The wait’s finally over – CG Whiz 2010 shortlist

We said it was going to be tough to judge and we were right. The entries for this year’s CG Whiz competition blew us away (quite literally!) and the quality of the reels overall impressed each and every judge.

The panel made up of our very own Lee Danskin and Dom Davenport, The Mill’s James Sindle, 3D Artist’s Sarah Slee, The Mill's Stephen Venning and last year’s CG Whiz winner Adam Droy had quite a task but after much deliberation have chosen the strongest contenders.

We’re thrilled to announce the shortlist for CG Whiz 2010 (in no particular order):

•    Chloe Tse 
•    Natalie Rock 
•    Kiko Pérez 
•    Justyna Galka 
•    Sampaio Ribeiro 
•    J.A. Duran 
•    Michael Fawke 
•    Andres Weber 
•    Graham Young 
•    Edward Saltau 
•    Stu Schwartz 
•    Lina Schwamkrug 
•    Renuka Braganza 

These guys beat stiff competition to get down to the last 13 and are now in the running for a three month classroom course at Escape Studios and a four week placement with The Mill – in total a prize worth about £15,000 (or $24,000). Not bad!

We want to say a big thank you to those entered – submissions came in from all four corners of the globe. It’s clear there’s a huge amount of CG talent out there and we can’t wait to crown our CG Whiz winner on 9th December.  As usual, keep your eyes peeled on the blog for news of the winner.

9 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Isabelle Duarte
Thu 2 Dec 2010: 7:25am

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  • rocky:


  • Rajeef Ghandi:

    I would have to agree with emanuele. There is a real mixture here. I would have to say that some of the finalists look like they need the course based on their reels and others seem to be at a professional level already.

    I don't quite understand the judging criteria. If you are looking for the best talent then you have left out some fantastic entrants. Perhaps you have to do this in order to represent a larger range of disciplines.

    Congratulations to those in the shortlist who do have fantastic reels, but for me this doesn't total 13.

    Good luck to all.

  • seo agency:

    Will i think you have a point. But it is important to remember competitions such as these, need to reward top performers, its creating a benchmark for everyone. Also these are all students, so obviously they havent yet reached their full potential. Well may be artists never reach it. I think people should never stop learning and offering a course for students from such a highly reputable company and a intern is awesome. For those who didnt make it dont stop here. Congratulations to all those who entered its a fine effort and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

  • Jessica:

    Character animation with minimal VFX? Come on!

  • Will:

    I do think some of these showreels are fantastic. All show a fairly advanced technical ability - so what is this competition all about? You are offering a course as a prize to people that don't need it. Wouldn't it be better to search for people that show potential, and would benefit most from the course?

  • Chris Dyke:

    Some fantastic work there!
    Really cant wait to see the final results.
    Personally as a massive fan of VFX though I think J.A. Duran or Stu Schwartz deserve a special mention!

  • Kofi O Ansah:

    Great stuff guys!

    Congratulations to the top 13. All the best to the winner.

    I didn't make this time but was a further step than not entering at all.

    May be next year eh.

  • jchen:

    Thats a really impressive list of reels. Big congratulations to the 13!

    I didn't make it, but it was great motivation to put together a reel only after 10 months of CG training. Thanks Escape!

  • emanuele:

    i personally dont think some of these works should be in the short list..

    3 or 4 of them are really good so good luck to those, they have a great reel! :)

    dont get annoyed.. just my personal opinion ...

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