ANIMATION

Order/Chaos Animation
AdHER2 DC Vaccine Trial
Informational Videos for Doctor and Patient
National Cancer Institute 2013

To facilitate recruitment of potential clinical trial patients, this animation is used for both the patient and healthcare provider versions of an informational video. In explaining the science behind the cancer vaccine, it contains enough detail to inspire confidence in the healthcare providers yet it is streamlined, non-threatening and easy to understand for the patients.

Client/SME include: Lauren Wood. Video production and editing: Daniel Marmorstein. Illustration, 3D modeling and animation: Lydia Jablonski.

Order/Chaos Animation
Debut of Attune® Cytometer
Jumbo Booth Animation
Life Technologies 2009

Because of the sheer size of this piece, any sleight-of-hand animation tricks like cross-dissolves would be immediately seen. I created vector-based particle animations using ActionScript and Flash libraries. Watch the "About the Event" YouTube video to get a sense of scale.

Client/SME include: Valerie Bressler-Hill. Storyboard/Concept/Copy: Eleven Inc. Animation and programming: Lydia Jablonski. Display: XL Video.

Molecular Probes Screensaver
Molecular Probes Screensaver
Fluorescence images zoom-sequence
Molecular Probes 2003

To update the previous company screensaver which simply cross-dissolved between microscopic images, I added more complex but meaningful transitions such as color overlays and zoom-in sequences. I composited a series of mouse-kidney images taken as different magnifications to create this seamless zoom-in sequence.

Clients/SME include: Ian Clements, Mike Ignatius, Mike Janes, Jason Kilgore. Micrographs: Ian Clements. Editor: Jen Bordun. Photo compositing: Lydia Jablonski. Screensaver design, layout, animation and production: Lydia Jablonski.

Flip Book Animation
Molecular Biology Essentials
Flip Book Animation
Invitrogen 2007

An Easter egg to be discovered by the catalog reader, this tiny animation could be seen by flipping the lower corner of the catalog. I created the stills for the flipbook animation by compositing an electrophoresis gel with the silhouette of a jumping skateboarder.

Client/SME include: Jeff Croissant. Catalog layout: Isamu Sato. Flipbook animation: Lydia Jablonski.

Cilia Animation
Cilia Animation
GramStain TUTOR 2.0
MTS 2001

Tutorial animation shows coordinated wave-like movement of the cilia which line respiratory tract. A less elegant brute-force solution, I keyframed the animation of a single cilia hair and then instanced the hell out of it. To see this animation and other biomedical examples please visit my older animation portfolio.

Client/SME include: Michael Astion, Janet Curtis and Adam Orkand. Photo editing, 3D modeling, animations and illustrations: Lydia Jablonski.

 

 
Repetition and Surprise

Animation's superpower is its ability to capture our attention and prepare us to experience the *feeling* of change. Animation is an expert at the game of repetition and surprise. This is a game we learned as babies (Peak-a-boo) and continued to play as kids (Duck-duck-goose) and be entertained by as adults (watching sports). It builds a visceral anticipation that can lead to simple insight, shock, or a burst of laughter.

Digital cinema has blurred the line between film and animation. However, animation can be defined as the rapid display of a sequence of images to create an illusion of movement. In the film Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio and Ron Fricke), the repetitive motion of people and cars flowing through space builds a hypnotic awareness that prepares us to see any new detail or change.

Sometimes when I have drawn storyboards for animations, I have wondered if the idea could just be better represented by a static sequence of images on a page. Comic book text like BAM! POW! BOOM! tries to evoke this change but it is only an approximation of the *feeling* of change.

Animation is also good at showing us the hugeness and tininess of things. The film "Powers of Ten" (by Charles and Ray Eames) takes us on a journey between the subatomic and cosmic. Koyaanisqatsi's fast-motion people become small and ant-like. The slow-motion building demolitions show the incredible complexity that can take place in a short moment in time.