Create a 50 drone animation for the New Year's drone show to win prizes and fame!

Drone Show Choreography Competition

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How to create a drone show choreography?
Animation Template and Plugin for BLENDER
No previous experience with drone show choreography? No problem! Download the 50 drone animation template which include 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.
If you're ready to share the project with us, you can submit it today. But before submission make sure that your animation meets the requirements.
Blender animation .blend file.
A video preview of the animation running from start to finish should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.
All you need is an idea and we will make it fly!
The 50 drone show will be filmed and distributed to international media and social platforms in December 2020
Submit your animation and its video by November 30 to be published and judged!
The Top 3 animations will receive prizes and international recognition.
The winning animation will be performed as a live drone show!
The 50 drone show will be filmed and distributed to international media and social platforms in December 2020.
Terms & Conditions
  1. The animation should be created in Blender software and submitted as a .blend file.
  2. A video preview of the animation running from start to finish should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. This link should be provided together with the animation file.
  3. All animations will be checked using DroneShowSoftware software-in-the-loop (SITL) 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, 2020) together with a video preview.
  6. All animations will be evaluated on a scale of 1-10 by members of the jury. The top three animations will be chosen based on the number of points they are awarded.
  7. Winners will be announced on and informed by e-mail.
  8. The prize for first place will be delivered to the winner. The winners of the Drone Show Software training can apply for the online course at any time over a period of one year.
  9. The winning animation will be performed and filmed by the Drone Show Software team in December 2020. Video of the show will be published on and the company's social media channels, with reference to the creator.
  10. All submitted animations will be owned by SPH Engineering.
  11. SPH Engineering, BaseMotion, their employees and international jury members cannot participate in the competition.
  12. Participants should consent to publication of their animations and all materials using the animation, with reference to the creator.
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 50 drones
  • Not exceeding 5 minutes etc.
  • 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. Following the theme (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.
  1. The animation should be created using the 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 50 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 2x25 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 registred participants.
Drone Show Software is developed by SPH Engineering - the world's premier software developer and integration services provider for unmanned systems.