An excerpt of the final film
Company: Richard Lewis Media Group
Client: Joshua Tree National Park / Twenty-Nine Palms, CA
Project: This animated video was created for the National Park Service to welcome visitors to the Joshua Tree National Park. The video explains the unique geography of the park. Joshua Tree happens to be my favorite place on earth, so I was beyond excited to do this animation. It also gave me a reason to visit one more time!
Role: Lead animator
I never realized how reliant most educational videos are on narration. We could only use onscreen text in this video, which was extremely challenging given the hard science we were tasked to present. The story was simplified with each revision until we found the perfect balance of scientific content and a fun, engaging design.
This animation was done entirely in After Effects. It forced me to learn Shape Layers, a feature I’ve gone great lengths to avoid using.
And here’s a photo of my friends and I on our pilgrimage to Joshua Tree to see the installation. I recommend a visit. Best sunsets and rises you’ll ever see!