Sunday, April 14, 2024

First International Drone Show Choreography Competition

European, North and Latin American and Australian drone show experts have united to launch the First International Drone Show Choreography Competition. The goal is to unleash the hidden potential of drone light show animation designers globally and create a community of like-minded people passionate about drones and modern art. The three best authors, selected by a professional jury, will be awarded free Drone Show Software training (worth EUR 12,000 each) and further coaching from local experts to lead the global drone show designer wave.

50-drone New Year animation

The challenge is to create a 50-drone New Year animation lasting a maximum of five minutes using Blender animation software. Designers can make any shapes and use any colors. The application period is November 1-30, 2020, with the three winners to be granted Drone Show Software training and included in the event promo campaign. The first prize winner will also receive a complimentary iPhone 12 and see their animation performed as a live drone show in December, 2020. The second prize winner will get a complimentary Apple Watch Series 6.

“Any drone light show starts with animation, which can be exported to Drone Show Software to launch an event and then loaded onto drones. Currently, there is large demand for specialists able to implement a creative idea for a drone show and develop an animation according to the requirements of an event customer or show director. We’ve initiated this competition to give an opportunity, firstly, to learn what is going on in the industry on a global level and, secondly, to introduce promising creators to drone show operators, as well as to inspire new minds to enter this field,” commented Alexey Dobrovolsky, CTO at SPH Engineering.

Judging panel

The competition is initiated and organized by SPH Engineering. The international judging panel consists of Alexey Dobrovolsky, SPH Engineering (Latvia); Dalai Felinto, Blender Institute (The Netherlands); Marc Loosli, SwissDroneShow (Switzerland); Patrice Guy, NorthstarFireworks Inc. (Canada); Armands Blumbergs, Base Motion (Latvia); Bill Blair, Swarming Drones (Australia); Elmars Aboltins, DRONE ME (Latvia); Antonio Aguilera, WaterGush Inc. (Mexico); Martins Upitis, Janis RozentAls Riga Art School (Latvia).

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Wiebe de Jager

Wiebe de Jager is the founder of Dronewatch (available in Dutch and English). Wiebe is an experienced drone pilot (EASA Specific category certified) and has published a number of bestselling books about drone photography and cinematography.

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