Beautiful and accurate 3D scientific animation and visual effects for science documentaries, films, science education and museum exhibits.
We’re artists who love science. We bring a rare blend of artistry, technical skill and scientific knowledge to animations that are as accurate as they are beautiful to watch.
We have extensive experience visualizing medical and biological subjects, including genetics, neuroscience, disease processes, microbiology and nanobiology. Our clients appreciate the value our science expertise contributes to their productions.
Why invest in accurate scientific animation?
- Seeing is believing. An accurate, well-designed scientific animation is very persuasive.
- Accurate scientific animation adds credibility to your production, whereas inaccurate depictions of science undermine it.
- Scientific animation makes complex concepts easier to understand for a wide ranging audience.
- Beautiful and accurate scientific animation increases the value of your production.
- Visual assets from a scientific animation can be repurposed in various marketing channels.
Who we've worked with
- We’re artists who love to visualize science! It shows in every scientific animation we make. And we only work on scientific and medical content, which has made us the leading experts in high-end science animation.
- We believe in the importance of science literacy and we know that animation makes complex scientific concepts easier to understand. When people understand these concepts, they can make informed decisions, and that’s a key reason we do what we do.
- Inaccurate depictions of science — especially biology and medicine — are common in film and TV, even from the most reputable studios. That’s because most CG artists have no science training. At AXS, our storyboard and concept artists and animators are all trained in science visualization. If scientific accuracy matters in your production, AXS is the studio to work with.
- Unlike most animation studios, we employ only scientifically-trained artists and animators. Our in-house expertise saves our clients time, effort and money. Working with us, they know we’ll get the science right — the first time. And they appreciate the knowledge we contribute to their storytelling.
- AXS does a lot of work in the healthcare industry, visualizing biological and medical processes for doctors, research scientists and drug developers. We’re immersed in science and medicine and this gives us a distinct edge over generalist animation studios.
- All creative and production work is done in-house, from previsualization through modeling, animation, rendering and post-production. This affords us careful control over the design and production process, enabling us to eliminate errors and hit client deadlines on time.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A: Scientific animations are commissioned by directors and producers of both factual and fictional programming to explain concepts to lay audiences. Photo-real 3D animations immerse audiences in cellular and molecular landscapes, going where physical cameras cannot. While clips created in a hand-crafted style can make complex concepts more approachable and preserve the “human” angle.
Scientific animation is also used in secondary and post-secondary education and in museum exhibits on a wide range of scientific subjects from human genetics to the physics of sound.
Biotechnology (biotech) and medical technology (medtech) companies also commission scientific animation in order to explain their technologies to stakeholders and customers. A well-crafted animation can bridge the knowledge gap between experts and those they depend on for funding, partnerships, and sales because, after all, seeing is believing.
A: Very few studios have expertise in scientific content. At AXS Studio, all we do is science. We employ only scientifically-trained animators, each with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Biomedical Communications (BMC) from the University of Toronto, one of only four programs accredited by CAAHEP. This specialized training is the reason we explain complex scientific processes more clearly and depict them far more accurately than non-scientifically-trained animators. For our clients, this translates into accurate visualizations that are on-budget.
A: The project timeline depends on the volume of animation required.
Broadcast projects often require multiple short (~10 second) clips that are interspersed with live action footage. The number and length of the clips determine the total project time, which can vary widely from a TV series to one hour documentary. Most documentary projects we’ve worked on have spanned 3–6 months for the animation production.
A typical 3 minute animation for a biotech or medtech business can take 3–4 months to complete. This time includes content development, design, production, and multiple stages of client review: script, storyboard, and roughcut and prefinal versions of the animation.
Regardless of the nature of the production — short clips or complete animated story — we provide a detailed timeline when we quote on a project, so you’ll have a good idea of how long your animation will take to produce.
A: We do not. All of our work is designed and produced in-house in our Toronto, Canada studio with specially-trained scientific animators. This enables tight control of quality and timelines, which is important when working with fixed deadlines. Also, unlike many commoditized services that can be offshored to cut costs, accurate scientific animation requires highly specialized training.
Our storyboard artists and scientific animators hold Master of Science, Biomedical Communications (M.Sc.BMC) degrees. This specialized training and our many years visualizing scientific topics is the reason we can explain complex scientific concepts more clearly and accurately than animators without formal science training. There are scientific animation companies that do use low-cost foreign animation production. If you’re considering hiring one of these studios, we advise first inquiring about the scientific training of their staff.