Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A website for my beans


I created a simple website so I can develop it further and share information with others.
Please come visit anytime~

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Observation @ Hanai Preschool

I only showed pictures of preschool kids during the presentation. Here's a clip that shows their reaction.

My Bean Movie

"The Three Little Beans" Tada~
I will definitely add more features when I learn more about Maya program. I am just happy that I was able to apply a camera movement here.

The Three Little Beans! from Iva Son on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Steve Job's Presentation

Powerful, yet simple! What need I say more!
I noted down major points of Steve Job's presentation style.

-Setting the theme with a 'single headline'
-Keeping consistency with the theme
-Providing the outline
-Showing enthusiasm
-Making it visual (short on description)
-Adding a bonus thing at the end

I'm just hoping not to choke during the presentation. Good luck to you all! Shouldn't we celebrate the end of the semester?

Bean Number Cards

I made cards that go along with my "Three Little Beans". I originally thought about making christmas gifts for the children I would meet at the preschool and just figured I should make something that's meaningful to my project. I wanted kids to have something to feel and play with the show. I gave out the cards and candy canes and they loved them :D I loved to see them smile.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Why not make the animation interactive?

Yes, I have thought about making "The Three Little Beans" more interactive. At first, I thought those beans talking toward the audience and inviting kids to count together along with the beans were enough for an interactive animation. However, I now think I want them to use those languages little more. What kind of features do I need to add? Daniel suggested about putting some texts within the animation. I generally don't like seeing texts in animation because it makes kind of illustrated cartoon look but I decided to use them when Beans count number for the second time. Feedbacks are always valuable. Thanks guys!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Maya and Pro Tools

These two are the primary technologies that I'm borrowing for my project. Their usages are limiteless and I can't wait to discover more about them. After the critique, I wanted to work on sound more with Pro Tools so I actually played piano and recorded it. It's embarassing ; ) I realized I haven't played it for so long...

Final Script Lines

1BLUE BEAN: An nyoung

1RED BEAN: Hola!


2RED BEAN: Yo soy Rojo.

2GREEN BEAN: Nan Parang.

2BLUE BEAN: I'm Green.

(at the same time)
3BLUE BEAN: An nyoung

3RED BEAN: Hola!


(Repeat twice)
4RED BEAN: Un manzano!.

4GREEN BEAN: An apple tree!

4BLUE BEAN: Sagwanamoo!

(Repeat twice)
5GREEN BEAN: One, two, three, four, five

5BLUE BEAN: Hana, dool, set, net, dasut

4RED BEAN: Uno, dos, tres, quatro, cinco

6BLUE BEAN: Aya! (Or Omg)



(Repeat twice)
7BLUE BEAN: Annyoung

7GREEN BEAN: Bye bye

7RED BEAN: Adios

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Will you help me out tonight?

I love sour patch. Whenever I go to a movie theater I look for Sour Patch. This combination of sweetness and sourness is addictive but I'm sure there are people who hate it. Why doesn't my appetite change despite I get older and hopefully more mature? This is gonna help me keep going with my projects.

As I research, I've become more curious to know what percentage of parents are willing to teach their kids foreign languages? I mean if I look at the larger population in the world, Iwouldn't be too huge. But I'm still big about learning langages as early as possible. I familarized myself with English when I was six because my parents worked in the U.S. and France back and forth. I entered a high school in Connecticut at the age of 14 and I had no fear about English at all. Not that I was fluent, I knew what the language sounds like and how to express my basic needs. Then I started to buy lots of Sour Patches from the school store.

Monday, December 8, 2008


The design of my animation has evolved from the original beans created from the last public space project. The simplicity of "Number Jack" animation inspired me to create the beans in the simplist form with kids' favorite colors.

3D Bean Characters from Iva Son on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

What's an interstitial?

An interstitial often appears between different shows to make up usually 1-3 minutes of spots. I have seen some in Kid's television channels. Some of them have narratives and some don't. What is so attractive about the interstital pieces to me is that as a producer, I'm able to express what I want the audience to catch very briefly.

Rupert The Grouper (Cartoon Network)

Nuttin But Stringz - Thunder (Noggin)

Upside Down Show - They teach how to juggle in this episode (Noggin)


I'm currently reseaching on "Edutainment" which is any form of entertainment that can provide audience education and joy at the same time. According to a game journal I found out that the
game started to be used as edutainment in 1984. Basically, my idea of creating an educational animation is to inform languages in non-threatening way like this game.

A quote I might use:
"The use of games in education (previously known as edutainment) began around 1984 when a teacher named Jan Davidson created a software program for use on a newfangled contraption called the Apple II personal computer. Math Blaster was a huge success, followed by many other early titles-Reader Rabbit, Oregon Trail, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? These early edutainment hits presented educational subjects in a way that was both new and exciting."

Saturday, December 6, 2008


I went for a jog this morning because I really don't like sitting in front of the desk all day long. The weather wasn't too chilly. It was bearable. Nobody was in the park at this moment... It's saturday morning when people wake up late and I guess I was up too early. I can't believe it's almost time for dinner now. I want to stop the time.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thomas and Friends

Whenever I see "Thomas and Friends", I honestly do not see why kids love this show. I bet they have different perspective than adults. But I don't think I would've liked it if I were a kid. All kinds of questions arise in my mind...

What aspect of this show attracts kids so much?
Do kids love more realistic creatures(3D) than just flat cartoon animation characters(2D)?
What color does kids like?
What themes or stories kids like?
What's so entertaining about this?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Research in progress & Techtonic Teletubbies

This multilingual preschool offers interactive learning programs for children ages 0 to 5. As 80 percent of a child's brain develops between the ages of 0 and 3.

Turkish Daily News
September 22, 2007 Saturday

Should I go for bilingual?!? OR experiment trilingual... multilingual... like five a language at the same time... Suddenly, everything seems to be confusing. I need to refresh my brain seriously...


The world is a mess. Agree or Disagree?

I said "Disagree" beacuase I don't buy everything in this world is a disaster. There are always wonderful things going on, aren't there? I like the timing or the pace of this typographical piece but hey, let's be optimistic. Although someone I know passed away few days ago and I'm back here to continue studying and finishing the semester, I am finding ways to keep myself calm and positive. It's the way I live...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thoughts after the group critique

- Why is it trilingual?
- Is it going to be effective?
- Will kids understand?
- How informative is it going to be?
- Educational vs Entertainment?
- Choose difficulty level carefully
- Teach or Familiarize?

Script for "The Three Little Beans" (1st Draft)

The Three Little Beans


EXT. White Stage Day

Red Bean(Spanish), Green Bean(English) and Blue Bean(Korean) jump as they appear on the stage. They greet with their own language.

SFX: Boeing Boeing







They may repeat the words as many as they want.

Red Bean’s stomach rumbles all of sudden

SFX: Stomach growling


Tengo hambre.

Green Bean’s stomach rumbles, too.

SFX: Stomach growling


I’m hungry, too.

Blue Bean’s stomach rumbles, too.

SFX: Stomach growling


Nadoo, Begopa

They wall jump up and down and say “Hungry” in their own language.

SFX: Boeing Boeing


I’m hungry




Tengo hambre.

Red Bean jumps toward the apple tree and other two follow.

SFX: Boeing Boeing

The beans shout as they jump toward the apple tree.


Un Manzano!


An apple tree!



Red Bean kicks the log of the apple tree.

SFX: Boeing Boeing, hitting

A apple falls on Blue Bean’s head. (side or back view)



A apple falls on Blue Bean’s head.



A apple falls on Red Bean’s head.



Then, the apples roll to the front of each bean. (closer view of feet?) They look at each other.

SFX: Boeing Boeing


Comamos! (Or Vamos a comer!)


Let’s eat.



They jump and repeat the words with excitement.

We see the back view of them eating.

SFX: Chomp, chomp, chomp….

Fade Out:

Three beans are done eating and lying under the tree. They are rolling on the floor. Their stomach is full.

SFX: Burp



SFX: Burp


I’m stuffed.

SFX: Burp


Estoy lleno.

They repeat the sentences.

Green Bean stands up and suggests to go jogging.

SFX: Boeing Boeing


Let’s go for jogging.


Corramos! (Vamos a correr!)



They disappear as they repeat the words and jump(jump lower and faster).

Fade out:


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Final Paper: Research in progress

"Bilingual children with relatively equal exposure to English and Spanish averaged more errors than did bilingual children who were predominantly exposed to English."

- from English Speech Sound Development in Preschool-Aged Children From Bilingual English-Spanish Environments, Language, Speech, & Hearing Services in Schools; Jul2008, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p314-328, 15p, 4 charts, 2 graphs

"Historically, all languages undergo changes and mix with other languages over time "

-from McWhorter, J. H. (2001). The power of Babel: A natural history of language. New York: Times Books.

Multilingualism is defined as “the . . . ability to use several languages to varying degrees of proficiency and for different purposes” (Beacco and Byram 2003: 8).

from Beacco, J.-C. and M. Byram (2003) Guide for the development of language education policies in Europe, Draft 1 (rev). Strasbourg: Council of Europe, Language Policy Division.


The Common European Framework for Reference for Languages as the ability defines Multilingualism is “to use languages for the purpose of communication and to take part in intercultural action, where a person, viewed as a social agent, has proficiency, of varying degrees, in several languages and of several cultures”

- from Council of Europe (2001) Common European framework of reference for languages. Cambridge University Press

Go Teletubies. Pretty good dancers eh?

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Three Little Beans: Pre-recording

This is a pre-recording for "The Three Little Beans" , a trilingual interstitial in a form of 3D animation that teaches pre-schoolers the basics of English, Korean and Spanish simultaneously.

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