This year I was selected to represent the 2013 Big Data Social Science IGERT in the annual poster and video competition hosted by the National Science Foundation. The news came as both an honor and a challenge.
With only a few short weeks to prepare, I spent a lot of time browsing tutorials for Adobe After Effects, Premiere, and Audition. If you have to brush up on a technical skill, I highly recommend the TutsPlus community.
After getting the hang of a few techniques I had in mind for the video, I started brainstorming, laying out various designs and color schemes, and painstakingly practicing the verbal script. Many long nights later, it was completed.
A previous post includes the poster that accompanied this video in the competition.