BioBlender and SciVis in the production of The Dark Gene
The Dark Gene - a documentary film, coproduction of about the two perspectives from both doctor and patient on his recurring depression is coming to the cinema soon.
What is more interesting about this movie is that it will also integrate a short scientific animation made by the Scientific Visualization Unit led by Dr. Monica Zoppè, from the Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Research Council, Pisa. This week I'm also featuring some of her unit's work on Sciencemotionology.com.
During the 2014 Blender Conference, in Amsterdam, I had the chance to meet Dr. Monica Zoppè and listen to her talk about BioBlender for the production of The Dark Gene.
I leave you here with Dr. Monica Zoppè's talk about BioBlender in the production of The Dark Gene, set at the recent Blender Conference 2014, in Amsterdam.
The Dark Gene - Documentary Film Germany, Great Britain, USA, Spain, Switzerland 2014
Screenplay, Director, Montage: Miriam Jakobs, Gerhard Schick DOP: Simon Guy Fässler, Philipp Künzli
In co-production with Dschoint Ventschr and ZDF/3sat
Funded by FF Hamburg Schleswig Holstein, BAK, BKM, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Schweizer Fernsehen
The film tells a very personal story from two perspectives: our protagonist is both doctor and patient. As a patient, he has struggled with recurring depression for years, and as a doctor he wants to find out why.
The search for the origins of his illness leads him into the realm of his own genes and casts light on the fundamental changes facing modern society as a result of the tremendous progress being made in the field of genetic sequencing. Along the way, he meets a host of people – researchers, artists, visionaries – who have developed their own very individual approach to genetic coding and are drawing attention to the social significance of genetic technology. The film does not restrict itself to a scientific view of the subject but also makes use of artistic visions and more playful approaches to genetic blueprints.
These varied perspectives challenge the apparent pre-determination of genetics and help the protagonist in his struggle with his illness. And despite the suffering involved, they provide a reassuring view of the uniqueness of life.