1. Voyage to a new solar system forming

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    NPR / RadioLab correspondent Robert Krulwich rockets from the edge of the Milky Way to the center of the Orion Nebula, to get a close look at a new star with planets beginning to form around it. Animator Brian Edgerton and I nested together several ultra-high-resolution images from the Hubble Space Telescope to create the "flying" effect. Robert has more cool stuff to go with the story (supernova pics, avalanches on Mars, etc) here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125322033

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    • NPR, Android, and You

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      A spot I developed and directed for NPR to promote their open-source News app for Android. Cinematographer: AJ Wilhelm Music: "The 8-Bit Kid (When I Grow Up)" by Sabrepulse Custom props: Fran Laks Artists: Heather Willems, Nate Bear, GB Tran, Victor Gonzalez, Alex Eben, Kyle Page, Duane Bruton, Debra Ziss, Jannese Rojas.

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      • Life is Learning | HHMI iPad app Promo

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        A Small Mammal production for HHMI - www.hhmi.org/ipad Writer/Director: John Pavlus Cinematographer: AJ Wilhelm Associate Producer: Fran Laks Music: Blue Danube Waltz Op. 314; Composer: Johan Strauss Jr. (1825 - 1899) Recording Licensed from the UniqueTracks Production Music Library Inc.

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        • Animatic for Lego Antikythera Film

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          I made this animatic during preproduction using Google Sketchup. It was an absolutely essential pre-vis tool for a first-time animation director like me. Amazing, easy to use, and free.

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          • NPR tries to understand internet memes (spoof for All Things D conference)

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            Spoof video created to introduce NPR's CEO, Vivian Schiller, at the "All Things D" D8 conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. Schiller gives an intentionally cheesy explanation of "NPR-ness" and touts a number of faux digital initiatives meant to show that NPR is hip to various silly web memes, including Chatroulette, unboxing videos, Auto-tuning, and the like.

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            • 3 Impressions of Bob's Pub [Janelia Farm Research Campus]

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              Why put a pub in the middle of a laboratory? Because when you want your researchers to be creative enough to solve science's hardest problems, it helps to mix them all together with coffee, ping-pong, and beer. In this micro-documentary for Janelia Farm Research Campus [www.janelia.org], 3 scientists tell stories about what Bob's Pub means to their creative process. Each impression is animated beautifully by Dustin Grella, of "Animation Hotline" fame. https://vimeo.com/channels/animationhotline Directed by John Pavlus Animation by Dustin Grella Interviews by Sarah Goforth Music by Kevin MacLeod

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              • This Is How We Do It: Process Value vs Production Value

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                This is a recording of a presentation I gave on 4/19/11 as part of the Break The Box series at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL. http://www.utrf.org/break_the_box.html From the program notes: What do homemade music videos by OK Go, live Twitter updates about Egypt, and industrial films from the 1950s have in common? They all have a high degree of "process value": a willingness to expose the creative act itself and embed it, front and center, in the finished product. And they generate intense engagement on the web -- often much more than their big budgeted, high-production-value counterparts. Wired and Fast Company writer and filmmaker Pavlus looks at why that is -- and how to put it to use. Works Cited: C'Etait Un Rendezvous, by Claude Lelouche http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COyab3YQS48 Here It Goes Again, by OK Go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA Touch Wood, by Morihiro Harano, Kenjiro Matsuo, et. al. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_CDLBTJD4M&feature=player_embedded A Glorious Dawn, by Symphony of Science http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc How a Differential Gear Works, by industrial filmmakers from the 1930s (?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4JhruinbWc The Monitor, by me, Christie Nicholson, and Christopher Mims http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-monitor-white-matter 7 Ways to Walk the Walk, by Alissa Walker http://www.gelatobaby.com/2011/04/14/walking-the-walk/ Lego Antikythera Mechanism, by me, Andrew Carol, Misha Klein, Adam Rutherford, et. al. http://vimeo.com/17648733 Also: RadioLab, Infinite Jest, Longshot magazine, slow food, Michael Bay, Kickstarter, and many more.

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                • How an NPR host recognizes T-Pain (outtake)

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                  Another outtake from the "All Things D" spoof video I made for NPR. Robert Siegel, host of "All Things Considered," has a rather refined pronunciation of the artist known as T-Pain.

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                  • The Science of YouTube: How Lightning Works

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                    In this episode of a series I created for Popular Science, anonymous clips of lightning strikes are combined with "Pop Up Video"-style text bubbles to explain the science of how lightning strikes happen. Bonus: a lot of cursing. The series concluded in 2009, but you can see all the episodes here: http://www.popsci.com/scitube

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                    • NPR Google Partnership outtake

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                      A deleted scene from the spoof video I made for NPR's appearance at the "All Things D" conference. I'm including it here because I still think the jabs at Facebook and Foursquare are funny.

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