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  • The healthy liver cell divides only when it's stressed.

  • The healthy hair cell divides frequently.

  • And the cancer cell divides even more frequently and recklessly.

  • "The first draft that I saw was, like,

  • four days before it was supposed to go online

  • or something like that,

  • and I hadn't heard, you know I hadn't heard, so, I was like,

  • 'Hey, guys, just wondering if you need me for anything?'

  • You know?

  • And so she floods my inbox with emails, being like,

  • 'Yes, we actually need you for a bunch of stuff!'

  • And it was great.

  • Like, when I first saw it,

  • I mean, you immediately get the whole natural versus unnatural technique."

  • "Not good for you?"

  • "Right, yes, there you go,

  • good for you and not good for you.

  • Seeing that, actually, was really cool

  • because, I mean, I had no idea.

  • Writing the script, you have no idea

  • what it's going to turn out like in the end.

  • But you get this, like, intuitive feel of

  • 'Okay, like, yeah, I get why this is a cancer cell,

  • and I get why this is a healthy cell.'

  • And, actually, I showed it to,

  • I showed an early draft to the professor

  • with whom I was fact-checking the script

  • who is a cancer researcher at MIT,

  • and he said that it was one of the best visualizations

  • of cancer cells that he'd ever seen.

  • So, that was really cool to hear as well."

  • "When you get a script,

  • do you make a storyboard or not?"

  • "I guess it depends on the method

  • that we use to produce the piece because, for example,

  • things that would definitely be character-heavy,

  • like 'Ladder of Inference',

  • we worked with a storyboard from beginning to end

  • because we were dealing with character animation.

  • And something like that is much different

  • than stop-motion, for example.

  • But, also, I mean Biljana and I have also worked together

  • for, like, nearly ten years or something absurd

  • so we don't need as much of a, you know,

  • a piece of paper to tell us what to do,

  • whereas, if I were working with someone new,

  • then I would really want to work with a storyboard,

  • but we kind of trust each other."

  • "So, you, like, finish...

  • ...each other's sentences."

  • "We can try that again."

  • "No, we definitely shouldn't use that, it's too cheesy."

  • "So, there was a part in the video

  • where we had to represent how the cells reproduce

  • and how chemotherapy affects it.

  • And it became quite complicated for me to visualize,

  • so I actually had to ask you

  • to draw little doodles for me to actually explain that.

  • How was that for you?

  • How was that experience?"

  • "I mean, it was pretty difficult for me to visualize, too,

  • so, it was interesting.

  • Doing the storyboard actually helped me clarify

  • in my head, like, how it actually works

  • because when you have to explain something

  • to someone else, with anything, obviously,

  • you have to, like, really figure it out yourself.

  • And, then, when you have to draw it,

  • that requires you to take an extra level

  • of abstraction and figure out,

  • like, okay, like, what are the parts of this drawing

  • that are really important?

  • What do I have to show clearly,

  • and how do I show it?

  • And, so, doing that on a legal pad,

  • which is, I think, how I ended up sending it to you guys,

  • taking a picture of myself on camera,

  • really helped, you know, me understand the crucial,

  • and that's the crucial part

  • of why chemotherapy actually works.

  • So, it was a really interesting experience."

  • "Yeah, we actually started that on a,

  • we had a whiteboard,

  • and I was trying to figure out that process.

  • I think we started at the beginning

  • from cell division and multiplying

  • and, you know, chemotherapy working.

  • But then it became so crazy

  • that I had to pull back and start from the end

  • and go in a different direction.

  • So, that became quite a challenge, too,

  • figuring it out."

  • "We ended up using the visual that you gave us on the storyboard,

  • which is really cool to have that sort of collaboration

  • with the educator with whom you're working."

  • "And I can't draw, so that should be noted.

  • It was a very rough storyboard."

  • "It was good enough."

  • "Good enough!"

The healthy liver cell divides only when it's stressed.

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    稲葉白兎 posted on 2015/02/01
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