Intro to Networked Collaboration


Brett, Nancy and I worked on a very current and serious issue on the impending Food Crisis in New York. Brett has been working very hard on data maps that indicate the serious lack of enough health food and grocery stores in New York. So when we teamed together to work on our Jumpcut (now Jaycut) assignment, we decided to showcase these maps.

We began our meetings in Second Life which proved to be better than conference -calling on Skype. After a few meetings, we had a basic outline for our film. Brett took the lead on putting the maps together and shooting interviews, Nancy began to work on shooting some photographs and footage, while I worked on blocking out the sequence of the film and creating a script.

So here is our finished Video on the Food Crisis and the Maps:

And a special note from Nancy on the making of the film:

Creating Food Crisis in NYC Networked Collaboration Project

Kavya, Brett and I (Nancy) decided to make our mashup a movie based on a data mapping project he’s associated with in New School Food Studies program, PIIM (Parsons Institute for Information Mapping) and his consulting firm called Indigo which is using data in the form of graphical maps to describe the food crisis in NYC.
We tried our initial meeting in Skype but had trouble getting sound to work with everyone.  The first time Brett and I met we tried to Skype but his audio wasn’t working so he called me on the cell and we used Skype for the video.  Our first team meeting was in Second Life and we met at Funksoup Island.
We’ve used a method that Kavya described well as “divide and conquer.”  After discussing what the message of the movie would be Brett uploaded sample movies of actual data maps PIIM had produced.  Kavya sketched out a script based on the info on the maps.
Our intention was to use Jumpcut as assigned, but I couldn’t get the movies uploaded successfully. Kavya suggested Jaycut, which worked well.  Brett uploaded the data clips and a movie of an interview he did, I included a movie I took on the Manhattan Bridge using a regular digital camera, Kavya and Nancy uploaded pictures that were relevant to the story, and I pieced together the movie.  We would email each other to make comments and suggestions as the movie was assembled. I also added narration to the map clips to make them easier to understand.  The narration was recorded with Windows Sound Recorder.  The titles were added using Windows Movie Maker.  There were other quirks in Jaycut that I worked around with Movie Maker.  All these apps are free, by the way.
The background music came from, Moby’s free music resource.  The music are the tracks “Silver” for the opening and “Morning Span” for the closing frames.  Moby offers free music for filmmakers. You just have to request a license.
This was a very interesting process especially trying to coordinate our meeting times since Brett and I work full-time during the day and Kavya had evening classes. We either met in the evenings on Saturday or Sunday or would make online lunch dates.  I also learned how important it is to begin planning early so that we could have all our components together in a timely manner (not one of my strong suits).

December 18, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. It was a great experience working together. The feedback from friends and colleagues about the movie is really good, and I look forward to more in January. This movie is a great component of a communications strategy, and I am so grateful that Kavya and Nancy liked the idea of working on this topic!

    Comment by brettbarndt | December 22, 2008 | Reply

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