NASA X SCADpro

ROLE
Motion Designer/ CG Generalist

BRIEF & GOAL
SCAD partnered with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to communicate their ICESat-2’s scientific mission. Our goal was to come up
with innovative and creative ways to engage the general public and raise awareness about the mission. 

TOURIST PHO
Tourist Pho is an animated short featuring ICESat-2 mission's mascots, Paige the Penguin and Pho the Photon. Inspired by NASA's 
Photon Phriday, this short was created to bring awareness to how the ICESat-2 satellite measures earth heights in different biomes. 
The short was published on NASA's social media platforms. I was responsible for creating all the 2D graphic components for this project.
Softwares Used: Houdini, Nuke, Maya, Illustrator and After Effects.
Team: 
Directors: Madison Snow, Amanda Skeith, Monica Chavez Trochez and Hannah Spillers
Concept and Storyboarding Artists: Madison Snow and Sara Blaske 
Technical Directors: Madison Snow, Avery Chang, Amanda Skeith and Monica Chavez Trochez
Character Design: Adriana Manrique 
Character Modelers: Faith Zeng and Rebecca Lau 
Character Riggers: Rebecca Lau, Faith Zeng and Mason Smigel
Animators: Hannah Spillers and Joshua Bates
Look Development Artist: Monica Chavez Trochez
Lighter and Compositor: Amanda Skeith 
Motion Designer and 2D Animator: Dee Divakaran
Illustrator: Daniela Shuping
Sound Design: Caleb Green

PLANET PAIGE
Planet Paige is a short looped animation crafted for social media platforms. The animation illustrates how ICESat-2 consistently measures
Earth heights in various biomes throughout the year, unaffected by weather changes. 

My main contributions included render optimization, 3D rendering,  creating 2D rain and snow effects, designing the cloud text bubbles, and 
compositing 3D and 2D elements. Other tasks include modeling the umbrella prop,  importing animated character into the 3D scene, and 
making minor adjustments to match with the background animation.
Softwares Used: Cinema 4D, ProCreate, Photoshop and After Effects.
Team: 
Director: Qinye Xiang 
Technical Directors: Madison Snow and Qinye Xiang 
Character Design: Adriana Manrique 
Character Modelers: Faith Zeng, Rebecca Lau 
Character Riggers: Rebecca Lau, Faith Zeng, Mason Smigel 
Character Animators: Kazue Tng and Joshua Bates 
3D Environment Modelers: Madison Snow, Kazue Tng, and Qinye Xiang 
2D Background Designer: Cai Burks 
2D FX Artist & Compositor: Dee Divakaran 
Sound Designer: Caleb Green

NASA's ICESat-2 CHILL Lo-Fi BEATS
This project is a 44 minute animation loop video featuring soothing music and vocal snippets from the ICESat-2 mission; the LoFi Girl trend on YouTube inspired it
I handled the animation for this project.
Software Used: Photoshop and After Effects.
Team: 
Illustrator: Daniela Shuping 
Sound Designer: Caleb Green 
Animator: Dee Divakaran

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
Tourist Pho: Earth Day Twitter Post: @NASA_ICE   |   Arbor Day Instagram Post: @nasaearth   |   Facebook Post: NASA ICE
Planet Paige: Instagram Post: @nasaearth   |   Twitter Post: @NASA_ICE   |   Facebook Post:  NASA ICE and NASA Earth
NASA's ICESat-2 LoFi beats on  YouTube: @NASAGoddard   |   Facebook Post: NASA ICE
Learn more about the whole project on ICESat-2: Collaborative Student Project
PARTNERS
Dr. Tom Neumann - Project Scientist
Valerie Casasanto - Education and Outreach Lead
Adriana Manrique - Multimedia Specialist, Animator at USRA / NASA
Dr. Nathan Kurtz - Deputy Project Scientist
Lori Perkins - Nasa Engineer
JP Swinski - SlideRule
Kate Ramsayer - Writer​​​​​​​
SPECIAL THANKS
SCADpro
Dean Dan Bartlett
Chair Gray Marshall
SUPERVISING PROFESSOR
Dr. Deborah R. Fowler​​​​​​​

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