It is my pleasure to announce the 1st edition of the "MattePainting.Org Digital Matte-Painting Challenges", titled "Beyond Pandora"! Following is the description of the contest:-
In the 2009 science fiction film Avatar, director James Cameron conceived a fictional universe in which humans seek to mine unobtanium on the fictional exoplanetary moon, Pandora. The Earth-like moon is inhabited by a sapient indigenous humanoid species called the Na'vi, and varied fauna and flora. Resources Development Administration (RDA) scientists, administrators, recruits, support, and security personnel travel to Pandora in the 22nd century to discover this lush world, which is inhabited by many lifeforms including the human-like Na'vi. The clan with which the humans have contact in the film lives in a giant tree that sits on a vast store of a mineral called unobtanium, which humans want as an energy supply.
The Pandoran biosphere teems with a biodiversity of bioluminescent species ranging from hexapodal animals to other types of exotic fauna and flora. The Pandoran ecology forms a vast neural network spanning the entire lunar surface into which the Na'vi and other creatures can connect. The strength of this collective consciousness is powerfully illustrated when the human invaders are defeated in battle by the Pandoran ecology, after the resolute Na'vi were nearly defeated. Cameron used a team of expert advisors in order to make the various examples of fauna and flora as scientifically feasible as possible.
The Task : Create a Digital Matte Painting that explores the world of the Pandora Moon. You are free to explore any concept/idea that, you can imagine, within the realm of Pandora. To get inspiration, you can watch the movie, "Avatar" (2009) by Sir James Cameron.
1. Each contestant must create a Work In Progress (WIP) Thread/Topic in this forum (http://mattepainting.org/vb/forumdisplay.php?f=27
), in order to participate in the contest.
2. The Subject of the WIP Thread/Topic must be like this : Beyond Pandora - (your name); for example, if your name is Thibault Houdon, then you must write, Beyond Pandora - Thibault Houdon.
3. The width of the WIP Matte-Painting images must be 750 pixels.
4. The final Matte-Painting must be atleast 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels in resolution.
Final Entry Thread : A Final Entry Thread will be posted on March 25th, 2017 wherein the contestants will be required to post their final Digital Matte-Painting entries in 1920 px X 1080 px (minimum) resolution.
Deadline : April 1st, 2017 (11:59 PM - Pacific Standard Time).
Brian Rogers (Hollywood film producer)
Since 1992 Brian has been recognized as one of the pioneers in producing 3-D projects. His latest production is the motion picture "Godzilla, King of Monsters" for Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers Studios, that is in preproduction to follow up “Godzilla” that was released in 2014 and generated US$ 529 Million at the box office. He has an extensive background in visual effects driven, ground breaking, new technology projects and has worked in all 3-D formats including 65 mm, 35 mm and High Definition digital capture. Brian produced the world’s first high definition digital 3-D production. He has worked for several Visual Effects houses including Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues and Imaginary Forces.
He has been a featured guest speaker at the 3D Next Conference and the 3D Entertainment Summit held here in Los Angeles.
IMDb Filmography : www.imdb.com/name/nm0736758
Frederic St-Arnaud (digital matte painter)
Frederic St-Arnaud has an extensive artistic and visual effects experience, spanning 20 years. For the past 16 years, Frederic was working for several VFX studios as well as freelancing under the name of STARNO.net focusing primarily on digital matte painting, concept art and art direction. After many years of successful freelancing, STARNO.net got incorporated in November 2015. Until today, the studio creates photo-realistic matte paintings, CG environments and concept arts for Films, Game and advertising industry.
Frederic’s film credits include more than 50 feature films, such as The Amazing Spiderman, Sin City, Elysium, The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, Resident Evil, Terminator Salvation, Babel, Silent Hill, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy kids 2 & 3, The Golden Compass which won the best Visual Effects Oscar at the 2008 Academy Awards.
Owner/Art Director of Starno.net (www.starno.net
IMDb Filmography : www.imdb.com/name/nm0820333
Ronn Brown (digital matte painter)
Ronn Brown is a veteran matte painting supervisor, art director, creative director and fine artist. In 2011, he was appointed as a member of the Digital Film & Entertainment Commission for the State of Florida. Over his 25 years in film & television career, Ronn has also held artist and supervisory positions in matte painting and art direction at Cyclopsfx, Sony Pictures Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Rhythm & Hues, Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic and other studios. Working on films including, Lord of the Rings, Kung Fu Panda, The Book of Life, Harry Potter, Star Wars, After Earth, Life of Pi and many more.
Creative Director/Co-Founder of Cyclopsfx (www.cyclopsfx.com
IMDb Filmography : www.imdb.com/name/nm0003815
Valeri Milev (Hollywood film director)
Valeri Milev is the director of "Wrong Turn 6 : Last Resort" and "Re-Kill".
IMDb Filmography : www.imdb.com/name/nm2274197
Kaustav Sinha (contest founder/moderator) & Thibault Houdon (moderator | right)
1st Place Winner : Copy of "Digital Art Masters" Volume 9 and 12 months subscription to the "2D Artist Magazines" by the 3DTotal.com
2nd Place Winner : 6 months subscription to the "2D Artist Magazines" by the 3DTotal.com
3rd Place Winner : 3 months subscription to the "2D Artist Magazines" by the 3DTotal.com
We are working on bringing in cool & exciting prizes for the winners; so, stay tuned!