Our goal was to graphically simplify the byzantine response system and show the need for National action and clarity where there was none. Reporter Katie Englehart wrote and recorded the narration first, and we used that for timing in the edit and design of the piece. We chose Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects to quickly rough out the animation – with a piece this long we wanted to lock all timing before tackling the finer details of the design. We chose a more subdued, monotone color palette, recognizing the need to approach the material with a somber tone without being unnecessarily alarmist.
The use of abstract kaleidoscopes tediously designed using fractals that appear random, but were designed in a modular way in which we could manipulate them easily to fit the needs of the story. The idea was to evoke the patchwork nature of the system at the time of writing and the need for organization.