Exploring the Hemoglobin Molecule

Here’s a short educational clip MadMicrobe created. Hemoglobin is a molecule within red blood cells which delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body and is responsible for the rbc’s red pigment. Oxygen atoms bind to heme groups within the larger molecule.

Created by MadMicrobe Animation Director, Alan Smith in Cinema 4D/Redshift using data from the protein data bank.

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Happy Fat Tuesday! Here is a festive little Mardi Gras bead animation piece we put together to brighten up your week! See if you can spot the science elements peppered throughout…

“Extremely Fun Mardi Gras Bead Animation.”

And while we’re at it, what would Fat Tuesday be without the FAT? Speaking of which, here are a clump of fat cells (also known as lipocytes or adipocytes) from a recent project MadMicrobe has completed. Adipocytes, the type of cells that primarily compose adipose tissue, store energy in the form of fat within large globules in their cytoplasm. Enjoy your Fat Tuesday festivities today, and remember these little guys are lurking within, ready to help you store whatever extra “energy” you throw at them! 🙂

A Couple of Microbes Visit St.Louis!

Mitch and Mike headed out to St. Louis this week to meet up with the nice folks at 2e Creative. It’s always fun to watch people’s reactions after we let them experience our VR demo. 🙂

Thanks 2e for the great afternoon of brainstorming, amazing BBQ
…and giving us the opportunity to squeeze in a little sight-seeing to boot!
St. Louis, thats one big old metal arch you got there!

MadMicrobe Welcomes Luke Letellier to the Team!

Happy New Year!
We are all happy to announce the addition of another talented microbe to our growing team of science creatives.

Luke Letellier has a degree in film production, and several years of experience in 3D visualization, with a focus on technical animation and motion design. Prior to joining the MadMicrobe team, Luke has created animation projects for the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Defense, Virgin’s Hyperloop One, and Marriott International

Hailing from the woods of rural Maine, Luke enjoys the quiet life of the country, fueling his love of cinematography and contrasting with his expertise in cutting-edge animation technology.

When work’s over you’ll probably find him catching squirrels in his office, troubleshooting someone’s old VCR, or solving complex technical animation rigging conundrums (usually for Mitch).  Check out Luke’s animation showreel below along with a few stills of his work:

A warm welcome to our newest microbe, Ezra Kortz!

We are happy to welcome Ezra Kortz to our team as Senior Medical Animator! Ezra’s artistic talent, technical skills and medical illustration education make him a perfect addition to the MadMicrobe family.

Ezra was born in San Francisco and raised in the southwest. He is formally trained in art and design (BA, Cornish College of the Arts Seattle, Wa). He also holds a degree in medical animation and illustration (MS from UIC, Chicago).


Ezra has experience in a multitude of areas pertaining to medical 3d animation, visual effects and digital art\design. He has worked extensively for studios in Los Angeles and NYC, both in the FX and medical animation field. In addition to this, he has freelanced for numerous corporations, constructed a CG department for leading NYC digital retouch studio and owned his own medical animation company.

In his free time Ezra enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as outdoor activities such as sailing, camping, snowboarding and biking.

Ezra is thrilled at the opportunity to be part of the team of talented and authentic individuals that make up MadMicrobe Studios.

Check out some of Ezra’s work on a few recent projects below:

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