“What I think is even more exciting than exploring the earth, is, of course, exploring space. I think it’s the most impactful thing mankind is focusing on nowadays. The discoveries we unravel of outer space will prove to be beneficial one day. Even though I am not really a “science guy”, I’ve always dreamed of somehow contributing, or taking part in space exploration,” said Louis Reusch, an 18-year-old digital artist from Mülheim, Germany.
“I received an email from Freelancer.com saying: ‘NASA needs your help’. Apparently, NASA was holding a month-long contest on the platform, hoping to find the perfect two-minute video describing their REALM project. I was quick to jump the gun since I wanted to take part in anything related to space exploration,” added Louis. “Even though I only had two weeks left to do everything, I left my doubts behind and began conceptualizing.”
Louis headed to the contest page to check the details of the US$3,000 project. His eyes lit up as ideas started pouring in. His vision was to make the video as realistic as possible and to give viewers a first-hand experience of outer space.
“I decided to recreate the inside of three International Space Station (ISS) modules completely. NASA provided a 3D model of the ISS from the inside, but the model was not very detailed and I thought I could make my video visually more appealing, by modeling all the details, adding panels, experiments, cables, tubes, etc. The other scenes took quite some time such as the airport scenes where I tried to get the most realistic look. Luckily, I already had a very detailed 3D-Earth model. I used it for the Earth-zoom and the ISS space scenes. Another challenge was designing storage-bags and the Radio-frequency identification (RFID) enabled storage-rack. NASA did not provide sample images, so I had to do some research, to figure out how such objects might look on the ISS."
He spent over 80 hours working on the project. “It was pretty difficult juggling my time since I had to attend class. Nonetheless, I learned a lot from the Freelancer Contest experience and it was really fun one too,” he said.
Out of the 42 entries submitted in the contest, Louis’ entry was selected by NASA Tournament Lab.
They had this to say about Louis’ entry: “Louis took the REALM storyboard and put together a great animated video. He was extremely quick with final updates and delivery. Well done Louis!.” Aside from the commendation, he also received a five-star rating for his work.
Despite the contest being Louis’ first Freelancer project, he strived to deliver top-notch work and was awarded for doing so. With NASA’s seal of approval, it won’t take much for Louis to land even more projects on the world’s largest jobs marketplace platform.
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