In Fall 2014 MDes/MPS CD Studio, Professor Stacie Rohrbach challenged students to clearly explain a topic that is often abstract and difficult to grasp using visuals, sound, and motion. After understanding a topic of their choosing, students worked to convey their discoveries to others as a designed story that is concise, concrete, and cohesive. In this piece, Lorraine Shim brings clarity to the scientific process that creates the Aurora Borealis.
Created in Stacie Rohrbach's Graduate Design Studio I, this project assignment took a complex topic and distilled it into an easy-to-understand 3 minute (or less) video. Andrea Fineman used this project to explore storytelling specifically to teach an audience a complex subject.
I used the project to explore storytelling specially to teach an audience a complex subject. Our assignment was to take something abstract and make it concrete. I was also excited by the chance to learn AfterEffects! And make a cut-paper style project! Two kakpos, one stone.
I started making this video with the intention of talking about why the animals in New Zealand are so unique. But while I was drafting the story, I noticed that I was really interested in the kakapo. Like, really in love with them in fact. The more I learned the more I wanted to share their unique story. While they are wonderful for a myriad of reasons, I decided to focus on their very complicated mating ritual.
Story + Animation: Jacklynn Pham (jacklynn.com)
Narration: James Wagner
2013 | Carnegie Mellon University | School of Design