the mettle in me


Welcome to the mettle in me student contest. Create a digital self-portrait in Adobe After Effects® using mettle plug-ins and have a chance to win great prizes and have your work shouted out on mettle and Adobe social media platforms!


Contest theme: Create a self-portrait that shows the mettle in you. Show us your spirit, your heart, your inner character. The definition of mettle: vigor and strength of spirit or temperament; Courage and fortitude.



What exactly do you have to do?

Create a self-portrait in Adobe After Effects that uses at least one mettle plug-in (FreeForm, FreeForm Pro, ShapeShifter AE), that shows the world your mettle. Submissions can take any format including: Still image, animation, real-world installation, virtual web-based installation, R.I.A. (Rich Internet Application). You can also include other After Effects plug-ins and software. Animations are not to exceed 30 seconds. There is no limit to the number of projects that can be submitted. Required: minimum 50 word rationale with each piece submitted.


What are the prizes?

Round 1: The top 3 winners at your school will win a free license of mettle plug-ins. First place: Mettle Suite (retail value of $549), Second and third place: choice of ShapeShifter AE or FreeForm Pro, (a value of $249 and $299). A combined value of over $1000.

Round 2: The top 3 winning entries from each school will move on to compete against other participating schools. A total of three the mettle in me contest winners will be chosen.  Many prizes from partnering companies to be won, including Red Giant and Trapcode! Winners will also be announced on mettle and Adobe social media.


Who will judge the winners?

Round 1: Your school will elect a panel of judges to select the finalists.

Round 2: A panel of industry-leading designers and motion graphics designers, independant of each school.


More about mettle plug-ins:

FreeForm, FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter AE are mettle’s 3D plug-ins for After Effects. They give you 3D capabilities and more tools to express yourself in AE, so you have more ways to be creative. Mettle plug-ins are used by top designers and companies around the world, including Disney, Dreamworks SKG, HBO and MTV, just to name a few.


Learn how to use mettle plug-ins with these tutorials:


Why are we doing this?

We’d like to showcase the work that you create. The best way to make even more people aware of our products is to highlight great work. And we’re sure that you will be inspired to create some wonderfully creative results.


Who can enter?

You must be a full-time, part-time student, or first year graduate with access to the school labs.


Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014


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