2018 AMI Online Salon

The Science of a Snowflake

Project Detail

  • Artist(s):  Kevin Millar
  • Contributors: Jason Raine, Peter Henderson, Adam Zunder, Sarah Kim, Naveen Devasagayam, Meryam Al-waadh, David Clair; Toronto, Ontario
  • Client: INVIVO Communications Inc.
  • Copyright: © 2017 INVIVO Communications
  • Medium / software used: Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere
  • Final presentation format: High-definition animation
  • Primary audience: General Public

Project Description

At INVIVO, our goal is to make science both interesting and beautiful for any audience. Each year, INVIVO develops a special project that will be released to our clients and the public in advance of the holiday season.

For 2017, we decided to create an animation that would explain the process by which snowflakes are formed and why each one is unique. We decided to focus on the iconic six-branched snowflake, also known as a stellar snow crystal. The growth of the hexagonal prism into the six-branched snowflake showcases symmetry and complexity at the same time.

The video was posted to Vimeo in mid-December and has garnered over 800 views to date