We’ve been filming the bi-monthly Breaking Borders web development and design talks for the best part of a year now. Each one is curated around a theme with two distinctive talks from two speakers highly regarded in their field.
Working with Ben MacGowan, Breaking Border’s founder we have now made 12 films from 6 different events. Ben works hard at coming up with a theme and finding suitable speakers to match. He even commissions artwork for each talk to help illustrate the theme. Likewise we try to incorporate each piece of artwork into the introduction sequence of each talk. The key is to be concise (people aren’t clicking to see your animation – they want the talk) and to get across the key facts of who’s speaking and the title of their talk. The picture below shows stills from the bespoke graphics we’ve made for each of the events we’ve covered so far.
For the films themselves we work at integrating the speakers media into the videos. Every talk we’ve covered to date has included slides but these may also expand to video and audio. We liaise with the speakers to obtain their work and discuss if anything needs changing or altering before being used.
We often add extra animated elements to the slides to mimic the reveal or display of the software used to ‘play’ the slides during the talk. For example if the speaker is making points by revealing them one by one on the screen then we copy this effect for the video so the viewer has the same impression and understanding of the speakers points as the people did in the room watching them.
Below is an example of one of our films;
And its important to do your bit in promoting it too..
— Kaelig (@kaelig) November 25, 2014
Breaking Borders – The talk and video archive from Breaking Borders
UX Oxford – Films from UX Oxford – a monthly ‘tech talk’ event we also film