Audrey's Having Fun...
while helping Illumina Studios raise support and awareness for Music In Schools Today (www.mustcreate.org).
Delicious Bites of Savory & Sweet
The evening was highlighted by scrumptious delights from petite stuffed potatoes to homemade hummus and gluten free overstuffed chocolate chip cookies!
Music In Schools Today - House Concert @ Illumina
On the evening of June 20, Illumina Studios came alive with gormet food, fine wine and spectacular music! We hosted the first ever house concert to raise awareness and funds to support Music In Schools Today (MUST), a Bay Area non-profit providing music enrichment and integration programs to public schools in need. Not only does MUST coordinate the teaching astists, curriculum and materials for the classes, they also organize an "Adopt-an-Instrument" program that puts otherwise expensive instruments in the hands of inspired kids from economically challenged homes and communities.
The evening's featured performers included The Grant Milliken Trio, composed of award-winning musicians and former members of the prestigious Berkeley High School jazz program. Spectacular singer, songwriter and guitarist, Audrey Howard dazzled the crowd with several original songs. She also added her considerable voice and guitar work to performances by jazz pianist/composer, Eric Arvai, and that of the evening's host, composer, producer and MUST Chairman, Spencer Nilsen.
Young Genetic Scientist Finds Needle In Haystack
A young Brisbane scientist has played a key role in identifying a new medical condition that has solved a mystery for the families of 10 children across the globe.
In the genetic equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack, researcher Ryan Taft linked four-year-old Melbourne boy Massimo Damiani's neurological problems to defects in a gene, known as DARS.
To validate his discovery, 35-year-old Dr Taft worked with neurologists worldwide to find nine more children with similar symptoms to Massimo who also tested positive for DARS gene defects.
The new disorder was named HBSL, or Hypomyelination of the Brain stem and Spinal cord leading to Leg spasticity.
Massimo's father Stephen said to have a cause for his son's degenerative brain condition had given him "overwhelming relief".
See the whole story here.
Illumina Creates Deep Space Animation to Accompany Announcement of Astronomy Breakthrough
We were honored to create the graphics and animation for last week's major scientific announcement. Using data from Kepler Space Telescope, scientists Geoffrey Marcy, Andrew Howard and Erik Petigura have made the historic discovery that one in five of the sun-like stars in the universe have Earth-size planets.
Their new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that earth like planets exist in "habitable zones" for one in five stars. "The habitable zone" is the area around a star where climates and temperatures are conducive for water to stay liquid at the surface, water being the prime ingredient for life.
An estimated 22 percent of stars in the Milky Way that are similar to the sun, have planets like Earth in their "habitable zone" or "Goldilocks zone," and since there are about 20 billion stars similar to the sun in the galaxy alone, the possibilities of planets favorable to life are unfathomable.
You can watch the animation here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pffF4S-2BCw
To learn more about this historic discovery:
Illumina Co-founder Speaks of Science & Art at TEDx Event
Illumina Studios co-founder, Spencer Nilsen spoke recently at the Expression College TEDx event called Interactivity & Innovation. His talk was titled “Science and the Impact of Visual Storytelling” which reflects his deep interest in the intricate relationship between art and science throughout history.
In his presentation he uses examples of projects produced by Illumina Studios to illustrate the critical relationship between scientists and the creative team in telling important and compelling stories. In order to accurately depict complex theories and procedures they must stay lock-step with the scientific laboratory. You can watch his entire 15-minute presentation atthe link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIxUrV8XtxE
Master musician, Karen Stackpole dazzles the audience with a profoundly personal gong performance.
Illumina Helps UCTV Tell Important Story of New HIV Preventative Drug Treatment
We are thrilled to have created the animations for the UCTV program, PrEParing for HIV: An Epidemic Interventions Initiative. The program highlights PrEP, a prevention strategy for people at high risk for contracting HIV and explains how pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) works as they describe a four-year, multi-pronged study of men who have sex with men in Los Angeles and San Diego. Participants who agreed to take a Truvada pill daily reduced their risk of getting infected by up to 99%. Illumina lead animator, Mike Macklin worked closely with UCTV's Shannon Bradley to create animated segments that helped to clarify the complex biological processes involved.
To see the complete 14-minute video please go to: http://www.uctv.tv/prep
Diggin Active Hires Illumina for Lazer Pitch Baseball Launch
On a sweltering summer day in late June the Illumina Studios team set out to shoot a 45-second demonstration video for the launch of DIGGIN ACTIVE's (http://www.digginactive.com/) new LAZER PITCH BASEBALL RC-powered baseball pitching machine. With just music, images and sound the piece was designed to tell the story of an independent young boy (played by newcomer, Henry McCabe) who is determined to be the best hitter he can. With the entire machine stuffed in his backpack he heads to his favorite park where he fantasizes about being in the big leagues. Henry's real life father, Casey McCabe played the role of his screen dad.
Spencer and Lisa wrote, produced and directed the piece, with Patrick Gilles handling camera A while his brother, Bob Gilles handled camera B, jib and dolley operation. Pat also brought his quad-copter equipped with a GoPro for the opening ariel shots. Joey Zamjahn was PA and shot production stills. Joey also handled the color grading.
Diggin Active principals Nathan Keker and Jenny Sterns were thrilled with the final version and are excited to have a high quality piece to help role-out the product. Click here to see the final video.