstory is not something that needs to be submitted, but might help you to imagine an interesting scene.

      • 1 month ago
  • MosTafa1Ramadan
    MosTafa1Ramadan
    • 1 month ago

    Working ! if it possible to extend for rendering it needs more time

    • 1 month ago

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