Pre-Critiques for the Midterm
The Style Frame and the StoryBoard
I want to begin discussing brainstorming and preproduction techniques for your midterm and final projects. Below is a short PSA I made about closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba.
Great subject, but how do I make a piece about such a depressing and serious subject exciting to watch? One item that helped me considerably with coming up with interesting visual ideas is a styleframe. As you can see, I'm really just experimenting with shapes and ideas in the styleframe example below:
Style Frame Tutorial:
Here is a video tutorial that goes over how I made it, and how it helped me make some of the important choices about my project:
Fr0m the style frame above, it was much easier to make choices about the text and images would behave. This allowed to then make my storyboards. A storyboard is a essentially series of choice frames from your project, that occasionally have other marks and notes in them to communicate camera movement, sound effects, etc. to the production team. Below is a shot of my completed storyboard:
Here is a video tutorial that shows you how I went from my style frame to storyboard:
Finally: For your own reference, [here is the download URL] for my completed style frame, storyboard, the original sound files, and other associated files.
As you can probably guess, the benefits of style frames and storyboards in a production enviroment are immense. Now that you know how to create your own, I want you to think about your project concept and create a style frame for it. It should include a color palette, any font choices you wish to make, and any images associated with the project, etc. Then I want you to create a storyboard from the style frame you created. If you don't feel comfortable making your storyboard in Illustrator, that's fine: you can find [storyboard templates online]. Print them out and pens or pencils to create the boards.
Whichever method you use, you must have a style frame and storyboards for your project presentation.
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!"