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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.