Steampunk Myths and Legends Sponsors
BOXX Technologies
Autodesk
NVIDIA
Wacom
SOFTIMAGE
Luxology
Pixologic
Craft Animations
SideFX
e-on Software
Corel
Stash Media
The Gnomon Workshop
ImagineFX
Ballistic Publishing
Esperient

CGSociety is proud to present the

Steampunk Myths and Legends (CG Challenge XXIII)
10 November 2008 - 03 February 2009

We are offering you the chance to re-imagine legendary characters such as a steam-powered minotaur, or a Zeppelin-mounted Thor, hurling lightning bolts from the sky as well as getting hold of some great prizes - over $220,000 worth!
Category: Prizes:
Image (Individual)
Master Award
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • 3D BOXX Workstation
  • Corel PainterX
  • Esperient Creator 3.0
  • Vue 7 xStream
  • Ballistic Publishing Exotique Series Bundle (Standard Edition) (4 books)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Image (Individual)
    Excellence Award
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Cintiq Interactive 12WX
  • Corel PainterX
  • 1x NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700
  • Esperient Creator 3.0
  • Gnomon Analog Bundle
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Painter' (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Individual)
    Master Award
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • BOXX Workstation
  • Houdini Master
  • Stash 6 Pack #8
  • Esperient Creator 3.0
  • Ballistic Publishing 'd'artiste' Series (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Individual)
    Excellence Award
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Cintiq Interactive 12WX
  • 3ds Max or Maya
  • 1x NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700
  • Esperient Creator 3.0
  • Gnomon Digital Bundle
  • Ballistic Publishing CGChallenge Book Bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Team)
    Master Award
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • BOXX Workstation
  • 3ds Max or Maya
  • 2x NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700
  • Up to 10x Esperient Creator 3.0
  • 2x Stash 6 Pack #8
  • Vue 7 xStream
  • 12x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • 6x CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Video (Team)
    Excellence Award
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Cintiq Interactive 12WX
  • 3ds Max or Maya
  • 2x NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700
  • Up to 10x Esperient Creator 3.0
  • 2x Stash 6 Pack #8
  • 6x Ballistic Publishing Books (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • 6x CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Open Categories
    Category: Prizes:
    Animation
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Craft Director Tools Master Bundle, 1year Up2Date
  • Stash 6 Pack #8
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Oddworld Inhabitants' (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Art Direction
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Craft 4-Wheeler Extended, Craft Spline Speed-Controller, Craft SoftMotionCam, Craft SphereCam, 1year Up2Date
  • Stash 6 Pack #8
  • Modo 302
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Machine Phase' (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Character
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Craft DirectInputLink, Craft 4-Wheeler Extended, Craft 2-Wheeler Extended, Craft Crawler Extended, Craft CrawlerTracks, Craft Airplane Extended, Craft Helicopter, Craft ObserverCam, Craft Spline Speed-Controller, 1year Up2Date
  • Houdini Escape
  • Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Concept Art (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Compositing
    & Editing
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Craft 4-Wheeler Extended, Craft Spline Speed-Controller, Craft SoftMotionCam, Craft SphereCam, 1year Up2Date
  • Vue 7 Infinite
  • Stash 6 Pack #8
  • Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited
  • Ballistic Publishing 'Expose 6' (Standard Edition)
    Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Concept Art
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Painter X
  • Esperient Creator 3.0
  • Autodesk ImageModeler
  • Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Concept Art (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Digital Painting
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Painter X
  • Vue 7 Infinite
  • dartiste Digital Painting bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Landscape /
    Matte painting
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Craft Zoom&FocusCam, Craft ZeroGCam, Craft 4-Wheeler Extended, Craft Airplane Extended, Craft Spline Speed-Controller, 1year Up2Date
  • Vue Infinite
  • Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited
  • dartiste Matte Painting bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Lighting
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Craft MotionFilterCam, Craft SphereCam, Craft ObserverCam, Craft HumanizerCam, Craft 4-Wheeler Extended, 1year Up2Date
  • Esperient Creator 3.0
  • Houdini Escape
  • Ballistic Publishing Elemental 3 (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Modeling
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Craft 4-Wheeler Extended, Craft 2-Wheeler Extended, Craft Helicopter, Craft Airplane Extended, Craft Crawler Extended, Craft Crawler Tracks, Craft Spline Speed-Controller, 1year Up2Date
  • Esperient Creator 3.0
  • ZBrush
  • Modo 302
  • Ballistic Publishing Character Modeling Bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Sculpture
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Esperient Creator 3.0
  • ZBrush
  • Modo 302
  • Ballistic Publishing Character Modeling bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Texture
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Craft 4-Wheeler Extended, Craft ObserverCam, Craft HumanizerCam, Craft Spline Speed-Controller, Craft DirectInputLink, 1year Up2Date
  • Esperient Creator 3.0
  • Modo 302
  • Ballistic Publishing Ultimate bundle (Standard Edition)
  • Free subscription to ImagineFX Magazine (1 Year)
  • CGS Membership (Standard - 1 Year)
  • Visual FX
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Essentials
  • Craft 4-Wheeler Extended, Craft Helicopter, Craft Crawler Extended, Craft Crawler Tracks, Craft MotionFilterCam, Craft ObserverCam, Craft HumanizerCam, Craft SphereCam, 1year Up2Date
  • Houdini Master
  • Ballistic Publishing Vesage (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
    NVIDIA
    Wacom
    SOFTIMAGE
    Luxology
    Pixologic
    Craft Animations

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

    Boxx Technologies BOXX Workstation

    BOXX specializes in the design of high-performance workstations and render farms for animation and modeling professionals. Backed by our renowned expertise, reliable tech support, and Innovative Integration of cutting edge technologies, BOXX delivers the right solutions for studios that require professional tools to build efficient workflows and create breathtaking results.

    Each year, BOXX proudly supports the CG Society Challenge by offering outstanding prizes, and this year’s sponsorship is certainly no exception. The 3D BOXX 4800 is a single processor workstation designed for 3D applications and 2D applications which, though not highly threaded, still require significant power. By integrating the remarkable Intel Core i7 single processor technology, the 4800 takes a quantum leap in system memory performance, adding an extraordinary boost to memory bound applications like rendering and compositing. In fact, the 3DBOXX 4800 is so advanced that it performs like a dual processor system and is the fastest single processor workstation ever certified by BOXXlabs. Digital artists will undoubtedly welcome the high performance which comes in the legendary 3DBOXX chassis designed for quiet use in creative environments.

    BOXX is pleased to be part of this CG Challenge, an event that encourages use of the world’s finest digital tools in order to create some of the most stunning images found anywhere.

    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.

    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: 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: SOFTIMAGE

    SOFTIMAGE | XSI Essentials 7

    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: Luxology

    modo 302

    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 and Maya 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 9. 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 9 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 9.

    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 7 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 7 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: 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

    Sponsor: Esperient

    Designed to enable you to create stunning and engaging interactive 3D media experiences. Discover why Fortune 1000 companies and leading media design houses are choosing Esperiant Creator to meet their innovative media needs.



    Esperient

     
         
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