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Animators: Ready for the FJORG Challenge?

First International FJORG! CompetitionSan Diego, California, USAAug. 7-9, 2007Deadline: May 1, 2007

The best CG animators in the world are invited to participate in the first international FJORG! competition -- an iron animator event to be launched at SIGGRAPH 2007.

Competing teams will be called on to try to create the best character-driven animation the world has ever seen, within a limited window of 32 straight hours, while overcoming multiple staged distractions in a test of skill, talent, creativity and physical endurance.

Sixteen three-member teams will be selected from a pool of demo reels that will be received from contestants around the world. The 16 qualifying teams will be selected based on criteria set forth in the official rules.

These 16 teams will then be invited to participate in the main FJORG! event, which is to be held "Gladiator style" at the San Diego Convention Center before an attendee crowd and a panel of judges that may include recruiters and talent from top graphics, feature film, animation, and game companies.

The qualifying teams will be asked to create an animated sequence of at least 15 seconds in length (and no maximum length), based on a theme to be provided at the main event, during the limited time allowed, using only those assets supplied at the event and their own talent and skills.

The Viking Masters of FJORG! are planning to supply the following, and only the following, at the event:

* Sound and voiceover selections* Rigged model* Hardware* Software* Meals* Entertainment* Nap area* But no place to shower!

Entrants will compete to win the title of FJORG! Viking Animator. The winning team will be chosen by an elite panel of judges from the entertainment industry based on the judging criteria set forth in the official rules. The winning team will receive a trophy and other prizes, and the bragging rights associated with what could be the toughest animation contest in the world.

All members of the 16 finalist teams whose teams successfully create an animation sequence of at least 15 seconds in length, in the time allotted, will be awarded a full conference pass for the remainder of SIGGRAPH 2007 and a ticket to the Electronic Theater.

For more information, visit www.siggraph.org/s2007/presenters/fjorg/.

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