Feb 20-27

Based on your storyboard start preparing your animatic (animated storyboards) for february 27th.  It doesn’t have to be polished. This is a very good time to EXPERIMENT visuals sounds, and performance.

Start timing. The production will be 45 min so each group will have 14 min. Time your shots ,motion, cues for live event/performance and lighting.

if you are using very complex visuals, I recommend you separate you storyboard from the live event/performance.

Make a list of your technical,software needs, shot list, sound and props

Don’t forget: Keep It Simple! 

For february 27th,  don’t forget to delivery your movie in quicktime .mov, 1024 by 1024.  The best compression is using Sorenson 3 codec

These are some comments based on your blog entries… I divided them in groups but some of the elements apply to the other groups as well


Your storyboard is a great start. I like how you started dividing the elements in 4 scenes

Create a narrative that works in the 14 minutes

Create timing for the videos and cue images of when to start your performance

Start creating a timeline for production including shooting, sound editing, creations of computer generated animations and visuals, rendering.

Start thinking about the props for the performance

Start timing your scenes on the storyboard. For example how long would the introduction be, the close ups of the eyes, etc.

Start creating and laying down your sound for your animatic.

Below are some links for Processing that might be helpful




Unexplored Minds

Your 2d and prezi mood board were very consistent in creating the feeling of discovering , experimentation, difference points of view of the unexpected. The colors are great

This is a good time to experiment visual in the planetarium, start creating animatics with the footage or photos you have so far

Create a narrative that works in the 14 minutes

Start creating a timeline for production including shooting, sound editing, performance and visuals, rendering.

Make a shoot list  for your performance and have some unedited samples for Feb 27

Include your list of sounds in your animatic

Creative Minds 

Including words in your mood board was very helpful to understand your intentions with the audience

The colors where consistent throughout your images.

the images your chose were very organic and fluid.

Start making a shot list and include it on your storyboard, Include some sample for February 27

if you are creating your own visuals, you should start creating a few samples of video  so you can experiment with this. Don’t spend too much time on the production. Play more with materials and angles

Create a narrative that works in the 14 minutes



Below are some links that might help you: 

Previz of a 3d rendering including the storyboarding, the previz and the final animation


dome storyboard template


Hyaden Planetarium




Fulldome storyboards




We are aliens, The making of



Here is the timeline until our next visits to the planetarium, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

Remember there are links on the blog entry that you might find helpful


February 13

Mood Board – Inspiration Board

Remember use the tool that is more convenient for you (video, collage, photo, sounds, pinterest etc) .The most important is that you create the feeling of your production (the look and feel, type of music, how do you want your audience to react)

February 20

The Story Board needs to be completed. Please include these key points: Lay down your story step-by-step, time you scenes and start making a list of your technical needs.

If your are doing performance, perhaps its easier if you create a mood board for the projection on the dome including all the details of the animation or video and after another story board including the performance and lights.

February 27

Second visit of the planetarium.

Bring a mockup of the storyboard. It doesn’t have to be a finished piece. This is a good time to start laying down your materials, photos sounds and videos.

Start thinking about the use of the space for performance.

Delivery in .mov quicktime 1024 by 1024. The best delivery is using the Sorenson 3 codec. You can also use h264,  but it’s not recommended because it would crush the dark colors.

You should read Jason’s entry about technical specifications


You have exactly 16 days from today until February 26 so please use them wisely and ask for help if you need it.

Class #2 Notes – Groups and Concepts!

So we did lots of work tonight in class –


We learned about the amazing tools at our fingertips through the library with Greg Wallace:

  • drilling down a topic to get more and more specific
  • when searching the web beware top links
  • wikipedia – crowd-sourced, general good start but you need to check refereneces
  • refine web search idea – dream site:.edu
  • use science books taht have been published in the last 5 years
  • we have access to several databases with massart account – CREDO seemed most useful to us.
  • http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl
  • keep a bibliography of your work!!
  • worldcat.org
  • leonardo online
  • text to speech option!!


Lina Giraldo came in and walked us through the steps we’ll need to take to get this all done. Mood Boards, Story boards, group dynamics, and many examples of BIG screens! She’ll be putting her notes and links up on the site.


We decided on the groups!   and groups scheduled their first meetings.

Creative Process

  • Nicole Dube
  • Nicole Barron
  • Danielle
  • Lila


  • Annalisa
  • Esther
  • Samo
  • Kelsey
  • Jenna
  • Cole

What we don’t know about the Brain 

  • Megan
  • Greg
  • Stephan
  • Kerri
  • Jesslyn
  • Allie


Homework for next week – write a poem to be read in the dome.

See you next class at the MOS at 3!

Game plan


In order to have a successful project we need to follow some simple steps that are going to help us of stay on track given the limited time we have.

In this world, where we are surrounded by digital information, storytelling is a key element for a successful piece. Storytelling helps you reach your audience clearly and understand what are the key elements you need in order to create your piece.

This piece will be designed for the public, so we need to make sure the audience understands what we are trying to say. We need to create a final product that looks polished and compelling. Remember: Keep It Simple!

The group needs to get together, brainstorm, develop their concept, storyboard, plan and create.

You need to get together and make sure everybody in the group knows what are the best skills you have, so every person gives their best.

Example: who is good at editing, writing, special effects, performance, organizing, communication, etc. Every single one of you needs to work in harmony to create a successful piece.

Key points to a good start:

– Contact information

– Work in Google documents

– Contribute to the Blog

– Establish roles (Wrangler, writer, editor, sound, lighting, etc.)


About Me

My name is Lina Maria Giraldo and I’m an interactive media artist and interaction designer. I’m passionate about storytelling, data visualization and doing research on media content. Social and environmental issues inspire me as well as nature. I have fun playing with interactivity in screens both small and large.  Currently I’m learning every day from my 4-month-old daughter.

I did my undergraduate in Mass College of Art where I majored in SIM. I did my master at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York University, where I majored in Interactive Telecommunications with in an emphasis in storytelling.

In the last couple of years I was one of the interaction designers, content developer and producer of the JFK50.org website, which obtained two gold awards in education outreach in both the W3 and AAM Awards. I‘ve been selected twice to screen at the Marquee in the Convention Center, where Jared Bowen of WGBH interviewed me on my piece Rain. I just finished installing a solo show at the Hollister Gallery at Babson College.

Please visit my website if you want to know more about my work: linamariagiraldo.com

Lets start

As I mentioned before, I’m going to talk about the tools we are going to need to make this process smooth.

– Concept Development

– Mood Board

– Story Board

– Timeline

– Big Screens Inspirations

Concept Development

1. Ask questions that are going to help you tell a story.

What do you want to tell the audience?

What is the best media to express your idea?

Who are your spectators?

What is your goal?

2.Do research, put it together and note down your thoughts.

3.WRITE your conclusions; start sketching your story with words, make a list of keywords.

4. Know your partners’ skills and make a list of the hardware and software you are going to need

Mood Board- Inspiration Boards  

This is a collage of all your inspirations, influences, and dreams. It could be artists, musicians, performances, web artists, concepts, talks, colors, etc.


Why Mood Boards are relevant?

– It saves you time

– You get a feeling of colors and composition

– It complements what are you writing (A picture is worth of thousands words)

– It’s great to establish the aesthetics, looks and feel

– Use the right tool that fits your style


(sample and process mood board)





* Choose the right format for your Mood board: Paper and scissors, video, pinterest, etc.






In form of illustrations or images displaying a sequence with the objective of previewing your project

They are a great tool to develop your ideas and not get caught in the technical challenges.

They are usually drawn by pencil but you can do it with photos, collages or sounds, etc.

Start timing and making a list of your technical needs

Key points:

Write your final story

Lay down your story step by step

Index cards are great to work in group, because you can arrange them and move the story around

Storyboard template


Story Board Samples


http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-us/teachers/guides/Pages/digital_storytelling.aspx (word document)



Final Demo


Storyboarding for full dome:


Sample of storyboarding for full dome







Screen shot 2013-01-28 at 11.05.10 PM


Mood Board

Concept Development


Software (after effects, sound 5.1, maya, fcp, sound editing)

Contacts (Eric Freeman , Jason Fletcher, Lina Giraldo)

Hardware (HD Camera, Slow motion Cameras wide lenses 8mm to 10mm,)





Stage manager



Samples of bigscreens/ projections

Performance and video






Immersive experiences


Projection from 2009




Interactive Billboard


Physical computing Interaction


MCCA Marquee



Planned Visits to the MOS

We have 6 visits planned to the planetarium in this order:

–       February 6th

Student will be introduced to the space, brainstorm ideas; the groups need to be decided based on the topics (evolution, perspective, climate change and new worlds).

> The goal of this meeting is to get familiar with the equipment, space, and capabilities.  Look into the potential of the space

Students will need to arrive before to 3:30 to watch the show.
Jason  fletcher, one of the 4 animators, is going to explain technical process,storyboarding and samples for dome projections.
Berred Ouellette who is  the soundtrack engineer, will give us a walkthrough his sound studio show samples and  give us a demonstration of the process.

–       February 27th

The students will have a mockup of the storyboard ready to be projected in the space.

>The objective is to determine if the concept and execution is likely to work.

–       March 13th (spring break)

Develop mockup based on changes from critique. Include video with sound and lights.

>The objective is to make sure the revised concept and execution is now viable in order to move onto the final production.

–       April 24th

First test run. We should have quick time, sound and lighting design ready.

> For the first time, the students will put together the finished product on site: lights, sound, projection and performance.

* Note: this is two weeks before the final test so everything should be ready, but we are expecting to make changes, corrections and modifications.

–       May 8th (dress rehearsal)

All pieces need to be totally done, and they need to be run from beginning to end as if it was the final presentation. No changes should be done to the pieces after this point.

–       May 29th/June 12th?? Public Presentation!!!

This date is not final. We have a tentative date of May 29th and June 12th. I’ll confirm the final date as I hear from the staff at the planetarium.