FXWARS Challenge: 40 - "Warp Drive"


Looking for partner or Teams?

First some background…
From Wikipedia:
Warp Drive
Warp drive is a hypothetical faster-than-light (FTL) propulsion system in the setting of many science fiction works, most notably Star Trek. A spacecraft equipped with a warp drive may travel at apparent speeds greater than that of light by many orders of magnitude, while circumventing the relativistic problem of time dilation. In contrast to many other fictional FTL technologies, such as a “jump drive” or the Infinite Improbability Drive, the warp drive does not permit instantaneous travel between two points; instead, warp drive technology creates an artificial “bubble” of normal space-time which surrounds the spacecraft (as opposed to entering a separate realm or dimension like hyperspace, as is used in the Star Wars, Stargate franchise, Warhammer 40,000, Babylon 5, Cowboy Bebop and Andromeda universes).”


Render an animation of a Wapr Drive effect. It can be as simple or a complicated as you wish,animated or with some Live action elements but it must be a done as single continous shot.
The entry with the best FX will be selected by an open vote. The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner designed by me.

Monday May 26, 2014 12:00 PM NEW DATE!

(You have TWO MONTHS to do the challenge.)

You may do one of these types of entries:

Freeform Entry

The core requirement for this type of entry is to have fun. Create your own TYPE OF WARP FX.

Want to do a A HYBRID of a Warp Jump (Star Trek) and Hyperspace Jump(Star Wars)? Go ahead. Wanna create a warp fx from a cool book series? Go ahead.

Tribute Entry
Try to replicate the warp fx used previously on a Science Fiction film, or TV show.

Forensic Entry

The key part of this entry is a realistic simulation of the science behing a warp effect.


• No work taken DIRECTLY from an existing tutorial. You may use an existing tutorial only for reference.
• You may use a pre existing model(or use any of the models provived) , as long as you give credit to the creator. If you cant model, use simple shapes, since we are interested in the simulation. (But teams are encouraged, and if you are a modeler, you can make your model available)
• You may provide a heavily edited animation with all the trimmings (hell add live action if you want), as long a you provide another PLAIN animation of a side view of the working SIMULATION of the object .


The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner designed by me.


• The animation and simulations (if any) must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.

• WIP are encouraged if they are posted in ANOTHER thread. Please provide a link to them on this thread.

• WIP thread should be posted on the FXWARS Forum forum and should follow

the following naming convention: FXWarsAvatar:Warp Drive: MY NAME, Entry,FX Type(Note: Group entries are allowed)

• It is Recommended that Final movies should be rendered at least 320 x 240 or 640 x 480 or Higher in QuickTime* format (Sorenson Compression), but other resolutions and formats are allowed. * (The animation format is open for discussion.)

• The animation should follow the following naming convention:

MYNAME_FXWARS(RESOLUTION).mov. And please add your name at the beginning and end of the animation, and if you can, also add a small non disruptive watermark during the animation.

• If for some reason, you can’t host movies, sequential images (Thumbnails size 160 x 120 ) are accepted.

• Please add a brief text description about your piece.

• The artist also has to post total length of time it took and program used.

• Collaborative pieces are accepted and encouraged, but Teams entries must have a identifying banner and a name. Shot lists should be included with the entry.

• Individuals participating in a team CAN have their own individual entries.

• Post on this thread your link to your WIP thread and your FINAL piece.

• You can add multiple entries, as long as they have different WIP threads.

• Freelancers CAN participate in more than ONE entry

• All Teams members & Freelancers will get screen credit for in the title cards for participation

• Only participants who follow the rules and submit a final entry will be eligible for the voting process.

• The moderators reserve the right to taken down any thread.

Model Collection
The process to check them out is simple.
Post your WIP entry, the type of entry you wish to do and the
model you wish to use, post your model requests on this thread and
on the first page of your WIP thread.

It is ONLY being made available for this challenge, and the CREATORS model should get credit in the credits of the final animation.


It would be a crime for me not to do this one. I’m in.


wooow- nice one… kinda tricky



I’ve been waiting for a challenge for some time now and this is going to be my first one.

Probably I’ll participate as a sigle person. I’m switching to maya from max recently so it’s going to be a great experiment :slight_smile:


Sorenson codec? 4x3 SD resolutions
is this 1997?? :eek:


I do have to update that.


Hehe, it did seem like a blast from the past on video requirements.

Surely it’s easier to put them on YouTube or Vimeo?

An interesting and exciting challenge though, I’ve been having a good think about it. If I get the time I might have a shot at something!



I feel almost the same way. Mulling over entering now…


Do it…



Roberto, the contest rules say…

Monday May 23, 2014 12:00 PM

However, May 23rd is Friday. So is the deadline Friday or Monday?


It’d be nice if it were Monday given I’m now rushing an entry :wip:

I’ve gone for something more in the forensic style using an Alcubierre Drive.

It’s still going to be brought together to look visually appealing though.



Go for Monday the 26th…


Excellent. I just started rendering, and it’s going to take a while!


With it being Memorial Day weekend, is there any chance for a deadline extension of a week or so?


I was wondering the same thing honestly, I won’t be at a computer after today until next Wednesday.


I’m wondering the same thing still.

This week is going by super fast.

I’ve kinda got my composition all figured out now, all the lighting and AE work and animations/cameras are all done.

Just putting it together.

If we get a bit of an extension until the weekend then I can at least re-render the ship elements so it looks a bit more shiny and detailed… not that it’s essential for this competition but hey, you need a good ship!




Ok you got until monday.



When does voting start?



I wanted to give time to some people to finish.