A while back I was a part of a panel with Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin and one of his big points during the session was the use of visuals in politics. This was in the middle of the healthcare debate and he wondered why no one, Obama, Republicans, members of congress, etc. were using visuals to make their cases. I agreed whole-heartedly. Glenn Beck seems to make it work, why not put visuals and whiteboards to work for serious policy discussions? Today I saw that the White House... Continue Reading
We orginally published this video on July 30th, but it all comes together in real life tomororw on Election Day. If you have any questions on exactly how Americans elect a new president, this video will help. As an interesting side note, Election Day will be the day that this video surpasses "RSS in Plain English" as The Common Craft Show's most viewed video on You Tube. The Google Docs video doesn't count as it's owned by Google and not a part of the Show.
People often ask for a look at how we make the videos. When we were putting together the the "Electing a US President" video, I made a special point to take photos of the process. Here's how it works: Every video starts with a script. If there is "secret sauce" it happens in writing the script because the script drives the video. We use Google Docs to collaborate until we feel like the script is close to finished. Then, we start looking at a thumbnail storyboard. I draw the scenes for the... Continue Reading
I'm not sure how this happened, but there is an error in the original version of the "Electing a US President" video. The original version says that there are 3 congressional districts in Kansas. As we discovered today, via a nice email from Gerry Deman of Kansas, there are actually 4 districts. Here's what we're doing about it:We have created a new, corrected version of the video. It's embedded below and we have replaced the video on the original blog entry (and embed code) with this new... Continue Reading