Graph Theory Video

Project type: Individual
Timeline: Three weeks

The brief was to create a video to explain a complicated topic in under three minutes. I chose a somewhat unknown field of study in mathematics because I know several people studying it at the PhD level, and they often struggle to explain it to friends and family.

Because I chose to talk about an academic discipline where people use everyday words in very different and specific ways, I spent a lot of time refining the voice over for the video. I tested rough drafts of the video with voice over several times with different audiences.

Equally important was choosing visuals that help make concrete the words in my voice over throughout the narrative. I thought at first that animation would work best for my topic, but later hit upon the idea of drawing diagrams and images as I spoke.

Early storyboards used a random placement of dots, houses, people, and computers to express multiplicity. However, the inconsistency in visual form wasn't so appealing to viewers. Ultimately, I chose to use the same layout for my three very different examples, which helped viewers see the consistency among them.

A storyboard I created for an animated version.

My original script, which covered too many topics to fit into two minutes.

A storyboard using props, drawing, and a stop-motion animation effect. It was considered too frenetic.

A storyboard approaching my final concept.

I'm happy with the results of the video, since it was my first experience shooting video with a DSLR and editing audio and video with the Adobe suite. In the future, I'd like to record better audio and use better lighting and color correction for my images.