Rosetta blog: The story behind a Rosetta ‘claymation’

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Earlier this month, a Royal Observatory Greenwich, UK, expelled a smashing educational video about a Rosetta Mission regulating ‘claymation’ – charcterised clay figures. It was a large strike with a Rosetta group and so we held adult with Elizabeth Avery, comparison manager of Astronomy Education during a ROG and one of a minds behind a video, to learn some-more about how it was put together. The same group during a ROG has also given expelled a interrelated video called Space Rocks, about asteroids, comets, meteors, and meteorites. You can watch both videos as partial of this post.

What finished we select to concentration on a Rosetta goal for this video?
We have a unequivocally prolonged list of things we would adore to make videos about, so it is always a outrageous plea to select usually one topic. When we were initial meditative of ideas for a video project, Rosetta and Philae were in a news a lot, people were vehement about such an extraordinary mission, and many of a visitors had lots of questions about it.  We knew these videos were going to be combined for schools (age 9-14), so as with all a other schools videos, we asked a clergyman forum what they would like. The Rosetta Mission and Space Rocks were topics that came adult again and again, so we were assured they would be good topics to go for.

ROG_Rosetta_claymation_stillWhy did we select ‘claymation’ to tell a story?
This was indeed something we hadn’t attempted before.  The engineer we were operative with during Beakus suggested it and when we saw a initial drafts, we knew we were on to a winner! After we had cumulative a funding, it took around two months to devise a videos, get scripts together, record a voiceovers, work with a designers, select a music, and get them prepared for launch.

Who were a artists and scriptwriters?
We always write a scripts in residence during a Royal Observatory Greenwich, since we have worked tough to rise a clever nonetheless accessible voice for propagandize video resources, so we wish to make certain we keep that.  When it comes to selecting voiceovers, we always demeanour within a group or wider organization first; we all benefaction sessions regularly, so there are lots of fanciful voices to select from. This was not a solo devise though; we worked with other unequivocally good organisations to emanate these videos. The pattern organisation Beakus helped us to consider about how to paint a ideas visually and a group during a Open University Rosetta in a UK group worked with us to select what things to embody in a video, gripping us adult to date on any new developments with a mission, too.

ROG_Rosetta_claymationThe characters decorated in goal control generated some fun inner discuss during ESA as to who they were formed on – were there sold scenes or specific people that desirous a scenes?
It was unequivocally critical to us that these videos not usually showed a extraordinary scholarship behind a Rosetta Mission, though a people too. We could have enclosed any of a hundreds of people that worked on a Rosetta Mission since they all had so many shining and inspirational stories to tell about their work. However, with dual mins to play with it was wily to select usually a few people who could act as representatives. Instead we used jubilee videos including a accumulation of people accessible on a ESA website as a inspiration.

You also expelled another video ‘Space Rocks’ in a same style, and that also facilities a Rosetta mission; what desirous that video?
We are mostly asked about space rocks, that is, comets, asteroids, meteors, meteorites and so on, and a names compared with them, and also a disproportion between them. It is a unequivocally fascinating subject that sparks a lot of seductiveness with a visitors. It also propitious good with a Rosetta Mission video, so we suspicion it was an glorious event to go into a small some-more fact on some of a things we usually couldn’t fist into a Rosetta video.

The videos have captivated a lot of views and certain reactions, and we’ve seen it common widely on amicable media  – were we awaiting this turn of reaction?
The greeting so distant has been extraordinary and unequivocally has blown a hosiery off.  Going into a new project, we always wish that people will suffer what we emanate and find it useful to know some-more about space. But we weren’t awaiting such a outrageous certain greeting in such a brief space of time.

It was a same for us going into a “Once on a time…” animation adventures of Rosetta and Philae, and a strenuous response to a initial part indicated we should continue a series… (new part entrance soon!)…will we continue with a claymation thesis for destiny videos?
We are now formulating classroom resources that will accompany a stream videos, so keep your eyes peeled for those in a subsequent dual months. We have been formulating videos (live movement and animation) for a few years now and devise to make lots more, starting with a subsequent set that will be expelled in Mar 2016.  We have already finished videos about black holes, aliens, a age of a Sun, and a distance of a Universe, so we need to get a meditative caps on to come adult with something new for a subsequent batch. It is probable we will go down a claymation track again though we always like to see what fits best with any subject and see what a designers suggest before we select a style.

Space-Rocks_animatic_03What other projects are we operative on?
In a meantime we are operative on blogs (Spacebook ) and podcasts (Look Up ), as good as some other sparkling digital projects like Creative Cosmos, that is in organisation with a Insight Astronomy Photographer of a Year CompetitionCreative Cosmos is a special devise with extraordinary prizes, students can win goodie bags and even a possibility to have their unequivocally possess astronomy sketch shown in a planetarium.  It is protected to contend we are unequivocally bustling astronomers!

All of a videos can be seen here:

More about a ROG:
The Royal Observatory during Greenwich was founded by King Charles II in 1675 and is one of a many critical ancestral systematic sites in a world. Today a Observatory is a museum and scholarship centre, that provides entrance to information about space to schools and a wider public.

Stills from a origination theatre of a videos courtesy of Elizabeth Avery/ROG.

Source: Rosetta blog