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This article is from August 23, 2012, and is no longer current.

Adobe and Monty Python Team Up for the “Animate Chapman” Contest

Love Monty Python? Would you like a free copy of Adobe CS6 Production Premium? Then here’s the contest for you. It’s called Animate Chapman, after the late member of Monty Python, Graham Chapman.

The contest is being sponsored by Adobe and runs through October 22, 2012. To enter the contest, you take one of the eight classic Python sound clips provided by Adobe to create an animation worthy of the Python’s hilarious legacy.

Entrants are allowed to whatever style of animation they want, including hand drawn, CGI, typographic, cell, collage, stop motion, etc. Editing the audio clips is also allowed, so the creative possibilities are wide open.

The contest is being run to celebrate and promote the upcoming 3D animated film A Liar’s Autobiography – The True Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. You can learn more about the film at its Facebook page.

Ten winners will be chosen and in addition to the software prize, will receive the honor of having their animation included in the DVD box set of the film and on the Python’s YouTube channel.

If you want to enter the contest, but you don’t already have the tools to bring your idea to life, you can download a free trial of CS6 Production Premium and get animating.

If you need a touch of inspiration, check out the interview below with Python animator (and lone American member) Terry Gilliam. In the clip, he explains all the whys and hows of his style, using cutouts from magazines and airbrushed original artwork.

Editor in Chief of CreativePro. Instructor at LinkedIn Learning with courses on InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, GIMP, Inkscape, and Affinity Publisher. Co-author of The Photoshop Visual Quickstart Guide with Nigel French.