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It's Not Rocket Science animation series lifts off

Astronaut Chris Hadfield launches animated series to teach science through comedy

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | January 19, 2016 | Primary

The new comedy science animation show—It’s Not Rocket Science—is a 10-episode series that has been developed using solutions and tools from leading creative software developer The Foundry.

Created by retired Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield, together with his son Evan, the series seeks to address current issues and misunderstood science topics, from vaccinations to climate change.

An animated Commander Hadfield and his space pug Albert will use humorous narrative and anecdotes to educate viewers of all ages. The series was animated by D.C. Turner and Tracy King, the team behind the viral sensation Tim Minchin’s Storm, using a number of solutions from The Foundry. 

Chris Hadfield is a straight-talking science icon who is using this opportunity to further the education work he began while on the International Space Station, and The Foundry is delighted to play a role in that

Mischief, a pen-based sketching application was used for all the concept drawing, storyboarding, mind mapping and music planning, while FLIX, The Foundry’s visual story development tool was used to create the storyboard build. Turner and King also used MODO, the 3D modeling, animation, effects and rendering package, and NUKE, a node-based digital composting application. 

“Chris Hadfield is a straight-talking science icon who is using this opportunity to further the education work he began while on the International Space Station, and The Foundry is delighted to play a role in that,” says David Atkinson, head of design for commercial products at The Foundry. 

“This live session will delve into thoughts and processes behind the development of the show and reinforce the depth and breadth of what is possible using the right software and tools.”

As part of the launch campaign, Turner, King, and Chris Hadfield, as well as David Atkinson, head of design for commercial products from The Foundry will participate in a live session on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. (GMT) at the software developer’s head office in London.

The session will be streamed to viewers worldwide and the panel will answer questions about the show, the use of The Foundry’s software in its development and how the show was created. The trailer for the show will also be launched, as well as other exclusive clips from the first episode.

For further details and to register for the session follow this link.

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