Created for Sir George Monoux College in London, this is the first of a mini series of teacher training videos that aim to facilitate proper teaching techniques to benefit the students and staff. How can the teacher nurture confidence and reward bravery if a student decides they want to opt-out of a question?Built with Cinema 4D and rendered with the Standard Renderer.
The videos were rendered with Cinema 4D's Standard Renderer. The depth pass, along with several other multipasses, was rendered in order to achieve a depth of field post-effect but without the additional render time required to do so straight from Cinema 4D. Using Frischluft DOF in After Effects also give me the freedom to change the focus area on demand.
Motext and Effector techniques were used to introduce and animate the 3D text to the scenes, and distancing the camera allowed for the occasional transition over to the "Four Methods" plate without interrupting the composition of the room.
The characters were designed and developed to have diverse characteristics, interchangeable outfits and expressions and to be easy to animate. The rigging was primarily directed by EyeDesyn's IKR Spline Rigging tutorial, a super simple and time effective way of tackling non-complex character animations in Cinema 4D - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FZun6_bZjA
Some of the graphics were entirely designed in After Effects, such as the main 2D text scenes. Inter-cutting this style with the 3D rendering scenes works well thanks to the consistent colour theme and quirky animation.
Composing the shots different each time became a bit of a challenge, there seemed to only be so many ways we could frame up the teacher and students correctly, but it worked out okay in the end with some minor variations here or there! I think there were around 12 main different compositions altogether.
The speech bubbles became an interesting element to play with, and ended up being almost completely automated. They were entirely text driven, with the surrounding bubbles adapting to the size each time. Typically these were paired with the target tag and linked to the camera but sometimes they were turned away slightly to add some perspective.
"Jamie has been wonderful to work with. He has worked on our first project which carried a lot of pressure as it would be the first of many.
He did a great job understanding the concept, the context and our vision. The voice over was also great and added that extra bit of professionalism.
Very good value for money as well. Would definitely recommend him." - Ali Khan, Sir George Monoux College
There are times when the teacher will need to be assertive, but, keeping in mind the lessons learned from the previous training videos, is there a correct way to approach this?