Show us your best designs!
We are a growing Animation and VFX studio based in Portland, Oregon, responsible for over 700 creature shots on the TV series Grimm plus many other photo-real CG projects. Our work has given us the unique opportunity to put our own monster-comedy feature film into development titled "CHIHUANHAS", featuring half Piranha/half Chihuahua creatures - imagine the style of Tremors and Gremlins - a comedic, scary monster movie. We want you to help us create the ultimate creature design! *Please read the details below and understand the terms.
There are 7 distinct Chihuanha characters in the film and we're just not happy with our current designs, so we're opening up the opportunity to you - the massive amount of talent we see on the ZBrush forum. We want to see what you create and the artist who designs our favorite creature will receive $1500 and the credit for character design in the film's credits.
You must understand that this is not a multi-million dollar movie so we don't have lots of money to spare, but any additional character work we'll need as we proceed and create the other character variations will be yours, on a freelance basis - if you're easy to work with!
. Every dollar we spend will end up on the screen and we are attaching known talent as well. Regardless of our final production budget, you'll always be known as the guy or gal who designed the CHIHUANHAS!
What we're looking for - The Chihuanhas need to function on land like a dog, but have the qualities of a fish with translucent areas of skin, sparse hair, webbed ears and paws, gills, somewhat knobby spine, swimming tail and a ferocious mouth. The key to their success is the ability to go from a sweet pup to a ferocious monster dog in the blink of an eye and tear your throat out. This means the jaw needs a lot of flexibility and the eyes need to carry charm and life, as shown in the early concept art we included above.
Our primary character is a super-insane Chihuanha with extra-bulgy eyes and a lot of crazy in his expressions. The balance of your success will be in the way you handle these character designs while maintaining realism in the creature features and expressions. Please study Chihuahuas and have a look at the world's ugliest dog for some great-gross surfacing, skin reference. Maybe add a second eyelid for swimming? We're open to big ideas. Show us what you've got!
What we will need - The winning design will be delivered in a format that's compatible with our pipeline to be rigged in Maya and rendered in C4D with hair - same as Grimm. We'll put you in direct contact with our rigger and in-house Z-Brush artist (who is slammed with all new season 5 Grimm creatures) to be sure the model is correctly UVd and prepared for animation, so please keep this in mind when you are sculpting.
To participate, please submit your concepts in the form of a 3D rendering right here, so everyone can see and comment. We will look, listen and choose the best design from these submissions. And please share the competition details with your buddies, coworkers and any talented artist(s)you think will knock our socks off with great sculpts and design. We're super excited to see what you come up with as you explore diverse ranges of styles and concepts!
TERMS: In exchange for your participation, the winning design(s) will become the property of HIVE-FX, in exchange for said payment and film credit. If you do not agree to these terms in advance, please DO NOT participate and save us the frustration. We want to use the best design and do not want to be held up. Also, if you participate and you see elements of your concept in the final design, we will not pay you for these similarities. There are bound to be many designs that share similar properties and concepts, but the overall design with all the elements we want will be the sole winner. If you participate, you are agreeing to these terms. Agreed? Agreed!
Good luck and please have fun with it!!!
CLARK - DIRECTOR - HIVE-FX