BBC Ideas: The Sun, Living with Our Star

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Process

A great deal of research and collaboration went into the making of this video. Turns out, the sun’s effects on our daily lives is pretty extensive. Choosing precisely which facts to include in the script was a real challenge.

Lucky for us, we got a collaborator in the nick of time. Turns out that we weren’t the only ones thinking about the sun. The BBC producer connected with Dr. Harry Cliff, a curator at the Science Museum preparing a show called “The Sun: Living with Our Star”. Not only did the show lend the animation it’s new title, Dr. Cliff’s helped make final cuts and narrated the video!

With a solid storyboard onhand, animator Luis Carlos Redondo disappeared into the studio, sharing styleframes and samples along the way. It took nearly nine weeks of nonstop animation to have the first complete cut. Along the way, Luis began itching for more than just some copyrights cleared soundtrack. We needed a sound team to bring everything together–and Francisco Mejía, working with Susana Hernández, did that and much more.

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Results

One of the most valuable things we’ve learned over the years is this: no matter how good a first draft is, iteration is key. We took the piece apart many times to make little adjustments or very large ones. When the music angels (Francisco and Susana) joined the project, one such demolition had taken place. But rather than run in the other direction, they took the opportunity to work with us to rebuild it. The sound ended up guiding key portions of the animation. Within a week, it was ready.

And once final edits were done, the video was posted online within hours of having left our servers. Right on time for the Science Museum to open the doors to sunshine seekers and curious minds.

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