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LightWave 3D Group Launches Spaceship Design Challenge


LR-top_banner_spacecommand_contestThe LightWave 3D Group has teamed up with writer, producer and director Marc Scott Zicree to launch a competition that calls on artists from the LightWave 3D community to design spaceships that will be featured in the upcoming Space Command movie. Winning artists will receive full screen credits and an invitation to be top-level modellers on the film. The deadline for the competition is July 31. Winning designs will be announced in August.

Artists will have the opportunity to compete in two levels of spaceship design. The first spaceship will elaborate on an initial alien ship design by famed Star Wars designer Iain McCaig with inspiration from the designs of renowned Spanish Catalan architect and artist Antoni Gaudi. The second design is to be an entirely original spaceship, with no limitations, based on the artist’s own design.

The McCaig and Freestyle spaceship winners will receive a complete suite of LightWave 3D Group products – LightWave 11.x, ChronoSculpt and NevronMotion, plus five additional artists with top scores for their models will receive ChronoSculpt and NevronMotion software.

The Iain McCaig spaceship is scaled at five miles long and has a highly detailed gold appearance. In the film, it is discovered buried under the Martian landscape, but it is not Martian. It is Y’Maa, a race that is very wise and millions of years old. This ship should also incorporate design inspiration from Antoni Gaudi as found in his art and architecture for the “nurnies” or “greeblies,” which are the details that make a ship look incredible up close.

Reminiscent of sci-fi’s optimistic past, Space Command follows the bold adventures of the United Planet’s Space Command, a dedicated group of scientists, soldiers and adventurers exploring and taming space for human colonization.

“Having long worked in television, I’ve been an admirer of LightWave 3D for many years, both on shows I’ve written for, such as Star Trek – The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5, and those of my friends and co-workers, including Battlestar Galactica, Serenity and The Walking Dead,” said Zicree. “Space Command presents a hopeful vision of the future, in which we can all be part of building an exciting and challenging life on the moons and planets of our own solar system and beyond, and I’m thrilled that the LightWave community can be a part of it.”

“LightWave’s roots run deep in the sci-fi industry and that makes the Space Command Challenge a natural fit for the many talented artists in the LightWave community,” said Rob Powers, president, LightWave 3D Group. “We are excited to partner with Marc Scott Zicree and his team to help launch this project and are equally as excited to see the winning spaceships once they are revealed. This type of challenge is a first for the 3D industry and one that offers all artists the chance to see their work immortalized in a film.”

Winning models will be judged by Zicree, VFX supervisor Geoffrey Mark, co-director and producer Elaine Zicree and producer Neil Johnson.

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