Knight Spider Animation Challenge | Skill Level

Advanced - Performance

Animation contest open to members that are comfortable creating a performance in Maya using the Knight Spider rig.

Advanced - Performance
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Nguyet Nghi Duong


United States | Academy of Art University

During my high school year, I really enjoy watching animated movies. When I had a chance to study aboard in the US, Animation is the first field that came across my mind. However, I've been always making the safest choices for my entire life so I wanted to overcome my fear of stepping out of my comfort zone for once. Therefore, I did a lot of research about the industry and with the support of my family, I've decided to follow my passion.

Runner up



France | ESMA

Highly commended


Australia | Queensland University of Technology

For a long time I have had an interest in animation ever since I watched the stick man fight animations that were prevalent on youtube in the early 2000's. Delving deeper into this creative field I discovered a multitude of exciting passions in the world of 3D. From Animating to modelling, sculpting, texturing, lighting and it all I find a great deal of enjoyment to bringing my imagination to a tangible virtual representation.

People's Choice


Germany | SAE

I first realized that I wanted to work in the creative industry in high school, where I started learning modeling in Blender on my own. After 1,5 years I got the opportunity to intern at a VFX company for two weeks, where I learned the basics of animation in Autodesk Maya. After that I kept on animating on my own and growing my skillset in Maya. Now, after 2 years of experience in 3D animation, I decided to start my journey after school at SAE Institute to keep learning and become a 3D Animator.

Honorable Mentions

The following winners made a lasting impression on the judging panel and secured highly sought after badges.

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bloodySpoonery (Draft Selection) View Entry
charlie1218 (Draft Selection) View Entry
jasonthor (Draft Selection) View Entry
amyhusted (Draft Selection) View Entry
PhillipMG (Finalist, Runner Up, and Draft Selection) View Entry
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amanx (Draft Selection) View Entry
Haneef (Draft Selection) View Entry
RyanT0315 (Draft Selection) View Entry
anthosares (Draft Selection and Finalist) View Entry
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rocks12 (Draft Selection) View Entry
tganim (Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
jgarciacliment (Draft Selection) View Entry
MondayZi (Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
Danish (Draft Selection) View Entry
jamesboylestudio (Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
Rohnak (Draft Selection) View Entry
MatJ (Draft Selection and Finalist) View Entry
ErenA (Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
ChrisMC (Draft Selection) View Entry
meahmw (Draft Selection) View Entry
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MattWard (Draft Selection) View Entry
syam (Draft Selection) View Entry

Judges’ Comments

Zeina Masri
Zeina Masri

Well done to all participants. Entertaining to watch and judge. Good luck!

Category Brief

This category is open to members that are comfortable animating a performance on a rig.

  • You can animate the character any way you choose.
  • You can include additional 3D objects from Adobe Substance 3D Assets to help add interest to your scene.

For those of you looking to get feedback and ask questions about this challenge, please join our Discord channel. Don’t forget to use __#KnightSpiderRig when sharing your work on social channels.

Knight Spider Maya Rig

Please click this following link to download the official Knight Spider Rig.

Training Videos

The team at Dr Reels has created some amazing videos to help you get familiar with the Knight Spider Rig. We highly recommend you watch the following videos before you get started:

Important Dates

  • Entries Open 01 October 2021.
  • Entries Close 14 January 2022.
  • Finalists announced 22 January 2022.
  • Winners announced 03 February 2022.

Dates mentioned are at 11:59 pm on the date in question. All dates are based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Judging Guidelines

Our judging panel will be looking for the best performance. This means that you will need to really bring Spider King to life and show emotion, weight, balance, timing and all the other core principles of animation.


  • Do not touch the camera, light setup, background or scene materials.
  • You are allowed to add 3D Assets with default shaders from Adobe Substance 3D Assets.
  • No audio, judges are only interested in the performance.
  • Your animation must be 10 seconds in length @ 24fps.
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and embedded to your entry page.
  • You must share your progress. This is a Play-by-Play contest that requires you to add multiple updates to your entry page, similar to how a forum discussion works. Learn more about Play-by-Play contests in our Helpdesk..
  • Entries that only share a single update will be disqualified.


  • 1 x 10 second video rendered using scene camera and default shaders.
  • Additional supporting media allowed.

How to Enter

  1. Download Knight Spider Maya rig
  2. Download trial version of Maya
  3. Click Submit Entry button to share your first update.
  4. Upload images, videos and supporting media using our page builder.
  5. Add details including a cover image, title, description, tags, and software used.
  6. Accept rules and confirm eligibility.
  7. Add Regular Updates to your entry page to share your progress working from idea through to final deliverables.
  8. Submit Final Video to your entry page that includes the required deliverables mentioned above.

*Include the hashtag #KnightSpiderRig if you share on your social media so we can reshare.

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