Instructional Video: Lacing and Tying a Shoe

  • To whom are the instructions important? Who would view the instructions?
  • In what context are they important?
  • What is important to show in the process? How much detail is needed?
  • What is important to exclude in the process? What is irrelevant?
  • How long should specific steps last?
  • What is important to hear during the process?
  • What serves as additional, not just redundant, information?
  • must be saved as a .mov or .mp4
  • must be 1024 x 768 pixels in size (horizontal)
  • may NOT include voice narration or text
  • may NOT be edited digitally, other than splicing clips together
Different kinds of aglets (Photo from Wikipedia)
  • Cotton laces are ideal compared to other materials because it has a rough surface which keeps the knot in place.
  • There are different kinds of knots other than the common knot that serve different purposes, like the Ian Knot, with the goal of tying knots faster. There’s also the Shoemaker’s knot, which is more secure.
The camera set up I made for the photoshoot
  • At certain points the hands get in the way
  • Dedicate more frames to tying the bow
The Storyboard
Larger images for the storyboard pictures
I glued together strips of tabloid, creating a really long storyboard
  • The hands take up too much space, especially in the photo on the left — you can’t see what’s going on
  • Use the space + time well
  • Try differentiating between the left side and right side of the shoelace, i.e. color half of a white shoelace black.
  • A lot of fumbling — less would cut down on the time
  • Perhaps secure the shoe down with a weight or tape.
  • When tying the shoe, it looks unnaturally tight because there is no foot inside to synch onto
  • The holes for the laces are difficult to see — What are you lacing through?
  • The shoe tying isn’t intuitive!
  • Put foot in shoe instead of tape (Also gets rid of the tape noise)
  • Use shoes with defined holes so the camera and viewer can pick it up
  • Instead of a close up of the shoe lacing (because the visible holes make up for the need of a close up) do one of the shoe lacing because it is too confusing

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