Animal freebies

Content Paradise are giving away eight free DAZ/Poser animals per week over the summer (scroll down their page). Current freebies include the Octopus, a young deer, and a donkey with a rather expressive face.

They’re rigged but unfortunately they don’t come with motions. Those with the DAZ Game Kit / 3DXchange 4 Pro combo can of course decimate the higher-poly animals, and then convert them to an animatable FBX for use in iClone.


There’s a new issue of the free Perspective : journal of the Art Directors Guild. In this issue:

* The making of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” concerts in London: projecting actors, dancers, zombies, and CG scenery — all in stereo 3D — onto a 100-foot by 35-foot LED screen, the biggest ever built at the time.

* Developing the concept art for immense sets used in the film of the story of Hypatia, the last philosopher of the great Library of Alexandria.

Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival, inviting entries

The 6th Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival — 29th January to 5th February 2011 at the Seattle Cinerama Theater…

“From 4th June through 15th September 2010, the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival will accept short film submissions, up to 15 minutes in length, that have been produced after 2006 for entry into the competition. Multiple submissions will be accepted according to the rules and regulations. Submissions will be judged based on originality, quality, artistic merit, innovation, voice, style and narrative. The festival will accept animated or live-action submissions in science fiction (examples: futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia) and fantasy (examples: sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, mythic adventure). The festival welcomes submissions that step outside the boundaries of reality and inspire a sense of wonder. The festival will not accept horror submissions.”

Flurry Fargis’ entry into the National Space Society machinima competition.

VIEW Award 2010

VIEW Award 2010 : world wide short competition using 3D Animation and VFX. Deadline: 15th September 2010.

“For the first time this year VIEW will include both student and non student works, making our contest more appealing then ever. However, works by students will be especially welcome … If you have made an animated short with 3D animation and VFX in the last four years that is from 2006 to 2010 — we are interested in receiving your work.”

Categories: Best 3D short; Best 3D Digital Character … modeled for an animated short film or for a videogame; Best 3D Design (i.e.: non-living objects, industrial design, automotive, architecture); Best Environment Design / Digital Matte Painting; Best Digital Visual Effects.