- Submission Deadline:
- 6 May 2009
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Official Rules for the FJORG! Competition
These FJORG! Competition Rules must be completed, signed by each team member and faxed to +1.856.423.3420 by 5 pm Pacific Daylight Time, Wednesday, 6 May. Or they must be sent no later than 6 May via postal or courier service to:
SIGGRAPH 2009 Conference Manager
Talley Management Group, Inc.
19 Mantua Road
Mt. Royal, New Jersey 08061 USA
Void where prohibited by law.
By entering the FJORG! Competition (the "Competition"), you agree to abide by these Official Rules, and that the decisions of the judges, in conjunction with the Association for Computing Machinery ("ACM") and ACM SIGGRAPH ("SIGGRAPH"), are final with respect to all aspects of the Competition.
Animation is not just character movement. It is storytelling, design, mood, character, teamwork, and a number of other elements that combine to create magic.
FJORG! celebrates this process. The mission of FJORG! is to create a pressure cooker of opportunity for animators seeking a high-profile event in which to showcase their skills.
Ten competing teams of computer graphics ("CG") artists will be chosen to participate in the FJORG! Event to be held during SIGGRAPH 2009 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana starting at 9 am on Monday, 3 August and ending at 5 pm on Tuesday, 4 August during which period the 10 teams will compete against each other and resist multiple distractions for 32 hours straight to create the best animation sequence (the "Event"). Recruiters and talent from top computer graphics, feature film, animation, and game companies will be in attendance at SIGGRAPH 2009.
Animators will have access to 3D pre-built rigs for 3D animation, and also 2D animation software wherein they may generate their own characters. This contest encourages creative use of technology to tell a story, based on a theme to be revealed at the Event.
Who Can Enter
The Competition is open to individuals ages 18 and older at the time of entry. Employees, agents, and representatives of ACM, SIGGRAPH, competition sponsors, or FJORG! Judges (as described below) and their respective affiliates and subsidiaries, and members of their immediate families or households are not eligible to participate. Three eligible persons must form a team (a "Team") in order to enter the Competition. Each eligible person may be a member of only one Team. Substitution of Team members is prohibited without the express consent of the FJORG! Judges.
As discussed in more detail below, no Team will be registered in the Competition or have its demo reel reviewed unless and until all Team members have submitted a signed copy of these Official Rules and a signed Waiver and Release.
How to Enter
Each Team must select one member of the Team to act as the Team organizer (the "Team Organizer"). The Team Organizer must submit a complete application package for the Team (discussed in more detail below) and a Team demo reel. The demo reel can be 2D and/or 3D animation, but must be no longer than two (2) minutes in length and no greater than 200 MB in size in QuickTime (.mov), Windows (.avi), or MPEG (.mpg or .mp4) format. The demo reel can be uploaded at the site linked at the bottom of this web page. Only one entry per Team is permitted.
Demo reel submissions will be accepted beginning on 27 March until 6 May at 5 pm, Pacific Daylight Time.
Documents Required for Entry
As indicated above, each Team Organizer must submit a complete application package for the Team no later than Wednesday, 6 May. The application package must include the following six forms:
- Three (3) signed copies of these Official Rules (one for each Team member); and
- Three (3) signed copies of the Waiver and Release (one for each Team member).
These six forms must be faxed to +1.856.423.3420 no later than Wednesday, 6 May. Or they must be sent no later than 6 May via postal or courier service to:
SIGGRAPH 2009 Conference Manager
Talley Management Group, Inc.
19 Mantua Road
Mt. Royal, New Jersey 08061 USA
Demo Reel Entry Fee
The demo reel entry fee is $US 30, due at the time of submission. Payment must be made by credit card through this online payment system using the procedures required by the web site. There is no fee to participate in the Event.
Demo Reel Judging
The FJORG! judges (to be identified in April) (the "FJORG! Judges") will select 10 Teams (the "Competing Teams") based on their applications and demo reel submissions to participate in the 32-hour Event to be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center before an attendee crowd. Team demo reels must reflect a command of animation skills in 2D and/or 3D animation by all applicants. Teams may earn up to 100 points from demo reel FJORG! Judges based on the following categories. Demo reels will be judged on the following criteria:
1. 0-20 points awarded for storytelling, believability, acting, personality
2. 0-20 points awarded for pantomime, body language, posing, body mechanics
3. 0-20 points awarded for facial animation, lip sync
4. 0-20 points awarded for artistic style
5. 0-20 points awarded for technical achievement
We do not require fully surfaced, lit, and rendered characters. We are happy to receive wireframes, pencil tests, and movement studies showing good acting and movement. The demo reel may contain short films, sequences, or just movement studies. It is up to the each Team how they chose to present themselves on the demo reel.
Each Team must identify the work on the demo reel with the name of the animators responsible and the names of any other artists who participated on the shot. Shots must be the work of animators seeking participation in the Event.
In selecting the Competing Teams, judges will look for evidence of Team character animation abilities such as character walk cycle, lip sync, acting, and a range of characters. All Team members will be notified that they have been selected to participate in the Event by email, and the Team Organizer identified on the entry form will also be notified by telephone on or before 1 July.
Only the three individuals listed on the original FJORG! application for each Competing Team may animate on the contest project at the Event, unless a substitution is approved by the FJORG! Judges at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of the Event.
The Event will last at least 32 continual hours, beginning at 9 am on Monday, 3 August and ending on Tuesday, 4 August at 5 pm. All Competing Team members must be present at the FJORG! Staging Room at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana by 8 am, Monday, 3 August or they will be eliminated from participating in the Event. Participants may begin the production of the themed animation at 9 am on Monday, 3 August and must hand in their final animated sequence to the FJORG! Judges by 5 pm on Tuesday, 4 August. Each Competing Team must create an animated sequence based on a theme that will be revealed at the Event and using only the limited materials that will be provided at the Event by ACM SIGGRAPH. The animated sequence must be no shorter than 15 seconds and employ at least one sound bite. There is no maximum time limit for the animated sequence.
On the day of the Event, the Competing Teams will be supplied with sound and voice-over selections; rigged CG models; monitor, computer hardware sufficient to house software and provide necessary output; software, including Autodesk products Maya and 3D Max, Adobe products Photoshop and After Effects, Macromedia product Flash (all products being used are the results of donations from our industry friends and as such, the actual products used are therefore subject to change without notice), and other tactile materials required to create story boards; meals; and entertainment.
Competing Teams will be required to focus, as there will be multiple staged distractions during the course of the Event. Participants may participate in other SIGGRAPH mini-events (open only to registered FJORG! participants) and take naps, sleep cycles, and other self-prescribed breaks during the Event. However, competitors are encouraged to plan their time wisely. Competing Teams will be tested not only on their talents, but on their ability to withstand distractions staged by the Event coordinators. Competing Team members must remain in the FJORG! Staging Room for the duration of the 32-hour Event, but will be permitted to use the restroom facilities and attend other FJORG! mini-events. Each Competing Team's final animated sequence must be submitted to the FJORG! Judges by 5 pm on 4 August. Entries not received by 5 pm on 4 August will be disqualified and will not be entered into the final judging. Additional rules will be provided at the Event.
No hardware, software, or media storage devices may be brought to the Event by the participants, and no resources, assets, or materials other than those supplied to the participants on the day of the Event may be used to create the animated sequence. The FJORG! contest computers will be configured to prohibit any such interaction. No internet usage is allowed during the Event, and participants may not access computers assigned to other Teams.
Each participant is permitted to bring one sleeping bag or blanket, one pillow, and two airline-compatible carry-on size bags to the Event. Participants will be permitted to sleep in designated areas of the FJORG! Staging Room. Participants are encouraged to bring personal toiletries. There will be no bathing facilities at the Event, but regular restroom facilities will be available. Participants will not be provided with any designated place to sleep. Security will be limited, therefore, participants should not bring valuable belongings. ACM, SIGGRAPH, and the Event organizers are not responsible for any items lost at the Event. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Event.
All participants must exhibit professionalism and regard for other participants at all times. No alcohol, drugs, or illegal substances permitted in the participant arena or nap areas. Smoking is prohibited in the convention center. Those wishing to smoke may take breaks on the terrace outside.
Winner Selection and Responsibilities
The FJORG! Judges will judge the submitted animated sequences on the following 105-point scale:
1. 0-15 points awarded for storytelling, believability, acting, personality
2. 0-15 points awarded for pantomime, body language, posing, body mechanics
3. 0-15 points awarded for facial animation, lip sync
4. 0-15 points awarded for artistic style
5. 0-15 points awarded for technical achievement
6. 0-15 points awarded for how the theme of the event is realized
7. 0-15 points awarded for time management, team effectiveness, and attitude
Judging is final on Wednesday, 5 August at the discretion of the FJORG! Judges, and the winning Team will be announced at a SIGGRAPH 2009 panel session that evening.
Winners may be required to furnish picture proof of identification, which may include a driver's license, passport, voting card, or similar government-issued identification. All Teams agree to the use of their names, voices, and/or likenesses for advertising and promotional purposes without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
Each member of a Competing Team that timely submits a final animated sequence during the Event will be awarded a full conference pass for the remainder of SIGGRAPH 2009, including a ticket to the Computer Animation Festival and a CD of conference documents.
The Competing Team selected by an elite panel of judges from the industry, and the winner of the Competition will be awarded:
- the title of "FJORG! Champion, SIGGRAPH 2009";
- individual trophies to the winning Team members; and
- other prizes to be announced at a later date.
The approximate total retail value of the conference pass is $335 and approximate total retail value of all other Competition prizes to be awarded is less than $100. Prior to receiving any prize, each member of the winning Team will be required to sign and submit an acknowledgement confirming the member's eligibility and compliance with the Official Rules. Prizes will be delivered at the Event. Prizes must be accepted as described in these rules, and may not be sold, transferred to another person, assigned, substituted for another prize, or exchanged in whole or in part for cash.
All federal, state and/or local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winning Competing Team members.
Ownership of Contest Materials
By entering this Competition you agree that any and all work product produced by you during the Competition, including, but not limited to all sketches, designs, animation sequences, drafts and all other written materials (the "Materials"), and all rights therein, shall be exclusively owned by ACM, and you hereby irrevocably assign to ACM in perpetuity all right, title and interest therein, including, without limitation, all copyrights in and to all such Materials. You acknowledge that Competition sponsors may also use the Materials without obligation of any kind to you and that you shall not have any right to restrict such use. Materials will not be returned. You agree that you will only use the Materials in your personal portfolio as an example of your work product but will not otherwise use, display, distribute, or publish the Materials. You understand that ACM and SIGGRAPH and the Competition sponsors reserve the right to use your name in connection with the Materials, but shall have no obligation to do so.
Limitations on Liability
ACM and SIGGRAPH and the Competition sponsors assume no liability for lost, delayed, or misdirected entries whether due to technical or computer malfunctions or otherwise, and ACM and SIGGRAPH and the Competition sponsors assume no liability for technical or computer malfunctions of any kind. ACM and SIGGRAPH and the Competition Sponsors are not responsible for any incorrect information, whether caused by web site users, tampering, hacking or by any of the programming associated with or utilized in the Competition and assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation, or other transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or tampering with, the web site or database. ACM and SIGGRAPH and the Competition sponsors reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify, suspend, or extend the Competition at any time if the Competition is not capable of running as planned by reason of legal impediments, infection by computer viruses, hacking, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of ACM and SIGGRAPH and the Competition sponsors, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Competition.
BY SIGNING BELOW, YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE AS FOLLOWS: YOU HAVE VOLUNTARILY APPLIED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION AT THE ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE OVER A CONTINUAL TIME PERIOD OF AT LEAST THIRTY-TWO HOURS. YOU ARE AWARE OF AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE INHERENT RISKS IN PARTICIPATING IN THE COMPETITION AND YOU ARE VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THE COMPETITION WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGER INVOLVED. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT SERIOUS INJURY, EVEN DEATH, IS POSSIBLE AS A RESULT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPETITION AND YOU HEREBY AGREE TO ACCEPT ANY AND ALL RISKS OF INJURY OR DEATH AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY AND WELFARE WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE COMPETITION, INCLUDING THE RECEIPT OR USE OF A PRIZE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NONE OF ACM, SIGGRAPH, THE COMPETITION SPONSORS, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS HAVE MADE, NOR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR, ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR LAW REGARDING THE QUALITY, MECHANICAL CONDITION OR FITNESS OF THE PRIZES. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO ME. FURTHER, YOU AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THE OFFICIAL RULES.
ACM and SIGGRAPH reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual participant or Team if it finds such participant or Team: to be submitting multiple entries, providing any false or misleading or incomplete information, tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Competition or the FJORG! Web Site; to be acting in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in an inappropriate or disruptive manner, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, disparage, harass, harm, or threaten any other person or Team, or devaluing the efforts of or causing harm to another participant or Team.
Disputes, Choice of Law, and Choice of Language
As a condition of participating in this Competition, you agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Competition, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively, before a court located in New York City having competent jurisdiction, which court shall apply the laws of the State of New York without regard to doctrines of Conflict of Law.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND AGREEMENT
I hereby acknowledge that I have carefully read and understand these Official Rules, including the sections regarding Ownership of Contest Materials and Limitations on Liability, and I fully accept, and agree to fully comply with, all of the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules.
Dated this _______________ day of ______________, 2009
Print Name: ______________________________________