For this animation, we teamed up with the medical trade show booth experts at V-olution. The hospital equipment giant Maquet makes several lines of emergency room chest drains, and the brief here was to demonstrate the differences between them in a compelling manner, without sound. After showing reverse exploded views of each drain, we jump back and forth between pairs of the drains in long continuous moves. As many of the key features are only seen inside the units, we devised a system of fading off the front panels to reveal the inner workings. Keeping that “in-camera” look was an extra challenge when it came to the extensive explanatory copy, which was not done as a voice-over due to the omnipresent cacaphony at trade shows. We stuck the type onto translucent panels which move and rotate in sync with the chest drains. The camera in the 3:45 video never stops moving, so even though we need to have the paragraphs in view long enough to read them, the action stays alive. The chest drains, with their extensive tubing, valves, and suction dials, came to us as CAD/CAM models, and were rebuilt, textured, and rigged in Maya here at G61. Hospital execs loved it!