I made a schedule of 2016-2017 Project Goals (for my eyes only) and I reached my first goal today, yay!
It was to nail down the lower third/onscreen designs for my ongoing web show, Token Talk presented by Racebending. You got the sneak peek in a previous post but after more than a month of doing test runs and working in my colleagues’ notes, I finally figured out the design format.
Image above: our show starts off with a “This Week In News” segment that does a roundup of news in diversity, racebending, social justice, etc. Sometimes the host Dariane Nabor does the news solo and sometimes she might have a guest host like our co-producer Catherine Manabat, so the main titles reflect that. I also wanted to credit Peter Ngaou as he’s been responsible for gathering the most interesting news bytes for our roundup.
I created a photo sidebar that would have a short caption and accompanying image. It’s specifically on stage left so Dariane can sit stage right (where she has full view of both the prompter and live feed) and a guest host can sit center.
Image above: For the “Guest Interview” portion, there’s another photo sidebar (that’s smaller than the sidebar during the “News” segment for a reason) with specific images and captions our guest(s) would like us to promote. This includes projects, current/past gigs, and the items they’re selling in the Token Talk store. Using the Tricaster provided by XSN, we can make the image fullscreen too.
In the main title boxes, I add in their names, occupation, special announcements, fun facts, and any social media accounts they might have.
Images above: Since it’s important that we peddle our guests’ products as well as our online store link, I created lower thirds that we can switch to during the “Guest Interview” and “Game Time” segments using the XSN Tricaster. I can customize the boxes depending on the guest we have and can even list out the prices. The design switch will also make the broadcast more visually interesting and not static since we’re unable to play GIFs or clips at the corner of the screen.
The aforementioned photo sidebar that’s been resized for the interview portion was to accommodate the height of the “Store Items” lower third, which is slightly bigger than the “News” lower third.
Image above: If Jimmy Fallon can do it, why can’t we?? We have a “Game Time” segment that rounds out each episode, where Dariane (and sometimes Cat) would play a fun, silly game with our guests. So far, we’ve played cards, app games, and even Pictionary (the words are projected as another onscreen design as shown).
I also create promo ads for the show. Catch tonight’s episode with guests Will Choi + Jenny Yang, producers and comedians to perform at The Comedy Comedy Festival!
Token Talk presented by Racebending airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on ShopXSN.com.
The main logos were designed by Angela Gomez.