Uplift Universe Challenge Sponsors
BOXX Technologies
SOFTIMAGE

NVIDIA
Wacom

Luxology
Autodesk
e-on Software
REALVIZ
Corel
Pixologic
The Gnomon Workshop
Stash Media
ImagineFX
Ballistic Publishing

CGSociety is proud to present the

Uplift Universe Challenge (CG Challenge XXI)
18 March 2008 - 16 June 2008

SPECIAL OFFER FROM SOFTIMAGE

SOFTIMAGE is offering all contestants entering this CGChallenge access to a copy of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Academic Edition licensed FREE for the duration of the contest.

SOFTIMAGE is also offering all contestants who complete the challenge and qualify for judging, a permanent license of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Academic Edition to keep.

PLUS all winners of the challenge will receive a permanent license of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials. This is a full, commercial version of the software with a permanent license valued at USD$2995.


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Category: Prizes:
Image (Individual)
Master Award
  • BOXX Workstation
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Corel PainterX
  • Vue 6 xStream
  • Realviz Stitcher Unlimited
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing Exotique Series Bundle (Standard Edition) (3 books)
  • Image (Individual)
    Excellence Award
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Corel PainterX
  • Vue 6 Infinite
  • Analog Bundle
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Painter (Standard Edition) (1 book)
  • Video (Individual)
    Master Award
  • BOXX Workstation
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Autodesk Maya or 3ds Max
  • Vue 6 xStream
  • Luxology modo
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Series Bundle (Standard Edition) (5 books)
  • Video (Individual)
    Excellence Award
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Vue 6 Infinite
  • Luxology modo
  • Stash 6-pack
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing CGChallenge Book Bundle (2 books)
  • Video (Team)
    Master Award
  • BOXX Workstation
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Autodesk Maya or 3ds Max
  • 4 x NVIDIA Quadro FX3700
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • 6 x Free subscriptions to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • 12 x Ballistic Books (Standard Edition)
  • 6 x CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Team)
    Excellence Award
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • 2 x NVIDIA Quadro FX3700
  • 2 x Stash 6-pack Bundles
  • Gnomon Digital Bundle
  • 6 x Free subscriptions to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • 6 x Ballistic Books (Standard Editions)
  • 6 x CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Open Categories
    Category: Prizes:
    Animation
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Pixologic ZBrush
  • Stash 6-pack Bundle
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing Oddworld Inhabitants (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Art Direction
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Corel PainterX
  • Stash 6-pack Bundle
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing Machine Phase (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Character
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Pixologic ZBrush
  • Stash 6-pack Bundle
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Concept Art
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Compositing
    & Editing
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Realviz ImageModeler
  • Stash 6-pack Bundle
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing EXPOSE 5 (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Concept Art
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Wacom Cintiq 12WX
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • d'artiste - Concept Art
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Digital Painting
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Wacom Cintiq 12WX
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • d'artiste - Digital Painting
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Landscape /
    Matte painting
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Corel PainterX
  • Vue 6 Infinite
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Matte Painting (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Lighting
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Stitcher Unlimited
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Series Bundle (Standard Edition) (5 books)
  • Ballistic Publishing Elemental 3 (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Modeling
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Luxology modo
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Character Modeling 1 & 2
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Sculpture
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Wacom Cintiq 12WX
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • d'artiste - Character Modeling
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Texture
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Luxology modo
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing Essence - The Face: Book & DVD
  • Ballistic Publishing Ultimate: Klara DVD
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Visual FX
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials
  • Stash 6-pack Bundle
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Series Bundle (Standard Edition) (5 books)
  • Ballistic Publishing Vesage (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Disclaimer: Prizes are subject to change without notification.
    Prize and Sponsor Information

    BOXX Technologies
    SOFTIMAGE
    NVIDIA
    Wacom

    REALVIZ
    Luxology
    Autodesk

    Corel
    e-on Software
    Pixologic
    The Gnomon Workshop
    Stash Media
    ImagineFX
    Ballistic Publishing
    Sponsor: Boxx Technologies

    Boxx Technologies BOXX Workstation

    Propelled by the 64-bit ready single or dual-core AMD Athlon™ 64 processor - Dual PCI-Express x16 slots - NVIDIA Force®4 SLI™ chipset - 3 Gbps SATA I/O - and expandability options that provide industry-leading investment protection - the BOXX® 3200 Workstation is designed to make light work of your complex media-intensive and design applications.

    Whether building FX rigs, editing in DV / HDV or inventing in CAD, BOXX Workstations run all the applications you’re used to - application-tuned and optimized for your unique business requirements.

    BOXX’s innovative integration expertise makes your applications (and your people) perform like never before.

    Included with every BOXX Workstation is our commitment to quality and dependability that other vendors talk about, but just can't seem to deliver.

    At BOXX, every Workstation we sell is backed by our no-compromise commitment to your business objectives and concierge services ties everything together.

    Sponsor: SOFTIMAGE

    SOFTIMAGE | XSI Essentials 6.5

    SOFTIMAGE|XSI Essentials the digital character software designed with a gigapolygon core to handle ten times the detail for next-generation productions and take full advantage of 64-bit platforms.

    A core component at the heart of Avid Computer Graphics solutions, XSI Essentials allows 3-D art teams to achieve richer results more quickly. Combined with Alienbrain® Studio, the scalable asset management system and powerful Avid editing and compositing workstations, the flexibility of Avid Computer Graphics solutions make it easier and more affordable to bring order to complicated creative workflows.

    Sponsor: NVIDIA

    NVIDIA Quadro 3700

    The NVIDIA Quadro® FX family of desktop workstation solutions delivers the fastest application performance and the highest quality workstation graphics. But raw performance and quality are only the beginning - NVIDIA Quadro FX takes the leading CAD, DCC, and Visualization applications to a new level of interactivity by enabling unprecedented capabilities in programmability and precision. Featuring the industry's first top-to-bottom family of PCI Express products, NVIDIA Quadro FX ushers in a new era of unprecedented performance, programmability, precision and quality.

    Sponsor: Wacom

    Cintiq 12WX
    Now you can experience all the advantages of direct pen-on-screen input in a low profile, lightweight design!

    At just 4.4 pounds, the new Cintiq 12WX combines the advantages of a wide-format LCD monitor with Wacom's patented, professional pen technology to give you the perfect companion for your Mac or PC.

    Thin and light, the new Cintiq 12WX gives you the flexibility to work on screen the way you want. Easily rotate the 12.1" TFT display when working flat on your desktop to find the right position for your hand, or stand the Cintiq 12WX upright on your desktop and adjust the integrated stand to a comfortable angle. With a flexible 6.5 foot cord, you can even use it on your lap.
    Sponsor: REALVIZ

    ImageModeler
    REALVIZ ImageModeler is the solution to measure and create 3D scenes using photographs.

    Usng advanced algorithms, REALVIZ ImageModeler extracts 3D information from stills to help you measure the 3D space created and construct accurate 3D models with highly realistic textures. The resulting model can be exported in your favorite authoring package.

    Stitcher Unlimited
    Stitcher is a professional-level application, used by thousands of professional photographers, architects, multimedia and 3D artists worldwide, and enables the creation of superb wide-angle panoramas for the Web, film, print, and 3D.

    This latest and much anticipated version of the software represents a real breakthrough in technological terms.
    Sponsor: Luxology

    modo 3D

    modo is one of the most advanced polygonal and subdivision surface modeling tools ever created.

    Engineered For Flexibility
    modo was engineered to meet the challenges of the increasing demands of film, gaming, television, print and many other markets. modo combines a highly advanced real-time subdivision surface engine, fast, flexible and extensible modeling tools, and one of the most innovative and flexible user interfaces ever created. Due to the flexible nature of the modo toolset and interface, modo is excellent for creating models of any type. From organics to hard surfaces, from high-resolution film models to low-resolution real-time meshes, modo has the tools you need.

    Built For Artists
    modo was created to fill a void in the production world. Today's 3D modelers require a much more robust set of modeling tools, within a real-time environment, designed specifically for manipulating subdivision surfaces. modo delivers this toolset in an architecture that is designed with expansion in mind. This allows artists to create more detailed models, in an interactive environment, in a shorter timeline. modo's customizable nature allows these advanced artists to sculpt the toolset to their production requirements so that productivity can jump to new levels once the artist is fully established in the modo environment.

    Sponsor: Autodesk

    Autodesk Maya

    The world's most powerful 3D animation and visual effects software and the ultimate version of Maya. Experience industry-leading innovations for the creation of advanced digital content.

    Available for the Windows XP Professional, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems.

    Autodesk 3ds Max


    Realize your most complex, creative ideas.
    Bring 3D film effects to the big screen. Generate realistic characters in a top-selling game. Create rich and complex design visualization. Introduce a new dimension to your school curriculum.

    Autodesk 3ds Max software builds on our promise to deliver state-of-the-art tools for creative and media professionals. Developed as a total animation package with a deep, productive feature set designed to accelerate workflow, 3ds Max is the leader in 3D animation for game development, design visualization, visual effects, and education.

    Autodesk Mudbox

    Mudbox is the first advanced, high resolution brush-based 3D sculpting software that is built from the ground up to address the needs of the professional digital sculptor.

    Designed by production artists for production artists, Mudbox introduces new ideas and combines familiar concepts in fresh ways to offer a unique solution for high-end commercial modeling and design.

    With its friendly interface, consistent structure, respect for industry convention, and a "get it done" focus, Mudbox is quick to learn and easy to use, integrating seamlessly with existing pipelines. Digital artists with previous 3D experience are quickly productive in Mudbox with minimal or even no orientation.

    Sponsor: Corel

    Corel Painter

    For more than 13 years, Painter has been the world's pre-eminent Natural-Media® painting and illustration software. Corel Painter offers the same breathtaking brushes and features that Painter artists have grown to love-but with significantly enhanced speed and performance. All brushes now operate at an average of twice their former speed, and some brushes are 10 times faster. Corel Painter also unveils the brand-new Artists' Oils Painting System, a revolutionary Natural-Media painting technology that enables you to sample multiple colors from the Mer palette and apply them as wet oily paint to your canvas.

    Corel Painter is much more than a software application-it's a creative journey, a treat for the artistic senses and, for many creative professionals, a life-changing experience. The Corel Painter Web site was designed to inspire you and to help you discover the magic of Corel Painter .

    Sponsor: e-on Software

    Vue 6 xStream

    Access all the power of the world's leading 3D scenery program directly from within your favorite application. Create and edit extremely rich and realistic natural environments, and seamlessly blend them with Maya/Max/LightWave/C4D/XSI native scenes and animations. Render everything together inside your favorite application, with full interaction between Vue and native elements, including 2-way mutual shadow casting, reflection, refraction and lighting.

    Vue 6 xStream provides a unique, unmatched solution for creating and integrating high quality natural scenery into any professional production pipeline, from architectural visualization to broadcast and film.

    Vue 6 Infinite


    Vue 6 Infinite is the most efficient and advanced solution for creating, animating and rendering natural 3D environments.

    Vue 6 Infinite naturally integrates and extends all major 3D applications* to provide a complete, professional natural 3D studio.

    Specifically designed for professionals, it combines a multitude of cutting-edge features that easily integrate with your workflow.

    With its intuitive, production-oriented layout, you will quickly create and enhance your production with rich EcoSystemsT of wind-swept trees and plants, volumetric atmospheres and detailed terrains in fully animated scenes.

    Vue 6 Infinite is e-on software's high-end 3D scenery solution for illustrators, SFX studios, architects, and 3D Computer Graphics professionals. It is strongly focused on power, productivity and inter-operability with existing toolkits.
    Sponsor: Pixologic

    Pixologic ZBrush

    ZBrush is a huge leap forward in speed, performance and technology. Modeling, texturing and painting features have all benefitted from unprecedented code enhancements. New tools and options provide even more versatility in all areas, boosting the artist's productivity and streamlining workflow in surprising ways.


    It is fast. It boasts handsomely optimized code innovations, combined with unique features, providing more power to create models with unparalleled detailing capabilities. Even medium- to high-resolution models respond instantly to sculpting actions, constantly rendered and shaded in real time.

    Building on the freedom to sculpt high-frequency details with ease, it offers revolutionary new modeling, surfacing and texturing techniques, while intuitive controls focus these powerful resources on the creation process.

    Sponsor: The Gnomon Workshop



    The Gnomon Workshop Digital Bundle
    Ready to learn a lot? This bundle will keep you busy for a while, as you go in-depth for hundreds of hours of lectures. Perfect for in-house studio artist development, schools or universities looking to get their students and instructors up to speed on the deep intricacies of Maya.



     

    The Gnomon Workshop Analogue Bundle
    Whether you're a studio, a student or an individual who wants to accelerate your knowledge and skills, the Gnomon Workshop DVDs focus on the workflow and techniques you need to excel. Each DVD features over two hours of lecture, lecture notes, chapters and bonus material including galleries and resource spotlights. For lectures that begin with pre-made line-art, the line-art is made available to you, accessible on the disc via your Mac/PC equipped DVD-ROM drive.
    Sponsor: Stash Media

    STASH SIXPACK Bundles

    These exclusive six-disk sets delivers over 170 of the planet's most innovative animation, VFX and motion graphics projects for advertising and design including:

    - TV and cinema commercials
    - broadcast design
    - branded content
    - virals
    - music videos
    - game cinematics
    - short films

    PLUS insightful Behind the Scenes extras.

    Sponsor: ImagineFX Magazine

    ImagineFX is the only magazine for fantasy and sci-fi digital artists. Each issue contains an eclectic mixture of in-depth workshops from the world's best artists, plus galleries and interviews, community news and product reviews. Each issue also includes a DVD offering software demos, hi-res multi-layered workshop files and video tuition from professional artists.

    "ImagineFX is the best published source of conceptual art information I have ever seen. It is a must-have investment for any aspiring concept artist that wants to take their skills to the next level." ~ Andrew Jones, Concept Artist, Massive Black Inc.

    Sponsor: Ballistic Publishing

    Our mission is to create the highest quality publications for the Computer Graphics (CG) and digital art community. We are setting high standards in all areas of publishing from the quality of our content, design and delivery to our responsiveness to the market.



    Ballistic Publishing

     
         
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