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A Peek Behind the Curtain!

People always ask us how we make our JibJab videos. The release of our latest election video felt like a great opportunity to describe the process from soup to nuts! There is also a TON of writing, design, music and artwork created during the process that never sees the light of day. Now, thanks to the wonders of blogging, we can give you, our beloved audience, a sneaky peeky!

There are 3 basic phases to creating a JibJab that we will go through step by step…
– Pre-production: Coming up with the idea, writing the lyrics and laying the ground work
– Production: Doing the actual designing and animating
– Post Production: All the stuff to get it ready to share

And we’re off…

14 responses to “A Peek Behind the Curtain!”

  1. Guys, this year is great except…

    When recording the lyrics, you sorta flubbed and got parts of it lost in the music mix. Also it’s a little too fast, and I’m missing key words that make it funny.

    On a good video with original lyrics, you should be able to close your eyes and understand what’s being said, with 100% clarity.

    In this case, if it weren’t for the subtitles, I’d be lost in several places. Which makes it impossible for a radio station or radio newscast to play the audio track for more exposure.

  2. Great video! Previous commenter DukeAndBanner must be a perfectionist because the lyrics, speed, etc, all sound fine. The subtitles aren’t really necessary.

  3. I had no idea you had hit the “big time” until I was cruising through all the videos and found the media coverage. I have had so much fun with the “Starring You” and we are using some JibJab’s at a big employee conference next week with all the Director’s in as the stars to lighten everyone up. You have the best job in the world! I love you guys!

  4. You were far more critical of McCain than Obama. I didn’t see any jabs at Obama except the word Changing Change. It made fun of McCain and Hillary that’s about it. Too bad, I was hoping JibJab would balance both sides. Looks like JibJab is a bit enamored over Obama just like the news media.

  5. Keith ….. PLEASE

    Open your eyes….

    In the Hillary Dirty Tricks Box

    Obama’s picture in Muslim Garb

    Obama and Reverend Jerimiah Wright

    Top Secret reports

    Obama being run over by McCains Pro War Tank

    while using the scare tatic stereotype “You want this to be commander in chief”

    Obama in the enchanted forest

    Obama embracing all gods creatures

    While speaking of change change change and saying absolutely nothing…..

    and riding on a ficticious unicorn (living in fantasyland)

    chasing a rainbow and pot of gold !!!! (more taxes)

    which translates into a campaign about nothing… like a Seinfeld episode…

    or a canadate who doesnt have a clue

    Whst was missing was Father Pfleger’s rant, Jessie’s Whisper.. Bernie Mac’s cracks…

    Thats just the tip of the poking fun iceberg….

    I am sure there are many i missed too…

    People feel free to chime in….

    Maybe Jib Jab could come out with an official JAB list or have a contest to see who gets them all…

    The biggest message is that the Pols are all full of crap

    and were gonna get poked in the butt after its over…..

    BRAVO !!! Well Done Jib JaB


  6. My daughter and I are hooked — we are regular jib-jabbers! This website is the best thing in a long time in the cyber world. Thanks for sharing the “how’d ya’ do it?” with us.

    You guys ROCK!


  8. Love the stuff!! The animation is solid and smoooooth! Do you primarily animate in Flash? I saw hints of After FX and maybe some 3d software? Do you recommend any sites or books for animation?

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