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9
Jun

3D Medical Animation Studio, Ghost Productions, “Inspires Hope” for the Future of Cardiovascular Medicine

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CLIENT: Dassault Systems / Simulia

In the business of 3D medical animation, we can always count on the engineering geniuses at Dassault Systems to not only amaze us with new technologies that ride the very cusp of possible and science fiction, but also to challenge us to find ways to explain and market these technologies. Their software products are nothing short of revolutionary. SolidWorks, just one of their many titles, completely revolutionized computer aided design and manufacturing so much so that 90% of our medical device clients now provide us CAD models from SolidWorks. As little as a few years ago, the vast majority used ProE.  Simulia, their division dedicated to the developing new standards in finite element analysis and frighteningly accurate simulations for engineering, brought in a new challenge for us with this particular project.

We’d worked with Simulia in the past when they needed us to create an animation that helped explain the features and benefits of their Abaqus Knee Simulator, a software solution that allows engineers to test their designs virtually, radically speeding the development of new joint implants. This time we were challenged to explain the potentials of using similar software to provide cardiologists with significantly better diagnostics by allowing them to run extremely precise simulations on their patient’s hearts. Because the simulation is run using a 3D model generated from each patient who needs treatment, doctors may soon be able to dramatically improve patient outcomes. They’ll know exactly where to place pacemaker leads and potentially other treatment options for the best result for each patient.

The goal for this project is to inspire thought leadership and help the world realize how valuable individualized 3D models and accurate simulations could be in treating life-threatneing conditions. This software gives doctors the ability to explore various treatment possibilities with each patient’s specific condition and physiology and this is likely to cause a dramatic improvement in how doctors diagnose and treat their patients. Ghost Productions knew that this project is extremely important and they needed to deliver a presentation that properly conveyed this importance.

Nic, who is responsible for directing our medical animtion projects to insure medical accuracy began brainstorming with our Creative Director, Josh. Together they came up with a few possible scenarios that may be useful to explain Simulia’s vision. They pitched their concepts to Executive Producer, Stephan, who immediately latched on to a concept that Josh had pitched because the concept both adequately explained the concept and because many of the assets needed for production had largely been completed. Several years earlier Stephan submitted a script to Medtronic that was written as a sequel to Heal, except this animation was to feature cardiovascular technologies instead of orthopedic and trauma devices, and starred Mario, the somewhat overweight character that accidentally caused the events leading up to Leo falling from the ladder. The animation also featured a little girl who was to be Mario’s granddaughter as the protagonist to help inspire empathy from the audience. Though Medtronic ended up passing on the script and the animation, Ghost had already begun building assets, including Mario and the little girl. Because Simulia’s deadline was critically short, it was necessary to choose a story that was both possible and successful.

Stephan then wrote a script to tell the story of a young girl with a life-threatening cardiovascular condition receiving care from her physician who had the full benefits of Simulia’s heart modeling and simulation technologies. We got the production rolling at breakneck speed and didn’t take a breath until we were finished. With only 43 net-production days from script approval final draft, we delivered the animation in time for our client’s marketing campaign and technology showcase event.

PUBLIC RELEASE: 6/9/14

BUDGET: Undisclosed at client’s request

13
Nov

Ghost Productions is hiring! – Junior 3D Compositor

Hello everyone! Ghost Productions is looking once again for a creative and professional compositor experienced with AE 3D cameras and 3D compositing. We’re looking for someone with a strong aesthetic and drive to produce dynamically beautiful finished content. You will be coordinating with the post-production team and 3D department to improve the quality of our finished animations. Knowledge of basic lighting and rendering in Maya is a huge plus.
Join the company that created “Heal,” the character animation that proved that story-based medical animations are not only possible but extremely powerful.
Skills
  3D compositing
  Understand layers that are rendered out of 3D
  Render passes
  3D cameras
  Motion graphics and branding
  Sound effects
  Narration editing
Traits
  Self sufficient
  Self motivated
  Mid-level experience
  Problem solving skills
  Fun, enthusiastic, and positive
Programs
  After Effects
  MAYA
  Photoshop
  The following programs are a plus:
  NUKE
  ZBrush
  DVD Studio Pro
  Encore
  DVD Authoring
  Cinema 4D
The job comes with an accrual-based 3 weeks of paid-time off that grow with each year worked up to 20 days of vacation and 5 PTO. We offer medical and dental benefits and a competitive 401k retirement plan. We have super-flexible core hours that allow you to work when you are at your most productive, free, highly-caffeinated beverages, opportunities for travel for continuing education, free parking, Herman Miller Chairs, ergonomic desks, a scary-powerful render farm, freedom to work on your own ideas after-hours, LAN Gaming at 4:44PM, and absolutely NO CUBICLES!!!
About Ghost Productions and Employees:
Ghost is an exceptionally creative environment that is more likely to reward those who think outside of the box than those who prefer convention. And speaking of reward, Ghost pays out 15% of profits to employees in bonuses to their best, brightest, and hardest workers. Ghost also offers one of the most stable opportunities for employment in the field. It is a challenging job and only the most skilled, talented, and dedicated are going to enjoy a career with us. Those who lack imagination, enjoy complaining more than animating, or would prefer to produce footage that is less than the very best, may be better suited to working for less imaginative employers.
If you are interested in this position, please send your portfolio, cover letter, and resume to alex@ghostproductions(dot)com
4
Nov

Now Hiring – 3D Modeler/Generalist at Ghost Productions

Ghost Productions is looking to hire a creative and hard-working 3D Modeler/Generalist with exceptional Maya skills and an eye for detail and quality to join our production team. As a 3D Modeler/Generalist, your primary goal will be to create and model/texture assets and animate content when needed for clients to utilize for training, education, entertainment, and marketing.

 

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

– Create and animate visually engaging content from pre-production assets.
– Effectively communicate client ideas through a visual medium.
– Support 3D production staff with general modeling/texturing tasks and scripting in Maya.
– Meet production deadlines.
– Display a strong sense of teamwork.
– Update project management software on a daily basis utilizing SOP (Standard Operation Procedures) to coordinate projects with other team members.
– Incorporate client feedback into projects.
– Discover new techniques for the 3D production process that makes for a more visually stunning product and a stronger, more efficient production pipeline.
– Fulfill objectives and directives of directors and managers.
– Above all, have fun!

 

Job Requirements & Qualifications

Education:

– Minimum Associate Degree, or proven artistic talent.

Knowledge Requirements (licenses, programs, or certifications):

– Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Zbrush or comparable Software.

Experience:

– Knowledge and competency with 3D software, modeling, animation, and rendering.

Physical Requirements:

-The ability to operate computer equipment.

 

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter and online portfolio to alex@ghostproductions.com

 

Ghost Productions, Inc.

Roseville, Minnesota

http://ghostproductions.com

4
Nov

Now Hiring – Junior Front End Developer with Ghost Productions

Ghost Productions is looking to hire a creative and hard-working Junior Front End Developer with exceptional HTML/CSS abilities and an eye for detail and quality to join our Interactive Team. As a Junior Front End Developer, you will assist with all of our internal and client interactive projects by helping create templates, perform site maintenance, and perform/assist with the web design process.

 

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills, knowledge, and experience:

 

1+ years of professional or verifiable freelance Front End Developer experience

Ability to write semantic and reusable HTML for templates, plugins and widgets.

Ability to write reusable CSS for web sites, web applications and mobile that degrade gracefully. Responsive Web Design experience a big plus.

Ability to write modular Javascript and accommodate older browsers.

Experience with javascript template and framework – mustache.js or handlebars.js or underscore.js is a plus

Experience using a canvas drawing framework (Create.js, Impact.js, Phaser.io) is a plus

1 year experience in front-end javascript framework preferred(ember.js/angular, etc) is a plus

Willingness to experiment

Understanding of trends in web design

Able to keep several projects moving ahead simultaneously

Some experience designing or developing templates for Drupal/Wordpress/Joomla frameworks

Some experience developing web applications a plus

Experience with Unity is a plus

Experience with Bootstrap 3 is a plus

OO Javascript preferred

OOCSS style preferred

Some Actionscript 3.0 knowledge helpful but not required.

 

What is your go-to site for web inspiration?

What languages/software do you want to learn in the next year?

 

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter and/or online portfolio to alex@ghostproductions.com

 

Ghost Productions, Inc.

Roseville, Minnesota

http://ghostproductions.com

9
Sep

Now Hiring – 3D Compositor

Ghost Productions is once again looking for a creative and professional compositor experienced with AE 3D cameras and 3D compositing. We’re looking for someone with a strong aesthetic and drive to produce dynamically beautiful finished content. You will be coordinating with the post-production team and 3D department to improve the quality of our finished animations. Experience with Maya is not required but is appreciated.

Join the company that created “Heal,” the character animation that proved that story-based medical animations are not only possible but extremely powerful.

Skills

3D compositing
Understand layers that are rendered out of 3D
Render passes
3D cameras
Motion graphics and branding
Sound effects
Narration editing

Traits

Self sufficient
Self motivated
Mid-level experience
Problem solving skills
Fun, enthusiastic, and positive

Programs

After Effects
MAYA
Photoshop

The following programs are a plus:
NUKE
ZBrush
DVD Studio Pro
Encore
DVD Authoring
Cinema 4D

The job comes with an accrual-based 3 weeks of paid-time off that grow with each year worked up to 20 days of vacation and 5 PTO. We offer medical and dental benefits and a competitive 401k retirement plan. We have super-flexible core hours that allow you to work when you are at your most productive, free, highly-caffeinated beverages, opportunities for travel for continuing education, free parking, Herman Miller Chairs, ergonomic desks, a scary-powerful render farm, freedom to work on your own ideas after-hours, LAN Gaming at 4:44PM, and absolutely NO CUBICLES!!!

About Ghost Productions and Employees:
Ghost is an exceptionally creative environment that is more likely to reward those who think outside of the box than those who prefer convention. And speaking of reward, Ghost pays out 15% of profits to employees in bonuses to their best, brightest, and hardest workers. Ghost also offers one of the most stable opportunities for employment in the field. It is a challenging job and only the most skilled, talented, and dedicated are going to enjoy a career with us. Those who lack imagination, enjoy complaining more than animating, or would prefer to produce footage that is less than the very best, may be better suited to working for less imaginative employers.

If you are interested in this position, please send your portfolio and resume to alex@ghostproductions(dot)com

11
Aug

We’re Hiring! – 3D Compositor

Ghost Productions is looking for a creative and professional compositor experienced with AE 3D cameras and 3D compositing. We’re looking for someone with a strong aesthetic and drive to produce dynamically beautiful finished content. You will be coordinating with the post-production team and 3D department to improve the quality of our finished animations. Experience with Maya is not required but is appreciated.

Join the company that created “Heal,” the character animation that proved that story-based medical animations are not only possible but extremely powerful.

Skills

3D compositing
Understand layers that are rendered out of 3D
Render passes
3D cameras
Motion graphics and branding
Sound effects
Narration editing

Traits

Self sufficient
Self motivated
Mid-level experience
Problem solving skills
Fun, enthusiastic, and positive

Programs

After Effects
MAYA
Photoshop

The following programs are a plus:
NUKE
ZBrush
DVD Studio Pro
Encore
DVD Authoring
Cinema 4D

The job comes with an accrual-based 3 weeks of paid-time off that grow with each year worked up to 20 days of vacation and 5 PTO. We offer medical and dental benefits and a competitive 401k retirement plan. We have super-flexible core hours that allow you to work when you are at your most productive, free, highly-caffeinated beverages, opportunities for travel for continuing education, free parking, Herman Miller Chairs, ergonomic desks, a scary-powerful render farm, freedom to work on your own ideas after-hours, LAN Gaming at 4:44PM, and absolutely NO CUBICLES!!!

About Ghost Productions and Employees:
Ghost is an exceptionally creative environment that is more likely to reward those who think outside of the box than those who prefer convention. And speaking of reward, Ghost pays out 15% of profits to employees in bonuses to their best, brightest, and hardest workers. Ghost also offers one of the most stable opportunities for employment in the field. It is a challenging job and only the most skilled, talented, and dedicated are going to enjoy a career with us. Those who lack imagination, enjoy complaining more than animating, or would prefer to produce footage that is less than the very best, may be better suited to working for less imaginative employers.

If you are interested in this position, please send your portfolio and resume to alex@ghostproductions(dot)com

16
Jun

Medical Animation Case Study: Aesculap – S4 SRI

 

ClientAesculap Implant Systems

Mission: Medical animation studio, Ghost Productions, created this 3D medical animation for their client, Aesculap, to demonstrate the controlled and precise sponylolisthesis reduction obtained using the S4 SRI. After illustrating the features and benefits of the spinal implant, the animation shows a brief surgical procedure of the implantation of the device and pedicle screws.

Delivery: 1/21/14

Budget: $20,000 – $30,000

 

 

3
Jun

Ghost Productions Animation wins Veritas Health a shiny new Silver Telly Award

Ghost Productions Animation wins Veritas Health a shiny new Silver Telly Award

Re-blogged from Spine-Health.com

Veritas Health is proud to announce it has been named a Silver Award winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards. The Silver Award, the highest possible honor, is for the company’s new patient education video, Sciatic Nerve Anatomy.

Anatomy of the Sciatic Nerve

Screenshot from our award winning video outlining the sciatic nerve.

 

As a select few of the nearly 12,000 entries from all over the nation, Veritas Health is honored to receive this prestigious award.

Veritas Health publishes peer reviewed, in-depth patient education through its network of websites, which include Spine-health.com and Arthritis-health.com. The company is developing a full suite of animated videos like this one to help patients understand their conditions and treatments.

See below for our newest animated videos:

 

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding animated content.

Less than 10% of entries are chosen as winners of the highest honor, the Silver Telly award.

President of Veritas Health, Sylvia Marten, comments, “We are dedicated to publishing trusted, comprehensive and in-depth patient education to our audience. All of our articles and videos are written and blind peer-reviewed by medical professionals.”

Veritas Health was launched in August 1999 by Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD and Stephanie Burke, with a shared goal of providing intelligent, unbiased, and highly relevant medical information and support for people dealing with pain conditions and related issues. The company’s primary sites are Spine-health.com and Arthritis-health.com.

Please contact Allison Walsh, Communications Manager, for inquiries:awalsh@veritashealth.com or call 847-607-8577.

9
Apr

Medical Animation Case Study: Orthofix Trinity Elite

Client: Orthofix®

Mission: Ghost Productions created this 3D animation illustrating the versatility and osteoinductive potential of the Trinity® ELITE™ 3rd generation allograft. 3D animated surgeon hands show how easily Trinity® ELITE® can be shaped for the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal defects.

Delivery: 1/22/14

Budget: $30,000 – $40,000

1
Apr

Medical Animation Case Study: Veritas Health – Epidural Steroid Injection

CLIENT: Veritas Health – spine-health.com

MISSION: Produce a brief yet concise 3D animation that explains how an epidural steroid injection helps reduce inflammation of compressed nerves in the lumbar spine.

COMPLETED: 1/28/14

BUDGET: Market Value: $20,000 – $30,000