The X-Particles Challenge is a competition designed to inspire creativity using MAXON's Cinema 4D and Insydium’s X-Particles.
It's fun to play with and feels as easy to use as MoGraph. Find out more about X-Particles here.
This year, instead of simply saying “Go create something cool using X-Particles”, we’re providing a template file with a camera and base geometry.
The inspiration for this year's X-Particles Challenge comes from the awesome new idents for BBC2 - check them out here.
Here's another lovely reference to get your creative juices going from the excellent ManvsMachine.
To make sure it’s all about the particles, you don’t animate a camera or include any other text / logos etc.
Use the base spline in the template to create geometry which can be used to emit particles, collide with or cull particles. However the particles interact is up to you.
Be sure to read the full rules below.
The challenge begins here! To get started, download the project file for your preferred renderer by clicking on the logos below.
To use another renderer (not listed below), such as Arnold, download the Standard Cinema 4D project file as your starting point.
If you don't have X-Particles you can download a 30 day demo here.
Show them what you'll create!
Nidia Dias is a Freelance Art Director and Designer from Portugal. Her work is focused mainly on styleframes and look development for motion. With a background in graphic design, combined with motion expertise she creates visually compelling images that tell a story.
Mario is based in Frankfurt, Germany and is a very experienced VFX Designer who won the first competition - he lives and breathes X-Particles.
Brandon is a freelance motion designer and director based in Los Angeles.
Jeremy is a designer, director and VFX artist based in Brooklyn, New York.
You'll find Mike's work online as Beeple, where he finds extremely creative ways to use X-Particles in his inspirational Everydays project.
Casey is a freelance digital content creator who has been working in the live visual, and commercial field, for over a decade. He has contributed work to major tours for U2, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5.