This is an animation illustrating how an earthquake can cause a tsunami. This was produced for CBS and History. You can read more here:
Projects like these often include 5-7 animations that are completed start to finish, in two weeks. The production schedule, speed, and efficiency are very important. Budget and the organization of the producer with the script and narration track timings are vital to the production schedule.
These are details that are often overlooked when considering the final graphics. There is often an incredible amount of pressure getting these graphics completed on time.
What Causes a Tsunami- TMBA created this 3d animation for the Discovery Channel to explain to viewers how shifting tectonic plates can cause a Tsunami.
As Japan struggles to recover from one of the worst earthquakes and resulting tsunamis in hundreds of years we couldn't help but look back on this show we completed for CBS Eye Too Productions.
The challenge was to explain to the viewers how tectonic plates work underneath the ocean floor. It's obvious that while producers had to spend ample time explaining the concept, there would be no reason to include such complicated, factual information without visuals to help them understand. CBS has relied on TMBA's animations in many situations like this and the tsunami show was no exception.
Tsunamis are a force to be reckoned with. And that goes for creating them in 3D as well.
Waves are impossible to put into a mathematical equation, which is at the root of all 3D software.
TMBA took the science of tectonic plate shifts and tsunamis and used it as reference to create a realistic, colorful scene that is as eerily beautiful as it is practical. As viewers watch plates rise and shift, stall and generate energy which is then released--giving a huge shove to a massive body of water--it becomes clear how these fearful, destructive waves get their start.
A great 3D animation from TMBA does what no other visual can--takes you inside the story to the places a camera can't reach, and explains what the camera can't teach.