Rookie Awards 2020 | 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

Jeremy Schaefer

jeremyschaef

United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

In high school I started messing around with cameras and visual effects. Two YouTube channels named Freddiew and Corridor Digital both heavily inspired me to just pick up a camera and make something.

Runner Up

Constantin Vilsmeier

constantinvilsmeier

United States | Gnomon School of VFX, Games, and Animation

Art always played a big role in my life. The early Walt Disney Movies inspired my childhood and influenced my creativity. The creative process of bringing a story to life by creating new worlds and characters is the main reason why I am fascinated by 3D. When I graduated from High School back home in Switzerland I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in Art. I just recently graduated from Gnomon School of VFX and I'm currently working at Luma Pictures as an Asset Artist.

Highly Commended

Shir Baron

shirbaron

United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

I was always passionate about art, but it wasn't until high school that I realized what I would like to make into my career. I studies computer science and art in high school while working in the local cinema after hours. While opening the theater doors in the end of some of my favorite CG films to this day, it suddenly clicked and I realized animation consisted of everything I loved - art, computers and cinema.

Highly Commended

Jared Fischler

jaredfischler

United States | Gnomon School of Visual Effects

I've always loved all forms of visual storytelling. However, it wasn't until college when I got really into behind the scenes motion capture videos and realized how breathtaking and emotional CG can be with today's technology. At that moment I knew CG was the tool I needed to tell my stories.

Highly Commended

Harry Chen

harrychen

United States | School of Visual Arts

It was the time when I was enrolled in high school. I was asked to create multiple promo videos for school events and during the process, I started to realize that this industry suits me the most.

Highly Commended

Patrick Yu Wang

patrickyuwang

United States | School of Visual Arts

I started to learn CG art since I went to college and then I found my passion for it.

People's Choice

Rodrigo Chapoy

rchapoy

United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

I knew I wanted to work in the creative media after I was moved by an animated film and realized all the work that is put behind it.

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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

  • 3D Animation refers to the whole pipeline involved with creating content for stylised movies and short films. This means that all the following artists are encouraged to enter: Modelers, Texture & Shading, Riggers, Lighters, Animators, Effects TDs, Compositors and more.
  • Do not submit photorealistic assets and elements that use live action plates. These should be submitted to the Visual Effects category.
  • 3D Concept Artists should not submit work to this category. There is a dedicated content for this type of work.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • You must create a single entry page that includes all your best work. Do not create multiple entries with single projects as you will be disqualified.
  • Make sure your work is primarily composed of 3D elements.
  • Put effort into your entry page by including text descriptions, titles, work-in-progress and any include supporting material that you feel will impress the judges.

Judging Criteria

The judges are looking for artists that are ready for the challenges of production. 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. You have one page to show how amazing your skills are.

How to enter

  1. Read the Rules. Don’t worry, there isn’t too much lawyer talk in there. Quick Link.
  2. Create an Entry using the button below.

Need some help? Watch this video demonstration to help make sure you create the best entry possible.

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