Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Commision - Initial Idea

Having one single camera movement for the duration of the animation, slowing down at certain key stages of - Cell Division - Shortening Telomeres - DNA bases breaking and dieing.
With the use of Motion tracked 2d text (in 3d space) to describe what is happening. Much like futuristic information Holograms - or like in the opening sequence of 2003 film Spider-man, however not as complex.


Begin with a table and a pair of shoes with laces hanging down as the camera pans towards the end of the shoelaces (in this case playing the role of the Telomeres) 
The camera then zooms through the end of the lace into the inside where it shows a network of DNA strands and bases
As the Camera weaves in and out it stops and zooms out of the cell to see it duplicate, and then the pan back into the new divided cell.
In this cell there is substantially less DNA bases, supporting the strands as they begin to break up, due to the cell division, and the shortening of the Telomeres
The Camera pans slowly back weaving in and out of the DNA strands withing the cell back to remainder of the Telomeres as they are about to die
Camera glides backwards out of the shoe lace ending with the words 
(Telomeres - Tying up the loose ends of Life)

The information will be given as stated above in text motion tracked to the key areas of camera focus.

Art Style

Light shades of Grey and whites for the majority of the DNA strands and vibrant colours for the DNA bases -

Commision - Initial Research - Tying Up the loose ends of Life

Telomeres and Aging

(Tying up the Loose ends of Life)

Only recently have scientists discovered the science of aging, is down too our bodies cells dividing overtime and the Telomeres shortening, due to the division and multiplication of the cells. Each of the around 100 trillion cells in the body is made up of Genes and Chromosomes, each of the Chromosomes made up of around 10 million DNA bases, and at the end of theses bases are a repetitive strand of DNA that act as a sought of buffer to protect the many DNA bases behind them.

Each time a cell divides, DNA replication is caused causing the loss of some DNA bases, as the cells divide more and more as we age, the Telomeres become shorter and less likely to protect the DNA from being lost. As the Telomeres become shorter we feel the effects of aging. So to sum up... When Cell's divide - - - > Telomeres SHORTEN!

At Birth = 10,000 DNA bases 
Elderly Human (Near Death) = 5,000 bases

The Telomeres are the buffers on the end of the DNA strands -