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.