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Old 03 March 2006   #31
Originally Posted by MasterZap: Honestly, I thought the "single big thread" for everyone was way more productive.

It's too hard to remember who's thread you read or not (and CGTalk servers don't keep good track of it, IMHO).

It was much more fun w. challenge #1, IMHO!!

/Z

Thanks Master Zap, I second that. It definitely was more fun to browse through the big thread and watch instant feedbacks and comparisons at once. It had a way more compact and comfortable feeling imho.
I guess the one-thread-for-every-contributor only works with some layout like in the 3d gallery for instance, where you can easily preview each contributors image, work-title and maybe some short description. I feel quite lost right now with all the scrambled (because bump-able) threads.
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Old 03 March 2006   #32
Yea, maybe the first challenge thread were easier to go though.

Do we know when we will be starting challenge no. 3? Was it going to be a hair based project, or are we waiting for someone to submit some models?

Dan.
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Old 03 March 2006   #33
#3 will start next week, sorry for the delay. Yes we're doing Hairy Hare next.

I'm going to be looking for file format volunteers to turn .obj file into files for max, c4d, etc. before they go on the servers. Tomorrow I'll PM people who have posted file format conversions in previous challenges, if anyone wants to help with file formats you can PM me also and mention what software you can support.

OK, if everyone wants to try the 1-thread thing again we can. It'll be interesting to see how the new portfolio hosting on cgtalk affects the challenges.

-jeremy
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Old 05 May 2006   #34
This week we can expect a lot of new visitors. Lighting challenges are getting heavily plugged in the new edition of Digital Lighting & Rendering, and it just started shipping in the US, so people will be getting the book and hopefully taking a look at the challenges.

To welcome some new visitors, it seems like this would be a good time to start another challenge, one that's just as simple and open-ended as the fruitbowl was. I have one I'm putting together today. It's just called "bottle collection." I'll try to get it online within a day, probably late Friday night (US Pacific time) as soon as I do a bit more modeling and file format conversion.

-jeremy
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Old 05 May 2006   #35
Great, I'm very excited about the new challange. If you ever need any help getting models and such together let me know.
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Old 05 May 2006   #36
Originally Posted by ShadowM8: Great, I'm very excited about the new challange. If you ever need any help getting models and such together let me know.

We could use some more fun challenges: Anybody want to volunteer to model an underwater scene for us? I'd love to do an underwater lighting challenge in the future!

-jeremy
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Old 05 May 2006   #37
Sounds great Jeremy, an underwater scene could be a lot of fun! If I get some down time at work and am able to help out with creating some scenes I will let you know...I hope to be able to do a little bit more participating in some of the future challenges rather than just admiring other people's work...Thanks again!

-Brian
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Old 05 May 2006   #38
Originally Posted by jeremybirn: We could use some more fun challenges: Anybody want to volunteer to model an underwater scene for us? I'd love to do an underwater lighting challenge in the future!

-jeremy


What kind of scene are we talking about? How big and how detailed? Style? Theme?
I see no reason why I can't make us something reasonable for a worthy cause, feel free you get in touch with me and let me know what you have in mind.
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Old 05 May 2006   #39
An underwater scene would be great! I actually had a scene for a short story I ditched a while ago because it didn't fit with the story at all, but either way I spent a good 6 months doing R+D, tests (countless ocean surface tests), floating particles and caustics via specualr procedural shading. I think I still have the videos. ANYWHO.... since I have been meaning to get into these for some time now (haven't done so because once I get into it all the sudden this indie film kicks me a new one) this underwater scene would totally be on my list of things to do daily.

P.S. I would submit this scene, but all it consists of is a standard Las Angeles class sub and a water plane, not much pizzaz.
 
Old 06 June 2006   #40
An underwater scene is an excellent idea!
I hope you dont make it to complicated - caustic effects and underwater lighting requiers a lot of time...

Some photo samples of (simple) underwater scenes:

http://www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com/g...reck/wreck3.jpg
http://www.njoceanexplorers.com/images/Wreck_1.gif
http://www.bali-pictures.com/data/media/45/dolphin.jpg
http://www.stanford.edu/~chetan/Ori...der%20water.JPG
 
Old 06 June 2006   #41
Originally Posted by KurtS: An underwater scene is an excellent idea!
I hope you dont make it to complicated - caustic effects and underwater lighting requiers a lot of time...

Some photo samples of (simple) underwater scenes:

http://www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com/g...reck/wreck3.jpg
http://www.njoceanexplorers.com/images/Wreck_1.gif
http://www.bali-pictures.com/data/media/45/dolphin.jpg
http://www.stanford.edu/~chetan/Ori...der%20water.JPG

No dolphins, please! I mean, I love those animals, but it's just so last millenium, you know...
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Old 06 June 2006   #42
Originally Posted by floze: No dolphins, please! I mean, I love those animals, but it's just so last millenium, you know...


Agreed. Marine mammals went out of style somewhere between Atlantis and Fantasia 2000.

I already exchanged messages with ShadowM8 who plans to do the modeling, and it will be a cool, dolphin-free scene.

-jeremy
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Old 06 June 2006   #43
Uh I think a good idea would be depict a scenes emotion. Innocence, Envy, Lust, Hate, Perfeably an emotion of good such as love, or innocence, I find that is much harder to do that sometthing that is evil.

-Andrew
 
Old 06 June 2006   #44
I came in too late with the fruit bowl to get my work critiqued, and I was too busy to do the glass bottles, but I would love to try this underwater scene you guys are planning. Any idea when this new challenge will start?
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Old 06 June 2006   #45
Originally Posted by floze: No dolphins, please! I mean, I love those animals, but it's just so last millenium, you know...

Originally Posted by jeremybirn: it will be a cool, dolphin-free scene.


...but caustic light effect still looks great on a cute (and very, very intelligent) dolphins back!
 
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