(Online) Michael Lentz – NASA Conceptual Image Lab

DATE:   Thursday, October 22, 2020
FROM: 7:00pm-9:00pm EDT
WHERE: Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Michael Lentz, Art Director at NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab. Mr. Lentz will introduce the NASA Conceptual Image Lab, then discuss the work they produce, art in the service of science, as well as their current pipeline. He will also discuss how the Conceptual Image Lab has transitioned to a virtual workforce.

The NASA Conceptual Image Lab
Since 1990, NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab has been creating award-winning animation, visual effects and design, applying its creative skills across all four of NASA’s science themes: Heliophysics, Astrophysics, Earth Science and Planetary.
Located in Greenbelt Maryland at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, their artists work closely with the world’s leading astronomers, scientists and engineers to bring theory, design and concepts to life in a scientifically accurate and visually compelling way.
CI Lab artists blend art and science together using a wide range of materials, techniques and software, to meet the challenges of developing all phases of production to create animations designed to educate and entertain.

The animation MAVEN Explores Mars to Understand Radio Interference at Earth was selected for the SIGGRAPH 2020 Electronic Theater Computer Animation Festival.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 15 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

Please join us on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 7pm to 9pm online to learn more about the work being created at the NASA Conceptual Image Lab.

Biography – Michael Lentz
As Art Director at NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab, Michael is responsible for guidance and creation of art and animation in the lab. He encourages artistic creativity throughout production, while also ensuring that all lab products maintain a standard of excellence and scientific accuracy. Michael works agency wide with scientists and producers to help bring their stories to life through art and animation with a team of talented artists.
Michael began his art and animation career in 1992 at National Geographic Television. In that position, he became an accomplished Artist and Animator, developing visual elements for hundreds of projects. Following National Geographic Television, Michael owned his own Animation business from 2002 to 2010. During that time, he created a wide-range of art and animation for clients such as: Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, and PBS.

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