Frequently Asked Questions


For questions/answers on the Challenge, please post here…

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2. Please help us to answer questions. If you see a question already answered, please refer the person to that answer so that we don't keep repeating ourselves. 


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?
A: Yes 
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 it going to be ok to use a 2D element as a back drop? Like a 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.


sigh… I got an error when trying to enter.
Its my surname again. Damn Apostophe.

This is the error-message I got:
Error: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ‘Este’, 1263800662, 304, 1, ‘LadyMedusa’, 127659, ‘LadyMedusa’, 1

This always happens :’(


Hello, my name is Jose and I have a question. Can I use a model that I currently have in the gallery of works in progress?

Thanks and sorry for my english.


for a bit of random b-movie name inspiration heres a few generators


A question
is it ok for a friend to make music and sound for the film even if you are entering the Individual video?
i mean sound is so different from 3D so its hard to do it good.


Is it OK to use photographs as long as I take them myself? I’m thinking of making a collage style painting, sort of like a matte painting. Is this submissible?


I already know I probably can’t use this idea, but I thought I’d ask anyway just to help me through my concept art…

Is using any form of the silhouettes from Mystery Science Theater 3000 off limits because of copyrights? I was thinking of doing a movie theater scene with my B-Movie up on screen, and then adding the MST3k characters in the front row.


So the video has to look like a b-movie and include a 50’ monster at the same time or just look like a b-movie? :shrug:

I think that could count as a team work.


I’ll try and track this down, it shouldn’t be happening anymore - in the mean time, sign up without an apostrophe, we won’t disqualify you for that :wink:


Yes - so long as we see workings for the rest of the project.


Yes, but you will not be eligible for the sound-music portion - or, you can enter as a team, and you will be eligible.


Keep in mind this is a “CG” Challenge, photos are fine, but if the image is not significantly “CG” you’re not likely to win any prizes :slight_smile:


Probably not wise, although you could use your own characters in the same concept without pushing copyright.


I would say that would be copyrighted, and hence not allowable.


No, it just has to look like a b-movie - the 50-foot challenge was just us having a bit of fun and a way of explaining the concept of what a b-movie was to those who aren’t aware.


It’s more fun painting anyway. :smiley: (P.S- How could you tell it wasn’t a photo? :wink:


I read in the rules that we couldn’t have a political theme. What if my idea is more satirical, sort of making fun of politics rather than trying to promote a specific agenda. For example, I had this really cool idea and I want to ask before I get started on it and not be eligible to compete. Anyway my idea is to illustrate a scene where you see these Gigantic Godzilla like figures of George W. Bush, Barrak H. Obama, Bill Clinton, and Daddy Bush shooting fire out of their mouths, burning Washington DC to ashes. Do you think I would be good, or will I be instantly disqualified?


Disquilified or not I wouldn’t recommend going with such idea. It’s too cliché, if you know what I mean. But that’s my personal opinion, what do I know.


Usually by the time I do get an original idea, the contest is already over? Lol I figure I would spend most of my time rendering it rather than wasting a lot of time racking my brain trying to come up with what I think is original. Now that I think about it though I’m probably going to stay away from political figures all together. Too divisive, and I have a feeling that I would probably be instantly disqualified. LOL


Hi, i have a couple of good ideas, for the same movie, 1982 John Carpenter`s remake THE THING, here are my questions.

  • If i want to do a video entry, may i complete a sequence for the movie (cut creature shots, originals were done in stop motion, but finally were cut from the final film) and mix the final product with the original movie shots and the ones i created?. The final entry will be less than 1 minute of the original movie footage and the completed shots by me. right issues?

  • If i want to do a Image entry, may i take an unused storyboard shot and reimagine it, basically take the cut storyboard shot and build it from the ground up in 3d designing all that needs to be designed (because is a quick storyboard shot, but can make an awesome image with the right amount of work).

  • THE THING is a B-movie, as much i wont like to call it a B-movie, cause is my favorite, but is this particular movie allowed? or 1986 David Cronenberg´s THE FLY?.