Topic : The Himalayas

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Topic : The Himalayas

Postby kaustavsinha » Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:31 am

Hi Everyone,

Here is the eighth challenge, titled 'The Himalayas'. Following is the task:

The Task : The Contestants needs to create The Himalayas Mountain.

The Rules:-

1. Each contestant must create a Work In Progress (WIP) Thread/Topic in this forum (http://www.cguniverse.net/viewforum.php?f=8), in order to participate in the contest.
2. The Subject of the WIP Thread/Topic must be like this : Set Extension - (your name); for example, if your name is Rohit Nayak, then you must write, Set Extension - Rohit Nayak.
3. The width of the WIP Matte-Painting images must be 750 pixels.
4. The final Matte-Painting must be atleast 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels in resolution; maximum width must not be more than 4096 pixels x whatever/any pixels height.

Final Entry Thread : A Final Entry Thread will be posted on 15th August, 2013 wherein the contestants will be required to post their final Digital Matte-Painting entries in 1920 px X 1080 px (minimum) resolution and maximum 4096 px (wide) X any px (height).

Deadline : September 28th, 2013 (11:59 PM - Indian Standard Time).

The Judges:-

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FREDERIC ST-ARNAUD : Frederic St-Arnaud is a visual effect artist with 15 years of experience, focusing on high-end photo-realistic Digital Matte-Painting, set extension and concept art in the film industry. St-Arnaud has contributed to many feature films, commercials, television and a TV series. His film credits include "The Amazing Spider-Man", "Mirror Mirror", "Immortals", "Red Tails", "Gulliver's Travels", "Abraham Lincoln : Vampire Hunter", "Jack the Giant Killer", "Terminator Salvation", "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "Death Race", "Babel", "Silent Hill", "Sin City", "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow", "Once Upon a Time in Mexico", "Spy Kids" 2 & 3, "The Golden Compass" which won the best visual effects Academy Awards and more...!

Website : http://www.frederic-st-arnaud.com

IMDb Filmography : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0820333

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DAVID B. MATTINGLY : David Burroughs Mattingly worked at the Walt Disney Studios, ultimately becoming head of the matte department. He worked on "The Black Hole", "Tron", "Dick Tracy", Stephen King's "The Stand" and most recently "I, Robot" for Weta Digital in New Zealand. David teaches Digital Matte-Painting at two of New York Cities finest arts schools, School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. Along with his work as a Matte-Artist and teacher, David is well known for the over 1000 science-fiction book covers he has produced! He has also written the first-ever how-to book on Digital Matte-Painting, known as "The Digital Matte Painting Handbook".

Website : http://www.davidmattingly.com

IMDb Filmography : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0560319

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RONN BROWN : Ronn Brown is a veteran digital media educator, art director and Matte-Painting Supervisor, and a member of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Counsel appointed by the State of Florida's Governor in 2011. Also, he is a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES), an adjunct faculty for Digital Domain Institute, full time faculty of visual effects and animation at Miami International University of Art & Design, and was the Graduate Director of Computer Arts and Animation at the Academy of Art University (AAU) in San Francisco, CA. Over his 20-year career, Ronn has also held artist and supervisory positions in matte painting and art direction at Sony Pictures Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Rhythm & Hues, Framestore, Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and other top studios, working on films including Kung Fu Panda, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Men in Black, The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Star Wars : Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and many more...! He holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and is in the Masters of Visual Arts program at the Miami International University of Art & Design.

Website : http://www.axisvfx.com

IMDb Filmography : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003815

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ALP ALTINER : Alp Altiner's career as an artist has led him to work at such pre-eminent companies such as Todd McFarlane, Image Comics, Top Cow Productions, Marvel, DC Comics, Digital Domain, Morgan Creek, Illusion Arts, Hydraulx and Engine Room. Alp is currently a freelance visual effects and visual development artist specializing in concept art, matte painting and 3D modeling, texturing and lighting work for film, television and video games. Alp Altiner’s work is seen in Hollywood feature films such as the 'Immortals', 'Dragonball : Evolution', 'Speed Racer', 'Fantastic 4 : Rise of the Silver Surfer', '300', 'Superman Returns', 'X-Men : The Last Stand', 'The Last Airbender', ‘The Exorcist', ‘Van Helsing', ‘The Day After Tomorrow', ‘The Notebook', a NASCAR TV Spot, Crystal Geiser, a Tori Amos music video and ‘BloodRayne II'. Alp Altiner is a featured author in Ballistic Publishing’s latest tutorial book title "d’artiste : Matte Painting"; "d’artiste : Matte Painting" is the authoritative book dedicated to showcasing and teaching the skills behind the art of Digital Matte-Painting. Leading Hollywood Matte-Painters Alp Altiner, Dylan Cole and Chris Stoski bring readers through the Matte-Painting techniques used to create breathtaking, photo-realistic sets and backdrops for film, television and video games.

Website : http://www.alpaltiner.com

IMDb Filmography : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2238596

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LUBOS GERARDO SURZIN : Lubos Gerardo Surzin is a digital artist, matte-painter, concept artist and art director with over 8 years of experience in the CG industry. He also does traditional landscape oil paintings. The projects in which he has worked on includes "Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time", "Clash of the Titans", "Australia", "Alice in Wonderland", "Darkest Hour", "Hotel Lux", "Sucker Punch", "Legend of the Guardians", "Season of the Witch" and many more...! He has also worked on high profile commercial work on Lamborghini and TV series Tin Man, Sindbad and much more...!

Website : http://www.degerardo.com

IMDb Filmography : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3123878

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JORIK DOZY : Jorik Dozy is an international CG Certificate student from the Netherlands. He works as a Digital Matte-Painter at the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). He is also the Founder and the Director of "The Luminarium", an international art collective. Jorik is an alumni of the Gnomon School of Visual Effects and was a Matte-Painter at the Gnomon Studios. His feature film credits include "The Avengers", "Mission : Impossible - Ghost Protocol", "Transformers : Dark of the Moon", "Green Lantern", "Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides" and "I Am Number Four". He has also worked on the TV series, "Fringe" as a Concept Artist.

Website : http://www.akajork.com

IMDb Filmography : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3848724

Moderators:-

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HOLLI ALVARADO : Holli has a B.A. in Media Arts and Animation and has been working as a professional artist in the Entertainment Industry in the greater Los Angeles Area for the past 4 years. For the 6 years previous, Holli started out as a Matte-Painter in the CG Architectural Industry. Taking 3D rendered structures and adding any elements needed to make a photo-realistic marketing piece that also had a sense of artistic style. She specializes in matte painting, concept and illustration, but also has experience compositing on feature films using Flame/Flare.

Website : http://www.halvaradoart.com

IMDb Filmography : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3766670

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PAVEL CUCKA : Pavel is a young and driven artist based in Brno, Czech Republic with wide digital graphics skillset set on a solid traditional art background. Things that he excels at are creativity and hard work. Everything else goes from there. He has worked as Matte Painter, concept artist, texture painter, visual FX supervisor, compositor, digital artist, 3D artist during his career of 6+ years as a freelance digital artist. He has studio experience - two months as a matte painter at Prime Focus London. Pavel was the winner of the January 2009 contest of "The Lost World" in the "CGTantra Digital Matte Painting Challenges". Creativity and interest in art lead him to study at University of architecture in Brno, which is where he is now. He believes in good work and in constant development and education. Sports and socializing is a big art of his life too. Apart from working and studying, he also published articles and gave presentations.

Website : http://www.pavelcucka.com

IMDb Filmography : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3689188

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MARISSA KRUPEN : Marissa Krupen moved from New York about two years ago and has since been working as a professional artist in Los Angeles. Her feature film work includes, "Percy Jackson : Sea of Monsters", "R.I.P.D.", "Hotel Transylvania", "Men in Black III", and "Arthur Christmas". She also has a B.A. in Fine Arts and a B.A.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. When not working on movies or watching movies, she enjoys oil painting and pumpkin pie.

Website : http://www.marissakrupen.com

IMDb Filmography : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4779404

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KAUSTAV SINHA : Kaustav Sinha is a digital matte painting producer, casting director and a film producer. Kaustav is the founder, owner and the director of the Digital Matte-Painting cloud-based/remote/online freelance company, known as the "Matte-Effect". Kaustav was the founder, ex-moderator and ex-forum leader of the "CGTantra Digital Matte Painting Challenges" and is the founder/owner/administrator of "CG Universe.net"; he is also the founder/owner of "WithStars.tv", an interview website of Hollywood celebrities. He has worked as a Matte-Painter since 2009. The first film he worked as a Matte-Painter was “The Hunt for Gollum” (a Lord of the Rings fan film – short), followed by “Bloodwood Cannibals” (video), “The Haunting of Pearson Place” (feature) and “Rouge Sang” (feature), where he got promoted to the position of Digital Matte-Painting Supervisor. In 2012, Kaustav ventured into film production field by becoming the Casting Director of a yet-to-be-released English feature film. He is currently producing & casting a horror/thriller English feature film.

IMDb Filmography : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3457720.

The Prizes:-

Will be announced later

So, get ready with your pen-tablets and start to give wings to your imagination and and your ideas and concepts for the challenges; will be eagerly waiting to see all your entries!!! :)

Thanks,
Kaustav
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Re: Topic : Set Extension

Postby Rockhoppervfx » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:57 pm

Im in, wait out for WIP,

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Re: Topic : Set Extension

Postby kaustavsinha » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:24 pm

Rockhoppervfx wrote:Im in, wait out for WIP,

Rich


Can't wait for your WIP entry, Rich!
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Re: Topic : Set Extension

Postby halvarado » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:11 am

This looks like fun. Can't wait to see what is submitted :)

Holli-
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Re: Topic : Set Extension

Postby kaustavsinha » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:28 pm

halvarado wrote:This looks like fun. Can't wait to see what is submitted :)

Holli-


Yesss, Holli! It's always nice to get to watch the beautiful Matte-Painting entries by the contestants! :)
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CG Universe Moment!

Postby kaustavsinha » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:57 pm

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One of our honorable Judges, Frederic St-Arnaud (left) met with the winning contestant of the previous challenge, "The Destruction", Rohit Nayak (right); this picture was taken few days after the results were declared! :)

PS : I've created a new section/thread known as "CG Universe Moments!" at : www.cguniverse.net/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1508; here, any Member of the CG Universe can freely post the pictures/videos of themselves, preferably pictures/videos of the meeting/get-together between the Members of CG Universe, the Judges & the Moderators! :)

Thanks!
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Re: CG Universe Moment!

Postby halvarado » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:48 am

"pictures/videos of the meeting/get-together between the Members of CG Universe, the Judges & the Moderators! :)"


Anyone attending San Diego Comic Con this year? We should create a meet up for lunch or drinks!
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Set Extension - Joel Hageman

Postby JHD » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:11 pm

Hi,

Giving this one a go. Still working out the shapes. Kind of 2D right now.

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I thought the valley looked a little far down, so I tried bringing up the valley floor. I didn't think it worked quite as well.

I just realized, this might be a quarry, because I was thinking of making it more like a ground-level amphitheater. It's a quarry. Oops.

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Anyway, still working on this. Thanks for the challenge.

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Re: Topic : Set Extension

Postby kaustavsinha » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:02 pm

Hi Joel, :)

Nice to see your WIP entry! I'd like to request you to please create a new WIP Thread/Topic in this forum : www.cguniverse.net/viewforum.php?f=8. You will find a tab, located in both top-left & bottom-left of the page, which reads as "NEW TOPIC" (picture attached); after you click on either of them, "POST A NEW TOPIC" page will open-up. Enter a topic in the "Subject:", and fill-in the body of the message with your WIP Matte-Painting images; after that, you can either preview the message with the "Preview" tab, and if satisfied, click on "Submit". That's it! I guess, this helps! :)

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Re: Topic : Set Extension

Postby JHD » Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:05 am

Hi Kaustav!

Will do. I didn't notice that the forum first page was all stickies. I actually did check other threads to see if anyone had done the same as I did, and went with that. But I see them now. I'm actually having fun with this one. Talk to you later.

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