London-based VFX house Framestore and Nokia have launched a competition inviting amateur animators and VFX enthusiasts to contribute ideas for a new special effect for their new project, FX Studio.

FX Studio is a mobile and web-based application that allows people to add a range of Hollywood-quality special effects to their home movies.  Using 3D marker technology and external rendering processes, the application is poised to deliver startling results. It follows Framestore's Pocket VFX app for the iPhone.

FX Studio will feature a number of effects from a range of film genres. Entrants to the competition have been asked to submit an idea for the final Sci-Fi special effect, which will feature on both the web and mobile versions of the FX Studio application.

Framestore says that, rather than focusing on software skills, its animation team will determine the winner based on the originality and creativity of the submissions. The winner will work with Framestore to bring their idea to life, and both the winner and runners up will also receive a commercial copy of Autodesk Maya Entertainment Suite 2011 and a Nokia N8 mobile phone.

The competition is being hosted on Framestore's Facebook page.

In addition to the competition, the page will give aspiring animators access to Framestore staff including creative director Dadi Einarsson -- a member of the Oscar-winning The Golden Compass team -- and animation lead Anthony Gibbs. The team will post updates throughout the app's production, and field questions relating to all aspects of their creative process.

The FX Studio animation competition closes Sunday, August 1st, 2010.