Renovation Cycle: Meet the Designers

Introducing the designers for ENTM’s inaugural Renovation Cycle! Each designer will be working diligently on their respective rooms to create gorgeous images for us to admire and the public to vote on (be sure to vote on your favorite). Every week on Saturday, a post will go out with the room designs for everyone to vote; the images will also be up on our discord server. The judges will be weighing in on their favorite constructs and be critiquing all the designers’ work. They will be offering them tips and pointers in how to improve each round. Please look forward to it! And without further ado…our marvelous designers!

Arilyn Moonblade
Aether/Faerie
Hollow Attrition
Aether/Faerie
Netizen James
Crystal/Balmung
Scarleta Valkyire
Primal/Famfrit
Desya Moons
Primal/Hyperion

Killia Verenelle
Aether/Siren
Damien Montclair
Light/Odin

Renovation Cycle: Meet the Host & Judges

Ready? Set! Renovate!

ENTM is thrilled to be kicking off our newest competition: Renovation Cycle! Pitting house designers against each other in an exhilarating test of design skill and expertise to create one room, then tear it down and begin again! Only the best will be crowned our first ever S-Rank designer! But before we get to the competition, let’s take a moment to meet our host, Elessia and our all-star panel of judges!

“Hi! My name is Elessia and I am so excited to host my very first cycle! Screenshot enthusiast and Gpose addict, I’ve been active in the ENTM community for a few years now! I have competed in and judged a few cycles including All-Stars. Housing is another passion, though I still have a lot to learn! I am eager to see what these talented designers can do, and the amazing feedback they will receive from this panel of judges!”

“My name is AkhRhai and I’ve been playing FFXIV since mid Heavensward, though I didn’t start doing housing until early 2019. Since then I’ve produced 30 something complete builds and a whole bunch of concepts, both of which I usually post to my YouTube channel. I’ve also made a few housing tutorials that relate to specific designs I’ve made in the past. I’m a big fan of the glam and screenshot game and have been a lurker with ENTM for a pretty long time, so I’m super excited to be part of the judges panel for this cycle and look forward to seeing what our contestants come up with!”

“Hey! My name’s Ashen Bride, and I enjoy decorating houses. When I first bought a house, there wasn’t a lot of guides or people sharing techniques, and it felt like the housing enthusiast world was so tiny! I made HGXIV as a little bridge for communication and transparency into the crazy world of furniture design. I like how decorating lets me express myself, and I love to see people’s personalities behind their own designs.”

“My name is Daiyu, and I have been fanatically interested in housing since Stormblood hit. A good friend got a house and gave me free reign. I’m always looking to try new things, and I love making dioramas and windows! I also enjoy making sets for photos and contests, and I look forward to seeing all the creativity!”

“I’m Synt. I’m one of the hosts for HGXIV, and I’ve been housing since the end of 2019! I like to focus on realism with my housing and I’m best known for Modern designs, kitchens and guides.”

And last, but certainly not least, our housing mentor, Alaura! She will be assisting the designers with their builds through-out the competition!

“Hello! I’m Alaura Danon and this is Fluffy! We are a team so that’s why we are pictured together….or at least that’s what I tell myself because I know he will just photo bomb if he isn’t included. Anyways, I got into decorating homes on ffxiv wayyyyyy back in 2016 when housing was first released! I’d kick my fc mates outside so I could decorate in peace! I took a long break a couple months after and that lasted til near the end of 2019. A friend kept begging me to come back and decorate his homes, so I finally gave in. I one day happened to find tutorials on FFXIV housing by Shei Cloudbank and found HGXIV! They all opened a whole new world to me and I appreciate it so much! I really love housing (decorating and doing visits)! I love to see everyone’s creativity! Fluffy and I started visiting homes and posting our adventures and that brings us here today! :). Very excited for this contest and am here to help and encourage everyone who is competing!”

We are still looking for designers to fill out the roster for this special cycle! Get your resumes over to Elessia! The deadline is looming!

New Housing Cycle Call for Designers!

Announcing ENTM’s first house decorating cycle with your hostess Elessia! Eorzea’s Neo Talent Management is home to many talented screenshot enthusiasts, but now we want to extend it to the very talented house designers! These decorators who not only can create that perfect dream home in FFXIV but can photograph it to show off those gorgeous details and style. For our inaugural Renovation Cycle, we are seeking house designers and guest judges. The cycle will run for 6 weeks with a different theme each week for our contestants to create the perfect space and capture it in a screenshot. Our house decorators will be limited to either an apartment or Free Company room and are not allowed to use third party tools or shaders for their compositions, just Gpose and the standard glitching allowed by the game. Each week, contestants will build the themed room, photograph it, tear it down and start over! Basically build a set. ENTM is also looking for a guest judge once a week to bring a different flare to the contest! Judges will decide their favorite rooms based on creativity, color scheme, photography skills, over all composition, use of space, keeping with the theme, and details. Also, in typical ENTM fashion, the community will also be able to vote on their favorites! Please note, space is limited to 12 contestants so get those resumes in ASAP! The winner will be crowned ENTM’s very first S-rank designer!!!

The contest is scheduled to run from September 24th to October 29th!

Each week, a shot will be shared to the community to vote, and judges will release their critiques as well. The judges will rank each shot, and a winner will be announced for that week. At the end of the cycle, all the weekly rankings will be tallied, (including the community vote) and a winner announced!

To audition for Renovation Cycle I: Please send Elessia Sedai a portfolio (via a discord DM) with the following:

  • Character Name
  • Server and Data Center
  • Judge or participant
  • Brief description of design expertise and any other details you want to share
  • Head shot of character
  • Audition shot
Audition shot is a Gpose screenshot of a room you designed. (This is NOT limited to an FC room or apartment). Please make sure to feature your favorite details! The Square Enix copyright must be visible on your shot. No Reshade or Gshade allowed. You may use any effects or filters you want in the Gpose toolbox!

Please >>>click right here<<<< to join the ENTM Discord community if you have not done so already!

Scenic Cycle III Grand Finale

ENTM crowns a new S-rank today! After six weeks of anonymously judged landscape photography, many very close weeks, and several weekly wins, the grand prize winner for Scenic Cycle III with a score of 61 is Schan Starfall!

Schan has been a regular for our monthly challenges, but this was their first full Cycle win. Congratulations!

In second place with a score of 70 was Kai Ulric, and in third place with a score of 77 was Simwell Waverider. Congrats to you both as well!

And thank you to all of the photographers who joined us for our unique mini cycle, as well as our table of judges for devoting their time to vote and critique every week. I hope that the photographers, as well as everyone following along with us for the last six weeks, learned something new about landscape photography or the world of Eorzea and its hidden wonders.

ENTM will be back soon with a different kind of contest, so please look forward to it!

Meet the Scenic Cycle III Photographers!

We have six photographers for Scenic Cycle III. Because this cycle is judged anonymously, this will be the only post where we have each of the shots listed with the names of the photographers in the captions!

Their first shots will be coming this weekend, but in the meantime, here are their audition portfolio shots! Click on an image to view it in a larger size. Use your browser’s back button to come back to this page.

Scenic Cycle III: Meet the Judges

We’ll be meeting our photographers tomorrow, but for today we’re going to talk about our judges, who will be graciously providing feedback to our contestants each week.

Odharnait “Ona” Greene – Previous judge, host of Scenic Cycle II and most recently Fresh Faces, failed model, Challenge Winner of 2018, poet, mom friend, and avid drunk, Ona has agreed to give loving tribute to the shots each week this cycle. Welcome back Ona!

Elessia Sedai – Fat Cat Chronicles veteran and most recently Ona’s partner in crime, as well as our Challenge Winner of 2019, Elessia started out as a community judge and is now one of our MVPs on the judging and hosting team. Welcome back, Elessia!

Ni’ko Shae – Host of Runway Cycle, and winner of Classic Cycle 11, Ni’ko is temporarily back from a nice vacation in PSO2 to give the photographers some flowery feedback and prolific puns every week. Welcome back, Ni’ko!

And introducing our newest community judge, Reese Direson – A participant in Fresh Faces Cycle 2, Reese is joining us as a judge to bring us a fresh perspective to Scenic Cycle III as well. Reese has worked on set design and fabrication out in the offline world, and we’re excited to see what advice and thoughts he will bring to the table!

Katarh Mest – Your host! ENTM veteran, and winner of Runway Cycle 1, Katarh started out as a community judge in 2014 thanks to her penchant for glamour design, and became the co-manager of ENTM with Kai Ulric in 2017. Now she manages the website, in addition to hosting cycles and judging.

ENTM Presents Scenic Cycle III

Call for Scenic Cycle Judges and Photographers

Announcing ENTM’s Scenic Cycle III!

Scenic Cycle is our unique, anonymously judged landscape photography cycle. Unlike our model focused classic cycles, Scenic Cycle hides your characters behind the lens of the Gpose camera and challenges you to put your background and compositional skills to the test instead.

The deadline for photographer and judge submissions is July 24th.

The contest is scheduled to run from July 30th to September 3rd.

Photographers Needed

Scenic cycle is a smaller, more intimate challenge with no community judging, since all our shots are submitted under a veil of secrecy. The anonymous submission each week allows our judges to weigh each screenshot wholly on its own merits, without any fear of possible bias.

Scenic Cycle is open to ENTM veterans and newcomers alike. You do not have to have entered any other ENTM cycle before to participate. You do, however, have to commit to at least six new unique screenshots created for this contest during late July through August 2021. It is also strongly recommended that you be at least level 70 with access to the Shadowbringers zones, although it is not a hard requirement for the contest. (Just saying – your competitors might accidentally spoil you if you’re not careful.)

A maximum of 12 contestants will be accepted.

Each week, a shot will be shared to the public and judges will release their critiques as well. The judges will rank each shot, and a winner will be announced for that week. At the end of the cycle, all the weekly rankings will be tallied, and a winner announced. Only after the judges have voted will the name of the photographer be matched to each shot.

To audition for Scenic Cycle III: Please send Admin Katarh Mest a portfolio (via a Discord DM) with the following:

* Your character name
* Your server and data center
* Audition Screenshot:  

A Gpose screenshot that is taken while flying using the Picture Frame border.   (Not the Instant Camera frame, or any of the ornamental frames. Only Picture Frame!)   

This screenshot can be in any weather, at any time of day, in any zone where flying is allowed.   The Square Enix copyright information must be visible on your shot.  No Reshade or Gshade allowed:  the challenge of ENTM is to use only in game tools to produce a beautiful photograph.  Other than the requirement of the Picture Frame, you can also use any other effects or filters you want for this audition shot.  Send me the prettiest picture you can!

Please >>>click right here<<<< to join the ENTM Discord community if you have not done so already!

Call for Judges

In addition to our photographers, we would like to have a panel of 3-4 judges. The responsibility of the judges are to review the shots each week, rank them, and write up a brief critique sharing your thoughts on the technical and artistic composition of the photograph submission. Like our photographers, this is a six week commitment, but the way our schedule works judges usually have a full weekend to review and critique their shots! Depending on how many photographers we have, critiques may be split into groupings to avoid too much work for each judge.

To apply to be a judge, you must have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Be an “All Star” for a prior ENTM contest (3rd place or higher or a yearly challenge winner)
  • Have been a judge for us before
  • Be a moderator or admin for one of our Community Partners, including other members of Hydalaen International
  • Have a real world qualification, such as being a professional artist, photographer, or other trained or experienced individual.

To apply to be a judge, please send a DM to Admin Katarh Mest with your character name, your server, and your qualification! New judges are always welcome to give us a fresh perspective.

Time for your Crown!

Fresh Faces 2 has come to a close and our weekly winners have been able to stun our judges with their amazing shots.

Though we lost Portia to IRL needs partway through, we kept 9 amazing models right through the final!

I kept reminding the models that we have had models who never win a round take the whole competition, and this I think helped the models keep focused on their weekly challenges. We had six weeks with unique challenges presented to the models, and six weeks of shots highlighting the unique personalities of the models.

The winners each week were as follows:

  1. Baby You Were Born This Way – Amalie Greene
  2. It’s Gonna Be May – Damien Montclair
  3. You Had One Job – Killia Venerelle
  4. In the Arms of the Angel – Zathena Astreus
  5. 9 to 5 – Daiyu Elani
  6. Never Gonna Give You Up – Killia Venerelle

So now it is time to officially crown the winner of the 2nd installment of Fresh Faces 2 – 2021 Edition.

Now where did I put the crown… Looks around for the crown… Here it is!

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With placement in the top three five out of six weeks, and a first place win, this model proved that she has what it takes to wear this badge of honor, the elusive S-Rank tag, the most coveted golden name in all of Eorzea’s Neo Talent Management Discord.

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Please make way for the new S-Rank Model….

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Amalie Greene!

A special shout out to my judges:

Kat, Escher, Yomu, and Forth…

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And an extra special shout out to my co-mentor Elessia for being the one person I could squee about shots to …

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Now come join us over at ENTM’s Discord for the next cycle! I forget what it is, but it’s probably Ni’ko’s turn to host.

https://discord.com/channels/285270099487621121/285270099487621121

Until next cycle –

Never Gonna Give You Up – Round Winner!

Holy Moly! What a competition! I am usually trusted to complete the scenic cycle because I can be super creative with the themes, so when Kat and Kai gave me the go-ahead to host Fresh Faces 2—- well, I got a little excited! But my amazing models worked with me and produced some fantastic images which frequently caused my judges to go “ugh Ona, they all did so well!”.

But with all competitions a winner was announced each week.

And like all other weeks, this week a model danced her way to a win, and with that epic studio setup, well it’s no wonder she was let into the weekly winner’s circle for a second time this competition!

So without further delay, CONGRATULATIONS to

KILLIA!

I don’t really have words to express how epic this shot was, but it wowed the judges and landed you first place! Ona just wants to know if that was a shower in the foreground…. or did you have a friend manipulate some fancy skill to get that look?!?

Up next, the winner of the entire competition will be announced, and that elusive Golden S-Rank Title will be awarded…. I still don’t have one of those, but looking back at this competitions shots, I don’t want to go up against any of these models!

Be Epic… Be Memorable… Never Gonna Give You Up.

Bet you never saw that epic Rick Roll heading straight towards you with the trench coat, ginger hair, and sweet, sweet dance moves.



What you WILL see, however is the most amount of Fresh a Fresh Faces round could fit into one post! So much wow…. so much whoa…. so much Epic-ness to give Queen Bee herself telling you about Becky with the good hair a run for her crown. So many pockets Starlight wouldn’t even know what to put in them!

The models were told to go and be as epic as Beyoncé, and as memorable as Rick Astley.

And the models did not disappoint! So without further adieu, we present the final round…

Never Gonna Give You Up

Voting up until Tuesday 10pm… Round Winner Announce by Midnight!