MODO: Time Travel Challenge

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MODO: Time Travel Challenge
22 July 2014 - 24 September 2014

The year is 2055 and the impossible just became possible.

Galaxy-wide technology giant, The Foundry, called a press conference last night to announce a universe-changing product innovation due for release in 2 months time.

The new product, codenamed ‘TIME’, manipulates the spatial continuum and enables users to travel back and forth from one era to another, without any restrictions.

You are part of an inner circle that has been trusted by The Foundry with restricted additional information about this top secret project. You have exclusive knowledge of how this new invention works, what it looks like and what it’s capable of.

Your mission, is to convince the public that TIME will change their lives and that The Foundry is the only company that should be trusted with this type of significant leap in technology, before the competition attempts to counter strike.

You must use MODO 801 to visualize the product ‘TIME’ and/or create a consumer friendly advertisement to sell this groundbreaking technology to the masses.

You will be able to download an extended MODO 801 trial for the duration of the challenge and enter in one or more of the following categories:

- Product Design
- Print Advertising
- TV Advertising

If successful, the rewards will be great.

TIME is ticking. You have until 22nd September 2014 to submit.


Life changing prize pools
The total prize pool is worth a whopping $35,000 and includes prizes from NVIDIA, Wacom, Makerbot, Video Co-Pilot and more. Winners will also be featured in a variety of publications depending on the category they win.

High profile judges
Industry elite that will judge the contest include renowned creature designer, Neville Page, product designer, Harald Belker, President at Quirky, Doreen Lorenzo, digital illustrator, Tim Cooper as well as The Foundry’s own 3D evangelist, Brad Peebler.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Can I get a free MODO trial for the challenge?

    Absolutely. After joining the challenge, you just need to click the big 'Download MODO' button on the top right hand-side of the challenge page. You will be asked to fill in some details and then an email with your trial license will be sent to you. The trial expires at the same time as the challenge.
  • Q: What are the Final Entry technical requirements?

    Image File Type: High quality JPG or PNG
    Image Dimensions: any

    Video File Type: AVI, MOV, MP4 or FLV
    Video Dimensions: 1280x720, 720p
    Video Duration: ~30 seconds

    Maximum file-size: 500MB per upload
  • Q: What are the Final Deliverables?

    - At least 2 WIPs (Work in Progress)
    - Final Concept can be Image (for Product Design or Print Advertising) or Video (for TV Advertisement).
  • Q: How do I actually enter the competition?

    To join the challenge, you need to be a registered CGSociety Member (it's free). Go to the challenge webpage and click the green "JOIN CHALLENGE" button to enter. Once you have agreed to the terms and conditions the join button will change to a yellow "UPLOAD ENTRY" button, allowing you to submit your WIPs and final entry.
  • Q: Can I upload my WIP images to my own server? Is that counted?

    No. Please use the Challenge site facility to upload your Work-In-Progress. It allows us to track the entries properly, and guarantee continued hosting of all images.
  • Q: Can I share links to my entry on social media and other websites?

    Yes, please do. Get involved and share your work using #TheFoundryTIME
  • Q: Can I use other tools and software in conjunction with MODO?

    You must use MODO 801 as your main 3D application to create your entry, but other applications can be used to complete your project for texturing, compositing etc. You can get a FREE trial of MODO 801 for the challenge by clicking 'Download MODO' on the challenge page.
  • Q: Can I upload my entry to CGPortfolios before the challenge closes?

    Yes, please add a link in your cgchallenge entry in your CGPortfolio project’s description.
  • Q: Can I change categories?

    Yes, To change categories, click the link to ‘view my entries’ and select the ‘edit details’ button.
  • Q: How can a make my Product Design looks good as a MakerBot 3D print?

    Click here to download MakerBot's key points for effectively designing for 3D Printing
  • Q: Why must entrants be members of CGTalk or CGSociety?

    We need to be able to contact all entrants -- we have one registration system. This also means that all competition entrants are covered by the same set of Terms and Conditions.
  • Q: Do I need a paid CGConnect membership?

    Not at all! Our CGChallenges are open to all CGTalkers. If you don't already have a free account, get one here.
  • Q: Can I have multiple entries?

  • Q: I'm using a new email but the challenge keeps sending stuff to my old one. How do I fix that?

    You go into CGTalk's UserCP (User Control Panel) and change your email address there. If you still have problems, email us.
  • Q: What if I am a winner and I want a different prize? E.g. What if I win the Grand Prize but I want the Runner Up prize instead?

    You can contact the other winner with the prize that you want, and ask if they want to do an exchange. What you guys do with your prizes is up to you, and we're not going to be involved in it.
  • Q: How can I get out of this challenge?

    Just stop submitting.
  • Q: Can I upload my WIP images to my own server? Is that counted?

    No. Please use the Challenge site facility to upload your Work-In-Progress. It allows us to track the entries properly, and guarantee continued hosting of all images.
  • Q: My question wasn't answered above. What should I do?

    If you have additional questions or comments, please read and post a reply to the support thread on CGTalk.