Burning Question: Medical Animations

Burning Question: Medical Animations
Inspirations, Tutorial, Burning Questions May 10, 2017 at 12:37 PM

The human body is still such an enigma and there are so many technical, yet beautiful, 2D and 3D animations that help to visualize those microscopic mysteries. We had a question about some methods of creating cells and other microscopic elements. First, we have some gorgeous examples to inspire you, followed by a few tutorials for various host applications.

Fertilization Animation, Created with ZBrush

Tim Vernon created this beautiful visualization of fertilization, featuring backgrounds and environments were modeled and textured in ZBrush.

OneDown: Make Cancer the Victim

Cancer is a scary thing and this video for OHSU Knight Cancer Institute explains the leaps and bounds that have been made in research and treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia. Directed by Robert Sethi with Animation from The Mill, the 3D was created in Cinema 4D with effects and compositing in After Effects and Nuke. 

There's an article on The Mill website about the animation. 

Ashraf Ghoniem, 3D lead artist, detailed; "Instead of individually sculpting each cell we used a set of noise and rules to randomly generate them, giving us a lot more freedom. And the comp team, led by Martin Karlsson, did a really excellent job. They took our renders and really pushed the electro-microscope effect to the maximum."

Medical Animation - Vessel Studios

Vessel Studios created this beautiful animation of microscropic elements.

3D Medical Animation Demo Reel - John Liebler

John Liebler says, "A collection of my 3D medical animations, including "The Inner Life of the Cell", "Powering the Cell: Mitochondria", "Biology: How Life Works", and other more recent work."  His website, which is along the bottom of the video, is artofthecell.com. John created this beautiful work in Lightwave and After Effects, and I'm guessing that these are scientifically accurate.

Medical Tutorials

Sub Surface Scattering, Blurry Reflections, X-Particles, Physical Render and Blurry Transparency

Nick Campbell explains how to create some cells with Cinema 4D and X-Particles. 

Medical Animation Tutorial - Creating a simple cell model in Maya

Annie Campbell (a relative of Nicks?) explains how to create red blood cells with Maya and After Effects.

Cell Dividing: Adobe After Effects Tutorial

Caleb Ward explains how to visualize cell division in After Effects.

Brain Cells

Motionsquared has a breat tutorial on creating brain cells in Cinema 4D. I used this tutorial in a project last year. Super useful tutorial.

Posted by Michele Yamazaki



Hey this is pretty cool.

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Thanks for the share. Glad you guys liked the tutorial!

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