That Blue Square Thing

Splash Out

The CIDA and DIDA courses will stop after Summer 2019. This means that unless you're starting Year 11 in September 2018 you won't be able to count this course as a GCSE subject. Which is a shame.
If I teach you and you're not going to be in Year 11 in September, then you probably need to look at the Creative iMedia pages.

This is a live SPB. That means that people are currently working towards producing portfolio work for it.

> Splash Out Level 2 SPBwiki link - the exam board pages

The target audience is "18-24 year olds". You need to try to keep this in mind when you're developing your products.

The purpose of the project is to build an interactive brochure to attract people to buy a water sports holiday with Splash Out. There are various ways to do this, including as a series of web pages. But don't forget that it's a brochure - so it needs to be promoting Slash Out.

You need to make six products as part of your brochure. Four of these need to have designs - look lower down the page for those.

Products

Don't forget that Splash Out Holidays is a water sports activities company. The examples of activities given in the SPB are kayaking and water skiing. Surfing is also an activity which clearly takes place.

1. Welcome screen: the point of this is to attract the attention of the target audience. Make sure it includes at least the text that is required ('Splash Out' and 'Action Brochure'). Whatever audio that it added needs to be copyright free.

2. Navigation screen: make sure the navigation elements are interactive in some way - probably by using rollover buttons or similar. Requires a design.

3. Activities Movie: this needs to be people talking about what they did when they went on a Splash Out holiday. Obviously you're going to need to make this up - Splash Out doesn't exist!

The point of the movie is to promote Splash Out and encourage people to go on a Splash Out holiday.

You need to film a set of people talking about the cool times they had when they went on a Splash Out holiday. You then need to combine this video footage together with still images and a title screen to create a movie that's about 60 seconds long. To do this I think you need 3 or 4 people at least talking on video.

The Teacher's Notes say that you need to include a title screen of some kind at the start of the movie. You also need to include still images - these could have the sound from the video over the top of them or could be on screen at the same time as the video footage - as smaller images alongside the person talking.

You need to include captions (e.g. the name of the person who's talking) and transitions between the sections of the movie - the Teacher's Notes make this clear. The SPB also asks for sound effects - perhaps a splash sound at various points?

If you can make the movie fun and looking sharp then you'll get more marks for this. Try to film people talking enthusiastically about their (imaginary) holiday.

You can, obviously, get other people to be in your video. But, you can't use other people's video footage - you have to film all your own videos.

4. Try Surfing Animation: has to feature a cartoon character learning to surf. It needs to be about 25 seconds long and use Key Frame animation for at least part of it.

The character has to be original. That means you need to make it yourself somehow. It's also really important that your animation is more than a still image moving across the screen. The Teacher's Notes make this really clear.

To create the sort of animation that examiners are looking for, you need to make sure that you can do things like wave the character's arms around, or let them fall off their surf board and so on. Don't forget that the character is supposed to be learning to surf!

The animation also needs to have music. The Teacher's Notes suggest that this needs to be synchronised with the action - so the music needs to work with the animation itself. This is difficult to do. One way to help is to add sound effects or even voice to the animation (so, the character could say "Oh, I think I'm going to fall off..." just before falling in. You don't have to do this, but it is a good way to try to get some synchronisation.

If you can play music then I would strongly suggest recording your own music for the animation (and possibly the other products). It's much easier to get the synchronisation with the action if you record the music yourself - and it looks super cool as well.

5. New This Year gallery: needs to provide information about three new water sports that Splash Out are adding to their programme this year. You need images (copyright free of course) and text about each of the new water sports activities. Then it needs to be combined into a slide show of some kind where the user can control the flow of the show.

The gallery needs to scroll - i.e. images need to move sideways when they move on to and off of the screen.

There are several ways that this could be done - including using a photo gallery in WebPlus. But if you do that, make sure it's big enough and that the text works at an appropriate size.

In September an examiners report will be available. I'm interested to read what they say about the galleries they've seen and will add any useful feedback to this page at that point.

6. Find Out More contact screen: needs to be a contact screen.

You've seen loads to contact screens on the web. Anytime you fill out a form to send information on the web then you've filled one in. Think about what makes a good contact screen and include those sorts of things on yours.

There are some required elements - a drop down box (a combo box), some sort of tick box and two text areas - one of which needs to be large enough for feedback. From the Teacher's Notes, a submit button of some kind is also needed - but the form doesn't actually have to send information off.

The screen needs to be an adapted version of the welcome screen. I would suggest using the same background image(s) and perhaps the same style of text and so on. You could also include the same audio as you had on your welcome screen.

Designs:

You need to produce four sets of designs for this project.

Make sure that you write plenty on your designs. It is important to explain why you have made the choices you have.

1. Navigation Screen design: a design sketch is needed

2. Try Surfing Animation design: a storyboard of some kind is needed. This needs to show what will happen in the animation - which needs to be about 25 seconds long. Make sure you include the music that needs to go with the animation on your design.

3. New This Year design: a series of sketches to show ideas for the design of the gallery. The gallery needs to include photos and writing about the three new sports.

4. Activities Movie design: a timeline storyboard is needed. The movie needs to be about 60 seconds long and needs to include still images of different water sports activities and video footage of people talking about doing the activities. You will need to film the video footage yourself.

A script will also be helpful for the activities movie task - what are people going to say?