Discover Talking Animation for Every Creator: iClone Lip-Sync Animation Contest 2021

Reallusion invites creators from around the world to enter the Lip-Sync Animation Contest 2021. Apply Reallusion’s game-changing facial animation pipeline into a 30-second video by remaking your favourite movie scene, TV series, music video, or anything creative. Compete for a chance to win $40,000 in prizes and awards. The contest starts now and runs until September 30th.

Prize Sponsors:

Reallusion has teamed up with industry professionals for a valuable prize package that awards creativity and achievement. The sponsors include NVIDIA, Epic Games, Marvelous Designer, ZBrush, Razer, Replica, BorisFX, FXhome, Noitom, and Rokoko.

“The most powerful storytelling combines the human voice with immersive visuals, and so we’re pleased to offer Replica Studios voice AI tools integrated with Reallusion’s animation software for contest participants and the broader developer community to create unique and compelling narratives. Our platform offers a library of over 40 AI voice actors and rich performance features to convey realistic moods and emotions. We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing what animators create for the competition.”

Shreyas Nivas, Co-Founder, and CEO of Replica Studios

Game-Changing Facial Animation Workflow

Create true-to-life facial animations with the game-changing facial animation workflow that includes accurate voice lip-sync, puppet emotive expressions, muscle-based face key editing, and iPhone facial capture.

During the contest period, participants can get free software licenses, character content, face tools, and AI voices. This contest calls on artists and storytellers to create their best short lip-sync video for a chance to win prizes and get featured as an official Reallusion showcase.

“As a storyteller, iClone has made it possible for me to create convincing facial animation and short films using the awesome MetaHuman characters from Epic Games. I can’t wait to see more and more storytellers and filmmakers harness iClone to bring their animated stories to life.”

Solomon Jagwe, Co-founder at Sowel Studios

The Open Facial Animation Pipeline for MetaHuman and Blender Users

The new animation advancements in iClone face and lip-sync solutions work with Character Creator and Unreal’s MetaHuman Creator. This gives participants the option to use digital humans from either platform for the contest. The Blender Character Pipeline is also introduced for the large Blender artist community.

The contest welcomes designers with different skill sets and backgrounds to join, as long as they can import or livelink a character to iClone, use iClone facial pipeline to animate their actors, and export and render using their favourite tools.

9 Categories with Over $40,000 Total Award Value  

The Contest offers cash and prizes valued at over $40,000 from various A-list sponsors that have partnered with Reallusion. The award categories and prize list includes opportunities for participants to unlock special awards with a single submission.

Top Cash Prizes and Awards:

  • Best Character Animation: 1st place $3,000, 2nd place $2,000, 3rd place $1,000
  • Best Character Design: 1st place $2,500, 2nd place $1,500, 3rd place $1,000

Special Awards:

Special Achievement Awards will be given to recognize the best works in categories such as Movie Remake, Student Artwork, and more. See the contest website for all categories.

These awards are juried by the judges and add more to the winnings from sponsor prize packages and DA points to get products from Reallusion.

Learn more about the prizes >

Free Resources for Contestants

Contestants can sign up to get access to a 2-month iClone software license, 4 hours of AI voices from REPLICA, and lots of free sample characters to get started.

Download resources here >

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About Reallusion:

Reallusion Inc. is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer with headquarters in Silicon Valley, R&D centers in Taiwan, and offices and training centres in the USA, Germany, and Japan. Reallusion specializes in the development of real-time cinematic animation, virtual production, and motion capture tools that connect professional 3D animation technologies to creators from indie to studio. The company provides users with pro character animation, facial and body mocap, and lip-sync solutions for real-time filmmaking and previsualization and production. Reallusion’s core technologies are widely used by trainers, educators, game developers, and filmmakers.

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