2nd INTERNATIONAL
DRONE SHOW COMPETITION


Nomination
Best drone show 3D animation

Theme: Winter Holidays & New Year

The challenge is to create a 100-drone animation lasting a maximum of five minutes using Blender animation software. The choreography could integrate any shapes and use any colours according to guidelines.
The more creative – the better!
2nd INTERNATIONAL
DRONE SHOW COMPETITION


Nomination
Best drone show 3D animation

Theme: Winter Holidays & New Year

The challenge is to create a 100-drone animation lasting a maximum of five minutes using Blender animation software. The choreography could integrate any shapes and use any colours according to guidelines.
The more creative – the better!
How to create a drone show choreography?
Already have experience with BLENDER? Good news! We are waiting for your applications!

No previous experience with drone show choreography or you need advice? No problem! Download the 100 drone animation template which includes the take-off and landing formation to add to your animation for submission. Use the specially created plugin to check your animation for velocity and collision avoidance.
Rules for nomination 3D animation
RULES FOR NOMINATION 3D ANIMATION
  1. The animation should be created in Blender software and submitted as a .blend file.
  2. A video preview of the 3D animation running from start to finish should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. The link with the preview should be provided together with the download animation file link, both links are provided in and together with the application form.
  3. All animations will be checked using DroneShowSoftware software drones in a simulated drone show.
  4. All submitted animations will be evaluated by an international jury.
  5. There are two criteria for an animation to be eligible for winning: must be made in accordance with all requirements and be submitted before the deadline (23:59 UTC+3, November 30, 2021) together with a video preview.
  6. All animations will be evaluated on a scale of 1-10 by members of the jury. The top 3D animation will be chosen based on the number of points it is awarded.
  7. Winners will be announced on http://droneshowsoftware.com and informed by email.
  8. The prize for first place will be delivered to the winner.
  9. All submitted animations will be owned by SPH Engineering.
  10. SPH Engineering and their employees and international jury members cannot participate in the competition.
  11. Participants should consent to publication of their animations and all materials using the animation, with reference to the creator.
EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION 3D ANIMATION
The winner will be selected by the jury evaluating all animations according to the following criteria:

1. Technical correctness of the animation (0-10)
  • Does the animation meet all the requirements
  • Takeoff and landing formations 100 drones
  • Not exceeding 5 minutes
  • Does it pass velocity and collision tests?
2. Artistic value (0-10)
  • Is the animation original?
  • What new ideas does it bring to the table?
  • Does it involve elements previously not seen in drone shows?
3. Meets the topic requirements (0-10)
  • Does the animation follow / fit the "Winter Holidays / New Year" theme?
4. Visual impact (0-10)
  • Does the animation leave a lasting impression on the viewer?
  • How dynamic is it?
  • How impressive is the use of color?
Each participant will have two attempts to correct any errors highlighted by the jury.
AWARD CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION 3D ANIMATION
  1. The animation should be created using the free and open source 3D creation suite Blender and submitted as a .blend file together with a video preview of the animation as a YouTube link.
  2. Each drone should be represented by a sphere with a radius of 0.3-0.4m. Spheres should be named in the following way: Sphere_0, Sphere_1 or similar, as long as they have the same prefix and numbering system.
  3. The animation should contain 100 spheres in total, each representing a drone.
  4. In the animation coordinate system, the Z axis should face upwards.
  5. The animation should use 24 frames per second (FPS).
  6. During the animation, drone speeds should not exceed 3m/s and distances should not be closer than 2.5m.
  7. The animation should have the same starting and ending formation in which the drones should be placed in a rectangular 10x10 grid on the ground (Z=0) with a distance of 3m between them.
  8. Drone positions at the start and end should be identical.
  9. During the animation, the drones should not go below Z=0 and their altitude should not exceed 100 meters (Z=100).
  10. Animation length should not exceed five minutes between starting and ending frames.
  11. Real drones will be equipped with LED modules. Animation should contain not only movement but also color changes. The color is set by changing the sphere material color.
  12. SPH Engineering has developed a plugin for Blender which allows creators to check animations for collisions and velocity. It should be used to ensure that there are no collision and speed warnings (threshold for collisions - 2.49m, threshold for speed - 3m/s). The plugin will be sent to registered participants.
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