Week 12B

Today in class we met with Pannafino for some constructive feedback, and have now started the task of re-configuring our art for greater simplicity and readability.

We are also re-evaluating some of our scenes, including this representation of billionaires at the very end.

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Week 12A

Today in class we went around and got peer feedback before Dr. Pannafino demo’d a few After Effects tricks for us.

Here is a bit of the feedback our storyboards received:

Now it is time for us to start animating.

Edit:

Here is the ~5% animation we are to bring to class.

-Z

 

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Week 11 Out of Class

We met outside of class, Dr. Pannafino coincidentally kept walking in only at times Kae was out of the room, but we swear we were both there and hard at work as a team.

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Go team!

During this time and over the weekend Zach went through and notated the scenes for the storyboard for Kae to take her assets and make them into a completed Illustrator storyboard, looking at the finished work it looks pretty good.

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Week 11B

Today in class we further developed our visual style and mad some slight alterations to the script.

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I started taking some of Kae’s assets and testing out animation styles and transitions and such before starting the actual animation.

Week 11A

At this point we are working on refining our visual style and creating the necessary assets for our animation.

Kae has done a lot of work on the Illustrator work, and I will primarily be handling the animation aspect of the video with her assets.  Here is the progress on the storyboard from last post with an updated art style more reflective of the cartoon-y, fun vibe that we wanna have going on.

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I continued working on variations of people and figuring out what looked best and worked with the style.

Week 10 Outside of Class (Zach)

We met for the required amount of time outside of class for work on the storyboards and here is some of the quick proof:
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(Very excited)

While meeting we fleshed out how we’d like the entire storyboard to go in order to lock down the visual narrative of the piece:

We also came up with a few variations on one of our scenes to then work further on in Illustrator storyboards:


And made some fairly extensive script rewrites in order to better combine the spoken word with the visual story:

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Week 10 Outside of Class

This week we met for 3.5 hours outside of class to complete the storyboard and work on the variations for the scene we were illustrating for our homework assignment on Monday. Zach was to annotate the script so that when we met with the Comm student, the process of getting the voice over and the sound effects completed was much easier and done faster, and I was going to illustrate the scenes because I seem to work better in Illustrator while Zach works much better in After Effects.

For our story board, I accidentally forgot to add the sections of the story board to annotate about what is going on in the frame. So I’m simply going to do it here.

When I was illustrating, after watching so many explainer videos, I came to notice that to not distract the viewer from the audio with crazy visuals, most explainer videos use flat color with simple and subtle indications of depth and dimension. With that in mind, that is what I tried to do in all of the variations of this scene.

Here is our first variation for the scene we are doing. Our script goes like this:

“While the success stories of these billionaire drop-outs seem to resonate with a lot of people, they just don’t match up with reality.”

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Slide 1: These gold bars that are on the left are gradually increasing to exemplify the idea of billionaire.

Slide 2: The graduation cap falling is to exemplify the idea of dropping out of college. It will fall from the top of the screen to the bottom.

Slide 3: This slide will simply have human figures inserting really fast to illustrate the idea that this dropout billionaire narrative resonates with people.

Slide 4:  The black screen starts to enter visualizing the idea that this concept doesn’t match up with reality.

Slide 5: The black screen takes up the entire page, completely getting rid of any notion that the billionaire dropout narrative is practical one to becoming a productive member of society.

Here is the 2nd variation of the scene that we illustrated.

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Slide 1: These gold bars enter left to right.

Slide 2: The gold bars enter underneath the ones already on the screen, also from left to right.

Slide 3: The gold bars continue to enter left to right and stack underneath each other to fill a pyramid.

Slide 4: The people enter in a snake pattern left to right and then back right to left up the entire pyramid to illustrate the idea of this concept relating to a lot of people.

Slide 5: The black screen starts to enter from right to left, overtop of the content on the page. This black screen illustrates reality.

Slide 6: The black shape takes up the entire screen, eliminating the concept of the billionaire dropout success story as a logical one entirely.

 

Here is the 3rd variation of the scene that we illustrated.

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Slide 1: This slide illustrates the idea of people resonating with this idea of the billionaire dropout narrative in a different way, through newspaper articles.

Slide 2: This is another newspaper that falls on top of the previous one to illustrate multiple examples of people relating to the idea of the billionaire dropout.

Slide 3: This is another newspaper that falls on top of the previous one to even further present multiple relationships that people make to this narrative

Slide 4: This is another newspaper that falls in, like it was being dropped on the steps of some organization/corporation, further explaining the relationship that people think they have with this narrative.

Slide 5: This slide visually conveys the amount of people that this narrative relates to and how they interact with the object we showed you previously.

Slide 6: The black shape which represents reality starts to wipe out the idea of the billionaire dropout narrative

Slide 7: The black shape completely envelopes the screen eliminating the idea of the billionaire dropout success narrative.

Here is the 4th variation of the scene that we illustrated.

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Slide 1: This slide features someone who is considered a stereotypical rich man.

Slide 2: This slide simply visualizes how much money he actually has.

Slide 3: This slide simply visualizes how much money he actually has.

Slide 4: This slide puts this concept of the billionaire dropout with money in a thought bubble, conveying the idea of people considering it as a possible direction with their life.

Slide 5: The black shape that is reality wipes over all of these concepts.

Slide 6: The black shape completely eliminates all indications of the billionaire dropout success narrative.

 

 

Week 10B

Today in class Kae began primarily creating elements and assets in Illustrator to begin the work on our final project, while I further updated the storyboard to reflect more of the brainstorming we did during our whiteboard session.