Midterm Discussion and Intro to Masking

  1. I want to begin today discussing what you think you might want to for your midterm project. Please present whatever you have sketched, researched, or thought about. 
  2. Once we finish the above, we're going to begin working with Masking in After Effects. Here is the [Masking tutorial PDF] and [the Masking exercise files].

Midterm: The following video is a small PSA (Public Service Announcement) that I created for Earth Day that focusses on the real world value of a one degree difference on your thermostat. 

I will show you the process of how I created it in order to help you understand the stages of the project, starting with the initial stages.

1.) Script: the first part was to create a preliminary script:

Think one degree is 'no big deal'
one degree can:
Raise your heating costs by as much as 3 percent.
Or it could Increase the nation' energy usage by and estimated 7 and a half billion dollars...
1 degree globally would increase rain fall by as much as 10% in some areas, but cause severe draughts in other areas. Weird huh?
One degree is a bigger deal than you might think...
What can we do about it?
Lowering your thermostat by one degree could save you as much as five percent on your heating costs!
It will help lower fossil fuel consumption, save you money, it may even help save the world!
So please remember: one degree is a big Big BIG deal!

2.) Sketches: here are some preliminary sketches

1Degree sketches

3.) Thumbnails drawings: here are my thumbnails... something like a quickly sketched out storyboard:

1Degree storyboard