Saturday, February 23, 2013

ARC: Animated Infographics video program

This is a video program I curated that is dedicated to data visualizations and infographics. The program will debut next thursday in portland with panelists from the NY Times and Periscopic design.

To promote the thing I didn't want to make a traditional poster. I really wanted to represent the idea of imagination, storytelling and creativity — so I decided to make a story-driven trailer that only hints at the content of the program.

I shot and edited this in literally 24 hours. A talented intern (also the main character in the story) helped out with the aftereffects layer and a musician friend provided an original score based on our rough cut. We had a very loose story structure and script and worked out the story on site and in the editing room. If I had more time or budget I would return to the production and do it from scratch.

The trailer was one thing but the actual assemblage of a video program featuring 30 separate movies is proving to be a major challenge. I have a notion of how I'm going to do it, but does anyone have recommendations for sequencing a series of quicktime files for a theatrical program? They're all 720p HD files, so I don't want to burn a DVD.

Below is the marketing copy for the program.

The first screening of its kind — “Arc” is a theatrical program dedicated to the art, creativity and complexity of animated infographics. As its name suggests, the screening lies at the confluence of storytelling and data visualizations — an intersection that will be appeal to interaction designers, journalists, writers, researchers, number-junkies and analysts. 

In a culture now supersaturated with colossal reams of information, it’s all we can do to stay afloat and make sense of it all. With a demand for interpretation, and new tools for doing so, we’re experiencing a fresh breed of visual artists crystallizing this influx of information into beautiful visualizations and stories. No longer traditional craftspeople, these artists are hybrid, interdisciplinary teams composed of designers, motion artists, analysts, strategists and engineers, whose canvas is most frequently the Internet. This program collects the best and brightest time-based data visualizations and infographics from the past couple years with a focus on story-driven data.

~Michael Neault, Producer | Interactive Media & Content 


  1. Very Cool. Not sure if this was intentional, but in a good way I was reminded of The Powers of Ten film made by Eames. Great piece. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This program sounds awesome! Ben, great reference, haven't seen that in awhile.

    I recently found out about this web series that reminded me of the project. It's called H+ and while the content isn't related to your program, the series takes place over 48 episodes lasting between four and eight minutes, for a total running time of 255 minutes, and is meant to be viewed out of order (as audiences chose to stitch their own show together). I was curious as to how you ended up sequencing the files. I know the program isn't a television show with weekly episodes, but what do you think about releasing something that viewers can pick and chose to watch as they are released to make their own program.

    How did it end up turning out? Would love to hear what you ended doing!

  3. Nice tutorial! I gave it a thumbs up.animated intro maker

  4. man i got to say that out of all the tutorials yours helped me the most…….just tell me……how the hell do u draw a straight line?????animated video production

  5. Howdy! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your posts. Thanks a lot!animated video production


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