Making videos for museum audiences

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 11.23.55 AMMSU Museum’s revamp of their evolution in action gallery focuses on the very cool research of Drs. Ashlee and Matt Rowe. They’ve studied the patterns of venom evolution in bark scorpions and venom resistance in grasshopper mice.

My biggest challenge with this project is translating this into something understandable to a museum audience:

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So I’ve been creating short animation modules to supplement the explanatory text, specimens and interactive components of the exhibit. I’ve been using Videoscribe to make whiteboard animations, which keep people’s attention better than traditional talking-heads videos (and are fun to watch to boot).

Here is a little teaser of one of the modules, which teaches about signal transduction in pain-sensing cells of the peripheral nervous system. The video will eventually be narrated by Ashlee and Matt, with their lovely voices, and will have more polished animations. For now, I’ll share an early draft, narrated by yours truly.

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