Scientific Director Casey Steffen Joins Our Team!

We are delighted to announce the addition of Casey Steffen as Scientific Director to our growing family of MadMicrobes!

Casey is an award-winning 3D medical animator, biomedical visualization scientist, and popularist of science. Casey’s career began after college working in the video game industry. It was here he learned the craft of 3D animation and discovered his passion for scientific data. Following his time in the video game industry, Casey attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization.

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Casey’s career spans multiple medical communication industries. Drawing from his background in molecular biology and production techniques used in film and video games, Casey career is marked by the fusion of x-ray crystallography data with mixed-media entertainment experiences. Featured by Wired Magazine for his work creating the first protein “action-figure,” you can see examples of his work in print, on television, and even the big screen.

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After having lived all over the world, Casey has an enthusiasm for multi-culturalism, cooking, and travel. He claims to remain an avid surfer despite currently residing in Oklahoma. When Casey is not researching a new protein or working on a 3D animation, you’ll find him circling Lake Hefner on his road bike or walking his dog, Bodhi.

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Toon-shaded 3D image for a recent MOA storyboard project

Industrial Innovation Opener

Our team recently created a short 30 second show opener for a corporate/industrial video being produced by the production/mograph house RE:Made. The goals of the project were to communicate the innovative nature of the company and its industrial surface coating products in a dramatic, “high-tech” way, diving all the way down to the macro level on various metallic surfaces.

Its always nice working on creative project like this and getting to bring out tools like X-Particles and Realflow to play with. Was a fast-paced but fun project!

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From the MadMicrobe Lab: Tumor tests using the C4DtoA render engine

A few tests with C4DtoA (Arnold render engine v02) using some very basic materials. Would make for a very interesting (if not slightly disturbing) outdoor park or museum installation! Tumor with angiogenic vasculature.park_tumor_03park_tumor_01park_tumor_02

MadMicrobe at the NEVY Awards

Here are some frames from the show opener MadMicrobe created for the 5th Annual NEVY Awards show in Boston:: Life Science and Technology dressed up for Mardi Gras (which was the theme of the event). Thanks Gildaymonster Productions for the opportunity. It was a blast!

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MadMicrobe Welcomes Melissa Hough to our Team!

Melissa_picMelissa is an artist who was raised in the Philadelphia area. With a longtime passion for the arts, science, writing, and reading, Melissa has always sought ways to bring together her various interests. She attended Boston University, where she received a BFA in painting in 2016. She has since returned to the Philadelphia area, where she held a position at Art Dept. Studios before joining the team at MadMicrobe Studios. She is excited to begin this new phase in her career and looks forward to learning and growing with MadMicrobe Studios. Outside of her career, Melissa enjoys traveling, experimenting with various visual art forms, playing tug-of-war with her pit bull, and spending time with family and friends.

MadMicrobe welcomes Andy Lefton!

MadMicrobe proudly welcomes our new lead 3D Generalist, Andy Lefton to our growing team!

Andy is an award winning 3D/VFX artist, illustrator and director with over 12 years of experience working within all realms of the animation industry, from medical animation to high-end cinematic effects and filmmaking.

With his extensive knowledge in the field, Andy is accustomed to wearing many hats and strives to push the envelope and stay ahead of this exciting and ever-changing industry.

In his spare time, Andy not only works on his own clever and creative animation shorts, but is also guitarist in a metal band. Andy is a rockstar in every sense of the word and we look forward to the talent, skills and enthusiasm he brings with him to our studio.

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