Article submitted by Joel Davies. After a decline in entries, there has been much discussion on the BlenderArtists forums on how to improve the Animation Challenges to encourage more people to participate. Finally we can see the results of those discussions in the first improved Blender Animation Challenge.
Organiser, musk writes:
This is the first round of the new and hopefully improved animation
The Task is: Lift the sphere and have fun with it. You are free to do this anyway you want. You may make it heavy or really light just make sure you let us feel the weight. Be creative!
Your animation should be around 10 seconds but you can make it as long as you want. Keep in mind that you only have 4 weeks.
There is now a base file from which you start your animation, so you don't have to worry about modelling your own scene and the focus is put on the animation. Also it is required to use the Mancandy rig, so that everyone has the same chance.
Even if this is your first attempt at animation, don't be afraid to enter - the challenges should be great practise and a good learning experience.
Click here to download the base file and to enter the challenge.