The Business need included reaching out to the current Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) audience as well as potential clients interested in IBM Kenexa Lead Manager.
The plot creation, script writing, character creation, illustration, animation and editing was mostly done by me, with support for some animation portions (the personae intro moments) from a team member.
THE LOOK: Illustrative Fun Modern
MESSAGE: “Enthusiasm that is contagious!” Conveys instant value to viewer
FEEL: “Authentically thoughtful” Empowering
COLORS: IBM color palette Satisfying and relaxing
Developing the 3 characters was initially one of the big challenges as it was something that would take considerable rework to change midway. Interestingly, the initial sketches for these characters helped a lot while I was scripting the narrative, as they all had distinct personalities that reflected in the story and made the characters more real and relatable.
Once I had the basic look and feel for the characters, which did develop and evolve over the scripting exercise, the overall colour palette for the animation became the next challenge to tackle. After experimenting with a few palettes, I settled for a more muted palette of blues alongwith it's complimentary colour, a fresh and sparky orange, as accent.
I scripted a narrative that takes the viewer through the seamless journey of sourcing candidates that would help an organization have a well-matched pipeline of candidates ready to be considered for the opening who already have an established relation with the organization and are looking forward to apply.
The script went through refinement based on feedback from our Design team members. Once it felt like it had reached a solid story, I went on to conduct voice-over recordings of multiple volunteer studio mates. Post recording, the exciting bit of storyboarding began!
Put together the main frames for illustrating what the story would broadly look like. This also helped building out the animation in parts that made it more manageable to create and work with. These were then stitched together in the end.
Illustrating the keyframes was an absolute joy and I had immense fun and challenge in putting together every detail of the characters, scenes, transitions and how the story flowed.
What came together over time was tremendous learning especially with the animation portions. I was supported by another Design colleague for the animation of the introductory segments of the personae.
With over 87k views on YouTube prior to being moved to the IBM Media Center, this video for IBM Kenexa Lead Manager has helped reach out to a large global audience of the HR community, where we could illustrate the awesomeness of the product, in their language.
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