iClone movie-making map, alpha

I’ve put together a little iClone “movie-making map” which some might find useful…

Click for the larger version. (Or get the super-big version here).

Suggestions for revisions are welcome. Of course, it would be possible to do things differently, especially with the audio. One might start with a finished sound-mix including vocals. Or lay down voice tracks during animation, using MorphVox. Some may want to replace the terrain making with building/street construction or spaceship construction.

Accelerate! Images of future transport – $35k competition

A new CG Society art competition, Images of future transport: in the style of Syd Mead. The competition invites new transport designs… “in the style of Syd Mead” — which many gamers may know better as the “Mass Effect -style vehicles”. $35,000 in prizes, including $10,000 cash! All entries must be wholly original work. Deadline: 30th June 2010. You need to register with the CG Talk Forum to enter, and refrain from publishing the picture until the end of the competition.

Syd Mead himself is one of the judges.

Mag-lev car by Syd Mead.

Steel truck by Syd Mead.

As far as I can see, there’s no entry fee. It’s open worldwide. There’s a strictly fixed entry size: 2560 x 1600 pixels. I just tested iClone and it’s perfectly capable of outputting such a size as a still image. iClone’s real-time renderer might even make it easier to get to something like a retro “1970s painted look”, more like the original Syd Mead paintings? I can’t see any mention of how much Photoshopping is allowed, so I guess it’s as much as you need.