Animations: Nano Scale & Properties

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Underpinning an understanding of nanotechnology are two foundational aspects. First appreciating the nanoscale  – how might we imagine one billionth of a metre? And second exploring novel nano properties such as conductivity, colour and reactivity. In this pair of animations we explore both scale and properties.

This miniseries marks a stylistic and process departure from our previous work. It’s more abstracted and geometric. More motion graphics than minimalist animation. Objects wherever possible are built from (occasionally rounded) circles, lines, squares and triangles. And all the objects were created within the Motion 5 program rather than imported from other external graphics or animation packages.

The visual complexity is then achieved by making the parts interact with the replication tool and physics behaviours, and making more of lighting and camera properties. It’s more 3D than our previous and deliberately “flat” 2D effects. The results in a faux 3D affectionately known as 2.5D. Similarly custom templates were built for Final Cut Pro X so Motion 5 animated clips could be quickly snapped together.

These animations contribute to the library of TechNyou education resources and have been funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE).

For more on emerging technologies, see our animations on genetic modification, synthetic biology and on nanogold.


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