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For Madefire’s last artist hunt on deviantART, waaaay back in 2012, our goal was to simply find a great artist to draw a monster story that our CCO, Liam Sharp, had written. And to say we were really pleased with the results is an understatement — not only did we have dozens upon dozens of remarkable submissions, we found a truly amazing creator who’s gone on to produce a number of stories for us. Here's the episode that came about from that contest:





This time around, however, we want to make it a bigger, more involved challenge — and a challenge it’ll be! Like before, the winner will get a paid Motion Book gig through Madefire; but rather than simply sending us your existing samples, we’d like you to take the initiative and show us how YOU would approach the story and characters. We’ll provide the script page, character designs and the deadline and we want to see your take on the characters and world — in whatever your style is as we don’t have a specific “look” in mind (so, while the character designs are gorgeous they’re NOT the desired style per se). Additionally, we’ve enlisted an eclectic, star-studded group of guest judges that will be helping us find a winner as well as giving all sorts of advice and pointers on creativity, business, etc. We’re hoping as many deviants as possible will participate!

Stay tuned and watch this space as the countdown for the challenge begins NOW! Over the next 13 days we’ll be announcing our guest judges, running some interviews with the creators, the writer, and character designer for... Fran Kenstein!

It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Cheers,
Madefire

   The Concept

Fran Kenstein
Fran doesn’t like the boys at her high school.
The brainy ones are too weedy.
The sporty ones are too dumb.
The attractive ones are too self-obsessed.
Fran decides it’s time to build herself the perfect boyfriend...


Initial Fran Design




You can find our Journal entry from Day 3 here - featuring an interview with the creators of Fran Kenstein. Stay tuned for more updates on the contest by watching Madefire!

If you've just discovered this post, find out more about this contest by reading all of the countdown Journals!
Day 1 Journal
Day 3 Journal
Day 6 Journal
Day 8 Journal
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:icondemonology7789:
Demonology7789 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
This looks cool will probably enter
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Please do--the more the merrier :)
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:iconcomical1:
Comical1 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks exciting :) will have to keep an eye on it
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Awesome--I hope you get involved! :)
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:iconcomical1:
Comical1 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Planning on it  :thumbsup:
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:iconalloci:
Alloci Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm thiinking of joining this contest. It looks fun! Too bad I never finish anything
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:iconmadefirestudios:
MadefireStudios Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Artist
You can always make this time the first time! Trust me, when you see the material and guest judges we have left to come, you'll have no excuse!
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:iconalloci:
Alloci Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I probably will, then XD

When will this contest end?
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:iconmadefirestudios:
MadefireStudios Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Artist
Well, it doesn't technically begin for another 7 days! I'll be posting another update in just a few minutes. 
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:iconalloci:
Alloci Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see. Well, you'll see my entry ifwhen I join ^^
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:iconciao-7:
ciao-7 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, 

I am here on behalf of AnotherContestGroup. I have edited & approved your contest in our New Contest Directory. We have nearly 10,000 watchers, all with a common interest of contests. (Perhaps join our group if you haven't yet!) 

I don't see the deadline in your journal, but I did notice you put Oct. 2 in the directory submission. It would be a good idea to add that in your journal.

Feel free to contact us if you have any details that need changing (i.e. deadline, prizes) or any questions (be sure to check our FAQfirst!

If you would like to add our free Winners Package to your prize listing, check out our FAQ to see if you qualify! If you do, just note the group!

Also, if you're interested in extra exposure, you can get anexclusive 2-day poll feature for a minimum donation of 75 dA points. 

Thanks! 

:iconciao-7: :iconanothercontestgroup: :iconacg-pointsdonations:
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Terrific--thanks so much! And we will be joining your group, I think, and we will be posting the deadline and all relevant contest information on 9/2 (when the contest ACTUALLY launches)...as right now, we're just building up steam for it :)

And who would I talk to about doing the Poll feature? Should I just note the group?

THANKS!
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:iconciao-7:
ciao-7 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! And awesome! 

Yes, please note the group. Missvirginia usually handles the polls, so she will reply to you :)

Thanks for participating in our group! :D
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Awesome, thanks! I'll send her a note now!
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:iconciao-7:
ciao-7 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. Make sure to note the group though, not her personal account!
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Awesome, thanks! We officially launch next Tuesday so I might arrange to have the poll feature run then to up the exposure...thanks so much!
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:iconciao-7:
ciao-7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds great!  And you're welcome!  :)
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:iconamarie-veneanar:
Amarie-Veneanar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
This definitely looks interesting. Too bad, that I still haven't installed a proper Ubuntu instead of booting it from DVD. I don't want to log into dA under Windows. I haven't tried yet, but can I also use the Motion Book Tool on my Ipad, when I've been logged in to dA on that device?

Strangely though, this journal entry didn't turn up in my journal inbox section, but instead in the deviations inbox section. :confused:
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Weird about the deviations inbox!

And no, you can't use the Motion Book tool from an iPad, sorry!

You should enter the contest, though! The more the merrier!
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:iconamarie-veneanar:
Amarie-Veneanar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
First I need to repair my Windows, which currently refuses to boot. By the way, it might be a good idea to move your contest journal entries (or at least the main one) into the Journals > Deviant Events subcategory. When browsing the journal entries for "contest", several contest journal entries were located in that subcategory. I don't know, if it'll help to reach a wider audience, but it might. You could also tell :iconanothercontestgroup: about your contest. They list and promote contests. :-)
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Awesome, thanks for the tips, much obliged!
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:iconciao-7:
ciao-7 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for promoting our group! it's greatly appreciated :D
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:iconmonologish:
monologish Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey, im from India, am I eligible for this?? Is this is a country specific challenge? Fingers crossed...:)
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
On 9/2 the full contest rules will appear but yes, it's an international competition (assuming contests like this are legal in India, haha). Excited to have you involved!
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:icon100littledreams:
100LittleDreams Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd like to join but I'm not sure.
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:iconmadefirestudios:
MadefireStudios Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Artist
Throw caution to the wind! You can do it!
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:iconrousteinire:
Rousteinire Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Interesting! The character design is looking great already! 
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Gilang is a GENIUS...wait until you see the rest and the FINAL versions :)
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:iconrousteinire:
Rousteinire Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Can't wait!
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:icondevilsbladeauthor:
DevilsBladeAuthor Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
; ; i wanna but so amny out there better than I..need more time to train >.<
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Honestly, this is great training :)
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:icondevilsbladeauthor:
DevilsBladeAuthor Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
true =P
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:icongodofnumbers:
GodOfNumbers Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting =) I'm imagining Soul Eater meets Full Metal Alchemist meets Skullgirls
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
YES! Having read the script, it's a LOT of fun...so I hope you give it a go!
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:iconfusciart:
Fusciart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I've been looking for something like this for me to sink my teeth in. I'm in.
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
AWESOME! Looking forward to what you produce...more information will be revealed tomorrow with our next journal post!
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:iconfusciart:
Fusciart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I'm new to Madfire. But I have watched the tutorials and read the start guide. I have a little experience in Flash and After Effects and it seems to be similar in ways. I really like the 3d covers. 
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Awesome! I hope you do some Motion Book creation :) Have you seen a panorama yet?
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:iconfusciart:
Fusciart Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
No I haven't. Do you have an example?

I really like the 3d covers. Is that covered in the guide?
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Be sure to check out Mono #1, #4, Cap Stone #1, The Engine #5, Grimm's: Briar Rose, and Houses of the Holy #2! And I believe there's a guide...
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:iconfusciart:
Fusciart Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
I did the jump start tutorial and I'm now reading the user guide getting used to the components. There's chapters missing for the panorama and parallax layers. I'm thinking the 3d covers are one of the missing chapters? I could be wrong I'm still going through the user guide. Are you a rep for Madefire? I checked out the titles you mentioned and I enjoyed them very much. I'm especially fond of Cap Stone.
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Hmm...it's possible there's not a pano chapter as yet. And yes, I'm the editorial director for Madefire so I edited most of our titles :) And yeah, Cap Stone's GREAT! Have you checked out last week's release, Mono: Pacific? Good stuff!
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:iconpreciousthepegersist:
PreciousThePegersist Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That was soooo coool I really like that story I only read it for the story
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Wait until you read the entire story--it's brilliant and so much fun! And wait until you see more of the designs...it's pretty awesome stuff all around!
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:iconpreciousthepegersist:
PreciousThePegersist Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Theres more :D ????
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Oh yeah--a lot more! This is literally the very tip of the iceberg!
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:iconpreciousthepegersist:
PreciousThePegersist Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW MUST SEEE :D
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:iconben-abernathy:
Ben-Abernathy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Be sure to watch the MadefireStudios page and you'll get the updates on new journal posts :)
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:iconpreciousthepegersist:
PreciousThePegersist Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have I think
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:iconfalynevarger:
FalyneVarger Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm so incredibly busy with other contracts, but this looks like a lot of fun. I'll definitely be staying tuned, even if I'm unable to enter.
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