Behind the Scenes of the 2016 GeekWire Awards Video

About the Project

The presence of women in the global tech scene is at an all-time high. Powered by a desire to change the world, women are holding more specialized positions in tech companies and creating their own groundbreaking tech startups. These remarkable women are a major part of the inspiration behind the creation of year’s GeekWire Awards videos — an annual tradition for the Killer Infographics team.

The storyline for this year’s video follows the main character Alison who, after the loss her grandmother to cancer, is inspired to pursue a life dedicated to finding a cure. The viewer is then guided through a series of snapshots throughout Alison’s journey that not only highlight her educational and business achievements but also provide a glimpse into the future of tech and science innovation. A closer look will reveal everything from flying cars to advancements in artificial intelligence and more. With this video, we strived to present a world where tech creates a brighter future for Seattle and beyond..

We drew inspiration from “Forms in Nature,” created by Chromosphere. We loved the hyper-dynamic transitions, subtly detailed animations, and intricate illustrations We felt taking a similar approach would help us achieve the cinematic effect that we were envisioning.

This is the fourth year that we’ve had the honor of creating an introduction video for the annual awards. GeekWire co-founders John Cook and Todd Bishop worked alongside us throughout the whole process — helping us to develop the story in a way that would have emotional appeal as well present the future of Seattle Tech in an interesting and creative way.

From Concept to Final Design

GeekWire Art
GeekWire video scene 01 final
GeekWire video scene 01 final
GeekWire Awards scene
GeekWire Awards scene

All Hands on Deck

Inside the Killer Infographics office, we had the opportunity to collaborate across all teams. From the get-go we had an entire team of designers, 3D modelers, animators, and producers working together to develop dynamic illustrations and animation concepts that would visually tell the right story. As a team, we met multiple times a week to discuss the specificities of the script, brainstorming ideas for what technology might look like in 50 years. We drew the storyboard on whiteboards, carefully planning how each scene would flow into the next. We circled up in conference rooms to review the animation as it was being created, suggesting improvements and additions to make Alison’s story come to life.

Killer Infographics Team
Killer Infographics Team
Killer Infographics Team
Killer Infographics Team
Killer Infographics Team
GeekWire GIF

We hope you enjoy this year’s GeekWire Awards video as much as we enjoyed making it. See you at next year’s awards!

Lauren Cunningham

Author Lauren Cunningham

Southern-born and -raised, Lauren Cunningham is executive account strategist at Killer Visual Strategies. Since starting at Killer in 2014, Lauren has managed hundreds of static and motion graphic projects, and continues to grow in her role as executive account strategist. She works alongside the account coordinator and director of client success to build strong relationships with our clients, develop strategies that support their goals, and facilitate communication throughout and across projects.

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