Rookie Awards 2022 | Rookie of the Year

3D Animation

Entries should include content specifically created for feature animated films/shorts. The key is that all elements should be full CG - environments, characters, set, props, animation and effects.

3D Animation
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Winners

On behalf of the sponsors and judges, The Rookies would like to congratulate the following category winners.

Winner

Alexandria Siah

alexandriasiah

United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

I used to have to sit and watch the Prince of Egypt for church class growing up. It's that one shot of Moses walking through the Red Sea with a giant silhouette of a creature in the waters that inspired me to be an artist and to create stories and art with that amount of love and detail in them, and I was to awe and inspire others with my stories too.

Runner Up

Kate Vaillant

katevaillant

United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

When I was in high school I realized I wanted to pursue a creative career. I have been animating ever since I was little on a Nintendo DSI application called flipnote. I enjoyed story telling and art so I needed a path that had both. I fell in love with computer animation later while attending Ringling College of Art and Design.

Highly Commended

Caecilia-Isabella Glaas

cilia

Germany | University of Applied Sciences Mainz

Like many people, animated movies have had the power to mesmerize me since my childhood, and for me, they were always a safe haven. Ever since I was especially interested in the characters I was able to identify with. Through the creation of believable CG characters, I want to pass this feeling on to other people.

Highly Commended

Claudia C. Lühl

ClaudiaEclipse

Germany | Gnomon

I've always loved games and films with epic stories and worlds to lose myself in, but it took me some time to realize that working on games is an actual career option. Since then I've learned a lot about modeling characters in 3D in hopes that I could work on similar epic titles to the ones I've enjoyed playing myself.

Highly Commended

Michael Assous

LikeTheMilkyWay

United States | Gnomon — School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation

Coming from a film background with a passion for fine art especially anatomy, life drawing and traditional sculptures I have develop a serious interest for hyper-realism, digital humans and character art which became my main focus during my education alongside grooming, the study of light and composition as a look development artist.

Highly Commended

Diane NUTY

Diane

France | New3dge

I first realised I wanted to work in the creative media when I was 14, after seeing an advert for a game that allows users to create their own content. I started with Blender !

Highly Commended

Thomas Proux

Thomasprx

United States | Gnomon

I grew up watching tons of animated movies and when I was first introduce to digital arts I immediately fell in love with it. In middle school I was telling my first stories through photobashing stuff together and drawing with my mouse (not successful there.). But the passion never dried off and motivated me to take on that wild journey of being an artist.

Highly Commended

Frans Bellart

fransbellart

Spain | Animum Creativity Advanced School

The first time I started drawing was at age 7-8, my parents got me a Mickey Mouse Projector and I remember spending hours and hours with it, also I played with videogames more than I should. As I grew older, I moved away from this "hobby" and ended up focusing more on health sciences. It was when I entered the degree of Medicine, two year ago , when I realized that what I really wanted was create. Even though that the world of Art is not as stable, I made the decision to be part of the 3d.

People's Choice

Jaehyun Yoo

jaeyoo0627

United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

When I was in an elementary school, I had a friend who would draw something all the time. She was the one who influenced me to start drawing. After that, I continued learning art until I discovered there is a something called animation. Since then I've been following my dream.

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Category Brief

Entries in this category should include content created specifically for use with feature animated films and short films. The content can be photorealistic, but the content must be specific used in fully computer generated films or shorts. Typically content submitted to this category is what you’d expect to see in a Pixar movie. It’s 100% computer generated and can be stylised to look cartoony or even look photorealistic similar to their more recent movies.

Important Notes

  • This category is not only for Animators that bring characters to life. The term 3D Animation refers to the process of creating content for stylised movies and short films similar to those that Pixar and Dreamworks are famous for. This means that all the following artists are encouraged to enter: Modelers, Texture & Shading, Riggers, Lighters, Animators, Effects TDs, Compositors and more.
  • You are allowed to use Game Engines to render your animations such as Unreal Engine.
  • Do not submit work that includes live action plates. These should be submitted to the Visual Effects category.
  • Ask questions on our Discord Channel if you need help.
  • Review Winning Entries from last year that were selected by our judges.
  • Watch this video demonstration that shows how to create a perfect entry.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • Read the Rules to make sure you are eligible to enter.
  • No team entries allowed for this category.
  • No professional work may be included in your entry.
  • Share your process with the judging panel by including supporting material, not only finished artworks.
  • Share examples of your work that showcase your related skills to this category.

Judging Criteria

The judges are looking for artists that are ready for employment. They are looking for artists with a passion for this category and have worked hard to hone their skills.

The judges will be considering your overall presentation, technical skills, creative skills, variety of content, and employment potential. Treat your entry like a job interview and share your best work to impress the judges.

How to enter

  1. Click Submit Entry button to create an entry page.
  2. Upload your best images, videos and supporting media using our entry page builder.
  3. Select ‘Rookie of the Year > 3D Animation’ as your nominated category.
  4. Add details including a cover image, title, description, tags, and software used.
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