New Blender Competition: Movie Moments

Aside from a grumpy old man I once met in the doctors waiting room, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like movies. They’re a powerful form of story telling that allow you to get lost in the narratives of the characters lives and completely forget how utterly boring your actual life is. No wonder they’re so popular!

So for all you cinephiles out there, it’s time to use your blender talents to create some fan art!


The theme is to create any scene or character from a movie. It can be new or old film, real or animated, it just has to be based off a real feature film.

For example, the idea for this competition actually came from this entry by Jay-artist in the last competition.

You can inject your own flavour into the scene, making it look cartoony or even create a whole new ending for the movie to your liking.

The Prize


  • Only one entry per person
  • It must be an image
  • It must be created with Blender
  • You may use any renderer you wish
  • Minor post processing in Gimp or Photoshop is allowed
  • Minimum image size is 1280 x 720, but the bigger the better (any aspect ratio is fine)
  • Your image must be a new creation, not an existing project
  • It must be your own work. No bought/borrowed or third party models allowed (including MakeHuman)
  • Photographic elements are allowed, but must not be a central part of the image (sky backgrounds are okay. Using a frame from the movie is not!)
  • The image must in some way relate to a movie
  • The winner will be asked to submit the .blend file for proof of its creation


Obviously what you do in this competition is up to you, but if you’re drawing a blank here’s a few pieces of movie fan art to get your brain firing…

Created by Rafael Grassetti

Created by Rafael Grassetti

Created by Munozvelazquez David Munoz Velazquez

Created by Munozvelazquez David Munoz Velazquez

Created by Andre McGrail

Created by Andre McGrail

Created by Diego Romo

Created by Diego Romo

Created by Carlos Bronchales

Created by Carlos Bronchales

Created by Christophe Desse and Olivier Couston

Created by Christophe Desse and Olivier Couston

Created by Max Wahyudi

Created by Max Wahyudi

Criteria for Judging

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Aesthetics
  • Story telling
  • Impact

To increase your chances of winning, aim for all three.

“The best art has meaning beyond just an image; perhaps it will bring you to tears, make you laugh, or remind you of something you’d almost forgotten. It stands out in a crowd, and dares to be different.” - More

Tips for Winning

  • Watch the movie of choice from start to finish and if possible take screencaps to use as reference.
  • Decide on the style of image you want to create before you open blender. If you are going to make it cartoony, stick with that the whole way through.
  • Refrain from adding text to the image. It’s more fun if we have to guess what movie it’s from ;)

6 Reasons to Enter:

  1. Competitions push you to better your work by exploring new themes
  2. It teaches you the importance of deadlines
  3. It can help you to think creatively by working around the constraints of a set theme
  4. Competing alongside other artists can be a great source of motivation
  5. Your entries will be posted here on Blender Guru, increasing your exposure
  6. You’re helping the world! This is a rare opportunity to use your artistic talent to donate $500 to a charity of your choice.

Submissions and Deadline

Entries must be submitted before 24th September 2012 at 11:59pm GMT (5 weeks from announcement).

Submit your entry

May the best artist win!

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About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
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  • baal

    Can we get a few extra weeks for this contest? I just figured out wHat I want to do!

  • 4K4_Bugs

    Hey guys!
    You probably already know this, but I just discovered it now
    and wanted to share it with you. When uploading an image bigger than 1
    MB to the website, it just shrinks your image down and you do
    get a quality loss. I think that qualitiy loss is quite big. If you want
    to compare it yourself, here is a repost of my competition image (its
    both from the same source file) on and
    You see the quality is quite different.
    So if you have files bigger than 1 MB it’s maybe not the best solution to post them on
    you know better alternatives? (I’m not sure how good deviantArt is, I
    have the feeling I’m giving up quite a lot of rights on my image there)

    Just a thought!

  • Fergoblender

    When is this competition ending?? There must be a lot of images entered in it :D Congratulations with your engagement too :)



  • Duckhands

    Hey I just wanted to express my appreciation to you Andrew. Not only for the excellent tutorials you make but also for the competitions, and the things you do to help get the little guys out there. Keep up the good work and congrats on your engagement=) Best of luck.

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  • ced


    • T B

       Click on “Submit your entry”. Log in, click on “Reply to Thread”, and then add your picture after the words “Here’s my entry:” (or something to that effect).

      Good luck!

      • Ced

        Thx mate !

  • Cedric_demiddeleer

    help how to submit!
    i pressed the submit button and got sent on another forum, i registered but can’t see where to apply!
    HELP ME PLZ I’ve been working on this real hard… 

  • C.G

    Now how annoying is this.

    I spent two days modeling the scene, and only then ,with not enough time left to start another one,
    do I discover that Blender crashes each time I try to use smoke.
    Annoying? you bet!

    Now the only thing to do is add smoke in Gimp.
    But I’m not sure if covering the scene in smoke, and adding a couple of other details, really falls under Andrews “minor post processing” category.

    Any ideas?

    • Moxiecrimefight

      I feel your pain. I worked on mine for weeks and on the day of the competition blender decided to crash every time I tried to render. Fml

  • Anne

    Darn. I only discovered this today and the deadline’s in two days.
    It’s a really interesting competition. :D