An Introduction

Time, Motion and Communication :: CMU 2014

We were paired with one of our classmates and challenged to create a compelling introduction of them using video and the elements of time, motion and communication (the name of this course!). The process involved getting to know the person (over the course of a few days), designing a piece that communicated their essence (or began to) and used the process of design to iterate and refine.


Irene Jung, a talented design student at CMU is a sweet, soft spoken and gentle person. After chatting about many topics, a theme began to emerge. She seemed apologetic about not having a 'great story' to share with me, but we persisted. As we began to look through some of her photos on Instagram, I asked her questions about various images. For each story, she said, "Oh, this is when... such and such happened..." and she would follow it up with, "...but... I would never think of telling you these things -- but these pictures reminded me of them." This became a pattern. I decided to make this the theme and created the video around 3 stories/images. Family is very important to Irene and this is reflected in the stories. Below is the guiding script I developed and tweaked as I worked on the video. 

Initially I considered having Irene speak in the video and did some trials of this. Then I came across some music which I felt would be perfect for her and chose to represent her spoken words in type. Below are some storyboard sketches which guided the final visuals. These are an early version which I iterated upon once I started working in After Effects.

There’s a gentleness about your video that mirrors Irene’s gentle personality. The simplicity of ordinary events captured in pictures is a nice starting point. By focusing on three pictures and three stories, you’re able to show us how they parallel each other. You treat them with similar visual elements, yet each has its unique movements. The lovely music moves the video forward. And you start and end with the statement about “taking a picture of it.” A nice arc. Well thought-out and delivered.
— Dan Boyarski