Democratic Radio – Video Interactions

Following the one-week intensive physical prototyping course, the goal of the video interactions course was to clearly communicate the prototyping product delivered in the previous course through to type of video format:

Black Box video

The Black Box video for the Democratic Radio is a short, behind-the-scenes video that details the concept, process and technology behind the prototype. The first step was preparing a rough overview of the aspects of the product that the video required to communicate. Doing this gave the team a clear idea of what the trajectory of the story is. Then an initial draft of the script and storyboard was done in parallel.  Referring to this, the team prepared a shot list that encompassed the required shots, camera angles, props and equipment necessary for a smooth execution. A classic design video format, with cuts between the speaker and the subject, was selected for the video to put a face to the designers telling the story behind Democratic Radio. The aim, first and foremost, was to be very clear and demonstrative about the Democratic Radio and also to have fun and be playful with the shots.

The video was shot on a Nikon D3100 and edited using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects and presented at the end of March 2018.

A day in the life Video:

For the week-long Video Interactions Course, the team produced a design video that showcased the Democratic Radio—a project built in their Physical Computing course. Titled ‘A Day in the Life’, the objective of this video is to demonstrate how the Democratic Radio can be used in a real-life setting.

To do this, the team enacted a typical scenario of people using the device. The team featured a café in Copenhagen as the setting. They felt that a café environment is perfect to showcase the Democratic Radio, as the coffee-shop experience is heavily impacted by the music volume and the song choice.

To gather footage, the team placed Democratic Radio on numerous tables, with customers using the device to turn up or turn down the volume of the shared space. During the production, the team simply filmed customers playing around with the device; it was in Post Production that a story was created.

The camera used in the production was a Canon Rebel EOS T3i. To edit the video, we used Adobe Premiere Pro.