CgTalk:FXWars! Water Balloon! - Challenge:17


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[size=2]CgTalk:FXWars! Water Balloon![/size]
Montreal, Canada


Render a realistic animation of a Water Balloon, either exploding and/or falling.

The entry with the best SIMULATION (of the water balloon falling/exploding) will be selected by an open vote. (You may do the entry anyway way you want. HARD simulation , or an FX piece with live action, as long as the final piece has a SIMULATION of a falling water balloon that MAY explode. And keep in mind that Gravity is optional) The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner designed by me.


Wednesday November 7th 12:00 PM
(You have ONE MONTH to do the challenge.)
The voting plug will be posted on November 12th.

TYPES OF ENTRY:You may do one of these types of entries:

Forensic Animation
[li]This is the type of entry that would be used to explain the precise dynamics of a falling Water Balloon (and if you wish the WATER simulation) Imagine you have been sub contracted by the History Channel to explain precisely how the dynamic forces behind a falling Water Balloon works, in slow motion.[/li][/ul]Commission Shot
[li]Imagine that you have been commissioned to do a scene for an Ad campaign. The commission shot will be based on the following shot description. (The show can be done in animation or live action). [/li]

NOTE if we get more than ONE finished commission entry, I will add a voting category for: Best Commission Shot

EXTERIOR SHOT: (SUNNY DAY) - Apartment Building Exterior Entrance

A man leaves an apartment building, as soon as he steps out to the sidewalk, he starts suddenly getting bombarded by hundreds of falling water balloons The man in desperation runs for down the busy sidewalk for cover but. In comical fashion, the falling water balloons seem to follow him down the street, oblivious to the other people in the sidewalk.

[indent]As soon as the man goes under the cover of a porch (or building entrance) the barrage subsides. Am moment passes and the attack seems to be over. Curious he decides to try to look at the sky to see where the magical barrage is coming. As soon as he does, A HUGE balloon hits him square on the face

Freeform Entry

[li]The core requirement for this type of entry is to have fun.[/li][/ul]But keep in mind the key thing that I expect to see in all entries is accurate SIMULATIONS of a falling water balloon… (yo umay do them in regular speed or SLOW motion).



[li]No work taken DIRECTLY from an existing tutorial. You may use an existing tutorial only for reference.[/li][li]You may use a pre existing model, 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)[/li][li]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 Water Balloon falling.[/li][/ul][u][color=white]Voting:[/u]
[i][b][/i]For this challenge we will experiment with only ONE category:[/b][/color]

[li]BEST SIMULATION[/li][/ul]The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner
designed by me.

[li]The animation and simulations (if any) must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.[/li][li]WIP are encouraged if they are posted in ANOTHER thread. Please provide a link to them on this thread.[/li][li]WIP thread should be posted on the FXWARS Forum forum and should follow[/li]the following naming convention: FXWars! COLLAPSE!: MY NAME, Entry,Movie Title(Note: Group entries are allowed)
[li]It is Recommended that Final movies should be rendered at 320 x 240 or 640 x 480 in QuickTime* format (Sorenson Compression), but other resolutions and formats are allowed. * (The animation format is open for discussion.)[/li][li]The animation should follow the following naming convention:[/li]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.
[li]If for some reason, you can’t host movies, sequential images (Thumbnails size 160 x 120 ) are accepted.[/li][li]You are STRONGLY encouraged to add your entry to You Tube. If interested, please contact the Roberto Ortiz.[/li][li]Please add a brief text description about your piece.[/li][li]The artist also has to post total length of time it took and program used.[/li][li]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.[/li][li]Individuals participating in a team CAN have their own individual entries.[/li][li]Post on this thread your link to your WIP thread and your FINAL piece.[/li][li]You can add multiple entries, as long as they have different WIP threads.[/li][li]Freelancers CAN participate in more than ONE entry[/li][li]All Teams members & Freelancers will get screen credit for in the title cards for participation[/li][li]Only participants who follow the rules and submit a final entry will be elegible for the voting process.[/li][li]The moderators reserve the right to taken down any thread.[/li][/ul][font=Arial Black]THE MODEL LIBRARY-
Note: The password will be provided AFTER you post your WIP thread via PM.

Here are the models I am making available for this challenge.
You may use your own models for the challenge,
but I am making some of my model available for those who wish to use them

Of couse Partcipants may add their own models.

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.

I will contact you and I will send you the file.

Note these models are not being put on the public domain.
They were specifically created for this mini challenge.

Here is the model collection sofar:

(Click to enlarge)
[li]Water Balloon[/li][/ul]


[li][/li][li]NASA Water Balloon Experiments (Micro Gravity Article)[/li][/ul]Stills:
[li]TIME MACHINE SITE[/li][li]Exhibition of High Speed Photography[/li][/ul]Animations:
[li]Water Balloon popping slo-mo[/li][li]Water Balloons popping in slow motion[/li][li]A water balloon not exploding in high-speed[/li][li]Water Balloon Guide[/li][li]A water ballon being punctured, captured with a high speed camera[/li][li]Water Balloon Explosion using High Speed Camera[/li][li]Lucid Movement High Speed Photography Site[/li][/ul]Collision
[li]High Speed Camera: Punching A Ballon[/li][li]Slow Motion Water balloon to the face[/li][/ul]

[/li][li]Astronaut-Pops-a-Water-Balloon-in-Micro Gravity[/li][li]Micro Gravity Water Balloon[/li][li]NASA Experiments II[/li][/ul]-R


[b]CgTalk:[i]FXWars! Water Balloon!

[/i][/b]Hey Roberto,

I will go for the Freeform Entry, looking forward to seeing everybody’s work



Pretty cool Roberto! Gonna be hard, but I’ll try and do a freeform shot, maybe if I can get one to look good I’ll drop a few extras on a guy for the commision shot.


There we go…

well, it’s gonna be hard one and harware eater :slight_smile: I hope can find some dedication and freetime to be in it!


I hope I can find some hardware to be in it. Tracking all those particles is going to suck my computer’s memory like it’s soda.

If I can get it to work, I’ll be doing a forensic examination.


interesting one! i always like to do high speed shot. i might gonna do this one. :smiley:


I entered to this challange. Here is my WIP thread :


Hey guys,

I’d like to give this one a shot, though seems a litle beyond my understanding. Well just might learn something along the way :slight_smile:

Thanks - Dave.


That’s funny, I was just randomly visualizing the other day what it would look like if instead of a meteor, a giant water balloon hit the earth.


Question about commision shot : Do we need to follow the exact story for commision shot? or can we allowed to do a bit modification in commision shot?


Get creative my friend.


whhoow! Cool one!
another incentive for me… not that good for a realtime render but worth a try I think ;]


:slight_smile: nice thread!
i cant participate in the competition but if you dont mind ill share my “couple” of shots of water that i made :slight_smile: for reference :stuck_out_tongue:



Well I have added an OBJ Model for the challenge.



Wow it’s gonna be fun! I was looking for challenge, i think i came to the right place!


Roberto is the zip password protected? whenever i try to open it asks for a password.

Edit: Apologies i didn’t read above :slight_smile:

Thanks, Dave.


what is the pass to balloon archive?


Hi everyone i am in & here is the link to my W.I.P thread

can i please have the balloon?


Does it have to be falling, or can it be a slo-mo pin prick like in a lot of the reference videos you linked to?