I thought this entry was really creative and fun - it embodies the values of the X-Particles Challenge. - Andy Needham
I really like this fresh piece. - Mario Tran Phuc
This entry was done with X-Particles v2 (so an old version) but still delivers in animation and in style. - Dino Muhic
While the actual use of X-Particles wasn't as advanced or involved as some of the other entries. I thought it was one of the strongest pieces as far as camera and overall aesthetic and tone goes. It stood out as feeling like one of the most complete pieces submitted. - Brandon Parvini
Great exploration of fluids and geometric forms showing the diversity of X-Particles as a graphic tool. - Tim Clapham
Great use of fluids and the composition is nice and clean. - Mike Batchelor
If you don't have X-Particles you can download a 30 day demo here.
This year, we will also have several prizes for entries which just fell outside the top 3 but were still really strong entries.
You can be in with a chance to win licenses of Cycles 4D Renderer from Insydium, Think Particle store vouchers, MILG11 training from Motionworks, Learn.X-Particles 3 training from helloluxx and more plugins from Curious Animal.
Mario is based in Frankfurt, Germany and is a very experienced VFX Designer who won last year's competition - he lives and breathes X-Particles.
Brandon is a freelance motion designer and director based in Los Angeles. He placed 2nd in last year's challenge and is a welcome addition to the judges panel.
Dino is a freelance motion graphics and visual effects artist based in Frankfurt, Germany. He also shares his knowledge through tutorials and presets.
As well as being one of the creators of X-Particles, Mike is also a creative designer specializing in motion graphics for sports packages.