NASA Contests: Storyboard for 2 Minute Video/Animation for REALM Project

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $500
  • Entries Received: 36
  • Winner: Psytest

Contest Brief

The goal of this challenge is to create a storyboard for a 2-minute animation that describes NASA’s REALM project to the general public. A background summary is provided below, although careful reading of the attached detailed description is recommended. The winning solution will be developed into a video via a separate freelancer activity, for which submitters, and others, are eligible to participate.

Background

REALM (RFID-Enabled Autonomous Logistics Management) is a 3-phased experimental project based on RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies. The primary objective is to learn how to automate logistics management for future space exploration missions. While early stages of the REALM experiments are focused on solutions to automate activities such as inventories and item searches, future experiments that allow robotic interaction with logistics, such as unpacking or setup in advance of human arrival, are anticipated. It is considered critical for beyond–Low Earth Orbit missions, in which ground support for finding items is impractical and re-launch of missing items is not an option. It also improves packing efficiencies for reduced stowage volume. The REALM team is using the International Space Station as a test bed to evaluate and mature the relevant technologies.

The attached PDF provides a description of the REALM system in more detail along with images of the system.

The following links to models of the International Space Station provide content that may be used in submissions:

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Solution Requirements
• Storyboard and script for a 2-minute video or animation that describes the REALM experiments for a non-technical audience; i.e., the general public
• Each image of the storyboard should typically have a corresponding section of script
• Format should be pdf, illustrator, jpegs, or other common image formats.
• Use of the REALM logo is encouraged (artwork provided as attachment)
• Graphics are provided with the intent of providing a complete overview. While the graphics may be used in submissions, inclusion is not required.

Evaluation Criteria
• The video storyboard is intended to convey the concept of the REALM project and why it is important to NASA.
• Quality: Does the submission look professional?
• Requirements: Does the submission meet the stated requirements?
• Clarity: Does the submission describe the 3 phases of REALM in terms understandable by the general public?
• Originality
• Suitability: Is the submission suitable for implementation as a 2-minute video on a limited budget (e.g., car chases and explosions may exceed our budget)
• Stirs public interest

Please note that NASA employees/contractors are not eligible for competing in this contest.

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Employer Feedback

“Psytest did an outstanding job of creating a video storyboard for our NASA RFID-Enabled Autonomous Logistics Management Project. This was a contest and this video storyboard was selected from 64 entries. Psytest did an impressive job of providing a storyboard with scene by scene graphics and narration script that provided a clear explanation of the technology, the project, and its phases. Psytest was very responsive to our feedback and worked hard to provide a high quality product.”

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Public Clarification Board

  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 1 year ago

    Congratulations also to cinevid54 for the 2nd place prize and catarinajung for our 3rd place prize. Great work!!!

    • 1 year ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 1 year ago

    Congratulations to Psytest for her winning submission! We were really impressed with some wonderful submissions and appreciate everyone's hard work! THANK YOU!

    • 1 year ago
    1. sekine
      sekine
      • 1 year ago

      Wow! Congrats. So detailed. My unsubmitted one was nothing like that - more of a comedy. It's so great to see a different take on this.

      • 1 year ago
  • sekine
    sekine
    • 1 year ago

    I've created a storyboard, but see no means of uploading it here. Where can I send it? Thanks.

    • 1 year ago
  • madmerizalde
    madmerizalde
    • 1 year ago

    :(...i'm literally an hour too slow, not much of an animation artist, it's for the best! Good going everyone! This project is interesting!

    • 1 year ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 1 year ago

    The challenge is officially closed! Thank you to all of the Freelancers who participated in this contest! We received some really great submissions and we will be working to review them and announce the winners soon. Thank you for all of your hard work to help NASA better communicate about what we are doing to advance space exploration.

    • 1 year ago
    1. cinevid54
      cinevid54
      • 1 year ago

      My updated entry disappeared?!? This site is not the greatest at keeping track. I actually paid for sealed twice, yet both were visible, the first time I entered it didn't even upload. Very frustrating. Now it says I withdrew it! Arrgghh! It's entry #19 and I just resubmitted it. I'm so sorry for the mix-up.

      • 1 year ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 1 year ago

    Under an hour left!!! Don't wait until the last minute to upload your submissions. We will not be able to extend the deadline (even if you have technical issues uploading your submission). We want to make sure we get all of your submissions!

    • 1 year ago
  • Oishiroy
    Oishiroy
    • 1 year ago

    Hi! please check entry #46.....

    • 1 year ago
  • LodewijkMarcel
    LodewijkMarcel
    • 1 year ago

    Kindly check #43, have a good day

    • 1 year ago
  • idivjyot
    idivjyot
    • 1 year ago

    What are the three phases of REALM that I am supposed to describe?

    • 1 year ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Please see the attachments under the project description. These should address your question.

      • 1 year ago
  • idivjyot
    idivjyot
    • 1 year ago

    I am facing a problem. The PDFs available for information are not opening. It says "Page not found".

    • 1 year ago
    1. idivjyot
      idivjyot
      • 1 year ago

      Now its working

      • 1 year ago
  • juanitofu
    juanitofu
    • 1 year ago

    Hi. Please check #39

    • 1 year ago
  • fotinos
    fotinos
    • 1 year ago

    Hi,

    On your REALM storyboard clarification n1.pdf document I read:

    "We want people to understand why this is an experiment, as opposed to simply adoption of mature technology."

    Could you provide examples of what you are referring to as "mature technology"? Is there a technology that you could have used instead of RFID or simply there isn't any other options?

    Thank you,

    • 1 year ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Sure. The use of this type of RFID technology (passive tag, EPCglobal C1-G2) is fairly mature when it is used to track objects passing through a choke point, say a portal or gate, when the objects are not so densely packed that they start to obscure each other. This is the case in common supply chain applications (e.g., in/out of warehouses) in which tags exist on boxes or pallets, but not individual items. The problem becomes much more difficult when it is a requirement to: (i) track all individual items, (ii) the individual items can be densely packed, and (iii) the items need to be localized accurately in 3D space (not just on one side of a portal or the other). There are other RFID technologies based on battery-powered tags that allow more accurate 3D localization, but we don't want to rely on battery powered tags due to their size and limited life span. So in the REALM experiments we are attempting to employ machine learning to overcome the limitations of the RFID technology.

      • 1 year ago
  • sumikanth
    sumikanth
    • 1 year ago

    Hi. Just one small question; because you have allowed entrants to use graphics from the NASA website, would you also allow us to use screenshots from a video you have uploaded on youtube, namely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doN4t5NKW-k ? Please respond ASAP. If it is not allowed, then I would have to draw the same. I have a great concept, but not the graphic skills. Do let me know if it's ok or not.

    • 1 year ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Sorry we missed this question. Yes, you should be able to use screenshots from NASA video.

      • 1 year ago
  • juanitofu
    juanitofu
    • 1 year ago

    Hi please check #32

    • 1 year ago
  • juanitofu
    juanitofu
    • 1 year ago

    Please wait til the end of the contest. I'll send my entry for sure.

    • 1 year ago
  • juanitofu
    juanitofu
    • 1 year ago

    Still working on it. Please wait

    • 1 year ago
  • brettgallieii
    brettgallieii
    • 1 year ago

    Hi NASA, my PDF storyboard would not upload so I created brief youtube slideshow of my entry

    • 1 year ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 1 year ago

    Thanks for you interest and submission. This contest is just for the storyboard. We have not chosen a production company yet, but we are thinking that it will be a separate freelancer contest or task.

    • 1 year ago
  • cinevid54
    cinevid54
    • 1 year ago

    When I was a teen, I built a 1/10 scale lunar module for my kid brother's Major Matt Mason doll, so I've always wanted to be involved with any NASA project. Thanks for sponsoring this contest and I hope you like my entry. As a side note note, I'm a video producer as well and am capable of doing this project from start to finish. Have you already chosen a production company?

    • 1 year ago
  • juanitofu
    juanitofu
    • 1 year ago

    I'm on it

    • 1 year ago
  • smandari
    smandari
    • 1 year ago

    Please provide feedback for entry #4

    • 1 year ago
  • mostrowski5
    mostrowski5
    • 1 year ago

    Whats the range of RFID in space? 100 meters or 1 centimeter?

    • 1 year ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      About 10m for a tag that is 4" x 1", when there is reasonably clear line-of-sight from the reader antenna to the tag, and we are transmitting at the maximum 1/2 Watt. Smaller tags have more restricted range, say 1-3m, but some items cannot accommodate the larger tags. The higher power is good for finding items that might be buried, but can be a disadvantage when attempting to track moving items. This is because the higher power results in more tags responding, so a tag in motion could get missed if it passes through before the reader gets to it. We are experimenting with power levels and duty cycles; i.e., higher power for a while then lower power.

      • 1 year ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 1 year ago

    If you want a good storyboard, we must give details about environment?!

    • 1 year ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Can you provide a bit more detail about your question? What type of additional "environment" information are you needing?

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

      We added an excerpt from a conference presentation. It's a little dated (2013), but provides some images of the cargo environment.

      • 1 year ago
  • eshasem
    eshasem
    • 1 year ago

    Why to do this investment? I can give you the cheapest and the fastest way to achieve the goal!

    • 1 year ago
    1. eshasem
      eshasem
      • 1 year ago

      And maybe some money more for NASA

      • 1 year ago
  • AndreaM1971
    AndreaM1971
    • 1 year ago

    It's a nice project!

    • 1 year ago
  • graphicsway0147
    graphicsway0147
    • 1 year ago

    /sir egar to work with you. can you inbox me ? needed some personal infos..

    • 1 year ago
  • ricardor3000
    ricardor3000
    • 1 year ago

    Please do not go to close the contest until you finish your stipulated time. ... !!!

    • 1 year ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      The contest will remain open until August 3rd. We look forward to your submission.

      • 1 year ago
  • ricardor3000
    ricardor3000
    • 1 year ago

    YYEEEEAHHHHH.... work on this my dear NASA ... WAOO

    • 1 year ago
  • nasacoeci
    Contest Holder
    • 1 year ago

    We've posted a contest clarification that describes the particular RFID technology we're using and some of the limitations. The clarification also points to a few of the more familiar terrestrial examples utilizing this particular type of RFID - e.g., EZ Pass.

    • 1 year ago
  • Astrof3rch
    Astrof3rch
    • 1 year ago

    #extended ¿When is the final day to send?

    • 1 year ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      You should be able to see the remaining time to submit in the upper left corner of the contest page - 3 weeks and two days from today. However, earlier submissions give you the opportunity to receive feedback and possibly revise your work. Thanks!

      • 1 year ago
  • GordonCreative
    GordonCreative
    • 1 year ago

    I want to upload my storyboard which is in pdf. Can you amend the filetypes criteria to accept that file format please. Many thanks.

    • 1 year ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Great. We had been working a parallel path with our contacts. Thanks for helping us get this resolved. It is really great to start the contest off with such a high quality submission. Our team is checking it out and will get you some comments in the next few days.

      • 1 year ago
    2. GordonCreative
      GordonCreative
      • 1 year ago

      Glad I was able to help and get this exciting project off the launch pad. Look forward to your comments. If the team want me to 'tweak' my storyboard, just let me know the suggestions and I will revise and resubmit. Thanks.

      • 1 year ago
  • BassemDamous
    BassemDamous
    • 1 year ago

    should it be with an artist voice over !!

    • 1 year ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Just looking for a storyboard and accompanying script for this contest.

      • 1 year ago
  • GwiseTiger
    GwiseTiger
    • 1 year ago

    I've written and sold several scripts but I can't draw worth a damn. If I enter a script for the storyboard without any images, will it be considered or do I need to find an artist?

    • 1 year ago
    1. nasacoeci
      Contest Holder
      • 1 year ago

      Since the results of the contest are to provide a full concept for an animated video, it is important for each shot to be fully described. At least a simple graphic to understand each shot is really recommended. The main thing is to communicate clearly your concept for the video such that we can evaluate it. Best of luck!

      • 1 year ago
    2. GwiseTiger
      GwiseTiger
      • 1 year ago

      Thank you for the prompt reply. I unfortunately do not have any artist contacts that I can immediately collaborate face-to-face with, but since you're keeping it open for three weeks I'll workshop a script and try to find someone before the deadline.

      • 1 year ago

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