Why Build a Sun on Earth?

Physicists at York Plasma Institute wanted a film they could exhibit in primary school halls around the UK in their inflatable Sun Dome. We devised a script, written to be delivered live to the children by fusion scientists who run workshops alongside the movie.

I prepared storyboards and designs and then animated the film in After Effects. The 3D sequences were created using Element 3D with some assets prepared in Blender. I produced the music track, too, composing some original arrangements using VST instruments and editing those phrases with royalty-free samples (such as the guitar bit).

The Sun Dome project won the Rutherford Prize for the Public Understanding of Plasma Physics. And the film itself won first prize at Durham New Energy Futures Film Festival. It was also featured on Behance’s Motion Graphics Served.