Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Biomedical Animator Talks About Biology Animations

Interested in Biology?

Biomedical Animator Drew Berry Talks About Biology Animations in this nine-minute video. This is a talk given to TEDxSydney, and it includes some fascinating computer graphics animation.

If you just want a taste of heavy-duty biology animation, this is a great way to start and features some cutting edge animation of processes that are occurring right now in your own body. After a brief introduction, Berry shows some of his animation. This is a great way to understand what you are seeing, as he provides a fact-filled narration of what he is showing, so you don't have to guess. Thus, this is a dynamite way to get a feel for this material, better than you would get by simply watching the videos themselves.

Berry clearly is not a polished public speaker, so he sort of rushes through his presentation and ends rather abruptly. However, that isn't all bad: his style does not waste a moment, maintains your focus and will keep you from getting bored.

This is heavy stuff. I am fully aware that this type of video is not for everyone, so if science stuff is not your thing, you may want to look at the list of popular pages on this site to your right. This video is part of my continuing attempt to show the full diversity of animation films, both commercial and education.

The most important thing to remember about videos such as this is that they are a representation, not a reproduction. Nobody ever has actually seen the things portrayed in real life, and even the double helix took a lot of investigation by Watson and Crick and others to pin down. From what is known to happen, Berry imagines what it must look like and portrays that. It probably does not look exactly like this, especially the colors, but Berry does the best that he can with what is known.

From personal knowledge, I can tell you that nothing like this was available for science students or medical students even fifteen years ago. Advances in animation have opened up a whole new field of opportunities for scientists and researchers. These types of videos are being watched right now in medical schools.

You may expand the video to a decent size. I previously posted a full animation of this sort of DNA Replication film here.


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