Visualizing Food

Combining the projects

Sam Daitzman

We made one AE project and imported each of our projects to it for final composing and editing, and added a track. We tried a few and adjusted the beginning until it matched our video, and added a fade-out at the end of the song as the credits play. We adjusted all the fonts to match each other in size, scale, style, height, and alignment. We also changed the positions of many objects so they align with a fairly standard grid.

 

Initially, our audio quality was extremely poor so we adjusted the audio settings to 96 kHz and 32-bit which made it sound much more like the original song.

Technical Difficulties

Sam Daitzman

We created separate AE Projects for each of us, so we can work on each scene as separate compositions at the same time. While we were editing, someone moved the entire Visualizing Food studio folder and caused an error in AE for every single asset we were using. We recovered the files, but we were still glad we'd saved backups.

Our Workspace

Sam Daitzman

After beginning work in After Effects, we kept the storyboard and screenshots from a video by BP which we've based our styles on pinned up close by, and scrap paper to make notes of important settings for objects in After Effects.

Exporting for the Introduction/mountains scene

Sam Daitzman

In one file, mountains.ai, we wanted to separate three aspects  and save them individually for use in the video. In After Effects, the mountains, hill, and water would have to be saved as three separate PNGs for animation. We deleted all but the hill, exported, then undid our changes and repeated with the mountains and water, allowing us to import each one at a time for animation.

 

We also began saving backups to our computer at lunch, the end of the day, and after making significant changes.

Plastic Bottles: from storyboard to assets

Sam Daitzman

After we built a storyboard with an outline of our video, the next stage was to draw out everything in our planned video in Adobe Illustrator, a vector-drawing program. Once each object was finished, we had to convert them to PNG image files so they could be imported into After Effects for animation.

Visualizing Food

Saba Ghole

Food seen from a functional perspective provides us with the chemical energy to function and do our daily work. For some, food forms an essential part of social customs, family occasions and holidays; For others, consuming certain types of food perpetuates health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease; For others, ethical concerns related to food production and the treatment of animals dictates their eating habits; And for some, food is a scarce commodity that they can only hope to have each day.

In this studio, students will look at our existing food infrastructure and examine the complex issues surrounding food, including food production/distribution, abuse of workers and child labor, fare-trade practice, farm-to-table options, large vs. small food companies and their impact, environmental impact through a product’s life-cycle, access to organic/natural food, innovations in the food industry, and new models for food businesses. Using infographic techniques to better explain food systems and their effects, students will frame an argument and create a compelling short animated informational video around a particular food issue.

Through this studio, students will learn about information design using the tools of data visualization and infographics, digital filmmaking, digital art, illustration, storytelling and production. Students will also learn how to create compelling visual effects and use them in their stories using Adobe After Effects. The studio is intended to allow students to be creative with media while being thoughtful and critical in communicating a message.