Adam Westbrook // ideas on digital storytelling and publishing

How to produce online video from scratch

Posted in Online Video by Adam Westbrook on December 15, 2011

I recently showed the behind-the scenes progress of a motion graphics commission using the curating tool Storify and it went down pretty well so I thought I’d do it again, this time showing the process behind a typical video shoot.

Last week I published the third instalment of a web series I’ve been making with presenter Matt Walters. In each film he tries something new (and usually ridiculous) to try and drastically cut his carbon emissions. So far he’s crushed his car, and tried to cut his waste to zero.

In this film he tries to power his house using home-made methane, and you can see the results after the jump.

Below is the behind the scenes Storify – as usual, I can’t embed it into – but click on the image and it’ll take you straight there.

And here’s the film, released this week.


How to make motion graphics animations

Posted in Online Video by Adam Westbrook on November 24, 2011

Motion graphics have grown in popularity over the last few years, as an effective form of both storytelling and data visualisation, exploiting the popularity of web video.

I’ve had a few requests from readers this year for information about how motion graphics animations are created. So I thought I would open the lid on the process using Storify to show the steps of designing a short motion graphics animation from start to finish.

A quick caveat: I am not suggesting this is a particularly good motion graphic – it was done to a very tight deadline, and if I could go back, there are lots I would change. But it’s a good example of kinetic typography, one of the most popular styles of graphics.

I can’t embed the Storify unfortunately, but click on the image below and you’ll go straight there.



And if you want to see the finished piece first, here it is: