Maxon, the developer of creative tools for visual effects, is thrilled to congratulate Kris Theorin and Euan Morrison on winning Clinton Jones aka PWNISHER’s latest 3D community creative challenge: Infinite Journeys. With more than 2,000 entries, the YouTube contest challenged 3D artists to build their own custom scenes based on only the phrase ‘infinite journeys’ and the stipulation that the animation must contain a moving vehicle.
“That’s what I love about Clinton Jones’ render challenges,” says Kris Theorin, first-place winner. “They let me focus on creating and perfecting a single scene in whatever style/genre I want, and after it’s all done, I’m able to see it cut together with a bunch of other amazing looking renders!”
Aimed at bringing together 3D artists, Clinton’s challenges have always been based on collaborative creativity, learning, and growth. “I just hope they learn and have fun,” he says. “I hope the creative spark inside of them is lit and that this helps it grow. And, if it’s not lit already, that this helps light it.”
At the conclusion of the contest, Clinton merged all the entries together to create an epic character-based 3D travel montage, then parsed out the top 100 to ultimately land on first, second, third, fourth, and fifth place winners.
In the end, 2,448 artists worked for a collective 18.8 years over 30 days to create nearly three hours of infinite journeys.
The winning render from hobbyist to professional animator Kris Theorin follows a ‘Space Nomblers’ idea. Featuring a purple-haired character feeding a likewise purple creature in space (ending in a delightful surprise), Theorin says his scene is “a cross between the turret fight scene from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ and the Luma feeding mechanic from Super Mario Galaxy.”
Since learning to use Cinema 4D in 2017, Theorin has been able to turn his enthusiasm for 3D animation into a career. Now, on top of a handful of short films, numerous bite-sized animated scenes, and a full-time career as a professional 3D animator, Theorin was able to utilise Cinema 4D’s creative suite to create his whimsical five-second space sequence.
Other scenes include sentient animals, pirate ships, and banjos, like second-place winner Euan Morrison’s creation following his original characters Croaks and Hopper.
“Croaks and Hopper are archaeologists, traveling the world in their flying ship looking for ancient artefacts,” said Morrison. “On one expedition however, Croaks’ life changed forever as he tried on the Lily Mask, transforming him into a frog. Now the duo travel far and wide, searching for someone or something to reverse the curse.”
Morrison used the challenge to familiarise himself with Redshift. “In January, my company upgraded to using Redshift, so when I saw this competition I thought it would be a great way to get up to speed with learning how to texture and light my scenes on a personal project,” said Morrison, who works as a Multimedia Designer at Survitec Viscom, where they make various health and safety videos for the Aviation, Marine, Energy and Corporate sectors. “Being able to test the render immediately on the Redshift Render View was a huge step up from the Physical Renderer and allowed me to focus more on my composition instead of idle time waiting.”
Clinton hopes that everyone who participated in the Infinite Journeys challenge was able to learn something, grow their skills, and have a good time doing it. “They’re a part of this big community where everyone’s learning and growing,” Clinton says. “No one knows all the answers, but as long as you are making progress, then that’s the best thing possible.”
The top five winners, including Alex Borre, third-place, Tyler G, fourth-place, and Danilo Steher, fifth-place, received prizes from the competition sponsors: Maxon, Rokoko, Camp Mograph, Wacom, Looking Glass Factory, and mograph.com.