Secret Agent Sponsors
BOXX Technologies
Autodesk
WACOM
NVIDIA
Luxology
Corel
Stash Media
SideFX
e-on Software
Craft Animations
MAXON
The Gnomon Workshop
Pixologic
ImagineFX
3DVIA
Ballistic Publishing

CGSociety is proud to present the

Secret Agent (CG Challenge XXIV)
11 June 2009 - 13 September 2009

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to depict characters and events involving espionage, gadgets, guns and evil geniuses, via a still image or video. Jump in for your chance get hold of some great prizes!
Category: Prizes:
Image (Individual)
Master Award
  • BOXX 3D Workstation
  • WACOM Intuos4 tablet
  • Choice of one of either Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max or Autodesk Softimage.
  • Vue 7.5 xStream
  • Luxology Modo 401
  • Corel Painter 11
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • 4 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Image (Individual)
    Excellence Award
  • WACOM Intuos4 tablet
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • NVIDIA Quadro
  • Corel Painter 11
  • 2 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Individual)
    Master Award
  • BOXX 3D Workstation
  • WACOM Intuos4 tablet
  • Choice of one of either Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Max or Autodesk Softimage.
  • Houdini Master
  • Craft Director Studio Master Bundle
  • Stash 6 Pack bundle
  • 4 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Individual)
    Excellence Award
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
  • NVIDIA Quadro
  • MAXON CINEMA 4D XL Bundle
  • 2 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Team)
    Master Award
  • BOXX 3D Workstation
  • Choice of one of either Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max or Autodesk Softimage. (up to 7 licenses depending on the number of members in the team)
  • 2 x NVIDIA Quadro
  • Craft Director Studio Master Bundle
  • 2 x Stash 6 Pack Bundles
  • 12 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • 6 x CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Team)
    Excellence Award
  • 3DVIA Virtools
  • Autodesk Mudbox (up to 7 licenses depending on the number of members in the team)
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro (up to 7 licenses.)
  • NVIDIA Quadro
  • NVIDIA Quadro
  • Vue 7.5 xStream
  • MAXON CINEMA 4D XL Bundle
  • 2 x Stash 6 Pack Bundles
  • 6 x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • 6 x CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Open Categories
    Category: Prizes:
    Animation
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • Craft Director Studio Master Bundle
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Oddworld Inhabitants' (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Art Direction
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • Gnomon Workshop Digital Bundle
  • Stash 6 Pack Bundle
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Massive Black' (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Character
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Houdini Escape
  • Luxology modo 401
  • ZBrush 3
  • Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Concept Art (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Compositing
    & Editing
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • Vue 7.5 Infinite
  • Stash 6 Pack Bundle
  • Ballistic Publishing 'EXPOSE 7' (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Concept Art
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • Gnomon Workshop Analog Bundle
  • Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Concept Art (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Digital Painting
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Corel Painter 11
  • Vue 7.5 Infinite
  • dartiste Digital Painting bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Landscape /
    Matte painting
  • Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited
  • Vue 7.5 Infinite
  • Corel Painter 11
  • dartiste Matte Painting bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Lighting
  • Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited
  • Houdini Escape
  • Luxology modo 401
  • Stash 6 Pack Bundle
  • Ballistic Publishing Elemental 3 (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Modeling
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • Craft Director Studio Vehicle Tools Bundle
  • Luxology Modo 401
  • Ballistic Publishing Character Modeling Bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Sculpture
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • ZBrush 3
  • Ballistic Publishing Character Modeling bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Texture
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • ZBrush 3
  • Ballistic Publishing Ultimate bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Visual FX
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • Houdini Master
  • Craft Director Studio Camera Tools Bundle
  • Ballistic Publishing Matte Painting 2 (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Disclaimer: Prizes are subject to change without notification.
    Prize and Sponsor Information

    BOXX Technologies
    Autodesk
    WACOM
    NVIDIA
    Luxology
    Corel
    Stash Media
    SideFX

    e-on Software
    Craft Animations
    MAXON
    The Gnomon Workshop
    Pixologic
    ImagineFX
    3DVIA
    Ballistic Publishing
    Sponsor: Boxx Technologies

    3DBOXX High Performance Workstation Series

    BOXX specializes in the design of high-performance workstations and render farms for animation, modeling, and VFX professionals. For over a decade, our renowned expertise, record-setting performance, and innovative integration of cutting edge technologies has enabled us to provide state-of-the-art solutions essential to creating efficient workflows and breathtaking results.

    Each year, BOXX proudly supports the CG Society's Challenge by offering the finest in prizes, and this year’s sponsorship is certainly no exception. The 3DBOXX Series workstations are designed for all professional applications: 3D, 2D, VFX compositing, video editing (compressed and uncompressed HD and DPX), and digital intermediate (DI). By integrating the latest Intel® Core™ i7, Intel Xeon™ 5500, or Six Core AMD® Opteron™ processor technology, our versatile 3DBOXX workstations feature superior stability, exceptional system memory capability, and outstanding multitasking performance.

    Digital artists will undoubtedly welcome the unparalleled performance and wide assortment of configurations and processor options arriving in the time-tested 3DBOXX chassis designed to run cool and quiet in creative environments. In addition to the 3DBOXX Series, we also offer the 24 core APEXX 4 and 48 core APEXX 8 workstations, as well as the renderBOXX dedicated rendering system, GoBOXX mobile workstation, and powerhouse motion media solutions like the RTX Series and redBOXX II. Learn more about BOXX solutions at www.boxxtech.com.

    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 Softimage
    Softimage features Interactive Creative Environment (ICE), a new platform for building effects and tools visually using a node-based paradigm. Powering ICE is a high-performance parallel processing engine that takes advantage of multicore workstations, giving users the utmost performance and scalability.

    Autodesk 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: WACOM


    Intuos4

    Intuos4 redefines the Intuos pen tablet experience, thanks to a new design and new features inspired by members of our professional creative community.

    As Natural As Can Be
    The shape and surface alike have been completely re-engineered to enable ergonomic, consistent strokes, even over long periods of time. Available in four different wide-format sizes, S. M, L, XL, you can pick the perfect size to fit your specific working style and workflow needs.

    Go With The Flow
    Workflow, that is. An all new professional tablet, Intuos4 takes into consideration the many aspects of a professional's workflow, software integration points, and equal demand for both performance and comfort.

    Details, Details
    Innovation in every detail. That's Intuos4. Whether it's the new Wacom Tip Sensor that let's you capture every nuance of a stroke, the new precision mode, or the added levels of pressure sensitivity to dynamically adjust exposure, brush size, line weight, and opacity, Intuos4 promises to exceed your every expectation.
    Sponsor: NVIDIA

    NVIDIA Quadro

    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: Maxon

    Maxon CINEMA 4D

    CINEMA 4D is the top choice among motion graphics artists, architects, medical illustrators and many other industries because it's extraordinarily easy to use. Outstanding workflow, legendary stability, and easy export to compositing applications such as Adobe After Effects, Apple Combusition, Motion, Shake, Final Cut Pro, and Eyeon Fusion set CINEMA 4D apart from the rest.

    CINEMA 4D has everything you need to take your designs to the next dimension. The CINEMA 4D XL Bundle includes advanced tools for professional users, including character animation utilities and advanced rendering and particle features. The XL Bundle opens a wealth of new possibilities with extended functionality for rendering, character animation, thinking particles and NET rendering.
    Sponsor: 3DVIA

    3DVIA Virtools



    3DVIA Virtools is a complete development and deployment platform with an innovative approach to interactive 3D content creation.

    The 3DVIA Virtools production process facilitates prototyping and robust development up to large-scale, immersive or online, lifelike experience delivery.

    Breaking away from traditional environments, 3DVIA Virtools solutions help optimize timescales and budgets: meet your production requirements on schedule, while significantly reducing production costs and overall risks.

    3DVIA Virtools’ ground-breaking software solutions suit a wide range of production and trade-specific application needs, like design reviews, shopping experiences, simulation-based training, advergaming, sales configurators and more.

    Imagine, create and deploy 3D lifelike experiences within days thanks to 3DVIA Virtools.

    Sponsor: Luxology

    modo 401

    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: 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: Craft Animations

    3ds Max, Maya & CINEMA 4D Plug-Ins

    Craft Director Tools are the result of several years of research into advanced neural networking, artificial intelligence and autonomous control techniques (cutting edge Swedish Research). Movements are controlled and recorded with our own inventions; the HYPHEN Engine™ (Hyper Physics Engine Engine™) and the Craft Razorback MoCap™ system.

    These inventions enable real-time based control and viewport motion capture of objects either actively controlled by a keyboard, joystick, 3D mouse (beta) and DirectX game controllers, or through fully automatic control (called Driven or Passive techniques).



    Sponsor: SideFX

    Houdini

    Client expectations are rising, deadlines are looming, budgets are shrinking. Your studio needs
    CG software tools that get the job done. Break down barriers and nail your creative vision
    with Houdini 10. Enjoy performance that significantly reduces timelines and enhances flexibility
    for your production pipeline.

    Discover a whole new Houdini – more accessible, affordable and immediately easy to use. Houdini 10 combines superior performance and dramatic, new ease-of-use functionality to deliver a powerful and accessible 3D animation experience to CG professionals everywhere. With a new user interface designed to match the UI standards of the CG industry, you can enjoy smooth, stress-free learning and unparalleled results.

    So go ahead – launch into greater creativity and productivity with Houdini 10.

    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 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 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.

    Render everything together inside 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave, Cinema 4D or XSI, with full interaction between Vue and native elements, including 2-way mutual shadow casting, reflection, refraction and GI.

    Vue Infinite


    "Vue 7.5 Infinite is the most efficient and advanced solution for creating, animating and rendering natural 3D environments. It offers a high-end 3D scenery solution for SFX studios, animators, illustrators, architects,
    matte painters and CG professionals. It is strongly focused on power, productivity and inter-operability with existing toolkits.

    Vue 7.5 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 enhance your production with rich EcoSystems™ of wind-swept trees and plants, Spectral atmospheres and detailed terrains in fully animated scenes."
    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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