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Final Presentation Preperations

This week is the final week where we as a group were able to come up with a solid concept for the final video presentation. We were able to build on the idea of having an animated version of draw my life video. Along with the ‘Tiny Innovators’ our team ‘Found in Transition’ was able to collaborate and come up with a strong concept and output. It was an interesting journey as we saw how we progressed and were able to put our main idea of hosting workshops and raising funds across. We think we are successful in bringing the message across to our audience. We also have the final text and story board which we can base our video on. The video is coming along really well and we will be done soon.

During this week discussions and a good amount of collaboration along with the other Tiny House team took place. A productive skype call with Shorty our mentor in U.S.A Florida was held and we were able to show her the intro video and she approved it. Once our part of the video is completed we will merge the video with the other team and be able to combine both of them. Preparations for the final presentation are also taking place simultaneously.

As we are approaching the end of the module, we as a group feel that we’ve come a long way. Throughout the weeks we had our ups and downs, but they didn’t stop us on working and moving forward. We learned not only how to work as a group, but also how to listen and accept our cultural differences. This journey definitely has not been an easy one, but it made us stronger not only as a group but also as individuals.

This is a picture of our video in progress:

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Final Presentation Preperations

This week is the final week where we as a group were able to come up with a solid concept for the final video presentation. We were able to build on the idea of having an animated version of draw my life video. Along with the ‘Tiny Innovators’ our team ‘Found in Transition’ was able to collaborate and come up with a strong concept and output. It was an interesting journey as we saw how we progressed and were able to put our main idea of hosting workshops and raising funds across. We think we are successful in bringing the message across to our audience. We also have the final text and story board which we can base our video on. The video is coming along really well and we will be done soon.

During this week discussions and a good amount of collaboration along with the other Tiny House team took place. A productive skype call with Shorty our mentor in U.S.A Florida was held and we were able to show her the intro video and she approved it. Once our part of the video is completed we will merge the video with the other team and be able to combine both of them. Preparations for the final presentation are also taking place simultaneously.

As we are approaching the end of the module, we as a group feel that we’ve come a long way. Throughout the weeks we had our ups and downs, but they didn’t stop us on working and moving forward. We learned not only how to work as a group, but also how to listen and accept our cultural differences. This journey definitely has not been an easy one, but it made us stronger not only as a group but also as individuals.

This is a picture of our video in progress:

Screenshot

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Last week – Almost done!

Guess what? This is the last week before the exam! Nervous, excited? Of course we are!

As far as you know until now, we tried to have an agreement with the other group about the final video. In order to combine both ideas (animation and story) we came up with the idea of making an animate story!

Furthermore, our big desire is to have a final video which would look professional, graceful and diffluent. The main point is to keep the same style through the whole video and trying to combine the ideas as one.

We have researched about what kind of software should we use for the animation and we have considered that the one which is filling all the requirements that we need is GoAnimate (http://goanimate.com/).

GoAnimate is a cloud-based platform for making animated business videos. It allows users to develop both narrative videos, in which characters speak with lip-sync and move around, and video presentations, in which a voice-over narrator speaks over images and props, which may also move around. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoAnimate)

In order to use that we propose to the other groupmates to pay €6/person to buy the software. One of the advantages is that everyone can change slides from his/her place and you can create your own characters/props/backgrounds.

We already started to combine the scripts and we all agreed to have a main character who will be speaking over all the slides. The main character will present everything as a 3rd person and it will point in the video to the main things that we consider important to emphasize.

UPDATE: we are making everything as a hand-drawn animation!!100dcdc73ed24424cf81ca17f4c5513a

source: http://www.pinterest.com

Our main goal is to finish the video until the weekend (Halloween is coming! Hihi, joking, we just want to get as much feedback as we can, and to get the chance to change anything if it’s wrong or misunderstood) and post a preview as soon as possible. In addition, after the disscusion with our NGO, Shorty, we agreed to show her first the final video after it is posted on youtube.

Stay tuned and feel free to comment to our weekly post!

Tiny Innovators

PS: I attached some pictures from Monday class to see how it’s going to look like!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Tiny Innovators

Last week – Almost done!

Guess what? This is the last week before the exam! Nervous, excited? Of course we are!

As far as you know until now, we tried to have an agreement with the other group about the final video. In order to combine both ideas (animation and story) we came up with the idea of making an animate story!

Furthermore, our big desire is to have a final video which would look professional, graceful and diffluent. The main point is to keep the same style through the whole video and trying to combine the ideas as one.

We have researched about what kind of software should we use for the animation and we have considered that the one which is filling all the requirements that we need is GoAnimate (http://goanimate.com/).

GoAnimate is a cloud-based platform for making animated business videos. It allows users to develop both narrative videos, in which characters speak with lip-sync and move around, and video presentations, in which a voice-over narrator speaks over images and props, which may also move around. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoAnimate)

In order to use that we propose to the other groupmates to pay €6/person to buy the software. One of the advantages is that everyone can change slides from his/her place and you can create your own characters/props/backgrounds.

We already started to combine the scripts and we all agreed to have a main character who will be speaking over all the slides. The main character will present everything as a 3rd person and it will point in the video to the main things that we consider important to emphasize.

UPDATE: we are making everything as a hand-drawn animation!!100dcdc73ed24424cf81ca17f4c5513a

source: http://www.pinterest.com

Our main goal is to finish the video until the weekend (Halloween is coming! Hihi, joking, we just want to get as much feedback as we can, and to get the chance to change anything if it’s wrong or misunderstood) and post a preview as soon as possible. In addition, after the disscusion with our NGO, Shorty, we agreed to show her first the final video after it is posted on youtube.

Stay tuned and feel free to comment to our weekly post!

Tiny Innovators

PS: I attached some pictures from Monday class to see how it’s going to look like!

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12185984_959292190783643_391010886_o 12193914_959292177450311_215189881_o

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Presentation planning progress

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This week we have been further looking into various aspects of our final presentation for our NGO. After feedback from our tutor about our story board we came to realise that it was not direct enough and did not portray exactly what we wanted it to. We therefore went back to the drawing board and refined our script to be more relevant and to the point, to leave our watcher (especially our NGO) with no reason to be distracted or doubt our solution we want to present to them. We now believe that our new script gets straight to the point and lets our NGO know exactly what we believe they should do. We have therefore updated our story board to represent this…

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As you can see above we have only created a story board for the middle, meaning we have not yet concluded what our intro and conclusion is going to be. We need and are currently collaborating with Found in Transition to form an intro and a conclusion for our collective video.  We also decided that we needed to decide and discuss what method we wanted to use to video we need to find a middle ground which relates to both our videos and situations along with what theme we want to use.

We have not yet finalised how our intro is going to be, we have a lot of ideas though and between our teams we are coming to a conclusion on how we want the script to be and soon, to start filming and creating the intro. We will keep you updated when we have finalised our intro, so keep your eyes open and on our blog!

To add to this, we found from previous experience of creating videos that using mobile phones is not sufficient enough, although the image quality suffices it could be better. We have therefore decided that we want little parts of recorded video in our short video, yet primarily to use animation due to it being a much better way to portray our views and making it look more professional. We further experienced very bad sound recording through previous videos, we have therefore decided that we will use separate phone devices to be able to record sound closer and primarily clearer. An application we have come across to aid this is iTalk which is just a simple sound recording app which uses Apple IPhone software to the maximum. If any of you are interested then here is a link to the download.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Tiny Innovators

Storyboard time!

Hello, dear readers!

Here’s a little update on the progress of our work. This past week we have been working on our final presentation. It is much less stressful now, compared to the beginning of this project – we all understand what we are doing and as the project is approaching the finish line, we are happy that we have a clear solution and a plan for the presentation. We are taking the team role divisions less strictly than our weekly guide suggests. We actually divide the tasks according to our skills and the amount of time each of us can dedicate each week (we respect if somebody in our team has other important matters to attend) and we help each other with the tasks.

As we let you know last week, we settled on proposing the Tiny House community to host workshops on their land to generate an income, with which to sustain them. This is the offer we are going to present to our NGO, and we have made a script and a storyboard to base our presentation on. I’m publishing the storyboard and a summary of our script to give you an idea of our presentation. The final video will consist of 2×2 min presentations of the ideas of both teams, plus an intro and a conclusion, which we are working on together with the Tiny Innovators. We are planning to present our idea in the “draw my life style”, by illustrating the narrator’s monologue on a whiteboard. Here’s an example: https://youtu.be/6yBBO8PzWFI?t=68

And here’s our storyboard:

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  1. The community is planning to buy collectively owned land. We suggest for them to use a 1/3 of that land to host a regular workshop on.
  2. There are several people in the community, who are experienced tiny house builders. They can use their already acquired skills to present in workshops.
  3. A lot of people locally are interested in the tiny house movement, but they have no idea how to start this lifestyle. The workshop can host presentations on mundane, but important matters, like how to store possessions, how to cook, etc.
  4. Attendants can be asked for a donation, a participation fee and/or an investment for the community, which would help make a profit. Catalogues can also be printed and sold.
  5. The community should spread the word locally via social platforms or local media (newspapers, magazines, TV)
  6. What do you do once you’ve built a tiny house? Our partner team – Tiny Innovators – have a pretty good suggestion for the tiny house community.

Sincerely,

Found in Transition 😉

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Presentation planning progress

einstein

This week we have been further looking into various aspects of our final presentation for our NGO. After feedback from our tutor about our story board we came to realise that it was not direct enough and did not portray exactly what we wanted it to. We therefore went back to the drawing board and refined our script to be more relevant and to the point, to leave our watcher (especially our NGO) with no reason to be distracted or doubt our solution we want to present to them. We now believe that our new script gets straight to the point and lets our NGO know exactly what we believe they should do. We have therefore updated our story board to represent this…

12165072_953456024700593_1901664176_o

As you can see above we have only created a story board for the middle, meaning we have not yet concluded what our intro and conclusion is going to be. We need and are currently collaborating with Found in Transition to form an intro and a conclusion for our collective video.  We also decided that we needed to decide and discuss what method we wanted to use to video we need to find a middle ground which relates to both our videos and situations along with what theme we want to use.

We have not yet finalised how our intro is going to be, we have a lot of ideas though and between our teams we are coming to a conclusion on how we want the script to be and soon, to start filming and creating the intro. We will keep you updated when we have finalised our intro, so keep your eyes open and on our blog!

To add to this, we found from previous experience of creating videos that using mobile phones is not sufficient enough, although the image quality suffices it could be better. We have therefore decided that we want little parts of recorded video in our short video, yet primarily to use animation due to it being a much better way to portray our views and making it look more professional. We further experienced very bad sound recording through previous videos, we have therefore decided that we will use separate phone devices to be able to record sound closer and primarily clearer. An application we have come across to aid this is iTalk which is just a simple sound recording app which uses Apple IPhone software to the maximum. If any of you are interested then here is a link to the download.

Tagged with:
Posted in Blogs, NGO Groups, Students, Teams, Tiny House Intentional Communities, Tiny Innovators
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Tiny Innovators

Storyboard time!

Hello, dear readers!

Here’s a little update on the progress of our work. This past week we have been working on our final presentation. It is much less stressful now, compared to the beginning of this project – we all understand what we are doing and as the project is approaching the finish line, we are happy that we have a clear solution and a plan for the presentation. We are taking the team role divisions less strictly than our weekly guide suggests. We actually divide the tasks according to our skills and the amount of time each of us can dedicate each week (we respect if somebody in our team has other important matters to attend) and we help each other with the tasks.

As we let you know last week, we settled on proposing the Tiny House community to host workshops on their land to generate an income, with which to sustain them. This is the offer we are going to present to our NGO, and we have made a script and a storyboard to base our presentation on. I’m publishing the storyboard and a summary of our script to give you an idea of our presentation. The final video will consist of 2×2 min presentations of the ideas of both teams, plus an intro and a conclusion, which we are working on together with the Tiny Innovators. We are planning to present our idea in the “draw my life style”, by illustrating the narrator’s monologue on a whiteboard. Here’s an example: https://youtu.be/6yBBO8PzWFI?t=68

And here’s our storyboard:

12169431_1053215488030691_95024671_o

  1. The community is planning to buy collectively owned land. We suggest for them to use a 1/3 of that land to host a regular workshop on.
  2. There are several people in the community, who are experienced tiny house builders. They can use their already acquired skills to present in workshops.
  3. A lot of people locally are interested in the tiny house movement, but they have no idea how to start this lifestyle. The workshop can host presentations on mundane, but important matters, like how to store possessions, how to cook, etc.
  4. Attendants can be asked for a donation, a participation fee and/or an investment for the community, which would help make a profit. Catalogues can also be printed and sold.
  5. The community should spread the word locally via social platforms or local media (newspapers, magazines, TV)
  6. What do you do once you’ve built a tiny house? Our partner team – Tiny Innovators – have a pretty good suggestion for the tiny house community.

Sincerely,

Found in Transition 😉

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Posted in Blogs, NGO Groups, Students, Teams, Tiny House Intentional Communities, Tiny Houses Found in Transition
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Tiny Houses Found In Transition

Interesting things about tiny houses :)

A new vision about how tiny houses would look in the future!

We also did some further research to develop the presentation and we found some useful information. You can find below more information about how can a Tiny House become more sustainable:

  1. Renewable Power Generation:
  • Locate solar and wind on lower portion of pasture; siting is critical
  • Consider phasing the installation to reduce initial costs
  • Study site-specific shading devices and plantings
  • Monitor wind patterns with anemometer to determine site possibilities for power generation
  • Consider the production of power as a revenue source
  • Net metering option:
  1. one meter for all homes could be advantageous
  2. submeter each home to track usage and help homeowners conserve
  3. provide financial incentives for using less power
  • Encourage conservation by specifying efficient appliances and lighting
  • Incorporate daylighting and natural ventilation in homes
  1. Ambient Heating:
  • Passive solar as primary source
  • Glazing: amount, location and type important
  • Shape of buildings should be rectangular and oriented correctly east to west
  • Incorporate shading to avoid overheating: overhangs, trees and/or vines
  • Ventilation; use natural convection with a study of prevailing winds
  • Heat storage and retention: use thermal mass and insulation
  • Secondary heat source options
  • Biodiesel
  • Wind and biomass (from forest windfall) to generate electricity for small demands
  • Consider district or centralized heating as secondary source, combined with hot water heating and solar water heating in slab heat coils
  • Solar air heating (TROMBE concept) for domestic heating, with boiler
  1. Water Heating:
  • Primary source: solar collectors (summers and some winters)
  • Supplementary source: biomass, district heating, and/or electricity
  1. Cooking:
  • Electric- high loads but possibly from renewable source generated on site
  • Propane- a possibility, but is not consistent with goal of zero net energy
  • Solar ovens- could be a supplementary source, especially if located in accessible space (on a nearby deck, shared)
  1. Other possible secondary heat sources:
  • Heat exchange system considerations include:
  • Type, air-to-air versus ground-tothermal combining with solar heating
  • Solar units – consider maintenance
  • Hydrogen fuel cells – storage for hydrogen is problem
  • Woodstoves – efficient burning reduces particulates and health risks
  • Micro-hydro power generation

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