April 3rd Update: We’ve announced some amazing prizes, added a few more sponsors and extended the deadline to May 31st for anyone interested in participating! Check out more on our recent announcement here: The Great Transmutator Prize Announcement
Welcome to our very first sponsored Realtime VFX Contest! We’re excited to be partnering with PopcornFX and SideFX to bring you this exciting new competition that’ll span the next month and a half! Best part, we’ve got some great prizes brewing that we will be announcing shortly so stay tuned! Woowoo! Here’s the pitch:
The Creative Director tells you to create an effect based off of the following:
“Our main character has a special weapon: The Great Transmutator! This weapon has the ability to transmute object A into object B.”
The Effect should be divided into 3 distinct steps:
DISINTEGRATION – The targeted object is disintegrated (separated into parts and loses solidness)
DISPLACEMENT – The object is displaced to the final target location (we must see the movement, the presence of the effect and feel the motion)
TRANSMUTATION – The object reaches the final location and is transmuted into another object (with different aspect and shape)
Rules: You will be judged only on the VFX part! The transmuted object can be an animated object (like a character) or a static object (even simple primitives). You can integrate 3d assets into your effect, utilize offline simulations played back in a realtime-engine, shader magic, or anything else crazy in any engine (Unity, UE4, in-house, etc.) or tool (Houdini, PopcornFX, etc.) of your liking. However, your final submission CANNOT be pre-rendered from a film pipeline and must be presented from within a realtime engine.
Timeline: February 28th, 2017 - May 31st, 2017 11:59pm PST.
Submitting: Create a new topic in the “Competition: The Great Transmutator” event category with your name in the title (e.g. Susie Stevens: TGT Competition WIP). This is where you will show your work in progress. When you’re done, upload and tag your final submissions on youtube or vimeo with #RealTimeVFX and #TheGreatTransmutator and email a link to VFXCONTEST@POPCORNFX.COM.
As always, ask questions below if you have them! We’re looking forward to see what you guys create!
Good luck, and have fun!