Videos have become a popular format for the dissemination of information - especially short animated explainer videos which provide a quick overview over complex topics.
The same principle applies to Wikipedia: videos can enrich exisiting content and provide an entertaining and easily comprehensible access to free knowledge. Wikimedia Austria wants to contribute to making this format more widely available in Wikimedia projects by supporting the creation of explainer videos under free licenses. Together with experts from the simpleshow foundation we offer workshops for Wikimedians which are designed to learn the tricks of the trade of screenwriting for explainer videos based on cut-out animation. In the context of this year’s Wikimania we are happy to host such a workshop for the international community.
Content of the workshop
Interested participants will learn the basic skills for creating plots of explainer videos: how to explain complex topics in a short and comprehensible way, how to work with cut-out animation, storyboard conception and visualization.
The participants can create and refine their scripts and storyboards together with the simpleshow foundation after the workshop.
Depending on the topic & previous research participants can turn their scipts directly into an ilustrated video using “mysimpleshow”-freeware.
The realization and production of the finished storyboard could be done either using the “mysimpleshow”-freeware or by the simpleshow foundation. The result will be published under the CC-BY-SA license on Wikimedia Commons.
The screenwriters can use the videos for Wikipedia articles and other purposes.
What do you need?
Interest in storytelling
A topic for an explainer video
First research on the topic (Wikipedia article niveau)
No previous knowledge in screenwriting or video production necessary
Laptop with Internet access during the workshop
Are you joining us?
The workshop is restricted to 10-15 participants, please sign here. We're looking forward to seeing you!
Tobias1984 (talk) 23:06, 11 March 2016 (UTC) I have a scheduling conflict and hope I can attend the next time