Colony Collapse Disorder is a motion graphics project created for MICA’s Information Visualization class (Instructor: Lindsay Ballant). The prompt: choose a cause and visualize it. Over the last semester, I’d taken a class called “Pollinators or Famine,” a course about the problems that are arising due to a dying bee population. Everything I learned in this class I was able to use in my short documentary.
In my previous and first motion graphics project (Visualizing Stephen King’s The Stand), I learned the basics of After Effects. Things like quick, smooth transitions and tracking. This time around was a comprehensive and fast paced animation which much more elaborate scenes and motions. I had SO much fun doing the transitions between topics! Coming up with a way to use parts of the past scene to fade into the next was a perfect exercise for learning After Effects “on the job.”