Shiniest isn’t always best

When we upgraded one of our WordPress installed, suddenly our animations went haywire. We often rely on a JavaScript framework called jQuery, and the new WordPress version included jQuery 1.9.

Turns out jQuery 1.9 is so different from other versions of jQuery that it has its own upgrade guide, and our site was using something much older which worked just fine for it, but didn’t like the new code at all.

This upgrade was necessary for security reasons, but it’s a great reminder that upgrading just for the sake of upgrading isn’t always the best plan.

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The 15-million dollar animation

In early 2011, MPG was asked by representatives of the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS for short, whew) to help them put together a short video that they could show to Congress. The goal was to visualize and tell the story behind a system that could help solve America’s energy problem (and to receive a $15 million grant from the government to make this system a reality).  So we went to work on a completely hand-drawn depiction set to narration/music that did the job.   Once the story had been figured out step by step and pre-drawn (no small feat), our animator Jason Adams had the task of doing the drawing live while a camera rolled.  Then the 3 hours of footage was carefully sped up and slowed down to match the narrative line.  This process, from concept to finished product took around a month – which is incredibly fast!

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