Rūaumoko's Walk

html5 interactive animated storybook

client: Hawke’s Bay Emergency Management Group / Massey University
project: Ruaumoko’s Walk - early childhood digital interactive book
industry: Civil defence emergency management; early childhood education; promoting Māori language
delivery: Online html5 interactive animated storybook
Sept 2020.
The artwork visuals below cannot convey the experience like the real thing, so click here or below for the pre-publication test website.
Background: Phase 1, Printed book, Youtube reading book (2014-2016).
I joined this project team while the initial story was being written. My core contribution was for design and artwork manipulation, finishing with print management.
Rūaumoko’s Walk was created by a Hawke's Bay collaboration of mostly government agencies, including Flip Design. Written and designed as a dual language large format storybook for early childhood, to teach children about earthquake and tsunami, as told through traditional Māori oral narrative.
First published in large format print in 2014, then in 2015 reprinted in A4 format and published to youtube as a reading book, with voice-over and basic animation. Winner of a 2015 Māori Language Award for local government.
Current Project: Phase 2, Digital animated book (2019-2020).
In 2019 we commenced further design and development into a fully animated digital book as part of a QuakeCoRE project.
The project team added significantly to the core written content with interactive ‘pop-ups’ adding further layers of information to the story while maintaining two languages, plus the essence and power of the printed version. 
To animate artwork that was drawn flat on paper with crayons, with no separate layers, starts with creative and planning, involves a huge amount of photoshop manipulation, and clever optimising for maximum efficiency once taken into the animation and html5 production phase.
The result, with a full bespoke soundtrack, audio atmospheres and sound effects, selective animation throughout every page, and development for most online platforms in html5 canvas format, to a lean budget, made this a mighty project.
My involvement was to bring the book to life, from design, further illustration, artwork production and html5 animation, javascript programming, managing sound, to full production and testing. 
Not yet live, and being delayed by Covid19, we're hoping to launch Sept/Oct 2020.
authors: Rawiri Andrews, James Graham
additional content writers: Hiria Tumoana, Rakei Ngaia, Kate Boersen, Emily Campbell, Yvonne Aranui, Rangihaanu Rolls, Wayne Ormsby, Rachel Schicker, Rawiri Andrews, Jae Sutherland​​​​​​​
illustrators: Dena Bach, Kristi Drain
sound design: Jonny Pipe Audio
music: Tom Pierard and Jonny Pipe
javascript & logic: Peter Diack, Kristi Drain
design and artwork: Kristi Drain
animator: Kristi Drain
producer: Kristi Drain
voices: Rawiri Andrews, Yvonne Aranui
waiata: Yvonne Aranui
children’s voices: Room 7 of Port Ahuriri School
project management: Emily Campbell

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