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Why don’t you RSA that!?

rsaanimate1RSA ANIMATE….a little bit of history!

Our movie will be based on the whiteboard style knowledge visualisation that RSA is renown for. RSA animate was first popularised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (hence the name RSA); a British non-profit dedicated to promoting theoretical and conceptual thinking. Starting in late 2009, RSA began to produce animates which were ‘hand-drawn’ in tandem with an audio file explaining an important theory or concept. This technique deemed to be extremely attractive and hence valuable for it gained the attention of millions of viewers online.

We decided to follow this tract for our video as it is not only informative but also interesting for the viewer to watch. Instead of flooding our audience with raw information we are providing them with visuals which will not only better help them understand our solution but also increase the uptake of the information. Furthermore, we were instructed by our tutor that our  proposition video should be multifunctional, also serving as a marketing campaign video.

So how are these videos made…?

This is exactly the same question that our group(s) asked when the RSA-style illustrations were being considered. We were a little worried that the skills required for such a video were not within the realm of our technical expertise ( no offense Kalvis, you are an awesome Technology Stewart 😀 )

The early animations were speeded-up camera recordings of live drawings. This means that person a would film person b doing live drawings. Although this might not seem very complicated is definitely requires much more precision and skill than now a days.

With today’s technology the process of animation has become far more refined; combing the art of drawing, filming, editing and computer animation all into one. Instead of having to draw everything ‘right’ the first time around (no pressure at all), technology has enabled us with the possibility to edit mistakes out of final works.

A widespread method of producing such videos is having the artist or artists in our case draw the animates first, and then shooting the hand erasing the line.The footage is then reversed, or run backwards to deliver the appearance of the comic being drawn flawlessly the first time.

  1. Here is an example from one of my favourite series!

The other (less fantastical) method is creating a digital sketch, which has the advantage of allowing the client to command refinements of the animation or movie sequence at any time in the process but the disadvantage of it looking less realistic. This method creates the same hand drawn images but without the hand as a prop (because it is  green-screened), making it look like an invisible wand is doing all the drawing.

    2. Here is an example of the other method:

Thats it for today folks….More to come soon!

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Why don’t you RSA that!?

rsaanimate1RSA ANIMATE….a little bit of history!

Our movie will be based on the whiteboard style knowledge visualisation that RSA is renown for. RSA animate was first popularised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (hence the name RSA); a British non-profit dedicated to promoting theoretical and conceptual thinking. Starting in late 2009, RSA began to produce animates which were ‘hand-drawn’ in tandem with an audio file explaining an important theory or concept. This technique deemed to be extremely attractive and hence valuable for it gained the attention of millions of viewers online.

We decided to follow this tract for our video as it is not only informative but also interesting for the viewer to watch. Instead of flooding our audience with raw information we are providing them with visuals which will not only better help them understand our solution but also increase the uptake of the information. Furthermore, we were instructed by our tutor that our  proposition video should be multifunctional, also serving as a marketing campaign video.

So how are these videos made…?

This is exactly the same question that our group(s) asked when the RSA-style illustrations were being considered. We were a little worried that the skills required for such a video were not within the realm of our technical expertise ( no offense Kalvis, you are an awesome Technology Stewart 😀 )

The early animations were speeded-up camera recordings of live drawings. This means that person a would film person b doing live drawings. Although this might not seem very complicated is definitely requires much more precision and skill than now a days.

With today’s technology the process of animation has become far more refined; combing the art of drawing, filming, editing and computer animation all into one. Instead of having to draw everything ‘right’ the first time around (no pressure at all), technology has enabled us with the possibility to edit mistakes out of final works.

A widespread method of producing such videos is having the artist or artists in our case draw the animates first, and then shooting the hand erasing the line.The footage is then reversed, or run backwards to deliver the appearance of the comic being drawn flawlessly the first time.

  1. Here is an example from one of my favourite series!

The other (less fantastical) method is creating a digital sketch, which has the advantage of allowing the client to command refinements of the animation or movie sequence at any time in the process but the disadvantage of it looking less realistic. This method creates the same hand drawn images but without the hand as a prop (because it is  green-screened), making it look like an invisible wand is doing all the drawing.

    2. Here is an example of the other method:

Thats it for today folks….More to come soon!

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the real experience of…

Everyone seems to be quite stressed out and that might be the first thing to say about the video-making experience. Obviously it’s because everybody wants to do one’s best and finally finish the project with which we’ve been struggling for the past eight weeks. Step by step, following the production plan, we are getting closer to our goal.

We already had the basis: storyboard and narration audio, but the real challenge was about to start: designing sketches and graphics for the video and the post-production processes – editing, adding sound and checking if everything went as good as we wanted.

I think that the key to successful video production is to prepare a complex plan and to keep in mind that there’s always something that may go wrong. What we’ve learned during last weeks is that cooperation and communication between teams is really crucial, as it became much easier since we started to work together with The Ducks.

As for now, the double team is still working on the video itself. Hopefully we all would see the full effect of some people’s sleepless nights and hard work on the final presentation.

See you then, and good luck with production to other teams!

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the real experience of…

Everyone seems to be quite stressed out and that might be the first thing to say about the video-making experience. Obviously it’s because everybody wants to do one’s best and finally finish the project with which we’ve been struggling for the past eight weeks. Step by step, following the production plan, we are getting closer to our goal.

We already had the basis: storyboard and narration audio, but the real challenge was about to start: designing sketches and graphics for the video and the post-production processes – editing, adding sound and checking if everything went as good as we wanted.

I think that the key to successful video production is to prepare a complex plan and to keep in mind that there’s always something that may go wrong. What we’ve learned during last weeks is that cooperation and communication between teams is really crucial, as it became much easier since we started to work together with The Ducks.

As for now, the double team is still working on the video itself. Hopefully we all would see the full effect of some people’s sleepless nights and hard work on the final presentation.

See you then, and good luck with production to other teams!

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The final touch – Reflection Post Week 8

How to get up a video on time – or are we actually going to meet the deadline?

It´s the last week. How did that happen?

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This week we finally started working on the video. Together with the Split we distributed the last tasks and our video started to take form.After talking to Nancy last week,we took her ideas and feedback into consideration and made our storyboard a lot more “human” and focused on ConstruCasas case. We also changed our script to adapt it to the new storyboard. Having recorded that script already makes things a lot easier for us this week as we only have to focus on drawing and editing the video. At least that´s what we thought; after listening to it we realised that you could hear our group mates talking in the background and that was disturbing the audio. So on Tuesday Me, Thomas and Bogdan recorded it a second time and this time it was a to better! Jackie and Oliver started on designing the sketches for our video. On Wednesday they finalised them and edited them in Photoshop so  they can be put in the video.Big thanks to Bogdan at this point for editing the video and making it reality!

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Our teamwork this week was really good I think. Everybody knew what to do and worked on their tasks, but did´t forget to offer their help to the others if needed. That is one of the main things we learned over the whole course I think. That it is important to look after each other and make sure nobody gets lost. After struggling with that a bit in the beginning in the last few weeks we really have that under control and i can at least say for myself that I´m very grateful if somebody offers me to help and I do appreciated getting help as much as I like to help my teammates.We also set up one final meeting to finalise all our plans and “products” we came up with to help our NGO.

If we had to do it again I would say we should have definitely gotten together a lot earlier to solve our teamwork issues. Because since we did that everything was so much easier and a lot more fun. All in all it´s safe to say that we all did learn a lot in the last 8 weeks and enjoyed it.

Shout out to the Ducks!

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The final touch – Reflection Post Week 8

How to get up a video on time – or are we actually going to meet the deadline?

It´s the last week. How did that happen?

FullSizeRender

This week we finally started working on the video. Together with the Split we distributed the last tasks and our video started to take form.After talking to Nancy last week,we took her ideas and feedback into consideration and made our storyboard a lot more “human” and focused on ConstruCasas case. We also changed our script to adapt it to the new storyboard. Having recorded that script already makes things a lot easier for us this week as we only have to focus on drawing and editing the video. At least that´s what we thought; after listening to it we realised that you could hear our group mates talking in the background and that was disturbing the audio. So on Tuesday Me, Thomas and Bogdan recorded it a second time and this time it was a to better! Jackie and Oliver started on designing the sketches for our video. On Wednesday they finalised them and edited them in Photoshop so  they can be put in the video.Big thanks to Bogdan at this point for editing the video and making it reality!

IMG_4794IMG_4795

Our teamwork this week was really good I think. Everybody knew what to do and worked on their tasks, but did´t forget to offer their help to the others if needed. That is one of the main things we learned over the whole course I think. That it is important to look after each other and make sure nobody gets lost. After struggling with that a bit in the beginning in the last few weeks we really have that under control and i can at least say for myself that I´m very grateful if somebody offers me to help and I do appreciated getting help as much as I like to help my teammates.We also set up one final meeting to finalise all our plans and “products” we came up with to help our NGO.

If we had to do it again I would say we should have definitely gotten together a lot earlier to solve our teamwork issues. Because since we did that everything was so much easier and a lot more fun. All in all it´s safe to say that we all did learn a lot in the last 8 weeks and enjoyed it.

Shout out to the Ducks!

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Almost There!!!

This last week has been a good one for the Split United as the finish line is finally in sight!

Last week we did all our audio recordings for the video, as well as getting our storyboard approved by Satish. During the past week we have been more focused than we have been all module. I believe this is due to the finalized plans and vision of our final product.

To create our video we have decided to do an animation with a hand interactively drawing out what is being narrated. To start the animation we photoshoped a photo of a group member’s arm six times (to get different postures). Each slide of the animation will be created in Photoshop using a graphic tablet; this allows us to draw them by hand and we will avoid copyright laws. Once this process is finished the slides/images will be transferred to Adobe After Effects in order to have them run consistently and smoothly.

Our audio was a lot of work as well, as there was a lot of editing to be done. The reason for this was, when we messed up a line in our narration, we just repeated the sentence. This stopped us from having to read the script over and over again until we read the whole video clearly. However may have lead to more work in the end. Who knows? Maybe next time this is something we could try as an improvement.

We look forward to getting it done and presenting it. We have invited Nicolette, the secretariat from the Dutch board of ConstruCasa to come see our final video, as she was very excited with our developments earlier in the project. We are currently waiting for her response and finalizing our video.

See you guys on “The Final Countdown”

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Almost There!!!

This last week has been a good one for the Split United as the finish line is finally in sight!

Last week we did all our audio recordings for the video, as well as getting our storyboard approved by Satish. During the past week we have been more focused than we have been all module. I believe this is due to the finalized plans and vision of our final product.

To create our video we have decided to do an animation with a hand interactively drawing out what is being narrated. To start the animation we photoshoped a photo of a group member’s arm six times (to get different postures). Each slide of the animation will be created in Photoshop using a graphic tablet; this allows us to draw them by hand and we will avoid copyright laws. Once this process is finished the slides/images will be transferred to Adobe After Effects in order to have them run consistently and smoothly.

Our audio was a lot of work as well, as there was a lot of editing to be done. The reason for this was, when we messed up a line in our narration, we just repeated the sentence. This stopped us from having to read the script over and over again until we read the whole video clearly. However may have lead to more work in the end. Who knows? Maybe next time this is something we could try as an improvement.

We look forward to getting it done and presenting it. We have invited Nicolette, the secretariat from the Dutch board of ConstruCasa to come see our final video, as she was very excited with our developments earlier in the project. We are currently waiting for her response and finalizing our video.

See you guys on “The Final Countdown”

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Reflection Blog – Week 7

Hello!

Time has come to get into the final steps of our project.
After splitting up the work and giving each team member chores to do over the weekend, everybody of our team came perfectly prepared to class on Monday and we could work on the finalization of the project, solution, and script.

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That way it was not difficult to show our classmates a live presentation of our ideas for the video!
On Tuesday we had another hangout with Nancy. We presented her our storyboard and asked for any possible improvements we could do. With Nancy’s advise to change the direction of our purpose a little (not focusing too much on ConstruCasa but rather set our focus on the families and working for an improved life for people in Guatemala), we changed these points in our script on Wednesday! With an improved script we started to come together with the United Splits to start on first productions for the video.

All in all I like how everybody in our group is very integrated and motivated to work on the project. It becomes more and more fun every week since we rapidly changed the way of our team work.
I do not think that there was something very challenging on working specifically in our team together. However, it was we sometimes had some issues in communication with the United Splits. More minds coming together, having more people in a group, and that way maybe different kinds of working can make it difficult to cooperate with each other.
We are now on a good way in our video presentation and I am getting excited to show the end results!

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Reflection Blog – Week 7

Hello!

Time has come to get into the final steps of our project.
After splitting up the work and giving each team member chores to do over the weekend, everybody of our team came perfectly prepared to class on Monday and we could work on the finalization of the project, solution, and script.

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That way it was not difficult to show our classmates a live presentation of our ideas for the video!
On Tuesday we had another hangout with Nancy. We presented her our storyboard and asked for any possible improvements we could do. With Nancy’s advise to change the direction of our purpose a little (not focusing too much on ConstruCasa but rather set our focus on the families and working for an improved life for people in Guatemala), we changed these points in our script on Wednesday! With an improved script we started to come together with the United Splits to start on first productions for the video.

All in all I like how everybody in our group is very integrated and motivated to work on the project. It becomes more and more fun every week since we rapidly changed the way of our team work.
I do not think that there was something very challenging on working specifically in our team together. However, it was we sometimes had some issues in communication with the United Splits. More minds coming together, having more people in a group, and that way maybe different kinds of working can make it difficult to cooperate with each other.
We are now on a good way in our video presentation and I am getting excited to show the end results!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: The Ducks