Create a 3D avatar for the upcoming film Ready Player One

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July 7, 2016
Calling all artists and creators! Have you ever dreamt of seeing your work brought to life within a movie? Here is your chance to make that a reality.

Ready Player One is a tale of two worlds: the real one and the virtual one, a hyper-realistic utopia known as the OASIS. Based off the best-selling novel from Ernest Cline, the film adaptation will be directed by Steven Spielberg and is slated to begin production in Summer 2016. While real human actors are being cast, so are the virtual avatars. This is where you come in!

Digital artists from around the world are invited to create a 3D avatar for the chance to have it appear in the upcoming film.

When creating their avatars, artists’ designs must conform to the Avatar Specifications and adhere to the submission requirements set forth in the Requirements and Terms (section 2).
about ready player one
From Steven Spielberg comes the action adventure READY PLAYER ONE, the much-anticipated big-screen adaptation of the groundbreaking bestseller by Ernest Cline.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia know as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within the confines of this digital world, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win - and confront the real world he's been so desperate to escape.

READY PLAYER ONE is being directed by Steven Spielberg, who is also producing the film with Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn with Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance.
the opportunity
A minimum of 5 avatars will be selected. The artists will each:
  • Have their avatar design potentially appear in Ready Player One
  • Potentially receive exposure across the Ready Player One's marketing materials and social media channels
  • Receive $1,000 for each selected design in exchange for an Assignment of All Rights
Other artists may also be chosen and have their avatars possibly appear as background graffiti art in the film. These artists will receive $250 in exchange for an Assignment of All Rights.
creative invite guidelines
  • The Creative Invite is open only to those who are at least 18 years of age and the age of majority in their jurisdiction of primary residence at the time of submission. You are not eligible to participate in this Creative Invite if you are a national or legal resident of Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.
  • Limit ten (10) submissions per artist (due to community feedback, the submission limit has been raised from 1 to 10 submissions).
  • Artists must design their avatars to conform to the Avatar Specifications including the following:
    • Artists must provide a front and side rendered view of their avatar in portrait view at 1080x1920 resolution as a .png or .jpg, max. size 10MB via the Participate button on the Creative Invite page.
    • Artists must also provide the 3D model file for their design staged in a recognizable 3D format (for example: .ma, .mb, .obj, .fbx, .ztl, etcetera) and any textures that were created.
    • Only submissions with the front and side rendered views, the 3D model, and textures will be considered complete and eligible.
  • Artists must submit their 3D model file via WeTransfer.
  • Submissions must also meet all requirements set forth in the Requirements and Terms (section 2).
  • The selected artists will be required to sign an Assignment of All Rights which assigns copyright of their work to Warner Bros.
  • All artists retain ownership in their work excluding artists who have signed an Assignment of All Rights. However, by submitting you hereby grant to Warner Bros. a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license for three years to use your submitted work across their various online and social marketing platforms in association with the film Ready Player One. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Selected artists must respond to Talenthouse within two days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief and follow the Requirements and Terms (section 2).
  • Sponsor: Talenthouse, Inc.
how warner bros. will choose
Warner Bros. designated judges will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Talenthouse Terms & Conditions, Creative Invite Requirements and Terms and Avatar Specifications.
key dates
Submit by: June 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Selection period starts: June 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Artists selected: July 7, 2016

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