This project's funding goal was not reached on June 9, 2013.
This project's funding goal was not reached on June 9, 2013.
Studio-quality 3D is expensive and can easily run $10-30,000 per finished minute. Our goal is a fraction of that cost - $135,000 to produce four videos totaling approximately 40 minutes of dazzling 3D animation:
1) A Tour of a Cell
2) The Mysteries of DNA
4) The Immune System
The funding we are requesting is the minimum needed to create a dynamic, high-impact set of animated educational videos. These videos will be available to schools for free.
If we exceed the goal, we will use additional funds to release the modules as iPad apps and create Spanish language versions of each module. An additional module, Understanding Cancer, will be added if we reach our stretch goal. And if we're wildly successful (doubling our goal) we will begin working on the next set of free learning modules: Human Body Systems.
High quality instructional animations depicting the foundations of biology.
Micro Marvels is a series of instructional biology videos. Each module, almost entirely animated in 3D, will be designed to present a window into the magic that exists deep within our cells. Complex processes and concepts will be explained through visually compelling, easy to follow animations. The animations will be state-of-the-art and relevant for years to come. Each module will be developed using the California State Board of Education teaching standards. (For a list of specific content taught by the modules, see below.) Technical accuracy will be reviewed by biology professors from The University of California and The University of Central Florida along with public high school science teachers from California and Florida.
The purpose of the videos is to captivate viewers with the marvels of microbiology. Each module will be approximately 10 minutes long. The animations will be visually detailed, technically accurate, and aesthetically dynamic. Narration and text will cover the fundamental learning points within each module. Music will be scored for each animation, utilizing dubstep themes aimed at the teen audience.
The four modules are:
1) A Tour of a Cell – In this video, we travel past the lipid wall of an animal cell and journey through the amazing, crowded inner workings of a typical cell, learning the function of each major cell structure.
2) Mysteries of DNA – The secrets of DNA unfold inside the nucleus of a cell. We learn the makeup of DNA, how DNA is replicated, and the role of DNA in cell division and the manufacture of proteins.
3) Viruses – Are viruses alive? How do they reproduce and take over cells? What does our body do to combat them? These questions are addressed as we look at several viruses: a bacteriophage, an influenza virus, and HIV.
4) The Immune System – Microscopic battles are being waged inside our bodies every day. This video looks at the complex human immune system, showing how invaders attack cells, how the body recognizes threats, how leukocytes respond, how antibodies are created, and how vaccines work.
Stretch Goal: Understanding Cancer – If we reach $175,000 in funding, we will add this stand-alone module. Most people have been touched by the shadow of cancer, either directly or through a friend or loved one. Yet many do not understand the true nature of cancer. This stretch video will describe what cancer is, different types of cancer, how tumors form, the spread of cancer, and different treatment options.
The videos will be posted on the Micro Marvels website for online viewing or downloading by schools. Accompanying each online video will be clickable images highlighting the main learning points from the module, along with classroom questions and talking points for teachers. Schools will also be able to order a DVD for a nominal cost via a form on the website.
Science is amazing. Help us remind students of that fact!
The Micro Marvels microbiology videos will depict complicated concepts in a clear, engaging format. The visual nature of the modules will help schools draw students into the amazing world of science. And with looming budget cuts, US schools do need help! As recently as 20 years ago, the United States was ranked No.1 in high school education. Today, the US is 23rd in the global science education ranking. The National Academies, the country’s leading advisory group on science and technology, warned that unless the United States improves the quality of math and science education, at all levels, it will continue to lose economic ground to foreign competitors.
Visualizing the foundations of life.
Head writer and animation lead - Tim has been a 3D animator for over 20 years with a career emphasis on medical and scientific visualization. His work has appeared on NBC, The Disney Channel, PBS, The Travel Channel, and Discovery Health. Tim won an Emmy award for his work on the PBS series, “Universe, The Infinite Frontier” and a second Emmy for the PBS series, “Lifespan.” He provided all the animation for “Cycles of Life,” the Emmy award-winning PBS biology series. He created the opening for the NASA Imax movie “Quest for Life,” in which he depicted DNA replication inside the nucleus of a cell.
Textures, effects, scene optimization – Joel began his career as a medical illustrator for textbooks, then transitioned to 3D medical illustration and animation in the late 90s. He is a superb science animator whose medical animations have been described as 'dreaming at a molecular level.'
Models and textures - Ken transitioned from a CAD architectural designer into a digital graphic artist, where he has specialized in 3D modeling, texturing and rendering for over a decade. His work ranges from detailed, realistic automobile models to rich organic designs. He is considered a top design artist, with models that are sold commercially to other 3D artists. His work earned him a CCG Choice Award.
Modeling and animation - a graduate of De La Salle University with an AB in Multimedia Arts, Gerard is an award winning broadcast designer as well as a part time professor for De La Salle University, where he teaches After Effects and Maya to aspiring artists.
Modeling and animation - With an AB Multimedia Arts degree from Asia Pacific College, Jonathan is a 3D motion designer who's work has appeared on international broadcast markets.
Writer/post production - Jock has more than 20 years experience writing, directing and producing for television and advertising. His client list includes HBO, Valvoline, Estee Lauder, Yahoo, Home Depot and Taylor Made, among many others. Married into a family of educators and with children of his own, Jock has a strong desire to give back to education. "No investment pays greater dividends than giving to education."
Mark Edward Lewis
Music/sound - At the pinnacle of sample/electronic evolution, Mark is able to create the most original music-production work and meld it with his years of intense compositional study.
Web development - John has vast experience in the development of enterprise web based applications using diverse technologies. His clients have included companies such as HP and Micron.
Dr. Russell Doolittle, professor emeritus, Depts. of Molecular Biology and Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Cynthia Bayer, adjunct instructor, Biology Department, University of Central Florida
Natalie Drumm, science teacher, Martin County High School, Stuart, Florida
Telly Roberts Jr., science teacher, Los Angeles High School, Los Angeles, California
Cheri Daniels, science teacher, Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa, California
Your support will enable Micro Marvels to move from the planning stage into full production. In order for this project to be successful we are counting on you to share this project on as many social media platforms as you can. We urge the use of Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, E-Mails, phone calls, or just tell people about us! We have 30 days to complete this campaign. Please post daily or weekly about our project so all your friends know about us! However you communicate, please share this project with all!
Development timetable: 9 months.
What happens if we don’t reach our goal:
If we don't reach our goal then we receive no funding. There will be no rewards, and you will not be charged. You are only charged if we meet or exceed our goal. We must reach or exceed our goal or the modules will not be made.
What happens if we go over our goal:
If we exceed our goal, we will use the additional funds to:
We would LIKE to promise you that when Johnny or Susie wins a Nobel prize for discovering a cure for cancer 10 years from now, they will thank each and every one of you for having supported the videos that compelled them to pursue their career –but unfortunately you'll just have to be satisfied with the knowledge that you're contributing to the success and competitiveness of our students, while supporting our often neglected schools.
Below is what we CAN promise you. Admittedly, these incentives are modest. The true reward is to help invigorate student interest in science while providing cool new learning tools for our schools. We therefore want to ensure that funding is used primarily to produce a quality product. But in case we are being too altruistic:
A Tour of a Cell:
Mysteries of DNA:
The Immune System:
(Note: There is some content overlap between modules.)
This is a stand-alone stretch goal video. It does not adhere to content standards, but rather is designed to help promote cancer awareness in students.
We plan a series of modules on The Human Body System.
No. While the project will create high quality, free teaching aids for our schools, the Micro Marvels website will generate revenue through the sale of advertisements and DVDs. Also, the videos are only free to schools. Opportunities to license the animations for other purposes will be explored, as long as licensing does not conflict with usage by schools.
*Disclaimer: Participation of all members is not guaranteed, and is subject to the individual’s availability after Micro Marvels is successfully funded. Replacement team members of comparable skill/knowledge will be substituted as necessary.
We are at the early stage of producing animations that depict very complex biological processes. Our plan is to compete production within 9 months. Some team member schedules cannot be locked until the project is funded, so we cannot yet guarantee an exact delivery date. All contributors will be intimately connected to the production through a mailing list, as well as updates on Kickstarter and the Micro Marvels Facebook page and website. You'll therefore be regularly informed of the production schedule via constant updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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