The battle of the bulge has some new opponents fighting it out: good versus bad bacteria that live in your gut. The latest science suggests that losing weight is not just a matter of eating less and exercising more. The answer may lie in our gut microbiome. (90thparallel.ca)
There were a couple of challenges that faced us right off the bat with this film. How to visibly portray something as invisible as the microbiome of the human gut, for all intents and purposes an almost alien world that is only now being in the process of being discovered, and do it in a way that wasn’t, to be blunt, disgusting!
We spent a lot of time in the cutting room with director Leora Eisen and editor Mike Hannan, digesting the ideas we wanted to get across, and eventually settled on a bright, fluorescent palette of quasi-anthropomorphic gut bugs to tell our story. They evoked the familiar visual language of electron microscopy, but at the same time allowed us the freedom to make our points in more fanciful ways than if we had gone with a purely photo-realistic design sense.
It all came out very well in the end!