This is a very cool competition – CG Whiz is back for its third consecutive year and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. With over £20,000 worth of prizes and the opportunity to work with The Mill up for grabs, this competition could provide amateurs and young professionals with a passion for computer graphics (CG) the lucky break they’ve been waiting for.
The top prize for the “Amateurs” category is a 12-week visual effects (VFX) classroom course, either at Escape Studios’ academy in London or Los Angeles, followed by a 12-week placement at The Mill. Runners up will also receive a selection of mentored and online courses and a license of the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite for Education.
The top prize for the “Young Professional” category is an Escape Studios ZBrush for 3D Artist online course, a Hewlett Packard (HP) Pavilion laptop and a showreel review by the panel of judges. This category has been introduced this year to provide an opportunity for young professionals with some experience to boost their career development.
Launched by Escape Studios – Europe’s leading CG academy – in partnership with The Mill, 3D Artist, Digital Artist, CGSociety, Autodesk and Hewlett Packard (HP), the competition aims to uncover future stars of the CG industry. Having kick-started the careers of the two previous winners, this year sees the introduction of a brand new “Young Professional” category in addition to the usual “Amateurs” category. There will also be the chance for the public to vote for their favourite entries with new user-voted awards, voted for on Facebook.
Tom Bussell, Head of 3D at The Mill, says: “We’re really pleased to be supporting CG Whiz in its third year. It’s a great way to check out some of the best upcoming CG talent and offer these artists a real opportunity to build a career as a professional. We can’t wait to have this year’s winner with us on a 12-week work placement in either our London or Los Angeles studios.”
How to enter
To enter CG Whiz 2011, all entrants need to do is submit a show reel or set of stills compiled into a video via Escape Studios’ Facebook page.
The closing date for the Amateur and Young Professionals competition is 12th November 2011 and winners will be announced in early December. Voting for the Users Choice Prizes will commence on 14th November 2011 and will finish on 3rd December 2011.
Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found on the Escape Studios website: www.escapestudios.co.uk/cgwhiz.