Official VFX Sketch #28: Stargate

Banner background FX from 2001: A Space Odyssey


Create a stargate effect.
We would like the stargate to have at least the following:

  • Enter, open or start sequence;
  • Loopable active sequence;
  • Exit, close or stop sequence;

We want the effect to have a certain “sci-fi” feel.

Submitting: Create a new topic in the “Events > 28 - Stargate" category with your name and sketch number (Like this : “Roy Omoshi: Sketch #28” ), and post your updates to this while the event is running.

When you are finished, Edit your first post so it holds the final effect in the form of Youtube/Vimeo Video or High-Quality GIFs.


  • Always cite your sources! Is your work based on that of someone else, let us know. Show your references.
  • All entries must be made during this running period
  • Do feel free to use any tool, system or workflow that pre-existed. Although we encourage experimentation.

October 5th → October 30th

Scoring and Winning:
We will have some of our very own vfx wizards to judge your work.
These judges will select a favorite and runner up.
Judging criteria includes:

  • Effect includes all the sequences requested
  • You showed progress at regular intervals.
  • Work is technically and artistically well-exectuted.
  • Followed challenge rules.

Favorite : Will recieve a golden badge and avatar icon.
Runner up : Will recieve a silver badge and avatar icon.
All Participants : Will recieve a participations badge.


If you have any questions, ask them down below!

Good luck, have fun! :fire:


It doesn’t need to have the exact same look as the one in the Stargate series right? :new_moon_with_face:

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You are free to use any design you want :smiley:

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Just to understand it correctly - is it supposed be a transition like this (at 1:36) or this (at 1:06)?

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Transitions are fine, but it doesn’t have to be a transition.
A physical gate opening, looping and closing would also fit the criteria as long as it is sci-fi themed.

Feel free to be creative with the theme :smiley:




Hey @Niels, just a quick question:
May we use some environments to showcase the portal that were not created during this challenge period?
Not talking about anything related to the portal or the effect itself, just the surroundings of the stargate.
Got a bunch of old assets lying around and it would be nice to showcase the portal in a proper location :slight_smile:
If it’s a problem though I completely understand, just wanted to ask.

You can use simple environments to help with presentation if you want, I would suggest keeping it to a minimum though.

alright, that helps, thx! :smiley:

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