Schedule Wednesday, July 19


7:00 - 8:00 am


Breakfast for Workshop Attendees


8:00am – 12:00 pm


Workshop #1

By Jack Nelson and Adam Zunder

Make Those Models Move! Rigging and Animation Techniques in Cinema 4D

In this full day workshop, we will be covering a variety of rigging and animation techniques for common biomedical animation scenarios. We will go over the basics of Cinema 4D’s toolset, such as deformers, MoGraph, CMotion, and animation workflows. These tools and processes will be utilized to tackle the animation topics you know and love such as cell and molecular biology, human anatomy and more. There will also be demonstrations on how to solve common problems that can arise while working in Cinema 4D, as well as other tips and tricks for organization and efficiency.

Our method: the instructors believe there is no single right or wrong way to approach animation. The workshop will be presented in an open dialogue format so that you can practice our techniques as demonstrated while discussing ways to adapt them into your own workflow. Bring an open mind and a positive attitude. All are welcome to take part, but some knowledge of basic 3D principles is highly recommended.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize the power of the range mapper node inside of EXpresso to manipulate 3D models and drive animations
  • Determine proper hierarchy for setting up a rig.
  • Explain the difference between inverse and forward kinematics

Keywords: animation; rigging; biomedical


8:00 am – 12:00 pm


Workshop #2

By Dr. Nirusha Lachman

Review of Cadaveric Anatomy of the Anterior Upper Limb and Heart

Mayo Clinic meets Las Vegas! This first of its kind workshop at the AMI will bring the anatomy lab directly to you. Have you been wanting to brush up on the complex anatomical relationships of the upper limb? Delve into the beauty of the human heart? This unique workshop, lead by Dr. Nirusha Lachman (Chair of the Department of Clinical Anatomy at Mayo Clinic) has been designed to bring workshop attendees directly into the clinical anatomy lab at Mayo Clinic, Rochester Campus using experiential learning tools to visualize high-yield anatomy. Through a high-definition live transmission and utilizing donor specimens, Dr. Lachman and her team will provide expert instruction and guide attendees through deconstructing anatomical boundaries and discuss structure relationships in-depth within the landscape of the anterior upper limb including the axilla and brachial plexus, hand, and the heart. While instruction is being given, attendees will be able to view a digital model of the specimens (obtained via photogrammetry) on their personal devices, allowing for a highly interactive experience. There will also be a moderated Q&A session for both the upper limb and heart sections.

The session will include a pre-test and post-test designed to evaluate participants’ confidence in navigating anatomy of the targeted areas.

Participants should bring:

  • A device such as a laptop or tablet for viewing the digital models (phones will work too, but the larger the screen, the better!)
  • Optional: sketching supplies

Learning Objectives for Upper Limb Session of Workshop:

  • To identify boundaries of the posterior triangle of the neck and understand how its contents relate to each other.
  • Delineating the boundaries of the axilla and studying the relationship between the neurovascular structures within it.
  • Review the arrangement of flexor muscles and fascial extensions within the arm and forearm and observe how the neurovascular structures relate within this landscape.
  • Review detailed structural components of the carpal tunnel and related traversing structures.

Learning Objectives for Heart Session of Workshop:

  • To understand the anatomical orientation of the heart and associated structures
  • Appreciate the extent of the epicardial surface of the heart and its architecture.
  • To study the internal architecture of the heart chambers

Keywords: anatomy; lab; anterior upper limb, heart


9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monte Vista

Workshop #3

By Wes Price and Maya Shoemaker

Life Drawing Vegas-Style!

When was the last time you had a chance to practice your observational drawing skills? So
much tech all the time, it’s easy to forget our roots. Join your hosts, Maya Shoemaker and
Wes Price, two recovering perfectionists who will present a life drawing session like no
other in the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’. Bring your expertise and your creativity as
well as an open mind, this workshop is destined to be unforgettable. Shake the lingering
dust out of the ol’ eye-hand coordination with your friends and colleagues in a relaxed and
fun atmosphere. This will be a break from the ordinary that you don’t want to miss! (BYOB:
Some supplies will be provided, however, Bring Your Own Basics such as pen, pencils, and
paper. Electrified materials such as iPads, tablets and VR headsets are also welcome.)

Meet Your Model, Molly Boom Boom!

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, the participant will:

  • Have created a series of gesture, short, and long-pose drawings
  • Show progressive improvement in the rendering of the human form
  • Experiment with a variety of art materials and supplies provided by the hosts

Keywords: art; drawing; human form


12:00 - 1:00 pm


Lunch for Workshop Attendees


12:00 - 5:00 pm

Montelago I

CMI Exam

Proctored by BCMI


5:30 - 6:00 pm

Event Center

First Timer’s Meet & Greet


6:00 - 8:00 pm

Event Center

Salon Opening Reception


8:30 - 10:30 pm

Mentorship Mixer

RSVP-only Event for the Mentorship Program

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