Demo reels are tricky things. Sometimes it's like trying to choose a favorite among your children and other times it's more akin to looking at your old high school yearbook. These pieces were chosen to convey the range and depth of my skills and handling of content.
The demo reel opens with a familiar shot of RBCs in a blood vessel but it quickly turns into a pathology as the platelets overreact and aggregate to the point of completely blocking the flow of life-giving blood. Then we transition to see a rupture and repair of the Achilles tendon followed by a simple shot of how TNF-a Inhibitors reduce inflammation. Then we segue to learn that breathing too many fumes from microwave popcorn bags can be hazardous to one's health. We watch a quick walk/run/bike cycle before seeing how NRTI's prevent the HIV virus from converting its RNA into DNA in a host. We get a glimpse of a laparoscopic hysterectomy before finally seeing how Protease Inhibitors block the maturation of HIV virions by binding and deactivating their essential Protease enzymes. Thanks for watching!
Media: Autodesk Maya, After Effects
As a Solution: This compilation uses a lot of fade transitions to maximize screen time for each piece. Many pieces were sped up to keep the whole composition from growing slow or tiresome. The intro title card sets the mood while the music sets a nice, brisk pace.
Oakley has developed some fascinating new technologies for their line of prescription sunglasses.
First they managed the physical bulk of tightly wrapping prescription glasses by trimming off excess thickness while deftly sculpting the lenses to minimize optical distortion. Then they add their patented "Frosted Zone" to the lateral borders of the inside of the lenses. Together these new technologies allow their wearers to enjoy the comfort and style of Oakley Sunglasses while maintaining a full 120 degree field of vision.
Media: Autodesk Maya, Unity3D
As a Solution: The sales-folk at Oakley needed an app that succintly summarized and exhibited the new tech they developed for their Rx lenses. This app allows the viewer to navigate the topics at their own pace and explore the new tech while also maintaining structure and limits to keep the viewer from getting lost or overwhelmed.
Gastric acid's primary ingredient, hydrochloric acid, is secreted by parietal cells of the stomach. These cells aquire water and carbon dioxide from the blood. The enzyme carbonic anhydrase converts the H2O and CO2 into carbonic acid, HCO3-, and a hydrogen proton, H+.
They then exchange the carbonic acid for a chloride ion. Hydrogen and chloride are passed into the stomach lumen at the apex of the cell by membrane-bound proton pumps.
Media: Cinema4D, After Effects
As a Solution: This animation is divided into two parts, the first emphasizes the flow and conversion of molecules and the second reviews this information in an engaging and inspiring first person perspective.
There's a reason brain surgeons are often referenced as the smartest professionals. Neurology is notoriously tough and incredibly dense. That's why I built this small app.
This app is a practice tool for the clinical presentation of neurological deficits. In other words it is exploratory, experiential way for medical students to reinforce their understanding of the motor and sensory tracts of the nervous system by re-enacting a very basic neurological exam on a virtual patient. This virtual patient presents with any number of signs and gives instant and clear feedback to help direct a student's learning. Its two modes allow for them to test their knowledge in a quiz setting and also to discover symptoms in a patient with a known neurological lesion.
Media: Blender, Unity
As a Solution: Designed for medical students this app was created to allow them to test their knowledge of spinal tracts and their associated lesions and practice a basic neurological exam.
This collection of animated works from 2011-2012 is filled with early student work and some exploratory personal projects. I try to learn something new with each project and I soaked up many lessons of both what to do and not do when telling scientific and medical stories with a visuals.
The first portion of this animation is dominated by an animation portraying how a parietal cell in the stomach creates stomach acid at a molecular level. Watch for the carbonic anhydrase "Pac-man!" Then it briefly shows a pathology of the kidney and a cross-section of what cardiac catheterization might look like. I show you a drawing and product animation for the same old-fashioned medical device, the adenotome, and bring the reel to a close with a ride through a blood vessel.
Media: Cinema4D, Blender, Photoshop, After Effects
As a Solution: This demo reel highlights work completed from 2011-2012.
Your body is a complex machine that automatically coordinates the flexing and relaxing of your muscles as you walk. By breaking down your stride into eight essential steps, we can isolate the muscles that are used to catch your downward momentum and propel you forward.
As a Solution:This interactive uses simple shapes, bold colors, and a slower pace to captivate and educate its viewers.
Research has led to the creation of capsules that prolong the delivery of cancer treatment medications.
These capsules are constructed in alternating layers on a the scale of nanometers. Such construction delays the breakdown of the capsule and the absorption of the medication.
Media: Graphite, Cinema4D, Photoshop
As a Solution: This cover illustration was designed as a simple yet dynamic visual that draws the viewer in open up the magazine and read the accompanying article.
Cataracts are a common cause of visual impairment. However, they can be treated quite easily. This tonal series shows the steps of opening the anterior portion of capsule, separating the lens nucleus from it's cortex and capsule, using the phacoemulsifier to break-up and suck out the offending nuclear and cortical lens fibers, and finally inserting an intra-ocular lens to restore vision.
As a Solution: Eye surgeries are most often performed looking through a scope directly into the patient's eye. This series of illustrations employs an impossible perspective to emphasize depth and movement, more effectively elucidating each step in the surgery.
Basilar Skull Fracture
Fractures at the base of the skull are among the most difficult to diagnose because they cannot be easily observed on an x-ray. The clinical signs and symptoms become ever more important. Raccon eyes, significant bruising around the eyes without any sign of local trauma, suggest that the internal carotid artery was torn open within the cavernous sinus. The pressure from this important artery reverses the flow of the sinus's venous blood back into the orbit. If the mastoid air cells in the brain's base are fractured blood pools behind the ear in what is known as Battle's Sign. This accumulation of blood around the eyes presents as a bruise. Rhinorrhea and otorhea are discharges of blood or CSF from the nose and ear. If CSF is involved, the skull has been fractured and the meninges around the brain have been torn. Other signs such as air or blood in or around the brain and meninges can be detected with CTs and MRIs.
Media: Graphite, Photoshop
As a Solution: This poster was designed to portray the non-clinical signs of basilar skull fractures in an impactful way. A cross-section was used to reveal the radiological signs and the internal causes for the clinical signs. To emphasize the link between fractures and trauma the graphic nature of the content was not subdued and the leader lines were applied as broken glass.
Sickle Cell Anemia
Sickle cell anemia is a genetically inherited disease of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying component, of red blood cells(RBCs). When oxygen levels are high, such as in the lungs, the RBCs are normal: smooth, round, and flexible. However, as they near peripheral tissues to deliver the oxygen the hemoglobin binds to itself in tall, branching columns. The RBCs become sticky, pointy, and fragile causing blockages in blood vessels that restricts blood flow and causes pain and swelling in the hands, feet, chest, and abdomen. There is currently no widely available cure for sickle cell anemia.
Media: Blender, Photoshop
As a Solution: This series of illustrations was designed for an educational pediatric pamphlet. It uses bright colors and simple diagrams to teach children the causes and conditions of sickle cell anemia.
A puncture, cut, or other variation of a break in the skin allows bacteria to invade. The skin will heal itself, trapping many bacteria inside. The body's immune system will fight the bacteria. This is evidenced by presence of pus: the accumulation of dead white blood cells. The pressure often builds as pus accumulates until the skin breaks open again. The pus should be drained and the wound cleaned and disinfected.
Media: Blender, Photoshop
As a Solution: Intended to be a demonstrative in a courtroom, this pieces uses a didactic color palette and simple cell-rendering to explain abscess formation and treatment.
The femoral artery is among the easiest ways to safely gain access to the heart. By feeling the pulse and identifying surface anatomy, specialists can pass a seldinger needle into the femoral artery. Then a wire is passed through the needle. After removing the needle the catheter is slid along the wire and into the artery. The wire can either be removed or used as a guide for subsequent instruments.
Media: Photoshop, After Effects
As a Solution: Because cardiac catheterization requires precision and confidence this animation emphasizes proper technique, including location and angle of insertion. It also employs an impossible cross section to increase clarity and and reinforce technique.
Instruments are essential to the advancement of science and medicine.
1. Adenotomes have fallen out of favor because of their poor precision and the excessive bleeding patients often suffered. However, they were very quick and effective at removing tonsils in their day.
2. Trocars are important to laparoscopic surgeries because they hold open the small incisions through which other instruments are passed.
Media: Illustrator, Photoshop
As a Solution: These simple, clean illustrations belong in a medical instrument catalog.
Facial Re-animation: A piece of the gracilis muscle is harvested from the patient's medial thigh, transplanted to the face and its blood and nerve supply are reconfigured into the facial vessels and nerve.
Jones Tube Placement: A bent scalpel and rongeurs are used to connect the lacrimal sack with the nasal cavity, allowing the passage of tears via the inserted Jones Tube.
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Before applying suction ensure that all necrotic tissue is excised and the wound has been cleaned. Cut the sponge to the appropriate size and shape then place it in the wound. Seal it and apply suction.
Ganglion Cyst Excision: Ganglion cysts, extensions of the joint capsule, can be easily excised from the wrist. Just watch out for the radial artery!
As a Solution: Each surgery was observed in person, researched in depth, and broken down into salient steps before illustration began.
1-3. A skull with a pterion craniotomy illustrated and colored.
4. Inferior view of the brain, arteries illustrated on the left & cranial nerves on the right.
5. The hand deconstructed to reveal the many layers of muscles & tendons.
6. Observe the anomalous nerve and passage of the popliteal vessels through the popliteal fossa.
7. The overview of anatomy in the anterior thorax.
As a Solution: This series of illustrations was inspired by and observed directly from cadavers and individual skulls and brains. The anatomy was then compared to a plethora of atlases and patient data to be normalized for the education of future medical professionals.
Sketches & Storyboards
These slides present the stages through which each project progresses. Surgeries and animations call for extra steps: sketches during surgical observation and storyboards, respectively.