Testing of realistic weather scenarios vs. illustrated versions based on the Bruno Mars MV.
It just didn't look as good as we expected it to be. The frame by frame illustration was more authentic and comically affective in showing the weather changes.
I experimented with line vectors and animating them with Ae. Although it looked really nice but in terms of time, it would had taken long to try and randomise all the rain in every single frame...
So I tried another method of just illustrating frame by frame. This actually looked really nice! The more randomness is really interesting to see against a still image. But more experimentation must be done for moving image.
After the interim crit, we've got lots to do!
Sound effects + background music = I thought about having a TV presenters voice over ("Good morning everyone, lets have a look at the weather today...") the video. With rain sounds and sunny effects and the scene changes. Because the person will actually change the weather forecast to Dubai, I thought that there could be a glitch or a click which indicates a change. The change would be to the Dubai weather forecast, but in Arabic and vice versa for Moscow. Then at the end it would just be a glitch sound or some sort. More test needed.
Because we have different illustration style. We all came back after the crit the next day with our concept art of the different weathers (rain, sun, snow). Combining all of our styles into one.
We needed to test out the background though, green screen + black bg (as suggested by Artur.). White background would be too plain against the white Iphone.etc.
After speaking to a technician, he commented that we are putting too much into a 20 second video!
A person needs time to process the imagery in front of them for at least 2 seconds before transitioning to another thing.
Therefore, we thought about shortening the storyboard and make it more direct rather than doing extra things to make it look good (i.e. dropping phone onto ground .etc.)
We asked if there was an easier way to create the illustrations but he suggested stop-motion in Photoshop... which wasn't what we imagined it to be! So we just stuck to drawing frame by frame in Ae and then adding effects onto it (start/end frame)
Dividing the workload
To divide the workload, we decided on this:
Artur - edit video + start/end frame ~ BBC weather intro, zooming in and then zooming out to the iPhone app
Carol - rainfall illustrations ~ rain started to fall on the iPhone with the iPhone filling up with water
Alice - rain pour + phone steam ~ pouring water out of iPhone and then steam coming out of phone (too hot)
mock up before digitalising
What background sound?
We already had a rough idea of what we wanted to use (using newscaster voices, weather forecast). And the video (see on left) emphasises the concept that we wanted to use!
The transition from shitty English weather to sunny Dubai (coincidence??). In the video she is recording for TV but in real life she's actually where all the happy things happen (promoting the country Dubai)
Our sound will enhance the idea of a journey to a different country through the use of weather. It is out of our control! in the end, the weather ends and we can't do anything about it.
Using youtube clips of BBC tv weather forecasts and Arabic tv weather forecast.
With sound effects of raindrops, water pouring out, glitches. etc. (free, no copyright infringement). We also recorded Alice tapping on the phone and voice effects as well ("ahhhh", "omg omg omg!").
sound effects & music used
water pouring: https://www.freesound.org/people/loljames/sounds/81029/
water steaming: https://www.freesound.org/people/Peacewaves/sounds/317667/
BBC weather forecast voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyeP2yvkChY
Saudi Arabian weather forecast voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2PIWyZ8Ybs
As seen in the results from this public survey, we can see a big majority in one single column compared to the others.
People tend to check the weather everyday on their in-app weather forecast. And the majority said that the reason was to coordinate their clothing! This really helped because it solidifies that the idea is in the right direction.
From the two sentence based questions, many commented that the weather affects their mood, especially when its shitty and rainy outside! Some even said they wouldn't go out!
The statement that really caught my eye was "the weather is a thing which humans create to force us to make decisions everyday... I believe that weather is actually pointless, people don't really do what they should be doing on particular weather."
It's actually true because we still get on with our day even though there's heavy rain and your shoes get soaked.
"The weather is bipolar"
As of England, for example, this is especially true. This would be the key aspect in the film.
The fact that we can never control the weather, it is out of our hands! We can only conform or get used to it in certain ways.
Tested out green screen effect (background would be different weather condition and different country scenery). It didn't look very good because of the shadows casted onto the screen. We didn't have good lighting because of space limitations. I tried to darken the green hue but it just made the icons in the app have an unusual dark halo around the colours. You can also see little bits of green around the edge of the fingers as it moves on the screen.
Artur suggested we do it against a black background, so that the white illustrations would contrast and stand out more against the darker hue.
Because Artur is more experienced with Ae, he experimented with creating the start/end frame to go with the iPhone BBC.
We wanted to zoom into the BBC weather app interface and then zoom out too the character holding the phone (see storyboard.)
The transition that he made was really fluid but obviously the colour would change. Therefore he was going to be in charge of this aspect of the 20 secs video.
Artur's start & end frame experiment
Alice + my illustrations
Previously when I experimented, I used the mouse to create the illustrations and you can see that it is pixelated!
Therefore I used a drawing tablet to do this. This was my first time using this technique so it took me a while to get used to the method (lynda tutorials lol) before doing 100+frames of illustrations.