Man, it’s been awhile since my last post! Thought I would change it up a bit from my boring illustrations ( ) to something a bit more visually engaging.
I’m sure all these random video projects are a bit confusing, but this one–which is completely separate from the New Media Medicine videos I previously posted–is something I worked on last fall for the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). The project was commissioned by CTL Executive Director Chris Caplice, and consists of four short videos that demonstrate different socioeconomic scenarios for our global economy. The fun part about it?–All the videos take place thirty years in the future!
Working with a great production team (Luis Blackaller, Max Wagenblass, Audubon Dougherty, Amy Strong, Brian Misiewicz, and many other wonderful people) and creative scripts conceptualized by the brilliant minds at MIT, I’m really happy with the finished product and wanted to share them. Hope you enjoy!
Global Marketplace Newscast on 2 November 2037
Technology Savior Newscast on 2 November 2037
Naftastique! Newscast on 2 November 2037
One World Order Newscast on 2 November 2037
So, I feel obligated to post this demo video on my blog, simply because it features my incredible, highly-sought after acting skills. (Note: that sentence was not at all laced with sarcasm.)
But all joking aside, this video was a blast to make. In the interest of time, resources, and general preservation of sanity, Max and I had asked each group to either find an actor for their demo filming or, even easier, act in it themselves. Most groups did this, but as is expected with hectic student schedules and short prep times, it wasn’t the case for all.
When I arrived on set as producer, I really wasn’t expecting to end up in front of the camera. But as it turned out, one of the two masterminds behind this technology was terribly camera shy. At first, I really resisted jumping in—having scheduled 6 demos to be filmed in one loooooong Sunday, I was especially paranoid about running behind the clock (also, since it was just Max and me on set, I wanted to be available to help him with the miscellaneous, unplanned things that always pop up). Well, it just so happened to be that that same paranoia is what made me jump on set—in scrambling to find an actor, we fell 5-10-15 minutes behind schedule, and, frankly, I just wasn’t going to have it.
In the end, I had a lot of fun acting and actually learned a lot more about how this phone application worked then I would have had I just watched. Acting in the video gave me the opportunity to play with the application and gain better insight as to how it could be useful in a real-life setting—and I have to say, it’s really cool! Since I’m not a technology expert, I’ll avoid the explanation the device and let the demo speak for itself. …Enjoy!
It’s official! The video project I’ve been working on for MIT is complete, and one by one the videos are making their debut on the MIT Media Lab New Media Medicine blog–many thanks to John Moore, M.D., for spearheading the project.
The first video to debut was the Health and Wellness Innovation introduction video, which, as the name suggests, introduces the 2011 Health and Wellness Innovation challenge that occurred at MIT in January. Eleven teams–consisting of students from MIT and other Boston-area institutions, as well as sponsor companies like Cisco, Motorola, and GSK–worked tirelessly for two weeks on creating innovative technologies for consumer health care, and amazingly, were able to construct working prototypes of these technologies.
The video production team was charged with the task of creating a short video for each of those groups that explained the innovation and its potential to consumers. As a co-producer of this project with director Max Wagenblass, I oversaw all phases of production (and even did some acting!), and I’m really proud of our work.
Definitely feel free to comment, like, or pass the word onto friends. These groups came up with super cool technologies that I hope you’ll find as awesome and exciting as we did!