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I find it interesting how people shape maps according to how they perceive the world and what’s important to them. Most of the time they’re far from accurate (in perspective, detail, ratio…), but if you were to follow them you’d probably still find your way around. I once read an article about why that works and how our brains makes sense out of that kind information - need to find it again (and will update this post when I have).
Here’s one from Brandenburg, the area around Berlin.
There’s a contest running at http://www.theydrawandtravel.com/, so if you feel like making a map and maybe win something, go for it.
A while ago I blogged a song called “Paris” by Berlin-based singer-songwriter Hans Unstern. Roland Brückner was the guy illustrating the video with a really wonderful one-line drawing that fit so well with the music.
Roland is also part of a creative studio that’s focussed on narration and picture called bitteschön.tv. Gotta love that flash header ;)
A week ago Bitteschön posted a video on Vimeo called “One Minute Puberty” and you better watch it because it’s loads of fun and if you were a normal teenage boy this will most likely be like a trip down memory lane for you.
Bittschön also made a narrated video about a man that’s actually a man in a man and a man, and all these men talk to each other. Sounds confusing? It’ll make sense once you see the video with all its layers interwoven. The sound is a bit awkward at times, but I really like the way the story and the visuals come together.
Hand drawn videos have been very very popular in the last year, mostly due to the RSA Animate output that introduced this style to a wider audience (“The surprising thruth about what motives us” is now at over four million views).
Most people I have talked to watched the RSA videos from beginning to end. That is a whole 10 minutes, almost unimagineable in times where our attention span usually doesn’t exceed 30 seconds. I think a large part of what fascinates people about it is to see something in the making, being able watch it being created. It let’s you step right into the process of how something is made- it’s not only entertaining, but almost educational. And you want to finish it, see where it goes, how it ends. There is a creative tension in hand drawn stuff that is usually only achieved by good storytelling or suspense. And all it takes is a piece of paper and a pen (okay, and some skills). Of course the genre of hand drawn videos is much bigger that just the “RSA Animate style”. When I met up with a client the other day to talk about what other techniques and examples are out there I promised to send him a list. Since there’s absolutely no reason not to share this with everyone else, you now get to read that list, too. I tried to come up with a couple of categories to summarize style or technique. I’m not a pro on video production terms, so bear with me if I got something wrong there :) And if you have any other videos or techniques in mind that I should add definitely let me know, I’d really appreciate it. WHITEBOARD DRAWINGS (analogue, mostly using stop motion)
PAPER DRAWINGS (analogue, using stop motion)
PAPER CUT OUT (analogue, recorded, stop motion)
SKETCH BOOK / FLIP BOOK
DIGITAL HAND DRAWN
Here’s also a youtube playlist I created. If you feel like wanting to get into the hand drawn flow, watch them all :)
25. Juni bis 25. Juli 2010, Eröffnung, 24. Juni 2010, 19 Uhr
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz, Foyer
Matthäikirchplatz 4 - 6
Finissage mit Preisverleihung »365 Orte im Land der Ideen« am 25. Juli 2010, 12 Uhr
in Zusammenarbeit mit der Kunstbibliothek der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Information der Staatlichen Museen
Geöffnet Di bis Fr 10 – 18 Uhr, Do 10 – 22 Uhr, Sa und So 11 –18 Uhr, der Eintritt ist frei