On a more recent project that I was working on I had received a new audio file and script to start working on for a new animation segment for the video. While I was listening to the audio and breaking each section up on Apple Motion I noticed that the audio didn’t match up with the written out on the script and that there was something mixed up. So first I double check where the audio change and didn’t match up and then I marked it and told my supervisor about it.
He then listened to the audio and read the script and realized that I was right and that the audio wasn’t matching up so he then spoke to our copywriter who also recorded the audio voice overs and he was very skeptical about having made that mistake because he had written and recorded it all.
I remember thinking that it was an awkward situation since I had to point out his mistake and he didn’t believe that he was capable to make such mistake and that I had to wait while he listened to the audio and found the mistake I had pointed out. After he realized that there was definitely a mix up he sorted out how to fix the script to match the audio file and rewrote the descriptions for the animation.
Luckily I had gone through all the audio before starting to animate anything because it would’ve cost me a lot of time to have to rework the animation after it was already done.
When I interviewed for this position I remember that they asked me about what else interest me besides what I’m learning in school and I answered photography and animation. This peeked their interest because of course they work with animation so they asked me whose your favorite company or director and I mentioned Studio Ghibli which is the famous Japanese animation company with the director Hayao Miyazaki who’s made various break throughs with animation and is considered the Father of Animation.
I believe because I was able to connect with the similar interests to my supervisor that it helped me get my internship and of course they saw my portfolio and they had actually remembered me from looking at the final piece of work I had which was a photograph of physical typography that I did.
During my internship because of the very similar interest we had I had many conversation about the current movies that were out and my supervisor even suggested films on Netflix to watch like The Little Prince. I think this made it easier for me to settle in so quickly into the company and be able to eel comfortable to go to my supervisor to as for advice or help with my work because I was still constantly learning how to use Apple Motion.
There was one YouTube VR event that was held in the office and it was very interesting but of course so was the free pizza they served. The mini seminar that they held was basically going on during the lunch hour and was talking about the new ways that YouTube is incorporating VR online.
We’ve all seen something similar it like the Facebook 360 videos where you can move your phone around to see different angles of the video while it continuously plays. The seminar was mostly on using this same software to make video gaming on YouTube be much more in depth.
Since the office already has such a causal atmosphere the information at the seminar was very serious but the presenters were making it light and easier to listen to because there are a lot of logistics that go with the technology of VR that not everyone would understand like myself and they made it so I was able to follow what they were saying. The seminar was held in a lounge area so was very comfortable to just pop in even if it had already started. I believe that the Made In NY Center is made in a way that just allows every company in the space be able to come together and interact even if they are separate companies that might do completely different things. It allows for networking to happen.
On a typical day at Hyot st I’m working on the audio I received and trying to get all the timing down for the audio so mostly individual work.
We do collaborate at least 2-3 times a week to figure out exactly what’s gonna be on the next video and to brain storm ideas of the backgrounds and other little things that just is used to fill in long moments of talking in the videos like a scene had 3 famous players, basically rock stars that were having breakfast and we created cereal boxes specifically to reference the albums of music of each player which the audience really enjoys.
We also did some things like animate they each or drinking coffee etc. This was the part of work that was really fun. The guys at the company always want to incorporate puns into the videos because their audience appreciates the humor in the videos since it’s always specific about music and guitars. They have this very specific audience and they know how to address them to keep their subscribers happy and coming back for more.
My company is Hyot St Production and they have their subscription service that they provide called Cracking the code and it’s mostly based on how to play guitar faster and then different techniques like upward picking and downward picking. When I started this internship I didn’t know anything about guitars and the different types of pick playing but thats changed with this internship.
It’s really interesting I’ve had to basically learn from scratch the terms about the guitars and parts of the guitar to be able to create 3D illustrated versions to use on the videos. I’ve had to learn famous guitar players names and the types of guitars they used and the names that the guitars had themselves.
My typical day at the company is me and my supervisor coming in first to the office and then the rest of the team comes in later and I get a new voice over and script to start working on. I usually start by breaking us the audio first after reading through the script to be able to work with each individual phrase so that it can match up with what will be illustrated. So I break up the continues audio first and then start animating between each phrase. This also helps to sets the amount of time the animation would take because the voice over runs for say 5-9 seconds so that’s the amount of time I have animate everything before moving on to the next part.
After having set up most of the animated parts and set the movements where I want them to start and end. I then make the actual animation because it’s easier to get everything set up before actually animating it and it’s just incase something would happen to go wrong there would be a away to go back and change the timing or direction that the elements are going.
My major is graphic design and my internship involves mostly animation and videos editing. The work I’m doing at Hoyt St is improving some skills I have been trying to develop aside from graphic design such as video editing, illustrating and animation. The positives from this internship is that it comes with a new set of skills since the program that we are using so it’s just something else to add to my resume.
The business side of the company that I am learning about is how they manage their subscribers to their service and how they interact with their audience and take feedback from comments and emails and request they receive. They get emails directly from their site asking for things like they should do videos with this person etc. In many of the videos that are online have guest guitar players come and play the techniques that they are famously known for.
During my time at the internship I’ve never had to do any clerical duties. I’ve always spent the time working working working the only time I’m not actually doing much is when I have to render previews of some sections of the video to see how it would play in real time and this is something I’ve learned that is extremely time consuming and once you set it up to start rendering it hard to get it to stop so I’ve learned how to manga the rendering to be faster so I can see what I need to work on and move on to the next task.
The culture of the work place is very busy since our company is inside a incubator space they have multiple companies working on the same floor but in separate units and they Made in NY space has many events going on throughout the summer. They have this large chalkboard wall that shows the weekly schedule of the events happening there.
They use the lounge area to hold presentations and mini seminars, recently we had Youtube come and do a presentation on VR technology and it’s mostly because there is a company that works with VR and ha a small set up of cameras in the office. The area is very casual since it’s an incubator space and the space is a little cafe where people can eat which is next to the lounge and there also a theatre where they have screenings or even meetings with company members.
The hours of work are based on when the Made in NY center opens and closes or when the office closes early for holidays. The area around there is Dumbo and has a lot of places to go to so the people in the office tend to go in and out to places to each and get coffee around the corner.
The company that I’m interning for is Hyot St Production, its located in Dumbo in the Made in NY Center. The company is a small start up about 7 people. The work that they create is animations for learning videos on playing guitar but very in depth. They create 3D illustrated animation of guitars and hands and the motions of playing a guitar.
They use a software called Apple Motion that is something similar to Premiere and After Effects but just a cheaper alternative. They have a very specific audience that they target, people who are lady play guitar but want to play quickly and use different techniques that were created by famous guitar players and instead of show showing recorder footage of the technique they break it down with animation showing the techniques without a physical human hand and slowing down the technique as so the viewers can understand.
The video content that they have are both free and then paid for they have two different services that allows viewers to view free content and then view a premium service that is paid for to get longer and in depth videos on these topics. Their videos are a combination of recorded footage and animations combined with voice overs. Since the software is something I’ve never used I’ve had to learn how to use it during the process of working so far and my supervisor has helped to train me and also used Lynda to teach me some basics. The first week they have me some time to play around with the software to be able to learn and get a hold on the way the software works which has similar aspects to After Effects.