I’ve done my research. It’s a trope- Everything’s Better With Cows.
Watch the elegantly (student) produced animation story below. Retweet it. Facebook it. StumbleUponIt. It’s great.
Yes, I landed there via a Guy Kawasaki tweet to his link farm.
“Cowterspace:” the story of a cow with big dreams http://t.co/HqnYNUz8NN
— Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki) November 27, 2014
And that’s where most people aim.
The Big Final Shiny Thing.
Somewhere there is a big listicle of all these “curation” sites.
To me the links they wrangle are not my end point, but the starting point. Sometimes I have followed about 4 links back from these sites to get to the source.
I started a journey from Holykaw. It;s kind of like a shopping mall. I watched the adorable video.
These I enjoy, but I enjoy the backstory more. So I step linked back to the site where this video resides, the Online Portfolio of Tristan Weis”. If you stopped at the scroll, you would get what most people consider an ideal eportfolio item.
The Shiny Final Product.
Yet there is so much more, just down the scroll.
Screen shots of the development process:
A look to the “Action Sheet” showing how Tristan organized and planned this complex production
A clip of the animatic, or a rough cut of the animation:
The animatic was very important to get a feeling for timing, camera perspectives and general animation flow. I had to create five versions until I finally felt confident enough to begin working on the real thing.
There’s much more- sketches and draft of the character development
Storyboards of the two of the project ideas for animation, one of which became Cowterspace.
I anything is missing (and maybe I cannot find it)- it’s what I asked for and often got from my ds106 students– what is the inspiration for the story? What are its influences? What does the story mean to them?
And it remains my stubborn focus on this idea of narrating our work, the impetus for the Notery idea.
I know the refrains “I’m too busy to blog” (not too busy for [fill in the name of some social media statusing site], eh?) (not too busy for binge tv watching?).
My ongoing wonder why we do so little of this in education, all the focus on the Final Shiny Thing, where the learning, the growth, is in the long process that comes before it.
Thankfully a few people, like Tristan Weis, are not only producing great video art (bonus because its made in the open source Blender software), but sharing the process behind it.
Maybe all you want is the funny cow.
I seek more.
The post "Cowterspace: More Than A Cute Cow in Space Video" was originally squeezed out of the bottom of an old rusted tube of toothpaste at CogDogBlog (https://cogdogblog.com/2014/11/cowterspace/) on November 27, 2014.