Welcome to our first monthly Digital Matte Painting challenge in 2016 presented by CGSociety! We’re posting this super early also to give you more time on a finished piece. Please, follow the provided brief and guidelines. This challenge will be judged by David Luong, Milan Schere and one guest judge, at the end of the month.
All skill levels of artists are welcome in this challenge! Please, respect this if you decide to participate.
THE SKY BENEATH OUR FEET is a science fiction love story written by Milan Schere. In this vision of Earth, every power country has a space elevator, after Disnemerika has shown them all how to physically create one. Being the only territory to own two. They are constructed from top to bottom, utilizing natural gravity forces for stabilization in the building process. The male character goes off to explore Gliese 581 C, an Earth-like planet discovered by the Intergalactic Space Command in recent years, while his girlfriend stays behind on earth.
Brief: Create your vision of a space elevator set in an Earth environment of your choice using digital matte painting techniques. Your image is not limited to a view of Disnemerika’s main elevator in Torontokyo but you are free to set your scene in your own future vision of any place you want. In Milan’s story corporations have replaced governments, while war has become the most popular form of sports entertainment with hero soldiers receiving the same type of fame we dedicate towards professional athletes today. Be creative while striving to present an end result ready to be delivered to the client.
The prizes for top 3 placements are:
- A spot in CGWorkshop of choice
- Feedback on your work from our professional guest judge
- One digital copy of “Advanced Matte Painting” video tutorial
- Feedback on your work from the creator Milan Schere
- An ArtRage Lite license
- One digital copy of “Introduction to Matte Painting” video tutorial
- Feedback on your work from forum leader David Luong
Ambient Design ArtRage Lite - A realistic painting program for Windows & Mac OSX, part of the range of ArtRage painting apps from Ambient Design. ArtRage offers something different to the standard digital art program: a bit messier, a bit more room for inspiration, and extremely flexible. No other program offers the gorgeous textures, easy colour mixing and creative freedom that ArtRage does: www.artrage.com/artrage-lite
Procon Pictures - Providing VFX for film and television, Procon Pictures is currently producing The Sky Beneath Our Feet created by Milan Schere. With full on-set and digital services the studio can take projects from pre, through production to post. Find out more at: www.proconpictures.com
The Sky Beneath Our Feet - Under the guidance of an award-winning cinematographer, the team, consisting of experienced industry professionals, is bringing a mesmerizing love story of two star-crossed lovers to life, finding its way into the heart of it’s audience like a beautiful vintage postcard from a time and place that will take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride. With its unique fast-paced storytelling style this project is an exciting film experience that will definitely stand out from the multitude of entertainment products being produced today. Visit the official website now: www.theskybeneathourfeet.com
Milan Schere - A visual effects artist with a decade of experience in feature film and television. His previous works includes movies such as Crimson Peak, Hanna, Dredd, Mama, The Strain and many more. After helping other directors bring their vision to life for all these years, Milan felt that it was finally his turn to create the movie we would enjoy watching. The original script is based in a world he has been developing for a long time and all design principles his my own concepts. The project originally started as “Six Days: A Love Story” and one of the initial Styleframes has become the cover of Ballistic Publishing’s d’artiste Matte Painting 3, but it has now evolved into the development of a film which he hopes to complete within the next year. Check out more of his professional work here: www.milanschere.com
Disclaimer: Delivery of the prizes is the responsibility of the sponsors, not CGSociety.
Required in this month’s challenge to qualify for the prizes:
- To enter, simply create a new thread in this forum with the DATE of challenge and name such as: “May 2016 - Simone De Salvatore”
- Post a conceptual art piece visualizing your idea of the finished product without any format restrictions.
- Submit your finished piece and any supporting material before June 2016 by embedding it in your thread.
Well be judging on creativity and execution in this challenge. It’s a fine balance between originality in design and setting the mood, as well as photo-realistic quality. Good luck to everyone! Please feel free to ask any questions here.
Tips: The first few pages of the script are available through the Blog http://theskybeneathourfeet.blogspot.ca and should be enough to put you into the right mind set to get started.
As always, you can ask general digital matte painting questions, and post WIP work not pertaining to this challenge in the regular DMP forum here: http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=196