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By-the-By Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
@08:09Gotta say, this is absolutely brilliant. OldschoolCartoons is right, we need more animation in education.
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Andrew-Graphics Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
@08:42Possibly the best piece of art I've ever seen on DA. Thank you for taking the time to make this wonderful piece of educational animation. I can only wish to be as talented and dedicated as you.

Good luck!
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bingles Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@07:49Omg I love the animals here. Just makes the ending so much better lol
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
@00:58This was wonderful! It's usually very hard to teach biochemistry because so much of it seems abstract. This film explains the Nitrogen cycle in an elegant and visually arresting way. I feel like I learned a lot and now I'm curious enough to use composted algae instead of fertilizers.
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ClosetHippie1010 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student General Artist
@00:24hey I remember this, watched it on youtube lol
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Emra-Green Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
@08:32soo cool ^.^
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KakuraAzukieMiarra Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@08:26That's pretty damn amazing. VERY well done. The only thing I would've done differently is possibly made the man a different color. He looks kinda naked XD

But I LOVED the small details like the expression of the fish and bull.
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pamala77 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
my mind is a mish mash of stuff, junk, art and other.
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This was already uploaded to my Youtube account, but I figured maybe I'd crosspost this on my DA.

My thesis project for my Animation and Digital Arts bachelor's degree at the University of Southern California.

This project began in January 2009 and finished in May 2010 (so almost 1 1/2 years of production). Almost all the animated characters and effects were animated in Photoshop, then printed out and rotoscoped/painted by hand with prismacolor pencils, ink and watercolor paint. All backgrounds were digitally painted in Photoshop. This picture was composited using After Effects and edited in Premiere Pro.
Narration by Mark Cross
Music by Gareth Coker
Scientific advisor and co-writer is Professor Myrna Jacobson-Meyers (phd) of the Biology Department of the University of Southern California. It was through her awesome enthusiasm as a scientist and researcher that this film came to be. I was able to get my hands on scientific papers and research and her cross-checking to determine the veracity of all information presented.
Kathy Smith, who is an Associate Professor at USC, I also owe my gratitude. She heard I wanted to do a scientific educational short and put me in touch with Myrna. I'm hoping the success of this film in the festival circuit will inspire more USC filmmakers to combine their talents with the incredible research department on campus and create more amazing educational films to teach future generations.

(any debate regarding climate change will be removed as I consider it a distraction from the subject. This is to inform and educate about natural cycles and our impact on them and how this particular issue might be resolved through education and scientific understanding.

Discussion about science education, science visualization, art, etc, etc is encouraged)
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By-the-By Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
@08:09Gotta say, this is absolutely brilliant. OldschoolCartoons is right, we need more animation in education.
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OldschoolCartoons Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
@08:04love it we need more animation education
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Andrew-Graphics Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
@08:42Possibly the best piece of art I've ever seen on DA. Thank you for taking the time to make this wonderful piece of educational animation. I can only wish to be as talented and dedicated as you.

Good luck!
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Kitsume-the-wolf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
@08:04very well done
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bloodlos16 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
@08:41Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. XD had to say it. Liked it good to know whats happening around us also liked the animation
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bloodlos16 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
@08:41oh no i commented twice i didn't think it worked the first time im a loser XD
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bloodlos16 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
@08:40i feel like some ones going to say " All right remember test on this tomorrow be prepared." XD still great tho
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bingles Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@07:49Omg I love the animals here. Just makes the ending so much better lol
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Toadfoal Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Wow, that was great! I would love to be able to watch shorts like that in my biology and chemestry classes. It was informational, but the visual aspects captured the imagination and made it something more, something very much worth paying attention to. The way I learned about the nitrogen cycle was with a picture in a book, and to be honest, I didn't really learn it at all. But now I actually understand it a lot better! *it's just a shame that Biology is over*
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greymuzzles Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
....This has got to be the biggest coincidence I've ever come across. My biology group has just finished covering this stuff, and BOOOM! A lovely summary video appears in my inbox 0.o
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
@00:58This was wonderful! It's usually very hard to teach biochemistry because so much of it seems abstract. This film explains the Nitrogen cycle in an elegant and visually arresting way. I feel like I learned a lot and now I'm curious enough to use composted algae instead of fertilizers.
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Uten Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Haha omg this is what I've been taught to be an expert on at college, the Nitrogen Cycle! (I'm studying Soil and Water sciences.) I even have another (groan) exam on it on Tuesday. This video is very accurate, the pictures were really well done in showing processes too, and it repeats a lot of what I have learned! Its so nice to have it all in one convenient place!

If anyone's interested in making a difference, buying and supporting local and/or organic farm food helps, because its generally the huge farms in the midwest that use ridiculous amounts of fertilizer, sometimes 2x as much as they need, meaning half of the fertilizer isn't used by plants, its leached off and thus ends up in aquatic systems. Also, grass fed beef and range raised chicken helps. Stockyards that finish beef using corn(which really fusterclucks their physiology anyway- they actually can't digest corn) have (IMO) disgustingly concentrated amounts of cattle and all of their wastes end up concentrated in a stream.
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
So basically while I would've loved to go into greater detail, for sanity's sake I had to keep it under 10 minutes.
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
There's SOOOOO much information, it was very difficult to pick out the essentials. My animation professors, who had to review the project before production began to get it approved for funding, winced when they realized just how long the project would be. Most animated thesis films are around 5 minutes long. This is 8:42, insanely long and only ONE other project was longer than it (a graduate student with a large team of people, where as I did basically everything by myself).
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tsuryuu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Your film is an elegant and appealing synthesis. You did an exceptional job bringing together science and animation art... that's some professional-quality stuff you produced. I can imagine this being played in classrooms or as part of a museum exhibit.

I'm an ecologist by training, so I find this film particularly interesting, and I think it would be an effective teaching tool. One thing that's especially nice is how you kept it from being corny. I've seen far too many educational shorts whose silliness/ attempts at humor relegate them to realms of irrelevancy. You explained the science in a straightforward way, but it wasn't boring. The characters, animation, and eye-catching designs held my attention the entire time.

Your film would work for a wide range of ages, I think: younger kids will find the narrator and animal characters fun, and older folks will enjoy the clear visuals and quality animation. Speaking of the narrator, I liked his simple design and thought that his recurring appearances helped the information flow and the scenes transition.

Fantastic work, and kudos for the interdisciplinary collaboration.
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! Yes, I was aiming it at a wide age range since it's intended to be shown both to children and college students (as a way of summarizing course material). It is AMAZINGLY hard to write for "all ages", and educationally, like that. The vast majority of the production process was on amending the script. I especially wanted it to be top notch since it's to eventually be an exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science (we're hoping to project it on Science on a Sphere).
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tsuryuu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
I bet it was hard to write, especially on a topic as complex as nutrient cycling. You and your collaborators did a great job paring the information down to an understandable form. Heck, I found it educational and learned something new! Believe me, I've forgotten many of the details of the nitrogen cycle, and your film was great review material (so yes, it'll be a great way to summarize course material at the college level).

I liked the optimistic twist at the end, too. Instead of finishing off with a doom-and-gloom "you dun goofed" description of how humans have altered the nitrogen cycle, you presented some possible solutions and future technological developments. Good way to end the film IMO, that kind of thing helps keep students optimistic and interested in the field.

Good luck with the exhibit! I hope it's a hit.
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Shadoritos Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student General Artist
@08:41oAO i feel smart!
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obsidiansun Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@08:41Exceptional work! I love that you collaborated with the research department to produce something educational while not, as you mentioned, "we're all going to die and there's nothing we can do about it!"

I sincerely hope others will follow your lead.

This is a problem I was not even aware of before. Now I want to go out and do something about it! :)

Once again, amazing work! :nod:
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
@08:41There were some awesome people there; I'm going to try to keep in touch in the future because not only was Myrna a good resource, she was a good person too.
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
I still think this is an amazing animation, I'm glad you put it on DA C:
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ClosetHippie1010 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student General Artist
@00:24hey I remember this, watched it on youtube lol
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Emra-Green Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
@08:32soo cool ^.^
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Loucathwil Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
@08:41that explained alot, thankyou :)
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KakuraAzukieMiarra Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@08:26That's pretty damn amazing. VERY well done. The only thing I would've done differently is possibly made the man a different color. He looks kinda naked XD

But I LOVED the small details like the expression of the fish and bull.
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Haishuva Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
@08:41We need a lot more of these, you are right! I like the flow of information. The way you began by explaining the process helped make the effects of increase in nitrogen more apparent. That solution seems like a great way to combat this problem. Is this being enacted anywhere in the world? I guess the USA is the main place for use of synthetic fertilizer, so this is where the problem would be.

I really liked it! I don't even need to mention that the art was beautiful. I like how you kept the narrator ambiguous but with a defined face. Made it more interesting.
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
@08:41The process currently is being researched and looks extremely promising as a potential replacement or at least supplement to existing fertilization methods. It's not something I came up with off the top of my head (though the visuals are a highly stylized version of that process) but something I was made aware of and asked to incorporate into the documentary. I think it helps keep the short from becoming another one of those "the world is going to hell! we're all gonna die and there's nothing we can do about it!" environmental pieces (while I appreciate the sentiment, I'd rather encourage people to think than freak).
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Haishuva Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
@08:41Think Not freak. That is a good standard.
Yes, when we are informed of many negative aspects of a situation without any positive side or possible goals, it becomes very disheartening. What you want is a balance between awareness and hope for a better future, which you well achieved.
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RecklessJack Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@00:57WOW! That was Amazing!
I Even Learned something new today :D Woot!
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pamala77 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
@02:07Science blarb. Nicely done blarb, but a blarb none the less.
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SarenkoWolf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@02:07Could you enlighten me on what "blarb" means?
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pamala77 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
A word I made up to put in place of boring or school-like....I think it sounds a little nicer.
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SarenkoWolf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah. Well it's kinda nice to know whats actually going on around you XD
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pamala77 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
my mind is a mish mash of stuff, junk, art and other.
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walkyofmilwaukee Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
@08:41I found the visual style to be rather pleasing, and I learned something while I was being entertained. Well done.
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kaikikuro Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
You make education fun.
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GuineaPigDan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010   Filmographer
@08:41That was very educational. Thanks.
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