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The Perfect Loop

Animation Challenge

A themed animation challenge, open to all artists, regardless of technical skills and art style. $23,000 USD prize pool, two panels of some of the most talented 3D artists as judges. Take part in an exciting community challenge with other fellow creatives, for a chance to win full motion capture gear and cash prizes. Enter your submission before June 13.

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Jury
Clinton Jones
@pwnisher
Wren Weichman
@sirwrender
Todd Blankenship
@amiafilmmaker
William Faucher
@williamfaucher.vfx
Gavin Shapiro
@shapiro500
Michael Maher
@amiafilmmaker
Peter France
@peterfrance
Sam Lazarus
@the.jabberwock
Briefing
Everyone loves a seamless loop. Whether you want the characters in your scene to run or jump in 3D or 2D, your task is to create a hypnotic character-based looped animation with Rokoko tools that makes you want to watch it on repeat.
Rules

We want you to unleash your creativity while staying true to your unique art style. However, to make sure your entry qualifies, follow these rules:

1. Sign up to enter the challenge with the form below.

2. The contest is a digital art competition meant for artists of every level who work with character animation. Any visual render style is allowed and everyone can participate.

3. Your entry has to relate to the theme and must be submitted by June 13, 4 PM CEST. You will receive the link to the submission form via email once you sign up for the challenge.

4. Any visual render style is welcomed, including 2D. We want to see the theme interpreted in your own, unique art style.

5. Your entry can be a collaborative piece among a maximum of 3 people. In the event your entry wins, it’s up to the group to divide the prizes.

6. Your entry has to include character animation made with any of these Rokoko tools: Smartsuit Pro, Smartgloves, Face Capture tools, or Studio software. If you don’t own any of Rokoko hardware tools, you can just download Rokoko Motion Library for free here and get access to 100 free mocap assets or download our Office Hours’ free assets here. You can also try out our Face Capture solution here.

7. The use of mocap has to be an integral part of the entry. It doesn’t have to be the sole focus of the scene, but it does have to play a role and it has to have an impact on the scene.

8. You can only submit one video file (not a frame render) in the format indicated in the Deliverables section.

9. Your entry has to be a minimum of 3 seconds and a maximum of 1 minute long. VERY IMPORTANT: your entry has to loop! We recommend a minimum of 2 times.

10. Your entry must be an original creation specifically made for the contest (no previous existing projects) but you are allowed to use assets you didn't personally create like characters, environments, etc.

11. You must submit your final work together with a clay render (without materials and textures) of your scene.❗Please notice: you must add your name and date somewhere into the 3d scene, not just overlayed on top.

12. The entry has to be published on any social media platform with the hashtag #MadeWithRokoko

13. We reserve ourselves the right to exclude entries should the content not be aligned with Rokoko’s content guidelines (eg. gratuitous violence, pornographic content, etc.)

- Download Motion Library Assets here.
- Access free motion assets recorded during our Livestreams
here.
- Do you have a concept in mind that requires a specific motion asset? Request it
here by filling out a 1-minute form.

Prizes

BEST RENDER

1st Prize:
2500 USD + Full Performance Capture Bundle (valued 3995 USD) - including 1 Smartsuit Pro II, 1 Smartgloves, 1 Face Capture license, 1 Phone Mount, and 1 Rokoko Studio Plus license

2nd Prize: 1 Smartsuit Pro II + Face Capture Bundle (including 1 Face Capture license + 1 Phone Mount)

3rd Prize: 1 pair of Smartgloves + Face Capture Bundle + 100 USD in Motion Library Credits

BEST ORIGINAL CONCEPT

1st Prize
: 2500 USD + Full Performance Capture Bundle  (valued 3995 USD) - including 1 Smartsuit Pro II, 1 Smartgloves, 1 Face Capture license, 1 Phone Mount, and 1 Rokoko Studio Plus license)

2nd Prize: 1 Smartsuit Pro II  + Face Capture Bundle (including 1 Face Capture license + 1 Phone Mount)

3rd Prize: 1 pair of Smartgloves + Face Capture Bundle + 100 USD in Motion Library Credits

Judging Criteria

The judges will take these criteria into consideration when choosing the winning entries:

1. Visual Appeal
2. Original Theme Interpretation
3. Use of mocap
4. Technique

You are not required to meet all the 4 criteria in order to win. However, the mocap has to be an integral part of the scene. Your scene and loop should be constructed in a way the mocap asset is essential for the loop to work.

Deliverables

1. Ratio: Free artistic choice

2. Min. resolution (can be vertical or horizontal): 1920px/1080px

3. Framerate: 24 frames per second

4. File Format: Preferably MOV/AVI or MP4

5. File naming: ArtistName-TitleofEntry.mov

6. Clean version: No burn-ins, subtitles, text, or graphic overlays

Following the guidelines above and submitting your content for the Perfect Loop Animation Challenge makes you eligible for the prize pool while also approving that Rokoko can showcase the submitted content on our own platforms and channels.

How to enter

1. Sign up via the form below to enter the challenge.

2. Create a new render based on the challenge’s theme.

3. Make sure the entry adheres to the rules above.

4. Use the submission form to submit your entry before June 13 4 PM CEST. The submission form link will be sent to you via email in May.

5. If you experience issues uploading your entry, reach out to us here.

6. We’ll announce the winners on our Discord server once the judges have held their judging sessions. You can join the server here.

FAQ

1. How much time do I have to create my entry?
The Perfect Loop Challenge starts on May 13 and ends on June 13 at 4 PM CET. To submit the entry, use the submission form sent via email when you sign up.

2. Where can I ask more questions about the challenge?
You can ask us any questions directly by joining our Discord and dropping the questions in the #animation-challenge channel. We will answer it as fast as we can!

3. Can I submit multiple entries for the challenge?
No. The rule of thumb is 1 submission per 1 creator or 1 group of a maximum of 3 creators.

4. Can a team participate in the challenge?
Yes. Teams of a maximum of 3 artists are allowed. In the event the group wins, it is up to the artists to divide the prizes among themselves.

5. Do I need to use Rokoko hardware tools to participate?
Not at all! You can download our Motion Library - the industry’s biggest asset marketplace - for free here, get 100 free mocap assets to use or access any other asset for 3 or 6 USD. Or simply, grab free motion assets recorded by our Creative Director Sam during his Office Hours live stream.You can even request free mocap by filling out this 1-minute form here.

6. Where can I watch Rokoko Office Hours live stream?
You can watch Office Hours every Thursday from 11 am PT here.The next live streams will have a few important guests:May 26: Director and Animator SmearballsJune 2: 3D artist Alain Bui

7. How much mocap do I have to use in my scene?
Your loop has to use some Rokoko motion capture in your scene, whether it's from hardware like the Smartsuit Pro or Smartgloves, or from the Motion Library (including the free assets). While this motion capture doesn't have to be the focus of your scene, it does have to have an impact on it. For example, you cannot put a single mocap asset so far in the background that it isn't noticeable - so that your loop would be essentially the same whether or not the mocap asset was included.

8. Can I use third-party assets?
Yes. However, keep in mind that you need to use Rokoko mocap in a relevant way as it is one of the judging criteria. Third-party textures and materials can be used as much as you like.

9. I noticed a mistake in my work and I’ve already submitted it. Can I resubmit it?
Absolutely yes! Please reach out to us if you do so and we will make sure to consider only your last entry - as long as it is submitted before 4 PM CEST on June 13.

Register!

Can't make it? We will send you a video recording via email after the event.
You are registered!
Thank you for registering to the Perfect Loop Animation Challenge! You will receive emails with intructions and tips and tricks during the competition time.

Win amazing prizes!

To get a chance to win, introduce yourself in the #VTubing on the Rokoko Discord channel.
Prizes include:
  • 1x Elgato Stream Deck XL + 1 year Rokoko Face Capture
  • 1x Elgato Stream Deck MK2 + 1 year Rokoko Face Capture
  • 1x One year Rokoko Face Capture
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Registration
Sign up via the form to register for the challenge. You will receive the link to upload your project via email in May. We will also send you some useful tips and tricks to help you along the way.
Prizes