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Welcome to the May 2013 Freebie Challenge: “Yesterday’s Future”
Posted: 30 April 2013 05:30 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Yesterday’s Future
The May 2013 Freebie Challenge


“The future ain’t what it used to be.”
- Yogi Berra

Even before we could make movies (let alone make renders), we’ve been using visual media to tell stories about the future. One of the first colour movies was an adaptation of Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon,” and Lang’s “Metropolis” is a classic of the silent-film era.

The ‘50s saw an explosion of visual futurism, with Colliers’ Magazine running illustrated stories about possible space stations and Moon missions, and Hollywood releasing such gems as “Destination Moon,” “Forbidden Planet,” “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” and George Pal’s “War of the Worlds” (and some not-so-fine examples such as “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”), with their plastic-and-rayguns futures. Sci-fi book covers were adorned with square-jawed heroes, damsels in distress, and mighty rocket ships. And who can forget “Buck Rogers” (or “Duck Dodgers”)?

The ‘60s gave us “Lost in Space” and “Star Trek,” swapping the plastic for velour and miniskirts - and “The Prisoner,” swapping the idealism for mind-games. Time marched on, and capable women, friendly androids, and sympathetic aliens took their places on novel dust-jackets and movie soundstages alongside the men. We’ve seen the dystopic futures of “Blade Runner” and “Minority Report,” the post-apocolypse futures of “Mad Max” and “Nausicaa,” the near-utopian future of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the just-like-the-present-but-in-space “Star Wars” and “Babylon 5,” the cyberspace stories of “Tron,” “ReBoot,” and “The Matrix,” and many, many, many more.

Of course, the details of those futures haven’t matched what actually came to pass ... but we only know that with the benefit of hindsight.

This month, look through the lenses of the past century and show us what our parents or grandparents may have thought the future would be like - either a completely original work or a homage to a classic (or not-so-classic) story.

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Posted: 30 April 2013 05:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The Rules:

The Rules are in the “RULES FOR THE MONTHLY FREEBIE CHALLENGE!” sticky, but I’m exercising my right to change the number in rule 1:

1. A minimum of 8 freebies.


The Prizes:

Everybody who wins or places gets store credit… and more! For now, here’s what’s on tap:

Entry Gifts
Krissy has kindly provided a bottle of SunCream, just in time for the Summer Fun! Everyone who enters will receive this gift. (No render yet.)

Honorable Mentions (2)
$5 gift card from robkelk
celebi’s textures for the MFD - in the shot below, A3 is wearing the Firebird texture and V4 is wearing the green texture

Third place
$8 gift card from DAZ3D
$10 gift card from Jaderail
celebi’s textures for the MFD
And Eustace Scrubb has promised “a full mask (with integrated goggles and bowler hat), with an assortment of unmapped material zones ... [and] a mapped and untextured .DUF prop mask (rather like a sinister Mardi Gras mask) for M4, with several morphs to deform the brow.” No render available yet… (EDIT: The gloves that were previously mentioned probably won’t be part of the package.)

Second place
$12 gift card from DAZ3D
$15 gift card from Jaderail
celebi’s textures for the MFD
And the second-place winner will receive something from Mr Sparky ... that you get to choose! He’s been kind enough to offer anything from his CP, Rendo or PoserDirect store, only excepting jointly-owned or created products. Since I don’t know what will be chosen, you’ll have to pick a card… but only one card.

First place
$15 gift card from DAZ3D
$20 gift card from Jaderail
celebi’s textures for the MFD
And, through the kindness of DocMikeB of Shifters Evolution at Dreamslayer Artworks, the fabulous HOUSEBOAT that was the Grand Prize in last month’s Freebie Challenge remains on offer to the winner of this month’s Challenge. This will be your FINAL CHANCE to win this highly detailed model—it will not be available again after this month. And it goes ONLY to the first-place winner in May. This, I have a render for.


Credit where Credit Is Due:

The UFO in this month’s banner is a Sparkyworld freebie.


The People Behind the Scenes:

Your host this month is Rob Kelk (known here by the handle “robkelk”), the maintainer of a noticeable fraction of the Free Resources lists here in the Freepozitory.

Your judges this month are jeeperz from here on the Daz forums, and Ankhani and Ross van Loan from the Drunkard’s Walk forums (where we do sci-fi and SF all the time, but with words instead of pictures - if that sounds like fun, come visit!)


If You Can’t Think of Anything

If you’re stumped for ideas, take a look at these pages:
http://io9.com/5962009/20-pictures-that-sum-up-the-whole-history-of-science-fiction
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/24/spaceship_design/print.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/11/feature_ten_serious_sci_fi_films/print.html
http://drunkardswalkforums.yuku.com/topic/10049/Whats-your-favourite-older-SF-story
http://www.sharecg.com/pf/full_uploads.php?pf_user_name=herminio


One More Thing…

Yes, there will be a mini-contest this month. It’s running from May 18 to May 24. EDIT: Because of the long weekend in the USA, the mini-contest is extended to May 27.
Get the details here: http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/21454/P135/#328832

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Posted: 30 April 2013 06:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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robkelk - 30 April 2013 05:30 PM

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”
- Yogi Berra

“That’s OK, BooBoo…we have a picinic basket!”
- Yogi Bear

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Posted: 30 April 2013 08:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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ooohhhh….
we haven’t had a sci-fi/futuristic theme in a long time. this ought to be a great month, there is so much sci-fi stuff out there.

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Posted: 30 April 2013 09:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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This should be a lot of fun.

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Posted: 01 May 2013 12:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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this month i am donating two textures for the MFD included is a picture of what two i am giving. these should be ready shortly and will be given as the main host wishes

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celebi - 01 May 2013 12:27 AM

this month i am donating two textures for the MFD included is a picture of what two i am giving. these should be ready shortly and will be given as the main host wishes

I like the fiery one!

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thank you kindly dana smile

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Posted: 01 May 2013 01:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Oh that’s a cool theme Rob smile
I can make you quick entry prize .. anything special you would have in mind ( preferably simple and useful smile )

celebi beautiful textures!

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Posted: 01 May 2013 06:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Jaderail looks at sharp pointy thing, Hmm.. have these in the future I can keep it. Looks around Dark Dank Dungeon, might need to up date the place a bit thought.

Wornderful, Idea for the month. JOY.

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celebi - 01 May 2013 12:27 AM

this month i am donating two textures for the MFD included is a picture of what two i am giving. these should be ready shortly and will be given as the main host wishes

Thank you, celebi! I believe I’ll give these to all the winners, including the HMs. (And to the judges, if I get any…)

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Krissy - 01 May 2013 01:53 AM

Oh that’s a cool theme Rob smile
I can make you quick entry prize .. anything special you would have in mind ( preferably simple and useful smile )

celebi beautiful textures!

Thank you, Krissy!

Since next month is (likely to be) the annual Summer Fun and Pinups challenge, something that could useful for summer fun would be a good idea… Perhaps a bottle of suntan/sunscreen lotion?

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Jaderail - 01 May 2013 06:47 AM

Looks around Dark Dank Dungeon, might need to up date the place a bit thought.

Two words:

“Gordon’s alive!?”

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Jaderail - 01 May 2013 06:47 AM

Looks around Dark Dank Dungeon, might need to up date the place a bit thought.

Two words:

“Gordon’s alive!?”

This sayz it better than I can http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfmrHTdXgK4 smile

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Krissy - 01 May 2013 01:53 AM

Oh that’s a cool theme Rob smile
I can make you quick entry prize .. anything special you would have in mind ( preferably simple and useful smile )

celebi beautiful textures!

Thank you, Krissy!

Since next month is (likely to be) the annual Summer Fun and Pinups challenge, something that could useful for summer fun would be a good idea… Perhaps a bottle of suntan/sunscreen lotion?

Ok.
I actually have something like that, nned to reshape it a bit and texture ( yay making up a fake logo) . just let me know smile

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robkelk - 30 April 2013 05:30 PM

This month, look through the lenses of the past century and show us what our parents or grandparents may have thought the future would be like ...

Hey! What’s this about “our parents or grandparents”???

When I was growing up in the late 1950s and ‘60s, I was entirely led to believe that everyone would soon all be kicking back and watching the robots do all the work.

Which is my way of saying, “Great topic!”

Peter Thiel, who made a fortune off Facebook, dismisses the social media and modern gadgets as fluff compared to, for example, the Apollo space program. He launched a venture-capital firm called the Founders Fund that famously asks, “What happened to the future? We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.”

My generation often shares the “flying cars” lament, as in this July 2012 “Non Sequitur” strip by Wiley Miller ...

 

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