Thanks to all competitors and congratulations to the winners!
Welcome to the October 2020 Finale 3D Virtual Pyromusical Design Competition! The competition is open to all Finale 3D users. To participate, you will need an active Finale 3D license. If you don’t have an active license, you may request a free promotional license to participate in the competition. Please carefully review the competition rules below and submit your completed show on or before November 6, 2020 (NOW November 30, 2020). Following the submission deadline, shows will be judged by a panel of fireworks experts from around the world, good luck!
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Long exposure images from the July 2020 Finale 3D Design Competition.
To create a realistic, emotionally-impactful and inspiring pyromusical display, artfully choreographed to a custom-themed music soundtrack and featuring a broad range of high-quality lifelike pyrotechnic effects.
|Rank||Finale 3D Pro||Finale Pyro Points||Finale 3D Hobbyist||Finale Pyro Points|
|All participants will earn +75 Finale Pyro Points for entering the competition.|
To enter, design your show following the overall competition rules and do these 4 things:
To be eligible for the Ultratec prize, design and submit your show following the competitions rules. One winner will be chosen by random drawing at the end of the competition. Prize package includes (subject to size/stock availability): Roots 73 jacket, Vantage jacket, sweatshirt, long sleeve shirt, water bottle, and swag bag.
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Review this checklist before submitting your show.
All shows must be submitted by November 6, 2020 (NOW November 30, 2020). Competitors are strongly encouraged to submit shows before the deadline. Shows submitted at least five days before the deadline will be checked for errors and competitors will have the opportunity to make corrections before judging begins. Shows with errors that violate competition rules will be ineligible for judging and prizes.
Each show must include a title and a short description. There is no specific length requirement for the show description, it should simply be of sufficient length to introduce the show and give the audience some insight into the theme and design concept. For example, a show description could be a few sentences.
Shows must have a total length of 5 to 6 minutes.
There are no restrictions on the number of firing positions.
Finale 3D Pro users must use at least 1 model and may also use Google Maps imagery, if desired. Effects may be fired from model(s) but it is not required.
3D models and Google Maps imagery are not supported in Finale 3D Hobbyist and therefore are not required. However, Hobbyist users are encouraged to leverage available scenery features including background images, landscape and water.
All competitors are encouraged to use camera animation.
The total duration of each show must be between 5 and 6 minutes. Shows must include at least 2:15 (2 minutes & 15 seconds) of ‘required music’. The ‘required music’ shall consist of one or more songs from the list below. Songs may be edited as desired. The final music soundtrack may also include other songs/music chosen by the competitor. The ‘required music’ may be placed anywhere within the final music soundtrack. The ‘required music’ can be a continuous 2:15 (2 minutes & 15 seconds) segment, or split into separate segments featured in different parts of the soundtrack.
|Artist||Song Title||YouTube Link|
|Alan Parsons Project||Sirius||https://youtu.be/OkC_oi0ksuw|
|Ivan Torrent||Human Legacy||https://youtu.be/9NzlDUeS1U4|
|Immediate Music||Protectors of Truth||https://youtu.be/xZlnR7LdO5s|
|Armin van Buuren||Ping Pong||https://youtu.be/wRcA-f7cvu8|
|Santana||Vive La Vida||https://youtu.be/vwmp05lz6zk|
|Jess Glynne & Jax Jones||One Touch||https://youtu.be/7boRTmd26N4|
|Harry Styles||Sign of the Times||https://youtu.be/qN4ooNx77u0|
|Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande||Rain On Me||https://youtu.be/ugQhauUEcJM|
|Ava Max||Kings & Queens||https://youtu.be/hn6lonvIRsI|
|Martin Garrix feat. Bonn||High On Life||https://youtu.be/Lpjcm1F8tY8|
|Shakira||Hips Don’t Lie ft. Wyclef Jean||https://youtu.be/DUT5rEU6pqM|
|Akira Miyagawa||Matsuken Samba II||https://youtu.be/Hnb6DNyKkfM|
|Café Tacuba||Volver a Comenzar||https://youtu.be/CTKndGvSFp4|
Each show will be subject to a maximum virtual budget of 100,000 points. Competitors may elect to use less than the maximum budget. The cost of each effect will be determined by its size. The table below provides examples of some common effects and their respective cost:
Example 1: 25mm (1″) 5 Shot Roman Candle. 25 points per each 25mm (1″) shot X 5 shots = 125 points
Example 2: 50mm (2″) 10 Shot Roman Candle. 50 points per each 50mm (2″) shot X 10 shots = 500 points
|Product Description||Size||Price (Virtual Points)|
|Single Shot (Mine or Comet)||25mm (1″)||25|
|Single Shot (Comet with Mine )||25mm (1″)||25|
|Single Shot (Mine or Comet)||50mm (2″)||50|
|8 Shot Roman Candle||25mm (1″)||200|
|8 Shot Roman Candle||50mm (2″)||400|
|Flame Shot (all patterns)||–||5|
|1s Ground Effects (gerbs, strobe flash pots)||–||5|
|30s Ground Effects (gerbs, strobe pots)||–||30|
|60s Ground Effects (gerbs, strobe pots)||–||60|
|Overall Impact||What was the overall impression of the show?
Was the show interesting, engaging, compelling, moving?
|Design / Script||Did the design include a variety of firing patterns?
Was the show creative, containing new or innovative elements?
|Use of products||Did the show contain a variety of high-quality effects?
Were the effects realistic?
Did the size and volume of effects fit the music soundtrack?
How was the use of color? Were the colors coordinated and complimentary with scenes?
|Music score||Did the soundtrack help to convey the theme of the show?
Was the soundtrack editing well executed? Were the transitions natural and seamless?
Did the soundtrack include multiple tempos such as slow/fast, calm/energetic?
|Scenery||How did the show fit within the scenery or location?
Did the show make use of at least 1 model (Pro)? Google Maps imagery (Pro)?
Background images, landscape features, water (Hobbyist/Pro)?
|Title/Theme & Description||Did the show include a title or theme?
Did the show include a description or synopsis?
Was the theme evident and well depicted in the show?
Shows will be judged by the following panel of fireworks experts. The identities of competitors will not be shared with the judging panel to promote impartiality during the judging process.
|Jorge Márquez, México||Fundador y Director Artístico de Lux Pirotecnia, S.A. de C.V. con más de 30 años de experiencia diseñando espectáculos piromusicales.|
|Dirk Enders, Germany||Fireworks expert and Finale 3D consultant.|
|Drew Espenshade, United States||Professional fireworks designer and VP of Sales & Marketing at Finale Fireworks.|
|Martin Hildeberg, Sweden||Pyromusical designer, owner and co-founder of Göteborgs Fyrverkeri Fabrik, an internationally recognized award-winning fireworks display company.|
|Simon Harding, UK||Sirotechnics Fireworks Ltd – Fireworks importer, European Firework Distributor, Internationally awarded Pyromusical Designer and Display Company|
|Stephen Pelkey, United States||CEO and Artistic Director for Atlas PyroVision Entertainment based in Jaffrey, New Hampshire and the winner of multiple international fireworks competitions including L’International des Feux Loto-Québec in Montreal.|
By participating in the competition, entrants agree to allow Finale Fireworks to use submitted content, in whole or in part, for training, demonstration, marketing and other purposes. Further, competitors’ names, company names (if applicable), and the submitted show videos will be made available publicly on YouTube and shared on other online platforms.