*** Monster Making Contest Official Rules ***

edited August 2018 in Monster Making Contest

Welcome to the Stan Winston School of Character Arts 
Monster Making Contest!

How to Enter:

To enter this contest simply post a new discussion in the "MONSTER MAKING CONTEST" category. Please include a description and high rez pictures of your monsters. Video submissions are cool, too! Just upload your video(s) to YouTube and share the link in your post.

To be considered, all entries must be a monster (an imaginary frightening creature), but may be created with ANY artistic technique, from a traditional pencil sketch to a Photoshop rendering, from a clay sculpture to a ZBrush model, from puppets to makeups to monster suits and more!

Entries can be based on an original design or on a well-known monster, as long as the entry itself is primarily the work of the entrant.

Have you made lots of monsters? Not a problem! You can submit as many as 3 entries to the contest. So share your monsters and you could win the Grand Prize!

Grand Prize Pack: Worth over $500!

The winner will receive the following prize package:
  • 1 Year UNLIMITED Subscription to SWSCA  - $359.94 value!
  • Artist Spotlight on the SWSCA Blog
  • Monster Makers Kit - Sponsored by Monster Makers - $188.70 value!
    • BiteGel -  Monster Makers exclusive new, fast setting alginate impression gel, for creating precise dental models. Bitegel is completely non toxic, bubble gum flavored and crystalline silica free!
    • Monster Gel - Monster Makers exclusive new prosthetic grade, Crystalline Silica Fee lifecasting alginate for face, head and body molding applications. Available in three set times and a traditional heavy, body cream for critical lifecasting applications. 
    • Monster Clay - Monster Makers world famous, reusable wax based clay medium, loved by sculptors around the world. Owing to its unique, sculpting properties, Monster Clay has become the clay of choice for recreating some the most iconic movie characters in cinematic history, including the melted Darth Vader Mask for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Yoda, for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 
    • Professional Sculpting Tool Set - A thirteen piece assortment of detailing, sculpting, and mold finishing tools for professionals. Includes: 1 Wooden Shaper, 1 Clay Sponge, 3 Stainless Steel Dental Tools, 2 Coated Handled Carving Tools, 2 Wooden tools, 1 Double End Chiseled Loop Carver, 1 Double End Loop Tool, 1 Wire Cutting Tool and 1 Metal Clay Scraper.
    • Mask Hair - A good quality, high denure, synthetic hair that works great for creating beards, mustaches and various werewolf and animal manes. Comes in 5' x 4" sections.
    • Half Round Mannequin Eyes - An nice quality, half orbit acrylic eye with extra fine detailing in the iris and vibrantly colored. Suitable for masks, props and displays. Great quality for the price. Available in Gray, Periwinkle Blue, Light Blue, Cobalt, Yellow, Green, and Brownn.
    • Monster Makers Movie Slime -  A very tacky and stringy slime with long threads when pulled. Used by many film productions to create a very organic looking effect in scenes where creatures exude body fluid that stretches and moves realistically. Monster Makers Movie Slime is heavy bodied and comes in Clear, Blood Red, Black, and Green. 
    • Skully Sculpting kit - The "Skully" Kit is great for doing an anatomical head study, or prop/corpse head displays. Everything is supplied for making a completed sculpture including the Skully Head base form which sits on top of a dynamically pose-able neck.
      • The Skully Kit includes the following items:
      • 5 lbs. of Medium Monster Clay
      • 1 Skully, Lifesized Head Form on a pose-able neck stand
      • 1 Basic Sculpting Tool Set
      • 4 Piece Basic Brush Set
      • 2 oz. Bottle of Monster Clay Smoothing Solution 
      • 1 Serrated Clay Scraper
      • 1 Set of Half Round Eyes

Entry Prize:  

All contest participants will receive a special promo code for 20% off SWSCA subscriptions, live courses, on-demand courses, DVDs, & Merch! Code valid for one (1) month from date of receipt


Your submission will be reviewed by the team at Stan Winston School of Character Arts and judged based on quality of work. Prior to judging you can update or remove your entries as often as you like. Once the contest has ended, our judges will review all submissions and the winner will be announced.


To be considered for the contest, all entries must be posted by Friday, May 25th, 2018

Winner Announced:

We will select and announce the winning Character Makeup on Friday, June 1st, 2018

Official Rules  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE CONTEST (“CONTEST”). Entry into this Contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Rules from The Stan Winston School of Character Arts ("SWSCA" or "Sponsor").

1. CONTEST ENTRY DATES: Contest start date and time, and end date and time are as outlined in the SWSCA Website(s) described below (“Contest Entry Period”).

2. WHO MAY ENTER: Contest is open to persons 18 years or older (or younger than 18 years with the approval of a parent or guardian) with valid email address OR who are new or existing registrants of www.stanwinstonschool.com with valid email address OR who are Facebook and/or Twitter “fans”/“followers” of SWSCA with valid email address. When entering the Contest, an opportunity to sign up to receive follow-up information from SWSCA and its advertisers may be available. Entrants subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Employees of SWSCA and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling or partner and their respective spouses/partners, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related) of SWSCA, are not eligible to enter or win. Contestants may need to provide proof of residency upon request.  

3. CONTEST PRIZE: As indicated in contest sign up, as Sponsor may designate. 

4. CONTEST ENTRY: All submissions can be based on either an existing character or an original design, as long as creating and applying the makeup is primarily the work of the contest entrant, and received by the date and time outlined on the Website(s). For purposes of these Official Rules, “receipt” of Entry occurs when Sponsor’s servers record the Entry information resulting from contestants’ entry being posted in the SWSCA CHARACTER MAKEUP CONTEST forum category. Any automated computer receipt (such as one confirming delivery of email) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by Sponsor for purposes of these Official Rules. By entering this contest, you grant SWSCA the irrevocable right to share your submission photos and/or videos on our website, email, and social media channels, copyright is retained by original author. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries received.  

5. WINNER SELECTION: Within seven days from the end of the Contest Entry Period your submission will be reviewed by the team here at the Stan Winston School of Character Arts and judged based on quality of work. Once the contest has ended our judges will review all submissions and the winner will be announced.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner(s) will be notified by email, and, if Sponsor so chooses, will be listed on a Website blog posting and Facebook wall. Winner(s) will be required to provide mailing address which will be used to fulfill any physical prize.

7. MODIFICATION OF RULES: Sponsor reserves the right to, at its discretion, reschedule the Contest, entry and/or end dates, modify the entry procedures, or cancel the Contest. Prize(s) are not redeemable for cash.  

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, stolen, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete or delayed Entries, all of which will be void. Sponsor is also not responsible for problems related to technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any Entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the Website, or for any other technical problems including telecommunication, miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled, or misdirected communications which may limit a contestant’s ability to participate in this Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or malfunctions which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Contest-related materials. Mass entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest and, if terminated, at Sponsor’s discretion, determine the Winner using all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of cancellation using the judging procedure outlined above. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account at the time of Entry will be deemed to be the contestant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the email address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual (and void his/her Entries)) it finds to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of this Contest or website, intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other contestant, Sponsor, or any of its representatives or to otherwise be acting in violation of these Official Rules. 

9. MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS: Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Contest subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law.

10. ARBITRATION AND CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Contestant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action lawsuit, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held in Los Angeles, California; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will contestant be permitted to obtain awards for, and contestant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than contestant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Contest), and contestant (or, if an eligible minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of contestants and Sponsor in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of California.
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    When posting our entries is it ok to create 3 separate posts? Each with a single monster submission? 

    Or one post containing all 3 the submissions? 

    Thanks in advance!
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    @Creaturehut it is best to post each entry as its own discussion with a detailed description. 
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    Can I be in the picture or does it have be just a picture of my creation? How do you feel about dragons? 
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    Entered! Love SWSCA!
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    @Jennifer Sparks It's ok if you are in the photo.  Just make sure your photos show off all the awesome detail of your work!

    Thanks @Tom Luca!

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    Hello, I got an email saying that the deadline is tomorrow?? Curious as to whether or not this was a mistake??  I was working off the may 25th deadline!  Thanks!
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    Hi @Indigo Smith,

    I apologize for any confusion about the deadline.  I believe that email was sent with the wrong information.  The posted date here is May 25th, which is the correct deadline.  Keep those entries coming!


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    thanks !
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    Hi Chris! 
    At my third entry I posted some of my original creature designs and I add some pictures. It's only one design for entry? Or can I post more at the same entry?
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    Jose,  Please post each entry as it's own discussion.  This makes judging and commenting on submissions much easier.


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    I love to see something New, and I love how they make something New how to work with.
    Regards from Denmark 
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