OK, Let's have some fun. Zoo has given the go-ahead for this little modeling challenge. If things go well, there could be more challenges to follow in other areas of CG work. For now, we'll start with a broad topic that offers a range of difficulty levels. THE CHALLENGE Model any room or location from Star Wars EPIII Some examples by difficulty: Easy: Jedi Temple Interiors, Landing Platforms, Hangar Bays, Padme's Balcony, Senate "Basement" Chamber, etc. Challenging: Grievous Ship bridge or observation deck, Antillies ship interiors, Palpatine's office/chambers, Vader Room Very Challenging: Utapau, Kashyyyk, Mustafar, Polis Massa, Naboo, Alderaan Submission Requirements[ul][li]Must start a WIP thread in the SciFi3D forum that shows some reference images (for comparisson to your model) and development of the model. Title your thread as follows: "EPIII Location WIP: <name of location> - <TFN login name>" For example, if I were modelling Vader's Room the thread title would be: EPIII Location WIP: Vader's Room - PadawanNick[/li][li]Any CG application may be used for modelling & rendering.[/li][li]JPG renders, at least one wireframe render and poly count are to be posted by the end of the deadline date. (multiple renders from different angles would be helpful)[/li][li]Texturing and lighting is encouraged but not required[/li][li]All submissions are will be considered for SCIFI 3D for hosting[/li][/ul]More detailed instructions on submissions (ftp/web hosting, etc.) will be available closer to the deadline. **** CHANGED....DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED SUBMISSIONS IS JAN 31, 2006.**** (Must be submitted before Jan 2, 2006 completely passes everywhere on the Earth. ) This should give everyone (working or in school) plenty of time to develop some really cool models. Winners to be chosen by a panel of judges Zoo will be working on forming a panel of judges from SCIFI 3D staff to select the winning entries. This is to avoid complications with enfocing fair voting rules since we have prizes. We will probably have a POLL so people can VOTE for who's work they like the best. PRIZES We have Prizes for 1st , 2nd and 3rd place in the form of free PixelCorps memberships. 1st Place: 1 Year Membership (normally $470) 2nd Place: 6 Month Membership (normally $290) 3rd Place: 3 Month Membership (normally $200) The PixelCorps (PXC) is a members-only international group of visual effects artists. Benefits of membership include: [ul][li]Software Access to use over $20,000 worth of high-end, professional software[/li] [li]Training Nearly 100 hours of downloadable video training covering everything from the visual effects pipeline, to specific disciplines like Matchmoving, motion capture and compositing.[/li] [li]Community Private forums populated by helpful and enthusiastic members from all over the world. Many industry professionals (feature film, TV, internet, illustrators and more) participate along with serious hobbiests and aspiring artists to create an extremely focused, useful and dynamic online community.[/li][/ul]There are many other benefits. More details are available at the [link=http://www.pixelcorps.com/info.php?section=training]PXC site[/link] Questions? Concerns? Comments? ...about the challenge or the prizes? Post 'em here. Good luck, and.... HAVE FUN !!!