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Bullet through playdough
The video-making process has generally gone unhindered during our process. While it took some time trying to decide upon a digital medium, my group finally settled on Prezi. While we strongly considered After Effects or Final Cut Pro, we felt that it was ultimately more efficient to use a pre-defined framework on which to structure our ideas. Prezi makes it easy to make a PowerPoint’s worth of information look good as efficiently as possible. Since we are essentially making a video presentation, this made the most sense to us.
Videos are nothing new to me, having grown up, surrounded by the famously competitive filmmaking talents in Los Angeles. I got started on the storyboard immediately. In order to create a cohesive video, a logical series of events is absolutely necessary. From that point, I constructed the framework of the script. My fellow team members are currently putting together a nice Prezi presentation (almost finished!), and I will soon record the corresponding voice-over.
I think that while it took us some time to figure out how many resources were truly needed to dedicate to the creation of our video presentation, following our decision, we had a clear direction. After fiddling with the final script, we’re ready to go!
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At the beginning the idea of making a video for the project seemed easy, but as we started working we found out that it was actually challenging. At first we thought of doing it with Final Cut (Click for free trial) and After Effects (Free trial), but we decided to change it because we didn’t have that much time to work on it. We ended up using Prezi, but since it was our first time using it, the process was kind of hard.
To make the video easier to understand we needed to select and write the appropriate information and then find a way of making it look attractive, and when you don’t understand a software completely that truly becomes a challenge. Even though we managed to handle it, making the video was really frustrating and we spent hours sitting at the university just working on it.
When we were writing the information we also faced another problem that was that if you’re planning to use a voiceover you must make sure that the written information corresponds to what you’re saying while remaining clear, short and understandable. It is also hard to make the sound and the video match all the time and if this is not well done the quality immediately decreases, which I can’t stand at all. I think that choosing the right colours and displays to make the video eye-catching but still appropriate for the organisation is really important, and mixing this with clear content is hard as well because it is common to try to add a lot of information, which would make the whole thing messy and confusing for our audience.
I feel that even though the process of making the video was challenging (and incredibly tiring), it was also interesting and useful in a way, because now I know how to use Prezi, which will be handy for other projects in the future!
If only someone could film us … :D (during the process) I bet it will be a weird combination of an action movie and a comedy - crazy storyboarding, brainstorming, sudden insights, slidding chairs, lots of laugh, sometimes some food while the wifi is failing us, notes everywhere and, of course, we always get back to my “holy” notebook where everything is kept.
Movie making turned out to be frustrating and fun at the same time.
In the beginning of this week we were all pretty concerned that we had to catch up. We really got ourselves together and we have been sort of “living” in the university for the last two days … but it is worth it. Our task management and our speed got us almost to the final steps. :)
We chose a very simple and clear option for our presentation/video - Prezi. It is not the best program, but in our case we had to go for a presentation because we can not put our local ideas in their real environment.. simply because we can not go to USA (except for Paul who already did :D).
We had a good preparation before the actual work on the Prezi. We all had developed a storyboard so we just chose the fullest one and added some little things from the rest. We were also keeping an eye on the grading form in order to know if we were going in the right direction. We put in it our group signiture - the Compass, and you can feel as well sometimes the archetype of the “Explorer” which we defined as PAGE’s way of working.
We started to put all the content and it is just flowing. So far we got some positive feedback from our coach and from some fellow students. We also got some tips to conciderate. The presentation itself is almost done. Now we have to be very careful with making the voice over because it can be quite tricky sometimes.
I’m glad that all of us have a clean style and there is no argument regarding that. A thing that I think we have to keep track on is the speed and rhythm in the presentation so that we don’t lose the attention of the audience. I got this advice from Marjanne Cuypers (our Personal Branding tutor) and it can be very useful, especially, since we are making a presentation as a base for the video.
From all of our adeas we focussed on 3 which are the most important for the current situation. We also want to show some possibilities for the future when PAGE is going to have a stable social presence.
I trully believe that PAGE can make a change in this county if it has a bigger impact on the local level. The county is in a really bad situation for a long time already and all the people there need to be given the opportunity to see a brighter future or at least to help their children see it.
Finally the last week of the module is arriving! Like most of the groups we also have the same problem with lack of time but we will manage it. We already started working on our video and actually it goes pretty good!
First of all,we started from thinking about the type of video. We were considering between filming a video and making a presenation type video. As a group,we decided to make a Prezi presentation because that is the best way to explain the content we have.
Actually, we started making the video just this week but as a well-organised and motivated group, we will take no more than two days to finish it. We try to work all together and share the ideas we have, that is very nice when you are working in a small group. We got a lot of positive feedback about the way we are making this video,so that really motivate us.
The video gives a few really useful ideas for the NGO and explains how to do that.I think our ideas can really help to improve the activity of “PAGE” . It is a simple but at the same time well-developed movie,so I think it will be interesting to watch.
I would say more about the plot and video itself but we will see it next week all together!
Researching online communities is an ongoing process. The concept itself is not physical enough to grasp so immediately. I think that the best way to know if an online community or network is indeed functional is to reflect on past experiences with specific platforms. We learn best by getting our hands dirty. Mistakes are the best possible outcome for anyone diving into a new subject matter.
I think that the best way to approach an online community is with an open mind and a high tolerance for annoying people (usually a given). Online communities are very specialized, as they strive to differentiate themselves from competing services. This dynamic encourages users like us to scan our options before diving in. Design should be held to the bare minimum functionality; one shouldn’t stress about joining a service that doesn’t feel like a natural fit to them. If anything, this mentioned stress will only hinder whatever project they’re working on. It’s plain easier to make your customers happy if you greet them with enthusiasm.
My scope of online communities is already quite broad. I have a ton of past experience with them. Yet, as a result, I feel the need to reduce this chaos to as few services as possible. It’s hard to say what I would like to learn about online communities, because I’m not currently struggling with any.
Maybe we should consider the next steps: how will we be communicating with each other in five years’ time? Or ten? But that’s another topic entirely.
Since we have started working on “Page” I got a lot of new experience. There were some not really clear situations but all in all everything went very well. So, I would like to share what I learned by using online communities and networks in innovative design.
First of all, I think that I changed my opinion and thinking about online communities and networks. I got a lot of information about possibilities online. I didn’t know that it can help you so much or affect your work. I found some nice new stuff like “Google Hangouts” which I didn’t use before. After that I started looking for more useful stuff connected with Google and then I found much more.
Working on “Page” I found a lot of useful stuff for non-profit organisation and some nice webpages for different foundation programs. I think that could be useful in future.
During this course I found that every thing I learn could be really helpful and useful while doing tasks about the project or other tasks. In future I would like to explore more about networks and get new experience about that because it really helps in this study program and even in daily basis.
There are so many useful links on Facebook page and every day the number of it is growing , so during the holidays I am planning to spend my time productive!