NASA Contest: Storyboard for Six Animations for NASA Human Research Program (HRP)

  • Status: Pending
  • Prize: $500
  • Entries Received: 31

Contest Brief

The goal of this challenge is to create a storyboard for five short (~10 to 20-second) animations that describe what happens to the human body and mind in space to the general public. These animations should depict how the spaceflight environment affects astronauts' 1) anthropometry, 2) fluid shifts, 3) balance control, 4) muscles and 5) bones. A background summary is provided below and careful reading of the attached detailed descriptions is recommended. The winning solution(s) will be developed into animations via separate freelancer activities, for which submitters, and others are eligible to participate.

An additional storyboard, for a total of six storyboards, shall combine all five depictions.

Background

The NASA HRP is challenged with communicating the physiological and psychological adaptations that astronauts undergo during spaceflight. Humans were built for Earth. When astronauts travel into space, their bodies and minds adapt to spaceflight in various ways. Trying to communicate these changes, either to the general public or to NASA leadership (many of whom do not have a medical background) is extremely difficult to do with words, charts and figures. Having a video/animation that would visually depict the changes would be of extreme benefit to our program. Although there are numerous adaptations that the human body and mind undergo in space, for this contest, the five identified below are amenable to short animated clips.

The attached word document provides a description of the desired storyboards in more detail along with example images and topic discussion points. Please start with the document titled “HRP_WOMAN3Notes_9July2019”; all other attachments are supplementary to that document. For more information about HRP: [login to view URL]

Solution Requirements
• Storyboard for five approximately 10 to 20-second videos or animations that describe the adaptations a human undergoes during spaceflight to a non-technical audience; i.e., the general public
• Storyboard for the compilation of the five videos or animations that is ~1-minute in length that stitches the five animations together (in a clean fashion)
• Each image of the storyboard should typically have a corresponding section of text or description
• Format should be pdf, illustrator, jpeg or other common image formats
• Depictions shall be anatomically correct so that the researchers/physiologists approve
• Use of the HRP logo is encouraged (artwork provided as attachment)
• The graphics/content can be used as references, but entry submissions shall be all original content or have the ability to provide image rights if the submission is selected.

Evaluation Criteria
• Quality: Does the submission look professional?
• Requirements: Does the submission meet the stated requirements?
• Clarity: Does the submission describe how the human body adapts in the five focus areas in terms understandable by the general public?
• Originality
• Suitability: Is the submission suitable for implementation as a ~1-minute video/animation on a limited budget (e.g., car chases and explosions may exceed our budget)
• Stirs public interest

There may be multiple prizes awarded on this contest. The main winner will be awarded the full prize amount listed. Additional winners may be offered lesser prize amounts depending on the submission (i.e. a high quality or novel submission that only meets a portion of the requirements).
Please note that NASA employees/contractors are not eligible for competing in this contest.

If you are interested in staying informed about other NASA challenges, check out the NASA Solve Website at [login to view URL]

List of Attachments

Documents:
• HRP_WOMAN3Notes_9July2019 (start with this document)
• Gateway to Space Symposium
• NASA Vest Ocular Reflex SB Scene 1 page1 thru 9 text (9 documents total)

Videos:
• BoneLoss_BTY-006 HDweb
• JenniferFogarty_VIIP_140122_Alt_MediumFINAL
• Treadmill
• V_Heart_COMP_004HD

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Public Clarification Board

  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 1 day ago

    Hi all, the contest has closed. Please note, we did extend the contest once already. We will begin our evaluations of everyone's entries. Please be patient with us.

    • 1 day ago
  • jorgedorlando
    jorgedorlando
    • 2 days ago

    #extended #extended #extended.

    • 2 days ago
  • hiddenpearl
    hiddenpearl
    • 3 days ago

    #extended

    • 3 days ago
  • jorgedorlando
    jorgedorlando
    • 4 days ago

    Hello, now that the status says: "Pending · 4 weeks, 1 day to award" ... Would you wait 03 weeks to reward / rate someone with an update?

    • 4 days ago
  • jorgedorlando
    jorgedorlando
    • 5 days ago

    Please consider extending for at least 03 days at least ... Or if I post an incomplete entry, can I update it even after the contest is closed?
    Can you give incomplete enty time to update?

    • 5 days ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 5 days ago

      Hi Jorge, thank you for your interest. We will be judging the entries based on the criteria listed in the call. If the entry is partial we will consider it based on how well it follows the instructions. Good luck, we are looking forward to seeing your entry.

      • 5 days ago
    2. jorgedorlando
      jorgedorlando
      • 5 days ago

      Ok, I'll post at the last moment. My work on this project (prior to the previous extension of this contest) was not to my mind ... I decided to go to 3d modeling for a bigger realism. In 3d this increased the work ... But I will post partial in the last final hour of the contest.

      • 5 days ago
  • mediaartjobs
    mediaartjobs
    • 1 month ago

    Hello CH. I'm making some CGI samples for the storyboard. I will submit when I'll be satisfied with the results. Thanks for being patient.

    • 1 month ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      Arturo, submissions that fail to meet the contest brief are rated 1-star.

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. artnimator
      artnimator
      • 5 days ago

      i hope you find someone who submitted a god job work for this, got busy on other work so wont be submitting or continuing my idea for this contest, great contest

      • 5 days ago
  • Vandalit
    Vandalit
    • 6 days ago

    Hi, you are to #extended the contest?

    • 6 days ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 6 days ago

      Hello Vandalit, thank you for your interest. We had extended the deadline already, but are now approaching the final two days. The contest will be closing on the 16th of August.

      • 6 days ago
    2. Vandalit
      Vandalit
      • 5 days ago

      thanks for answer!

      • 5 days ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 1 week ago

    We're seeing a few entries that are missing the requirement of storyboard format. Here is an example of what a storyboard should look like, what elements are contained and the overall purpose for the storyboard. https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/how-to-storyboard-basic-guides-for-aspiring-artists--cms-30962

    • 1 week ago
  • rafaeloroiv
    rafaeloroiv
    • 1 week ago

    can i use cartoon style for this storyboard ? .. so that the audience not only for older audience but also for some young audiences.

    • 1 week ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 week ago

      Hello Rafael, we're looking for something that would be at home on a researchers presentation or on a national geographic video. As for cartoonish, it depends on how cartoony you're talking about. Cartoon animation can be very detailed or can be very abstract, we would prefer something detailed and scientific.

      • 1 week ago
  • aSalguez
    aSalguez
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hello. I've been checking other contents related at NASA HRP and I was wondering if you're looking for an specific style you've worked on before. Something closer to cartoons, maybe more realistic...? I can't wait to work on this project. Thank you very much for the opportunity

    • 2 weeks ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      no specific style, but please note our previous comment: What we are looking for is something geared towards an older audience. Each individual piece/animation is separate and can be used as b-roll in a short video or could also be used in a professional powerpoint presentation by researchers. The desire for the animations is that they are more scientific in nature, something that would be at home in a textbook or an informational piece featured on NatGeo.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hi all, apologies for the delay. We're working with Freelancer. They added the skill graphic design and notified Freelancers. With this addition, the contest team has agreed to allow the contest to stay open an additional week. We'll make another post when this has been completed. Apologies, and thank you for your patience with us.

    • 2 weeks ago
    1. meffat31
      meffat31
      • 2 weeks ago

      Hi, does it mean that you need a graphic design within the storyboard, or can use photo templates?

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      Hi Mohamed, please use graphic design for the storyboard.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 2 weeks ago

    All, please note that this contest has officially been extended by 1 week. Thank you for everyone's interest in our contest. We are really excited about this work and how it will help us explain it to the public.

    • 2 weeks ago
  • aSalguez
    aSalguez
    • 2 weeks ago

    Working on this project, hopefully I will be able to upload my entry in time. Thank you for this oportunity

    • 2 weeks ago
  • rafaeloroiv
    rafaeloroiv
    • 2 weeks ago

    can i ask how many frames do you need for 1page ? and .. also for 5 animation how many page do you need ?..

    • 2 weeks ago
    1. rafaeloroiv
      rafaeloroiv
      • 2 weeks ago

      where do we put the logo you provide us?

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      Hello Rafael, thank you for your interest. Please use as many pages as you need for your submission. if you're accustomed to a single frame per page or if it's multiple per page, either will work. we anticipate using 1920x1080 for the final animations. in the lower left-hand corner, the top (beginning) or the tail (end) of the animation.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • erkngrbz
    erkngrbz
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hi I did the project I hope you like it

    • 2 weeks ago
  • Mwooo
    Mwooo
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hi. I'm working on it, don't close the contest earlier, please.

    • 2 weeks ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 3 weeks ago

    Hello! With a week and two days left in the competition we just want to poll the audience. Is what we're asking for clear and understandable? Is there anything we can do that may help clear up any misunderstandings? Thank you again for your interest and submissions.

    • 3 weeks ago
    1. rubenns
      rubenns
      • 2 weeks ago

      The brief is clear and straight forward afaic.

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. syrsyr
      syrsyr
      • 2 weeks ago

      I think its pretty clear.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • jorgedorlando
    jorgedorlando
    • 3 weeks ago

    I will post my Entry around the last day.
    Do not close the contest before.
    I also think many others will post their entries in the last week.

    • 3 weeks ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      Cheers!

      • 2 weeks ago
  • MelGalaxia
    MelGalaxia
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hello NASA!

    • 2 weeks ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      Hello Melka, Thanks for checking out our contest.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • TheGuyver2040
    TheGuyver2040
    • 3 weeks ago

    Contest Holder,

    I’m still hoping that you get what you’re looking for by the time the deadline closes, but on the off chance that you don’t, would you be open to extending the contest, and asking for just the script write-ups at this stage; which would later serve as the bases for both the storyboards and animations? I know that you were clear about making the storyboards a primary focus at this stage, but if the storyboard artists and animators have a script, then they could just focus on the visual renderings and not have to put in as much thought. There’s still time before the official deadline closes, and in theory, a freelancer can give you precisely what you’re looking for at the very end, but I thought by this time there’d be several standout entries that caught your eye.

    • 3 weeks ago
  • soumenart
    soumenart
    • 4 weeks ago

    i was expecting one example of a storyboard , it would help us to see what kind of quality u want in ur storyboards

    • 4 weeks ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 3 weeks ago

      Hello Soumen, thank you for your interest. We have no specific format for a storyboard, please use your best professional judgment in how you present your vision for your anticipated animations.

      • 3 weeks ago
  • phillipkeane
    phillipkeane
    • 4 weeks ago

    i used to write vodcast and animation scripts for Hubble and ESO telescope assets. this is a sweet project. im entering.

    • 4 weeks ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 4 weeks ago

      Sounds great Phillip! Thank you for your interest. We're looking forward to your entry.

      • 4 weeks ago
  • TheGuyver2040
    TheGuyver2040
    • 1 month ago

    Contest Holder,

    Assuming there’s little to no change between how things stand now and how things stand at the time of the contest deadline, is it possible for you to accept just six detailed scripts for the “animations” as a valid entry submission?

    I’d need to know sooner rather than later, so that I give myself enough time to work on them. If it’s just six detailed scripts, they wouldn’t be crazy difficult for me to figure out; but they wouldn’t be super easy, to the point where I could figure everything out at the very last minute either.

    • 1 month ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hello James, for clarification, we are only seeking storyboards, any "scripting" will be in the detail underneath the frames in the storyboard. We apologize for the confusion.

      • 1 month ago
    2. TheGuyver2040
      TheGuyver2040
      • 1 month ago

      I see. Well, hopefully you get what you’re looking for by the time the deadline closes. I’d suggest inviting freelancers to your contest post, but I’m not sure if the feature is still available.

      https://www.freelancer.com/support/Project/invite-a-freelancer-to-bid-on-your-project

      The trick here is in finding freelancers who have a background in storyboard work and are committed enough to do the research that this contest demands.

      • 1 month ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    We want to clarify any confusion in the details of the written challenge: We are only seeking storyboards with detail of the animator's vision written underneath.

    • 1 month ago
  • sushmita7678
    sushmita7678
    • 1 month ago

    will it be depicting some animated characters performing actions in the video?

    • 1 month ago
  • abulkalam099
    abulkalam099
    • 1 month ago

    chat

    • 1 month ago
  • TheGuyver2040
    TheGuyver2040
    • 1 month ago

    Contest Holder,

    I’m not sure I’ll be able to participate in this contest, as I’d only be able to assist you with the scripts, and not the storyboards; but all the same, I have a question for you. Are animated videos really the direction to go in for this particular subject matter? Typically, animated videos are marketed towards kids and young adults. Yesterday, when I read through the material you uploaded, I racked my brain thinking of how best to approach this. I drew comparisons to a Disney or Pixar production; which would typically be marketed towards kids. And, even now, I can only think of something along the lines of “A Scanner Darkly,” which at the time, was marketed towards adolescents and young adults.

    • 1 month ago
    1. TheGuyver2040
      TheGuyver2040
      • 1 month ago

      I understand you’re not going for a movie or TV show, and that the intention is to educate the general public and spark interest in NASA’s Human Research Program. That being said, first impressions are everything. When I see an animated video, the first thing that comes to mind is a younger target audience. Even with professional business videos rendered in an animated style, the message that is often lost is that whatever it is that they’re talking about is so easy that a kid can understand it. If a kid can understand it having limited knowledge and life experience, then an adult can understand it too. So, perhaps animation is not the best medium to use here, unless I’ve misunderstood you. By “animation,” were you simply referring to CGI and special effects? Or, would these videos depict animated characters and not real people?

      • 1 month ago
    2. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hello James and thank you for your interest. What we are seeking would be considered CGI, but we are not opposed to standard 2D animations as well. This is not geared towards a younger audience but as a demonstration of systems in the human body and their adaption to microgravity environments. We are primarily seeking storyboards with an accompanying script detailing the animator's vision.

      • 1 month ago
  • pliiats
    pliiats
    • 1 month ago

    Hi. Does you need storyboard or script as well? At this point you brief a littel bit confusing.

    • 1 month ago

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