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1
May

What is Medical E-Learning?

e-learning for patientsE-learning for healthcare makes use of interactive 3-D animation to show medical complexities in an easy-to-understand way. E-learning media offers many benefits for medical practices and healthcare organizations. E-learning media has evolved to be one of the best ways for informing patients and healthcare practitioners. Because of this, it is being used in all parts of the medical realm and in the healthcare industry. Here’s how:

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28
Mar
Image of hanging furniture in waiting room

Unconventionally Comfortable Waiting Room with Suspended Furniture

How we made our office entryway attractive, fun, and comfortable while also creating a relaxing lounge for team members and clients for around $500.

Now that we’ve completed our move into our new studio space, we can focus on updating and outfitting our new office with our own Ghost Productions sense of style. Because our entry way is the first thing that our visitors will see we, decided to start there and make our waiting room a creative space. As with any office update it is important to begin by determining, needs, realizing assets, and setting a budget.

Because we are Ghost and because we desire function and fun over convention, we decided to do away with the standard waiting room chairs and opted for something much cooler. It just so happens that a local company produces these incredibly comfortable and durable hovering chairs in a variety of colors. Check them out at skychairs.com. So we bought a variety of colors and hung them from the beams we made a few days earlier.

skychair_beam IMG_3393Staff in chairs

Shopping List:

Picture of everything needed to make the sky chair project

Sky Chairs in assorted colors: $90 x (4) = $360

> 3000 lbs. Rated Carabiner or Quick Link: $4 x (6) = $24

> 3000 lbs. Static Climbing Rope:  $40

Framing Lumber 2″x 6″ x 10′ : $8 x (6) = $48

10″ Timber Screws: $15 for 12 pack = $15

(1) 1 Qt Wood Stain: $10

(1) Antique Oil Finish:  $11

28
Mar
the woodstain is on fire and can be seen darkening woodgrain

Turning Inexpensive Wood into Art

Staining wood with fire to make cheap construction pine look more like antique reclaimed wood for pennies on the dollar.

Our new studio is coming along and we’re changing gears from moving and organizing into full on construction. This week we’re going to be building some beams for a few of the building projects and we’ll show you how to do it.

Step 1. Buy cheap framing pine boards in the needed dimensions.

photo of cheap framing pine wood

Step 2. Lightly sand and apply pre-stain.

Minwax Pre-Stain

Step 3. Apply generous amount of wood stain.

applying wood stain in thick coats

Step 4. Use a torch to start stain on fire and burn into wood.

A propane torch is used to start the wood stain on fire  the woodstain is on fire and can be seen darkening wood grain the wood stain is on fire and burning into board

Step 5. Add additional details and shading to woodgrain using propane torch. using a torch to burn woodgrain into board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6. Seal wood with antique wood finish.

Comparison of glossy finished wood to unfinished

Join us in the next installment where we mount these beams to the ceiling to make the coolest waiting room ever with hanging furniture.

How to use fire to stain inexpensive cheap construction pine look more like antique reclaimed wood the cheap and easy way.

 

13
Mar

5 Ways To Educate Your Patients With Animations

Healthcare workers in America are overstressed. They barely have the time necessary to complete the tasks they are assigned. What’s more, many of these tasks are of life or death matters.

At the same time, there is an enormous need for clear, helpful and easy-to-understand medical education to teach patients their responsibilities for self-care. It’s essential to keep in mind that the most successful outcomes in healthcare occur when patients are also engaged in the process of getting healthier. Read moreRead more

3
Mar

3D Animation: The Answer To Marketing Modern Medicine

Medical advancements are occurring at a frenetic pace. The rapid pace of technological innovation demands that medical marketing keep up. Healthcare marketing initiatives will excel if they take advantage of the best practices in using 3D animation for medical presentations. This is especially so when this medium is a key part of a comprehensive healthcare marketing strategy.

By using 3D for medical animation, it is possible to convey a message in a dramatic and engaging way that can’t be achieved with other methodologies.
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18
Jan

The Best New Tool In A Medical Sales Rep’s Arsenal: 3D Animations

Medical animations are useful to help illustrate concepts, demonstrate medical theories, explain the protocols of treatment processes, and show detailed anatomy or physiology. Three-dimensional animations are also used in other health-related areas for medical simulations that can be viewed in an interactive manner.

Here are some of the excellent uses for medical animations that help pharmaceutical sales reps: Read moreRead more

30
Dec

The Benefits Of Medical Illustrations

Medical illustration is fascinating. It offers a way to accurately look at the human body, represented through anatomy illustrations. These colorful depictions of accurate anatomy created by illustrators at medical illustration companies like Ghost Productions are extremely helpful in showing complex biological information. These illustrations are frequently used to promote health care services and products because of their powerful depiction of these complex concepts.

There is such care taken in creating these aesthetically pleasing medical drawings as a scientific illustration that they become a vital educational tool for current patients, potential patients and health care providers. Read moreRead more

9
Dec

Ghost Productions is hiring! Drupal Developer

Ghost Productions is hiring! We are looking for a Drupal Developer primarily responsible for back-end/module development, to optimize existing Drupal Website

Skills and Qualifications
• Experience building user interfaces for websites and/or web applications
• Extremely fluent with HTML5/XHTML and CSS
• Experience working with PHP, JavaScript, and jQuery
• Ability to write JavaScript with and without the use of frameworks such as jQuery
• Experience designing and developing responsive design websites
• Comfortable working with debugging tools like Firebug, Chrome inspector, etc.
• Ability to understand CSS changes to have consistent style across platforms and browsers
• Ability to convert comprehensive layout and wireframes into working HTML pages
• Experience developing web solutions in Drupal and PHP implementations in a LAMP environment
• Ability to architect enterprise Drupal solutions including data, display, and information architecture
• Advanced site-building experience including deep familiarity with Drupal modules such as CTools, Views, and Panels
• Experience creating custom Drupal modules
• Experience building responsive websites using Drupal CMS, HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, and JavaScript/jQuery
• Knowledge of PHP, PHP files and theme functions, and knowledge of the Drupal theme layer
• Through understanding of the Software Development Lifecycle (e.g. Requirements, Design, Development, Testing) and exposure to Agile or iterative SDLCs.

If interested, please send resume to laura@ghostproductions.com

9
Nov

How 3D Animation Is Helping Fight Zika

The Zika virus has caught the world’s attention, having rapidly spread to many areas across the globe. Symptoms of the virus — which is transmitted primarily by mosquitoes — usually are mild, but being infected during pregnancy can cause birth defects. The World Health Organization is helping coordinate a global emergency response, and the medical community is on a quest to develop a Zika virus treatment plan. There is no vaccine available.

Research and awareness campaigns stand to benefit greatly from 3D medical animation, and such animations also can be used to teach health care practitioners around the world about the virus and any potential cure. Groundbreaking methods to counter the Zika virus can be demonstrated visually and in great detail using 3D animation.

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7
Nov

Ghost Productions is Hiring! Unity Developer

Unity Developer:

Full circle product development experience. From development to launch
Solid understanding of UX / UI considerations within 3D environments
Deep working knowledge of Unity toolset and plugins.
Strong C# scripting skills
Some experience with developing custom Unity DLLs in C++ a huge plus.
Experience in interaction design, user-centered design methodologies and usability
About Ghost and Employees:

The job comes with an accrual-based 3 weeks of paid-time off that grow with each year worked up to 15 days of vacation and 5 PTO. Do the math, that is a month of paid vacation for our veterans! We offer medical and dental benefits and a really competitive 401k retirement plan. We have super-flexible core hours that allow you to work when you are at your most productive. We have free, highly-caffeinated beverages, opportunities for travel for continuing ed, free parking, Herman Miller Chairs, ergonomic desks, and snacks!
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 paid out $20k in bonuses to their best, brightest, and hardest workers in 2011. 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 being a valuable member of the production team, or are comfortable with mediocracy may be better suited to working for less imaginative employers.
If you are interested in this position, and want to join the Ghost team, please send your resume and portfolio/demo reel to leo@ghostproductions.com