Prof. Nick Woolridge, University of Toronto
Avesta Rastan - Illustration, Motion Design, Compositing
Collaborators - Felix Son, Kim Nipp, Tracy Xiang
Over 20 million people have peripheral nerve injuries in the United States alone. Most suffer long-term consequences, however, a novel surgical technique may provide a better future for these patients. This 2D animation was created to highlight modern research on peripheral nerve regeneration conducted by Dr. Chan's lab at the University of Alberta. The lab discovered that a novel surgical technique, called Conditioning Electrical Stimulation, can stimulate nerves to grow 5 times faster than their usual rate! 
Asset Development
In order to ensure assets were optimized for animation, they were constantly shared and edited in an iterative manner. We initially divided up the assets between all four team members, assuming that we would all adhere to our established style guide and look development. We quickly discovered that our own personal styles were too different to establish a consistent look.
This caused us to completely rethink our asset development plan and restart from scratch. Myself and Kim had the most similar styles, so we decided that we would design all the assets, and Tracy and Felix would take on the more intensive animation roles. Luckily, this new plan worked perfectly and the project continued with only a few more minor bumps in the road.
Motion Graphics and Compositing
This was my first full-length 2D animation, so going into this project I knew I wanted to improve my motion graphics and transitions. With this in mind, I focused on animating scenes that had more of these elements. Additionally, I had the lead compositing role, stitching the scenes and soundtrack together in Premiere Pro.


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