This weekend I was able to record the voiceover for my piece, so I went ahead and pieced together my animatic. Remember, the animatic is a very rough version of your animation – kind of like a slideshow if your storyboards – that explroes and communicates pacing, editing, and audio choices. It merely shows us the intended flow of the finished piece. It also allows us to make comments on what's working and what ain't. All projects are different, and you may not even be sure what kind of audio you want to use. Not to worry: demo music or scratch tracks are often used in lieu of finalized audio for animatics.
Lower 3rd and Bugs
Before we begin today's exercise, let's discuss what lower 3rds and broadcast bumps are.
Lower 3rd: so called because it sits at the bottom 3rd of the screen. This is usually where titles for on-screen interviews or locations go, out of the way of the screen activity. Here is an example of a lower 3rd I created for [this video]:
Broadcast Bug: a bug is a type of lower 3rd that doesn't necessarily relate to what's on screen, but rather advertises something else on the network. Sure, it's an annoying result of what is commonly called ad creep (the increasing invasion in our daily lives by different forms of advertising), but that's why they call it a bug. Here's an example of one that I made:
Character Animation and Parenting
Today we're going to explore a concept we've become somewhat familiar with – parenting – by applying it to something we aren't so familiar with: character animation. To the right you'll find the character that appears in the above bug. Her name is Ruby, ee are going to animate her, and you can find her in these [exercise files]. For a disucssion about her we're going to go about this, take a look at the [tutorial PDF].
Continuing the Text Animation
We probably won't have time to look at this, but I wanted to show you my continuing adventures in text animation:
This is the pitch video for the ¡Salud! Myths and Reality of Mexican Immigrant Health documentary that I am currently researching and developing with my students. This film is the product of my honors seminar course at Lehman College CUNY exploring the so-called 'Latino Health Paradox' – the better than expected health outcomes of recent Latino immigrants to the US. We want to create a broadcast two-hour documentary to explain this paradox through the lens of recent Mexican immigrants in NYC.
This pitch video will be used to help crowdfund the documentary.
Directed by: David Schwittek and Alyshia Galvez
Victor Borja Armas
I recently completed this short animation for the 2013 Sustainable CUNY Video Short Contest. The film features the voices of Natalie Goldberg, Lindsey Goldberg, and Abby Schwittek.
I made this short doc for the Bronx Children's Museum's 3rd annual Dream Big Initiative, shown at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. Bobby was a ton of fun to work with! His response to the film: " You do good work!"
Redact This! Artists Against Torture is an artistic response to the torture programs that have intensified in the wake of September 11 and have been justified by the "War on Terror". This evocative volume includes the work of artists such as Fernando Botero, Jenny Holzer, Daniel Heyman, Sandow Birk, Richard Serra, Malaquias Montoya, Frances Jeter, Art Hazelwood, Lou Netter and many members of the War Criminals Watch community. The idea for this book came to me in a dream and, in collaboration with my friends at WorldCantWait.org and WarCriminalsWatch.org, I decided to go ahead and produce it. We are currently looking for a publisher and have recently decided to seek for funding to self-publish as an interactive e-book.
This is a proof-of-concept demo for the documentary Out From Plato’s Cave by Anna Purves. It is an interweaving of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave with the real life experiences by college students on their path to enlightenment while at Lehman College/City University of New York. As her editor and collaborator, I worked closely with Anna on developing the edit from her original cuts. I also often sat in back of the camera on many occasions, asking the kind of questions that got the best answers out of our interviewees – including Anna herself!