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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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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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3….2….1…..ACTION!

Its the final countdown….duh duh duhhhhhdadaduu!

The last two weeks have been hard on the SplitUnited. After writing and rewriting the storyboard and the script we finally go the ‘GO’ from our tutor Satish. Although it was slightly frustrating to hearing that our storyboard was not extinguished enough, I felt that it was a value lesson in how the design process with unravel in future professional careers. Designing will not be an easy one-time try process but rather a grueling step for step process which will involve the ‘GO’ from not only on individual but several, making the procedure that much more difficult.

Although I find success very important I find mistake even more important so I will delve into the mistakes we made whilst coming up with both our storyboard and script. Our first mistake was making a video with advice which was far too broad. Originally we wanted to give our NGO two channels of advice; the primer relating to website improvements and the former regarding how Constru Casa can utilise TWTICH ( a HUGE gamer platform) to raise awareness and money. When we showed our idea to Satish he told us that we should focus on one piece of advice; his argument was that we only have two minutes to give impactful and concise advice.

This suggestion (although very clever in retrospect) really ruffled our feathers. We felt that two advice-guidelines were crucial not only in the success of fulfilling the needs of  our NGO but also in fulfilling the two minute time limit requirement for our video. We felt that if we were to cut the websites advice and only focus on TWITCH we would not have enough information and hence our video would be to short. HA! Well isn’t that just what we needed to kick our butts and rethink our storyboard strategy?

This is when we started to PANIC….reaction animated GIF …….well no I’m kidding, but we did delve deeper into the 4 Ws and 1 H; WHERE, WHEN, WHAT, WHY, and HOW. Somehow, these Ws and single H freed us from giving superficial advice to providing Constru Casa with solid, powerful and innovative advice which we hope will  ‘WOW’ our audience!.

As Lucia and Bogdan said in their post we were not employing the talents and potential work effort that the Ducks have. Due to the unexpected drop out of the Duck’s Technology Steward we have been seeing a lot more of them lately; we have (due to this incident) become an unanimous group as opposed to two separate groups who are working for one NGO. One could say we are the SPLIT UNITED DUCKS….It has been really nice seeing the two groups collaborating so well! Since this week has been all about production, production, production I have made a table regarding key production actions.
Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 5.34.25 PM

Thats it for this week, see you in two :)

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3….2….1…..ACTION!

Its the final countdown….duh duh duhhhhhdadaduu!

The last two weeks have been hard on the SplitUnited. After writing and rewriting the storyboard and the script we finally go the ‘GO’ from our tutor Satish. Although it was slightly frustrating to hearing that our storyboard was not extinguished enough, I felt that it was a value lesson in how the design process with unravel in future professional careers. Designing will not be an easy one-time try process but rather a grueling step for step process which will involve the ‘GO’ from not only on individual but several, making the procedure that much more difficult.

Although I find success very important I find mistake even more important so I will delve into the mistakes we made whilst coming up with both our storyboard and script. Our first mistake was making a video with advice which was far too broad. Originally we wanted to give our NGO two channels of advice; the primer relating to website improvements and the former regarding how Constru Casa can utilise TWTICH ( a HUGE gamer platform) to raise awareness and money. When we showed our idea to Satish he told us that we should focus on one piece of advice; his argument was that we only have two minutes to give impactful and concise advice.

This suggestion (although very clever in retrospect) really ruffled our feathers. We felt that two advice-guidelines were crucial not only in the success of fulfilling the needs of  our NGO but also in fulfilling the two minute time limit requirement for our video. We felt that if we were to cut the websites advice and only focus on TWITCH we would not have enough information and hence our video would be to short. HA! Well isn’t that just what we needed to kick our butts and rethink our storyboard strategy?

This is when we started to PANIC….reaction animated GIF …….well no I’m kidding, but we did delve deeper into the 4 Ws and 1 H; WHERE, WHEN, WHAT, WHY, and HOW. Somehow, these Ws and single H freed us from giving superficial advice to providing Constru Casa with solid, powerful and innovative advice which we hope will  ‘WOW’ our audience!.

As Lucia and Bogdan said in their post we were not employing the talents and potential work effort that the Ducks have. Due to the unexpected drop out of the Duck’s Technology Steward we have been seeing a lot more of them lately; we have (due to this incident) become an unanimous group as opposed to two separate groups who are working for one NGO. One could say we are the SPLIT UNITED DUCKS….It has been really nice seeing the two groups collaborating so well! Since this week has been all about production, production, production I have made a table regarding key production actions.
Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 5.34.25 PM

Thats it for this week, see you in two :)

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Rehearsal Presentation & Production, written by Bogdan and Lucía!

Reflection of the week

As for last week things have changed. We began with two potentially good ideas for our NGO, that could substantially provide a new and fresh start, however these advices came with no instructions, and as a group we constructed an awkward atmosphere of “Sort it out yourself” assuming our NGO would know exactly how to handle our advice. However for Twitch this was the complete opposite, Julie had never heard of the platform. We took the advice our guru Satish gave in class, he mentioned “What you have suggested is just an idea and its not clear how Constru Casa will apply it or get on this bandwagon”. Our final video presentation should be above all understandable even for an outsider that has never heard of our project community. A presentation Constru Casa can also use as evidence of the wide community they work with, apart of themselves, to reach a common goal. Therefore, we changed the orientation. Englobing a more “Step-by-Step” plan, and this will be our strategy.

3 storyboard drafts later we finally received Satish approval and were ready to go! Our client services (Thomas) started builiding a bridge for communication between us, The Split United and our fellow colleagues, The Ducks in the making of both introduction and final closing words for the final presentations. The way the class developed helped us visualise the way we want out video to look. Storyboards seem child-like sometimes, but they have definitely helped us in planning what goes where and for how long, because we need to work within the a limit. We recorded our teams initial and approved storyboard plans.

This week was definitely very entertaining. There’s nothing more fulfilling that hearing a “Go ahead!” from our tutor. Wooohooo!

Now we are finding a common ground with the other team.

If we could do anything differently it would be having worked with the other group in an earlier stage. Now that the deadline is getting closer we have realised how separate we’ve been and this affects our communication. We still think, individually as separate groups, and assume our ideas will be agreed when in reality then hold a lot of discussion. Another inconvenient with our team work is the unfortunate drop-off of one of the members in The Ducks which leaves them without a Technology Steward, making this final steps tougher and tougher. Nevertheless The Ducks have solved the problem quickly and efficiently dividing the tasks that didn’t have an owner. I think we should have done more activities together during the course, easing our team work from the beginning.

That’s it for today folks!

Enjoy the holidays

❤

© 2015 Bogdan-Alexandru Demeter.  All rights reserved.

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Rehearsal Presentation & Production, written by Bogdan and Lucía!

Reflection of the week

As for last week things have changed. We began with two potentially good ideas for our NGO, that could substantially provide a new and fresh start, however these advices came with no instructions, and as a group we constructed an awkward atmosphere of “Sort it out yourself” assuming our NGO would know exactly how to handle our advice. However for Twitch this was the complete opposite, Julie had never heard of the platform. We took the advice our guru Satish gave in class, he mentioned “What you have suggested is just an idea and its not clear how Constru Casa will apply it or get on this bandwagon”. Our final video presentation should be above all understandable even for an outsider that has never heard of our project community. A presentation Constru Casa can also use as evidence of the wide community they work with, apart of themselves, to reach a common goal. Therefore, we changed the orientation. Englobing a more “Step-by-Step” plan, and this will be our strategy.

3 storyboard drafts later we finally received Satish approval and were ready to go! Our client services (Thomas) started builiding a bridge for communication between us, The Split United and our fellow colleagues, The Ducks in the making of both introduction and final closing words for the final presentations. The way the class developed helped us visualise the way we want out video to look. Storyboards seem child-like sometimes, but they have definitely helped us in planning what goes where and for how long, because we need to work within the a limit. We recorded our teams initial and approved storyboard plans.

This week was definitely very entertaining. There’s nothing more fulfilling that hearing a “Go ahead!” from our tutor. Wooohooo!

Now we are finding a common ground with the other team.

If we could do anything differently it would be having worked with the other group in an earlier stage. Now that the deadline is getting closer we have realised how separate we’ve been and this affects our communication. We still think, individually as separate groups, and assume our ideas will be agreed when in reality then hold a lot of discussion. Another inconvenient with our team work is the unfortunate drop-off of one of the members in The Ducks which leaves them without a Technology Steward, making this final steps tougher and tougher. Nevertheless The Ducks have solved the problem quickly and efficiently dividing the tasks that didn’t have an owner. I think we should have done more activities together during the course, easing our team work from the beginning.

That’s it for today folks!

Enjoy the holidays

❤

© 2015 Bogdan-Alexandru Demeter.  All rights reserved.

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