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Storyboarding 101 for dummies.

Let’s get right to the case! How do you plan storyboard? – Easy, you start with a script that is based on content plan which is based on all of your work that has been done previous weeks of your project community course and then you draw. Sounds simple and basic, but its not. From my own experience story boards are a bit of a pain in the seat.

So how did Split United plan a storyboard? Let’s start from the start. Previous week tech steward (Hey that’s me!) read the course guide till the end week and knew that this week we would have to make a story board. So the tech steward (me again!) wrote a small plan about what should be included in the script (content for the video). So when we started to get to the whole script writing for the video, we had a base to build it on, per se. Also we has this thing called Delf Design Guide which helped a bit.

delf design guideSo our teams lovely, Production Manager (today we are not naming people) created an awesome basis script for our video, which we made the story board from (so far we nailed everything), but we got a little bit confused on the story board so we drew it a bit wrong (just a bit). The storyline between the frames was a bit confusing, but that didn’t stop us. We improved our script and created a new story board. You can read all about our story board in the rest of our blog!(nobody just reads one blog post)

How is our work on our video. So far as, as I mentioned 5 times before (yes, I counted, end of discussion) we wrote a script which is the base and guidelines, and content, and almost a speech, and our advice, and everything we did all these five weeks (sorry, I’m just hyped). Since we work with the other team together, we needed to make sure they have a script as well which we will combine to a final script. That script will base all the video animations and speech and much more.

Also, we discussed the whole video making, both team agreed that we will make a stop motion drawing animation video, well it’s a bit hard to explain how the video animations will be based, but it will be awesome. We still have to combine some script and think through what kind of animations we will make and how they will tie together with each other. Since our groups had a meeting together we discussed that 4 (I’m one of them, but don’t tell anyone) people will work on video and its animations, we will meet together for a separate meeting outside school meetings.

That’s our plan so far on the video and the story board, of course some things will change, but this is the basis!

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Storyboarding 101 for dummies.

Let’s get right to the case! How do you plan storyboard? – Easy, you start with a script that is based on content plan which is based on all of your work that has been done previous weeks of your project community course and then you draw. Sounds simple and basic, but its not. From my own experience story boards are a bit of a pain in the seat.

So how did Split United plan a storyboard? Let’s start from the start. Previous week tech steward (Hey that’s me!) read the course guide till the end week and knew that this week we would have to make a story board. So the tech steward (me again!) wrote a small plan about what should be included in the script (content for the video). So when we started to get to the whole script writing for the video, we had a base to build it on, per se. Also we has this thing called Delf Design Guide which helped a bit.

delf design guideSo our teams lovely, Production Manager (today we are not naming people) created an awesome basis script for our video, which we made the story board from (so far we nailed everything), but we got a little bit confused on the story board so we drew it a bit wrong (just a bit). The storyline between the frames was a bit confusing, but that didn’t stop us. We improved our script and created a new story board. You can read all about our story board in the rest of our blog!(nobody just reads one blog post)

How is our work on our video. So far as, as I mentioned 5 times before (yes, I counted, end of discussion) we wrote a script which is the base and guidelines, and content, and almost a speech, and our advice, and everything we did all these five weeks (sorry, I’m just hyped). Since we work with the other team together, we needed to make sure they have a script as well which we will combine to a final script. That script will base all the video animations and speech and much more.

Also, we discussed the whole video making, both team agreed that we will make a stop motion drawing animation video, well it’s a bit hard to explain how the video animations will be based, but it will be awesome. We still have to combine some script and think through what kind of animations we will make and how they will tie together with each other. Since our groups had a meeting together we discussed that 4 (I’m one of them, but don’t tell anyone) people will work on video and its animations, we will meet together for a separate meeting outside school meetings.

That’s our plan so far on the video and the story board, of course some things will change, but this is the basis!

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A picture worth a week’s work:

Concluding week 5 got our ideas together. Definitely one of the most productive weeks in this module, which doesn’t make this task easier. We exposed two of our main ideas to Julie in our Skype meeting last Wednesday and received feedback to reflect on. This was great as we all know that jumping into conclusions isn’t the right way to go. After completing our successful Spidergram on Week 4 the Constru Casa’s priorities jumped out of the page and highlighted sectors they were missing, discovering things that we ignored in the past. You can imagine this was helpful in many ways since in the previous week our meeting was delayed, leaving us slightly hanging. Nevertheless, we followed Nancy’s and Allan’s advice, making assumptions which we could then present to our NGO as “possible scenarios” for improvement.

But let’s start from the beginning because I’ve started the other way round, my apologies.

Join me a second while we go back in time:

Weak Spots

Relationship Building: Standing in the worst rank in our Spidergram, with a number 0, we realized this was an important sector to tackle as a team. This doesn’t mean their already existing network isn’t good, but lacks the fundamental purpose of reestablishing relationships in the future. As an NGO they build and create new homes for families, they re-invent their way of living by not only providing them with an independent house, but by introducing them to a better quality of living in society. Constru Casa, in our humble opinion, needs to open-up to more communities, be more “friendly” to other networks that can provide more benefits than drawbacks.

We questioned how we could widen the audience Contru Casa was reaching, and more specifically the age category of their viewers. Easy peasy!

Think of friends you have made in the past, or people that have ever stand-out in the crowd because you particularly had something in common. Making connections with your audience is an essential click in order to be remembered. Without the click, you might as well last less than crumble in a fished memory. Don’t get us wrong, our goal isn’t to make Constru Casa a brand, it’s for it to make connections world wide and to beautify the incredible job they perform. In summary, we investigated other NGO’s across the globe with similar purposes, and from both Western countries and South American, selected the best out of the list and analysed the pro’s and con’s.

If you would like to know more in depth what The Split United was going through last week, please check our our Reflection #Week 5, by clicking the link.

Picture of the week (5)

This is how we came up with two viable solutions for Contru Casa. Introducing our NGO to the wonderful world of “Gaming for Good”.

Twitch ? , –         A live streaming video gaming platform, was something new to discover, something that they hadn’t done before, and a marvellous way of engaging with possible volunteer and funders. Would you like to know more? Please visit our insight on Twitch, it really is fascinating! Click here.

Nonetheless, that’s not all. The idea of changing Constru Casa’s website design was also exposed, providing the economical cost and benefits. Julie was interested in the actual insights of the website, the types of templates, (Template 1, Template 2, Template 3), etc.

Let’s see what Week 6 has to offer!

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A picture worth a week’s work:

Concluding week 5 got our ideas together. Definitely one of the most productive weeks in this module, which doesn’t make this task easier. We exposed two of our main ideas to Julie in our Skype meeting last Wednesday and received feedback to reflect on. This was great as we all know that jumping into conclusions isn’t the right way to go. After completing our successful Spidergram on Week 4 the Constru Casa’s priorities jumped out of the page and highlighted sectors they were missing, discovering things that we ignored in the past. You can imagine this was helpful in many ways since in the previous week our meeting was delayed, leaving us slightly hanging. Nevertheless, we followed Nancy’s and Allan’s advice, making assumptions which we could then present to our NGO as “possible scenarios” for improvement.

But let’s start from the beginning because I’ve started the other way round, my apologies.

Join me a second while we go back in time:

Weak Spots

Relationship Building: Standing in the worst rank in our Spidergram, with a number 0, we realized this was an important sector to tackle as a team. This doesn’t mean their already existing network isn’t good, but lacks the fundamental purpose of reestablishing relationships in the future. As an NGO they build and create new homes for families, they re-invent their way of living by not only providing them with an independent house, but by introducing them to a better quality of living in society. Constru Casa, in our humble opinion, needs to open-up to more communities, be more “friendly” to other networks that can provide more benefits than drawbacks.

We questioned how we could widen the audience Contru Casa was reaching, and more specifically the age category of their viewers. Easy peasy!

Think of friends you have made in the past, or people that have ever stand-out in the crowd because you particularly had something in common. Making connections with your audience is an essential click in order to be remembered. Without the click, you might as well last less than crumble in a fished memory. Don’t get us wrong, our goal isn’t to make Constru Casa a brand, it’s for it to make connections world wide and to beautify the incredible job they perform. In summary, we investigated other NGO’s across the globe with similar purposes, and from both Western countries and South American, selected the best out of the list and analysed the pro’s and con’s.

If you would like to know more in depth what The Split United was going through last week, please check our our Reflection #Week 5, by clicking the link.

Picture of the week (5)

This is how we came up with two viable solutions for Contru Casa. Introducing our NGO to the wonderful world of “Gaming for Good”.

Twitch ? , –         A live streaming video gaming platform, was something new to discover, something that they hadn’t done before, and a marvellous way of engaging with possible volunteer and funders. Would you like to know more? Please visit our insight on Twitch, it really is fascinating! Click here.

Nonetheless, that’s not all. The idea of changing Constru Casa’s website design was also exposed, providing the economical cost and benefits. Julie was interested in the actual insights of the website, the types of templates, (Template 1, Template 2, Template 3), etc.

Let’s see what Week 6 has to offer!

Brought to youuuuuuuuuuu by,

splitunited

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A Friendly Introduction, A Powerful Ally

There might be a reason why…..OH, Hello everyone!

Two days ago we begun formulating questions to research, social, business and environmental factors of ConstruCasa. Eager to start, we planned a meeting with the general manager for today. Poor Julia had to deal with us for 40 minutes (Thomas is to blame).

Less than 5 hours ago, our interview with Julia Boileau concluded. It was an excellent experience to find out what were the needs and expectations of our client, something vital we learnt the hard way in last week introduction project. Here we had the chance to investigate even further about our NGO-ConstruCasa.

ConstruCasa is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life among Guatemalans which live in extreme poverty. Their goal as an organization is to provide accessible housing for the poorest. Cheap housing solutions in a limited amount of time. But their relationship with the families doesn’t end here, apart from support programs and community development projects, they also have a later-on visit to actually see if the maintanance is still a priority.

What is interesting about ConstruCasa is that they developed a cheap and an accesible way to build up the houses. A cement block with a U-shape around of it, instead of having four corners, with this technique you only need a coulomb in the middle, which makes it anti seismic. The advantages of this project are that they don’t have to wait as long for the cement to dry and the house is fully built in a short period of 2 weeks. The main idea is to visit a community, start the construction and finish in a short amount of time.

How do they fund their program? The challenge is to get people that want to donate for housing to actually get closer to the main aspect. Apparently its easier to catch potential funders if the NGO is concentrating its forces on schools, community buildings, rather than individual housing. People often say: “I don’t have a house my self, why would I pay to make it possible for other”? Due to this, they decided to change their strategy by introducing the “Integral program”, a program that will focus in the near future on placing schools and municipal buildings.

ConstruCasa is a small organization per say. We learned the hardway that if you want to raise $2 million, you have to invest $1 million, and they don’t quiet have that money. We understand that the challenge for them is to actually get known on a new frontier, to get more people to be interested in their cause. There is definitely a problem of advertising and marketing, and we, the SplitUnited, together with ConstruCasa, are aiming to achieve and overcome these difficulties.

Just take a look at what wonderful things ConstruCasa has achieved so far! Happy smiles say it all!

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© Logan Sierra, courtesy of Constru Casa

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Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence

Hello everyone!

My name is Natalia Barnat, just moved to Den Haag from Warsaw, and I’m really happy about starting Industrial Design Engineering course this year.

In general I’m very keen on arts and new technologies, especially when merged together. I like using different media to discover new things or broaden my knowledge concerning extremely important issues like greatest cars or modernist architecture. Searching for connections between different subjects and fields is definitely my thing, and that’s what design means to me.

My mother used to complain that I’m always late because it shows my disrespect and means that I don’t care. Actually, I really do care about this studies, and as Carl Sagan said “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”, but I’ll work on it!

When it comes to superpowers, I have a characteristic that may be called so or used as one. I’m a good observer, and I scan everything around me, trying to deeply understand the environment, people and situations. I’d recommend everyone to try it, because it makes life easier, more exciting and joyful.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy our Split United blog, have a nice time!

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Oh, dear another – reflection,

In the past year I have wrote these – a lot. Anyway reflecting is a way to look at yourself from a different view – a view to the past and analyze yourself in a different perspective. I have acctually found out a lot of thing about my self from reflecting on the previous courses on past and overall its a good thing, but never have I had a thought in my mind “YaY, reflecting! Just can’t wait it”. Its not an 10 minutes process, some reflections require hours just to only analyze the top layers of yourself. Anyway lets get to it!

The week started great – I was dropped into a room with tons of strangers (gives a bit of a thrill). Then I was offered an NGO (I had a choice this time!), I could choose between Tiny houses NGO or Supporting poor people housing NGO. It was a taught choice, but I decided to go with Poor people housing NGO, that was something more that I could relate to. NGO are actually organizations that I support dearly, It makes me shiver when I hear about people who have sacrificed their lives to help others in one way or other, because if they wouldn’t do that – who would? ConstruCasa is another example of that – we all know that this world isn’t fair to anyone, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make it a little bit more fair. Building houses for the poor and supporting a whole nations nationalities – thats not an easy work to do.

I’m glad that this year I can be a part of another group that helps an NGO and maybe this time engage in it all – a little bit more. Last year with our NGO we even managed to get to the volunteering part ourselves – where some of us where ready to volunteer in a blink of an eye, I don’t think that I will go to Guatemala, but it would be nice to establish some connections. Connections are a good thing you never know which person you will need some day. Even better to have communities – its always good to have different persons perspective on an opinion and communities are the thing that brings it all together. At the end I just hope that we can create some change in a good way in ConstruCasa. Offer them something they haven’t thought of or inspire them to do some  things they would never dare to do. At this moment I have zero idea how to do it, but I’m enthusiastic about it and confused the previous part. In creativity I’m always that made up word (confusiastic?) – ready to engage on the spot and do everything (including taking a bullet to the leg) necessary to achieve the goal, but I have no Idea what the goal looks like or even where exactly is it located.

For this first reflective entry I’m kind of happy and tired (hired – ehh! ehh! thats a made up word! Oh never mind) I’m kind of happy that I’m back to studying, missed this for a while, but the pressure on my projects is huge and I hope I can offer lend my helping hand enough times to help us reach our goals with this NGO.

#splitunited

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Is this how it is supposed to be? Is it?

Hoi Hoi everyone!

We had a great week, nevertheless, a great introduction and kickstarting process for our stay at THUAS. I am really excited about this year, and from what I’ve seen so far, it is going to be what I’ve expected. Teachers are awesome, friendly and connective. They are eager to highlight our personality, and from their explanations, they are very engaged about this process every year (which is kind of fun if you really think about what happened during the past 3 days) working like everything is depending on them (it’s true, isn’t it?).

What I have received from these first classes (I say received because others might see it differently) is that when you want to do something out of love, it can get you in a lifestyle that you probably don’t know how to escape. It is like you have your own little heaven on Earth. Teachers are probably the main reason: they teach us things that are mandatory for our evolution. Evolution, because we are not only discovering our abilities to design or to plan something out of scratch, but we actually work with our personality and develop our new selves. We put our own time in those activities, and in the end I hope, I just really hope that it will affect all of us!

Today we had our first meeting with our NGO representative back in Guatemala, Julia Boileau. We learned so many things about ConstruCasa that we can call it a spoiled day. A lot of information that was probably going to be invisible to us were highlighted by Julia. ConstruCasa are looking for new ways of implementing cheaper designs, but more efficiently construction choices with the materials that they have access to. It is very important to take into consideration that a project on this scale can take up to months, maybe years. On the other side, they are struggling with finding funds and money assets, mainly because of the way they advertise. We have to research more on this topic, about how can we improve the connection between ConstruCasa and possible donors, even though we aim at crossing the sea to other Continents!

After my experience, Julia Boileau: as a new manager, might take into consideration a new, more like, a modern approach on the website, since it has not so attractive elements that might send the readers away. We still don’t know anything about this, we just think it might be possible for those to be taken into consideration (at the first sight). There is a lot of room for research as well as for new incoming information.

I am very excited about finding a solution that actually might solve a lot of ConstruCasa’s problems, we are ready as a team, we are ready as a whole. We are ready! SPLIT UNITED!#splitunited© 2015 Bogdan-Alexandru Demeter.  All rights reserved.

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