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Q: It’s based on a book… do I have to read the book?
A: Nope. You don’t need to do anything book-related, it’s just there to help set the theme of what we’re talking about. As long as you’re depicting alien-human interaction, you’re set!
Q: Do I need a paid CGSociety membership?
A: Not at all! Our CGChallenges are open to all CGTalkers. If you don’t already have a free account, get one here.
Q: How early do I have to start submitting milestones?
A: As early as possible. Although there is no due date earlier than the final closing date, part of the final judging vote puts emphasis on Community Interaction, which means that people who ‘hold back’ their work in progress till the last minute can be penalized.
Q: Can we work in teams? What about pairs?
A: Yes, teams can submit to the video category. See also the Looking For Group thread.
Q: I’m using a new email but the challenge keeps sending stuff to my old one. How do I fix that?
A: You go into CGTalk’s UserCP (User Control Panel) and change your email address there. If you still have problems, email me.
Q: What if I am a winner and I want a different prize? E.g. What if I win the Grand Prize but I want the Runner Up prize instead?
A: You can contact the other winner with the prize that you want, and ask if they want to do an exchange. What you guys do with your prizes is up to you, and we’re not going to be involved in it.
Q: How do I actually enter the competition?
A: Go to the challenge site and click on “Enter The Challenge”. Upload your pictures through the challenge site submission (“Submit Your Entry”) or the CGChallenge Uploader.
Q: How I can get out of this challenge?
A: Just stop submitting.
Q: Can I have multiple entries?
A: Not in a single category. As stated in the guidelines, no multiple entries although it’s possible to enter multiple categories.
Q: Can I upload my WIP images to my own server? Is that counted?
A: No. Please use the Challenge site facility to upload your Work-In-Progress. It allows us to track the entries properly, and guarantee continued hosting of all images.
Q: Are random or parametric terrain and foliage/plant generation software (Bryce/Vue/Terragen) allowed?
Q: Can I use Poser, Daz 3D or pre-fabricated models?
A: Yes. This is no different from using your own pre-built models or the parametric models now availble in most 3D systems. However you should add significant creative input to make the models and results unique?
Q: Can I use a trial version of a software?
A: Yes. We don’t care. The final image must not have watermarks on it.
Q: The guidelines in the instructions says that the resolution for the final image should be at least 2657 pixels wide and/or 3636 high, 300 DPI (portrait). Why do you need such a high resolution for?
A: We want to train people to create artwork for print - suddenly detailed textures and meshes are important in the creation of your art! We also like encouraging people to submit their art for Ballistic Publishing books, like EXPOSÉ.
Q: What resolution do you want the final image to be exactly? What about if we make the image a different aspect ratio and orientation?
A: That’s cool, just make it big enough to fill a full page in an A4-sized book. Or make it bigger, even!
Q: Because of hardware limitations, is it ok to render a part and use it as a background, or render in “layers” and composite it all together later?
A: Yes. This is how professionals work – you should use every tool and technique availble in the best way possible.
Q: Any problems if I do it with a student license of Maya?
A: If it is watermarked then yes. Otherwise, no.
Q: Is it ok to use vray, RenderMan or 3rd party renderers for rendering?
A: Yes – you are free to use any software you like.
Q: While I know its ok to use 2D textures in this 3D project…is it going to be ok to use a 2D element as a back drop? Like a background…like a matte painting?
A: Yes. You should always use every tool that is apropriate in the best way possible.
Q: Are we allowed to use web downloaded textures?
A: Yes, but you must credit everything you use. Anyone caught not crediting material, contributors or inspirational works will be disqualified.