Get Inspired | Ocean Restoration

In this video, we learn about an ocean conservation nonprofit and its community-based restoration efforts along the Orange County coast.

Purpose

Get Inspired is a nonprofit in Orange County working to restore the kelp forest ecosystem by teaching the community hands-on science and restoration. From classroom aquaponic programs to conducting abalone surveys with their dive team, they are working to inspire ocean stewards to protect our vulnerable coastal and marine ecosystems. We worked with marine biologist Nancy Caruso to produce this animated short highlighting their initiatives, and showcasing the citizen scientists that their programs have nurtured over the years to potential donors, volunteers, and policymakers.

Services

Script

Illustration

Animation

Video Production


Client

Get Inspired

Credits

Design & Direction: Margaret To

Story & Script: Nancy Caruso & Nicole Rapatan 

Animation:  Kari Pieterse

Sound Design: Peterson Toscano

Narration: Greg King

Underwater Footage: Walter Marti


 

Visual Treatment

We developed a mixed-media style using playful illustrations to complement the underwater footage and photography from the Get Inspired team. The goal is to showcase the beautiful marine ecosystems in a realistic way (animating photo cutouts of kelp forests, kelp crab, green abalone, etc.) and  adding illustrative elements to connect the overall story.

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Storyboard

Impact

This animated short is now featured on Get Inspired's website homepage and YouTube channel. The video was part of their new website launch and showcased how their community-based restoration efforts are making a difference in local Orange County coastal systems, in elementary to college classrooms, and beyond. 

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