ENTM Runway Cycle 2: Meet the Models

My name is Ni’ko Shae, and this is Eorzea’s Neo Talent Management Runway Cycle 2. The remix, the sequel, the blockbuster eleganza extravaganza. #shealreadydonehadherses. #eorzeasneotm. #hashtag. Thank you for joining us as we get to the source of some of the most fabulous talent we’ve had, and see who comes up first! Our models are ready to sashay, shante, panther on the runway in the hottest of haute couture Eorzea and beyond has to offer.

Introducing our fierce competitors, listed in alphabetical order by surname.

If you’ve watched or participated in previous cycles with ENTM then you should already have a general idea of how this all works. ENTM draws inspiration from competition reality shows, and challenges virtual photographers to come up with the best representation of a given theme for the week. At the end of the cycle whomever has the best cumulative score from both our judges and the voting community is crowned the winner. Competition is heavily based on photographic methods, as well as storytelling. Through ENTM many have learned new techniques, and been able to tap into a new side of creativity and appreciation for Final Fantasy XIV.

Runway Cycle takes a slightly different approach. It is a marriage between our typical inspirations and ruleset and the weekly Fashion Report challenge at the Gold Saucer. Each week our models will be presented with a theme, and a few key rules that vary week to week, such as using a particular colour of dye, having a particular piece of equipment visible, and so on and so forth. Photographic techniques are helpful, however are not a requirement. This is all about selling the garment. So long as you can capture your own pose well, and show the outfit clearly, then you’re all set to set fire to the runway.

That being said, this whole competition is nothing without our models! Thank you all for auditioning, and taking the time to participate in a fun game where the true reward is the journey and friends we make along the way (and also the only reward; there is no actual prize, sorry, we’ve had several budget cuts ever since The Incident). I hope you all have fun, and enjoy the experience.

Stay tuned as our models prepare themselves over the next month. In the coming weeks we’ll be revealing our judges for the cycle, and we still have our monthly challenge to enjoy! Voting will begin the first week of September.

Now then. Start your engines, and may the best model win!

August Monthly Challenge

Dutch angles have often brought controversial debates within the ENTM community; some people love them and others loathe them. In the name of fun and learning, Forthyn and Aelyria wanted to challenge everyone to submit their best dutch angle shot, following guidelines established for dutch angles in cinematography.

For the uninitiated, dutch angles are also known as canted angles, dutch tilts, or oblique angles. Usually, screenshots are oriented in such a way that the angle is parallel with the bottom of the camera frame (horizontal or true vertical shots). Dutch angles quite literally turn these on their side. Within cinematography and photography, dutch angles are used to portray a sense of uneasiness or tension, or to push the sense of something being “off/wrong” about a scene or character.

However, it can also be used to “fix” visual movement and be a subtle asset to the scene. Within FFXIV’s own Gpose, a slight dutch dock can contribute greatly to a shot, and completely avoid the harsher connotations it is better known.

So let’s get a little twisted and see your best dutch shot! Time to get Tilted!

♡ Forthyn and Aelyria

Well then! Let’s break the rules and make the ENTM judges cry for the month of August. Entries will be accepted until August 21st, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. To enter, DM your screenshot to Admin Katarh Mest on our Discord channel. The winner of this is going to get Ona’s unending wrath a minion from the Mogstation, or another item of similar value.

ENTM contests are open to the general screenshot community. You do not have to have participated in any ENTM contest before. You must, however, be a member of our Discord community to see the winner’s announcement. ENTM monthly contest screenshots must be “vanilla” – no mods, no Reshade, and no post processing allowed. You must include the FFXIV copyright notice on the shot to allow us to post on our website for voting. Please submit one (1) original screenshot for this contest, not used in any other contest before or posted on social media. Also please include the character name for voting. No other restrictions apply beyond these and the challenge theme as described above. Do not taunt happy fun ball.

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July Monthly Challenge Winner

Hi folks! The challenge for July was Sparkling Eorzea and all the shots had to have some pocket lint fireworks in them!

Votes were scattered across the pictures like diamonds in the sky, but we had a clear plurality for one shot in particular.

Congratulations to Aelyriia and Forthyn (and guest star Ilberd) for their entry this month! And stay tuned for the August challenge, coming soon!

FFXIV Screenshot
Forthyn & Aelyria

Scenic Cycle 2 – Crowning of the Photographer

Wow. What an awesome adventure hosting for the first time!
Admittedly, I was a bit nervous to host my first cycle, but feel incredibly glad to have had this opportunity! It was amazing!

First— a big huge

to my judges: Aelyria, Elessia, Katarh , Rymm, and Ni’ko.
What a lucky little green lizard girl I am to have such amazing people to call friends!


A Round of Applause

to all of the photographers
:Hela, Forthyn, Amalie, Zukira, Khole, and Crystalita:
for submitting such amazing shots each week and really reaching for the themes! I am so thankful for such beautiful shots to be the highlight of my innaugural hosting cycle! You all did so amazingly well, and should be proud of all of your images! They are all stunning and I wont deny that they are all now my screen saver on my computer.

And now, without further adieu

Our winner of Scenic Cycle 2.0, and the new wearer of the Scenic Cycle Crown goes to…

Forthyn S’yel!

Your images landed in the top three each week, scoring you three firsts, two seconds and a third place. You even managed to pull a cycle first and receive first place votes from all judges for your final round with “Yggdrasil”.

In celebration, here are your images for all to enjoy once more!

We welcome all to sign up for Ni’ko’s Fabulous Runway Extravaganza! Look in announcements on our Discord for the sign up!

Scenic Cycle – Yggdrasil – Results

“An ash I know, Yggdrasil its name,
With water white is the great tree wet;
Thence come the dews that fall in the dales,
Green by Urth’s well does it ever grow.
Thence come the maidens mighty in wisdom,
Three from the dwelling down ‘neath the tree;
Urth is one named, Verthandi the next,
On the wood they scored, and Skuld the third.
Laws they made there, and life allotted
To the sons of men, and set their fates.”

This week we asked our photographers to go out into the world and take an image of their interpretation of “Yggdrasil” the mythological tree of the Norse Gods.

In the Prose Edda, Yggdrasil is described as:
“The ash is of all trees the biggest and the best. Its branches spread out over the world and extend across the sky. Three of the tree’s roots support it and extend very, very far. One is among the Æsir [Asgard], the second among the frost-giants, where Ginnungagap once was. The third extends over Niflheim, and under that root is Hvergelmir, and Nidhogg gnaws the bottom of the root. Yggdrasil’s three great roots are watered by three wells, Urdarbrunnr, Hvergelmr, and Mimisbrunnr. Urdarbrunnr, or Urda’s Well, is tended by the three Norn maidens, Urda (Past), Verdandi (Present), and Skuld (Future), who spin the threads of fate for all beings.

The photographers didn’t disappoint and it was a tough choice for the judges but the winner of this week was:

Forthyn S’yel!

Forth, your image of “Yggdrasil” was described as mystical and overgrown, and filled with beautiful sunlight and pops of color. It is truly magnificent and definitely cannot be contained by any device made from man.

Stay tuned for the winner of the Scenic Cycle 2.0!

Interested in joining the fun?
Visit us on Discord, Instagram, and other platforms…

I think I need more coffee…

Scenic Cycle – Yggdrasil – Final Week

Yggdrasil (from Old Norse Yggdrasill) is an immense mythical tree that plays a central role in Norse cosmology, where it connects the Nine Worlds.

Yggdrasil is an immense ash tree that is center to the cosmos and considered very holy. The gods go to Yggdrasil daily to assemble at their things, traditional governing assemblies.

The branches of Yggdrasil extend far into the heavens, and the tree is supported by three roots that extend far away into other locations; one to the well Urðarbrunnr in the heavens, one to the spring Hvergelmir, and another to the well Mímisbrunnr. Creatures live within Yggdrasil, including the dragon Níðhöggr, an unnamed eagle, and the stags Dainn, Dvalinn, Duneyrr, and Duraþrór.

This week, we asked our Photographers to go out, for their final week, and snap a photo of “Yggdrasil”, a tree fit for the Gods. Here are their amazing shots for our final week.

This week, we also have a guest judge – Ni’ko Shae!
The judges have until Tuesday 10pm to get their scores and critiques in!

July Challenge Voting

Happy almost end of the month! The theme for the July challenge was Sparkling Eorzea and Elessia asked the ENTM community to give us their best screenshot including fireworks! (Gotta do something with all that sparkle dust from consolation Kupon prizes.)

We had five entries this month. Please view the images in the gallery, then scroll down and vote for your favorite in the Google poll! To view an image in larger size, click on it.

If you are having difficulty using the embedded poll, you can access the Google form directly by >>>>clicking on this link.<<<

Scenic Cycle – Post Cards from Home – Results

Last week we asked our talented photographers to head home and take a stunning photo in a residential district for “Postcards from Home”. Our Photographers once again wowed us with some breathtaking shots, but only one image took the win and that photographer was

Hela Frosty!

Shirogane under the Stars
Hela, the judges loved your balance between the clouds and apartment building, the vivid colors, and the choice to shoot at night! They also applauded you for the effort to get to the top of that jump puzzle for a shot!

Fantastic Shot this week! Congratulations!

Come back next week for the final round in Scenic Cycle 2!
Images go up at 10pm on Saturday!

Interested in joining the fun, FASHION, and fame? Then join ENTM! https://discord.gg/

Runway Cycle 2 Auditions Are Open

In Eorzea and beyond one thing is known far and wide: glamour is the true endgame. Here at Eorzea’s Neo Talent Management we seek to not only develop one’s photography skills, but learn to strike a pose and sashay that runway as the true fashionista you’re all born to be. If you’ve ever been considering trying out but felt hesitant, well, henny now is your chance to strut your stuff and show us what you can do.

Announcing open auditions for our Runway Cycle. The rules are a little bit different, but in short the main focus here is all about you and how haute your couture really is. Each week you’ll be given a challenge which may include specific outfit accents, dye choices, or make-up choices you’ll need to follow. Other than that we want to see your interpretation of the theme. You’ll be encouraged to come up with cohesive outfits, strike a pose, and even go on location if you’re wanting the total experience. However, so long as the focus is all on you you’re doing it alright. To audition we will need three separate images of you (see example below; images shown as single image for the sake of Discord formatting). The first two are simple enough, but the third is a good taste of how the cycle works!

Bust Shot

A shot from the chest up. Show us your pretty face!

Casual Wear Shot

Show us what you’d wear off the battlefield.

Purple Reign

This is a glamour shot, meaning you’ll want to be in high fashion for this. Gowns, suits, get creative. Dress to the tens, because the nines just ain’t enough. For this shot you’ll need your entire outfit to be shades of purple either by way of the garment’s natural colour or utilizing dye. I highly recommend attention to accessories’ compliment, and perhaps even calling on our friend Jandelaine, the aesthetician. For this shot you must ensure your character is within an area of 1080×1920 pixels as this image will be used for the cast announcements.

Audition shots must be submitted to your host Ni’ko Shae via Discord DM (Ni’ko Shae#6839), DM via Twitter @EorzeasNeoTM, or e-mailed to eorzeasntm@gmail.com by midnight (CST) on Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 with the cast announcement on Friday, August 7th, 2020. You are also more than welcome to join our Discord server for updates, and to join in on the conversation: https://discord.gg/n4fe7VF

In the interest of fairness the core rules for this cycle prohibit the use of all third-party modifications, the FFXIV watermark must be visible on all entries, frames are not to be used, and all images are to be taken portrait-style. Contestants must remain as the same character/race/gender in each image as they were for their audition. Due to the nature of the competition all participants must be at least level 15 with dye access and the aesthetician unlocked.

This competition will last for eight weeks, and is non-elimination. Contestants will be given until midnight (CST) Thursday, September 3rd to submit all eight weeks’ worth of images with voting for the first week going live on Friday, September 4th. Each week up until midnight (CST) on Thursday contestants will be allowed to change their submission as judges’ opinions and advice may inspire otherwise. At the end of eight weeks the cumulative scores will be tallied, and our winner will be crowned!

Good luck! And don’t fudge it up.

Scenic Cycle 2 – Postcards from Home

The idea of sending a postcard is to share your adventures with others.

Visit Yellowstone National Park? Send a postcard to Grandma.
Grand Canyon? Send one to your Sister.
The Eiffel Tower? Send one to your ex-girlfriend.

Actually… don’t do that.

But have you ever sent a postcard, from HOME?
What do YOU see when you think of Home?

This week we sent the Photographers out into their worlds to take photos from home.
The requirements included – in a residential district, and with one of three allowable frames.

Our Judges will have until 10pm on Tuesday to rank and critique the images.
Come back then to see the winner!

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