Anatomy of an ACL Tear

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Fall 2016, Motion Graphics

ROLE

3D, Sculpting, Motion

PROJECT BRIEF

The most common knee injury for athletes is an ACL tear. I have torn my ACL twice in a year's length playing collegiate soccer.  In the U.S. there are 100,000 - 200,000 ruptures per year. The ACL only takes a split second to tear apart, but recovery can take up to 365 days. What happens in that half second to abruptly end an athlete's season? 

Research and Statistics

WHY DO WE NEED IT?

The ACL is the center of your knee providing stability. It is in charge of controlling flexion, preventing  hyperextension, limiting rotation and holding the tibia in position.

WHEN DOES IT TEAR?

2/3rds of tears are non-contact injuries. They result from sudden change in direction, deceleration, cutting movements, landing from a jump and lapse of concentration.

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Visual Direction

01 MOOD

Dark
Delicate
Bold
Abstract
Rich
Atmospheric

02 STYLE

Futuristic
Texturing
Depth of field
Line Highlights
Motion Blur
Grid

Storyboard

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Sketching

PHOTOSHOP

Before beginning to 3D model and sculpt, sketches were done in photoshop to capture the style that needed to be evoked. The basic shape and composition were explored.

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Anatomy

SCULPTING FOR ACCURACY

After basic meshes were made in Cinema 4D, they were transferred to MudBox to begin sculpting. Real knee models and MRI's were closely examined to correctly depict the knee and it's function. This included the ACL, PCL, LCL, mensiscus, tibia, fibula and femur. 

Final Stills

C4D ¬ MUDBOX ¬ C4D ¬ AE

The focus on sculpting and 3D visuals lead to a change in direction from the original ideas of adding futuristic UI. As a result, the anotomy and concept became the focal point while bringing clarity to the overall purpose. 

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