Topic : The Waterfall

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Topic : The Waterfall

Postby kaustavsinha » Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:39 am

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Hi Everyone,

Here is the 13th challenge, titled The Waterfall. Following is the task:

The Task : We would like to see a Digital Matte-Painting that depicts waterfall.

The Rules:

1. Each contestant must create a Work In Progress (WIP) Thread/Topic in this forum, in order to participate in the contest.
2. The Subject of the WIP Thread/Topic must be like this : The Hidden Temple - (your name); for example, if your name is Björn, then you must write, The Hidden Temple - Björn.
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.

Final Entry Thread : A Final Entry Thread will be posted on September 3rd, 2015 wherein the contestants will be required to post their final Digital Matte-Painting entries in 1920 px X 1080 px (minimum) resolution. The contestants must also post the link to the WIP Thread/Topic.

Deadline : September 10th, 2015 (11:59 PM - Pacific 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 Profile : 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 Profile : 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 Profile : 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 Profile : 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 Profile : 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 Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3848724

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DAVID EDWARDS : David Edwards is a self taught digital artist with 13 years experience working in feature film and TV with credits that include; Avatar, Clash of the Titans, Ender's Game, Doctor Who and other titles. David currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.

Website : http://davidedwardsme.blogspot.ca

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3068138

The Moderators:

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KAUSTAV SINHA (kaustavsinha) : Kaustav Sinha is a Casting Director, Film Producer and Digital Matte Painting Producer, and works for the Film Industry. Kaustav is the founder, owner and the CEO of the VFX post-production and Digital Matte-Painting freelance company, the "Matte-Effect". He is also the founder, owner and the CEO of the film production company, the "Reminiscence Entertainment". He also runs a talent agency, known as the "DreamStar Talent Agency" (DSTA). He is the founder and administrator of "CG Universe" (http://www.cguniverse.net) and has been a Forum Leader of "CG Tantra" (http://www.cgtantra.com); he recently joined the 3DTotal.com as a Moderator. He is an avid lover of cats and an ardent worshipper of the Hindu God, the Hanuman.

Website : http://www.kaustavsinha.net

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

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RAHUL VENUGOPAL (metalrahul) : Rahul Venugopal is a digital compositor/digital matte painter, with over 8 years of industry experience and throughout these years, he was fortunate to work in 8 countries around the globe. Apart from being a digital artist, he enjoys traveling, meeting new people, digital photography, playing video games and listening to different genres of music.

Website : http://www.rkvfx.com

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4567234

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AKIM FIMIN : Akim Fimin is a freelance digital matte painter and also web and flash designer at Kaspersky Lab company. He had worked as a matte artist and retoucher for such companies and brands as Ferrari, Technicolor, Zippo, Reverie World Studios (Dawn Of Fantasy game). He has got a few awards in "3dTotal" matte painting and cg challenges. He is now working as a matte painter for feature film. The matte painting for him is an art which gives Akim the maximum of creative freedom. In every work here you should pay attention to composition, colors and photorealism illusion at the same time. It’s an amazing feeling when you are working on movie shots in a team; everyone doing their best and, as a result, you can see how the final picture become a pleasure for eye.

Website : http://akimfimin.com

The Prizes:

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First Prize : 3 Years Subscription - And the winner can show the making-of the painting as an official cmiVFX video release!
Second Prize : 2 Years Subscription - And can show the making-of the painting as an official cmiVFX video release!
Third Prize : 1 Year Subscription - And can show the making-of the painting as an official cmiVFX video release!
All the Top 3 winners would get 40% of the profits from each and every video!

Note : cmiVFX Video/Audio Requirements
The link here below is a short video that we show to all of our new mentors. It demonstrates the video specifications that we require for all videos that are submitted to cmiVFX by new mentors. The most important thing to remember is that, your video recording needs to be in 1280 x 720 resolution. Vimeo will ask you for a password to view this video.
The password is : mentor | Video : http://vimeo.com/44115079. Please be sure to use Camtasia or Quicktime to screen record the software you're working with. Please be sure to stretch your screen recorder to a 1280 x 720 pixel size and record the entire app and only the app itself. Please do not include any UI from your computer's operating system. Only the software you're working with. Please be sure your audio is clear and free of any background noise from your surrounding environment. Once the video/audio test is complete, email the file to us and let us know; to know more about this golden opportunity, please e-mail the cmiVFX staffs at : support@cmivfx.com for more instructions.

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The winner of the challenges will receive a slip cased soft cover book from the Ballistic Publishing, "d'artiste Matte Painting 2"!

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2DArtist Magazine Subscriptions from "3DTotal"

First Prize – 12 months Subscription of the 2DArtist Magazine
Second Prize – 6 monthS Subscription of the 2DArtist Magazine
Third Prize - 3 months Subscription of the 2DArtist Magazine

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

Thanks,
Kaustav
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Re: Topic : The Waterfall

Postby CordobezWeee » Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:50 am

I like challenges narutal theme!!

Hopefully people will join this
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Re: Topic : The Waterfall

Postby kaustavsinha » Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:24 am

CordobezWeee wrote:I like challenges narutal theme!!

Hopefully people will join this


Yeah, CordobezWeee; I also hope the same! :)
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Re: Topic : The Waterfall

Postby eyellusion » Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:36 am

Nice and open topic. I cant wait to work on a piece for this. Hope I find the time, next to my internship :)
Hopefully there are more participants this time. Thanks for hosting these challenges.
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Re: Topic : The Waterfall

Postby kaustavsinha » Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:30 am

eyellusion wrote:Nice and open topic. I cant wait to work on a piece for this. Hope I find the time, next to my internship :)
Hopefully there are more participants this time. Thanks for hosting these challenges.


Yeah, Björn; I desperately need to see more participation this time! Moreover, the Prizes are the best so far! You are most welcome; it's my pleasure in hosting the contests! :)
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Re: Topic : The Waterfall

Postby eyellusion » Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:04 am

since there is not alot of participation again I wanted to ask, if we are allowed to share the challenge on art groups (e.g. facebook groups) to let more people know?
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Re: Topic : The Waterfall

Postby kaustavsinha » Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:02 pm

eyellusion wrote:since there is not alot of participation again I wanted to ask, if we are allowed to share the challenge on art groups (e.g. facebook groups) to let more people know?


Sure, eyellusion! You are more than welcome to do so! :) Thanks!
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Re: Topic : The Waterfall

Postby juliaor » Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:13 am

Hi, I've been working on a concept for this contest that I'd like to post, it looks like fun to participate!

I don't see any WIP threads by other folks. Would I see them here? I'm really new to using forum, also maybe a little shy yet, also maybe looking in the wrong place? I can't quite tell how people are using the Challenges topics. I tried to find some past WIP threads for examples - do people post work as they develop a concept, to get feedback, or just put up finished work, or both?

Appreciate any hints you have time to respond to, and thanks!
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Re: Topic : The Waterfall

Postby kaustavsinha » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:05 pm

juliaor wrote:Hi, I've been working on a concept for this contest that I'd like to post, it looks like fun to participate!

I don't see any WIP threads by other folks. Would I see them here? I'm really new to using forum, also maybe a little shy yet, also maybe looking in the wrong place? I can't quite tell how people are using the Challenges topics. I tried to find some past WIP threads for examples - do people post work as they develop a concept, to get feedback, or just put up finished work, or both?

Appreciate any hints you have time to respond to, and thanks!


Hi Julia,

Let me help you out! Go to this forum : viewforum.php?f=8. Click on "NEW TOPIC"; on the Subject: write the topic as "The Waterfall - Your Name", then on the body of the message, write about the WIP and post the WIP images there. You are required to post the work-in-progress images; it's a must! That's it! You can find the 2 entries of the contestants so far here:-

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1614
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1615

Let me know, if you've any doubts/inquiries! Take care!

Thanks,
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Re: Topic : The Waterfall

Postby juliaor » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:32 am

Hi Kaustav,

Thanks so much for taking time to give me the step-by-step! It helped a lot to see the other posts, too.

Thanks again,

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