2400 CG Artists Create Unique Worlds From A Basic Animation Template

boarsart / September 27, 2021
The top 100 submissions to the Alternate Realities project.

Clinton Jones (known as pwnisher on YouTube), a CG artist, recently challenged hundreds of other CG artists to create their own unique world with just a provided bare-bones animation template.

Over the last month, I challenged 3D artists with the Alternate Realities CG challange. I provided an animation for everyone to work from, and the results were stunning. 2,400 artists delivered, the top 100 were chosen for this montage, and 5 of them walked away with insane prizes from Rokoko, Wacom, Quixel, PNY and Aftershokz (I personally reached out to my favorite companies in order to give away the tools I use every day.)

Clinton Jones

The resulting compiled video of all submissions is jaw-dropping, and gives us tiny glimpses into thousands of worlds that leave us wanting to know more about each one.

The Template

A still taken from the basic template animation given to all participating artists to work from.

Using a totally featureless animation template of a figure walking along a blank plane, and a grey sphere in the background, artists were challenged to project their own world onto. Check out the original challenge video here.

All 2400 submissions

With a total runtime of 2 hours and 44 minutes, this video showcases every submission into the Alternate Realities project, and represents 18 years of collective work put forth by all participating artists. Every 5 seconds is 70 hours of work.

All submissions to the Alternate Realities project.


The top 5 winners were chosen after hours of consideration and awarded some awesome prizes, with the top 3 getting new SSD drives for their computers, Wacom tablets, and with first place receiving a full motion capture suit. I can’t imagine having to pick 5 winners out of thousands of amazing submissions. Check out the timestamped video below to see the top 5 chosen winners.