Drew Berry

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Drew Berry
Posted 7 months ago
Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology
Hi Arthur, Glad you like the animations and great questions! The molecule models were obtained from Xray crystallography which determines the position of the atoms in each protein. I then created a surface representation of the exterior of each protein to use in the animation. Visit pdb.org to find out more about such data. The walking molecules (Dynein and Kinesin) were modelled on multiple forms of data. The structures are an assembly of multiple PDB models and the way they move has been a very active area of research for a couple of decades. The leader in this field of molecular research is Dr Ron Vale at UCSF and his work was the primary influence on the development of that part of the animation. Visit his lab's webpage here for more information about what we know about the structure and how the molecular motors move: https://valelab.ucsf.edu The molecular world inside the cell is vastly more crowded than I represented it. I made aesthetic and visual communication choices to limit the density and complexity to make this watchable to the audience. To get a better sense of the dense, crowded nature of the molecular world, I highly recommend (!) the work of Dr David Goodsell, his superb illustrations and specifically his illuminating books. His writing style is very accessible to the public and his images are mind blowing in the world they reveal with unrivalled scientific accuracy and detail: David Goodsell's illustrations http://mgl.scripps.edu/people/goodsell/illustration/public Goodsell's books http://www.amazon.com/The-Machinery-Life-David-Goodsell/dp/0387849246 Hope this helps answer some of your questions and also gives you much new material to explore and learn from. Also visit my work homepage for more such animations at WEHI.TV by my small team. http://www.wehi.tv Drew
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Drew Berry
Posted over 1 year ago
Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology
Wow! Thank you Dao. I am honoured and couldn't be more delighted to have been the inspiration for initiating a science animation festival (!), particularly because I developed my passion for biology from documentary and science films through all my schooling years and beyond. Best of luck for Peel's success, drew
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Drew Berry
Posted over 1 year ago
Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology
For more of my animations please visit www.wehi.tv I also recommend www.biointeractive.org which has a lot of free education materials. To see work of my peers visit www.molecularmovies.org We are currently creating a new interactive textbook of biology with Harvard biologist E.O.Wilson called "Life on Earth". It is available through iBooks store on the iPad. Hope this helps – Drew
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Drew Berry
Posted over 2 years ago
Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology
The software I use to create animation is Autodesk Maya. When available I use scientific data to construct the models, such as protein structures from the Protein Data Bank (pdb.org). I also spend a lot of time with Adobe After Effects to compose and tweak the imagery.