Numbers in Nature

I was part of the team at Leviathan that helped create the new permanent Museum exhibit “Numbers in Nature” at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Tasks included 2D animation as well as the production of the actual case study footage.

Excerpt from the Leviathan project website, located at:

The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, and contains such magnificent exhibits as an enormous U-505 submarine and a full-scale home of the future. Numbers in Nature, the institution’s latest permanent exhibit and newest collaboration with Leviathan, explores the recurrence of patterns and mathematics in our natural world through artful film and interactive installations.

Beginning with an ultra-widescreen theater, we help introduce these phenomena through immersive video content, combining original and existing photography with motion graphics and visual effects. To give guests some hands-on learning, a series of interactive installations (and a mind-bending mirror maze) further explain individual scientific principles touched on in the film. Guests can look into a two-way mirror and see their own natural proportions superimposed ala di Vinci’s Vitruvian Man in real time; or virtually explore 3D spirals, voronoi and other patterns that appear naturally using nothing but the wave of a hand. Combining simple analog controls such as knobs, wheels and blocks with cutting-edge technology such as touchscreens, Kinect cameras and Leap Motion sensors, our team designed nearly a dozen dynamic experiences to not only engage children and adults alike but also remain relevant well into the next decade.

Live Action Case Study
Tobias Mattner

2D Animator
Tobias Mattner

Leviathan Team
Creative Director: Bradon Webb
Sr. Producer: Lauren Shawe
Art Director/Designer: Gareth Fewel
Designer/Animator: Ely Beyer
3D Modeler/Animator/Compositor: Anthony Malagutti // Andrew Butterworth
Designer: Alexis Copeland
2D Animator: Tobias Mattner
C4D/AE Animator/Compositor: Jesse Willis // Anthony Morrelle
VFX/Compositor: Chris Beers
Editor: Billy Sheahan
Technical Project Lead: Dennis Chau
Sr. Programmer/Research Engineer: Adam Berg
Programmer/Creative Technologist: Harvey Moon
Technical Support: Lucas Schira
Script Writer: Paul Rosenthal
Music Composer: Joel Corelitz / Waveplant
6 Channel Audio Mix: Sum1
VO Talent Search & Record: Dog and Pony
VO Artist: Andrea Hadhazy
President/Executive Producer: Chad Hutson
Executive Creative Director: Jason White
Chief Scientist: Matt Daly