after about 1000 hours of work and a few months of rendertime (acheer for renderfarms) later my BA piece "Brainside - A Stroke Of Fate" is online.
The short animation is the result of medical visualization research, especially brain imaging. The main idea of the film is for representative purposes to encourage the collaboration between science and art. It is a message and a statement most of all and it is not about explaining anything, it is about getting a feel of something.
The classical visualizations of this genre are very distant usually, so my target was to break that stereotype and try something different. I picked the most dangerous event for brains - a cerebral infarction (stroke). With storytelling, metaphors and film devices Brainside brings a totally different layer to medical visualizations, namely emotions. Thats why the target audience changes as well from medics to the public.
However there are clear refernces to the established visualization of the inner brain. You will find different nerve cells, like astrocytes, microglias or neurons of course. Still, all the "protagonists" are modified to intense the impact of the stroke event. The neuron world gets mechanical with metal plates even more vulnerable to fluids (in this case, the blood as a wave). But there are more metaphors you will find if you watch mindfully.
Like my pre-studies, this animation is produced in stereoscopic 3D as well. For now, only the 2D version is available on vimeo, but I will add a stereo-version soon on youtube.
Without the help of some people this project would not look like it does now, especially my profs Christian Mahler and Achim Bahr who supported me and of course Karsten Schuhl who did an awesome job with the soundtrack compositions and sound design.
Watch the animation here: [link]