With a background in graphic design, my sense for composition, layout, and typography was influential in my creation of graphic assets for our project. I'm very self motivated, and taught myself how to animate with Adobe After Effects by using various free online tutorials while on the job. Each educational video we created was peppered with numerous animations and infographics that explained complicated scientific processes, featured historical pictures found in the national archive, and enhanced each story visually in a meaningful way. My ability to illustrate was essential in creating custom characters and diagrams for animations. Because the goal of our videos was often to present complicated topics in condensed and simplified ways, thorough research was always required on my part in order to create graphics and animations that accurately depicted the topic at hand.
"The documentary was written, filmed, animated and edited by NDSU Bean CAP team members Shane Reetz and Bree Reetz, and produced by Phil McClean, director of the NDSU genomics and bioinformatics program, professor of plant sciences and Bean CAP director. Juan Osorno, NDSU dry bean breeder and associate professor of plant sciences, appeared in the film as a content expert.
The film is part of a Bean CAP Educational Video Series available on YouTube. The team created five other videos for the series, each three to eight minutes in length, covering topics such as an overview of plant breeding, Norman Borlaug and the Green Revolution, genetics and disease resistance, bean plant architecture and food security. (...)
The video series has gained notice nationally as a valuable source of information about plant breeding. 'Instructors at other universities tell me they are using the Bean CAP videos in their classes,' said Osorno."
In order to create this documentary, North Dakota State University sent our creative team to observe Juan Osorno's dry bean breeding program at his winter growing sites in Puerto Rico. Having done extensive research into the plant breeding process already, it was especially satisfying to be able to see this aspect of Juan's breeding program with my own eyes. Juan was extremely gracious to work with and answered every question I had thoroughly and with endless patience. Following him into the field allowed me to actually view examples of his selection process as they took place and gave us a dynamic opportunity for collecting footage for our educational videos. While in Puerto Rico, I also had the pleasure of interviewing Corn Breeder, Ed Baumgartner, Dry Bean Breeder, Jim Kelly, Pumpkin Breeder, Linda Beaver, Dry Bean Breeder, Jim Beaver, Corn Breeder, Rachel Baumgartner, Tepary & Common Bean Breeder, Tim Porch, Soybean Breeder, Susan Johnson, and Plant Pathologist, Consuelo Esteves De Jensen. Each of these experts generously allowed me to interview them at length, which gave me invaluable insight into their specialized knowledge and their philosophies as plant breeders.