Project result previews for the tutorials covered our 2015 workshop will be posted here by May 20th.
ePMV & Scripting in Advanced Molecular Techniques for Cinema 4D
Push your modeling and animation skills to the next level! Our half-day workshop will incorporate ePMV (the embedded Python Molecular Viewer) into advanced molecular-animation techniques taught in Cinema 4D (C4D). Learn how to increase productivity while simultaneously generating more natural-looking and accurate molecular and cellular visualizations. Sick of editing keyframes? The project-based lessons will teach you how to apply wise rigging, efficient cloning, physics, and simple scripting to replace unwieldy keyframe approaches with controlled simulation. Automation and semi-automation techniques that are broadly applicable beyond C4D and molecular subjects will be taught through the sequential buildup of the following projects: ligands binding to a shape-shifting protein, a massive collection of agent-based molecular interactions (a signaling cascade of protein phosphorylations simulated using random Brownian walks with distant-dependent actions), efficient actin filament construction followed by dynamic filament assembly, and motor proteins walking on a microtubule that you will construct by coupling electron microscopy protein structure data with C4D’s powerful character motion systems.
Participants must have completed the ePMV Basics Tutorial (epmv.scripps.edu/documentation/tutorials) prior to the workshop. We strongly recommend having at least 50 hours of previous C4D experience, but no programming experience is required. Project output previews will post by May 20th at mesoscope.org/workshops/ami-epmv-scripting-workshop-2015.
Register at http://ami.org/meetings/2015/workshops/
Transmembrane Ligand Binding Animation/Simulation
Objective: Create a semi-scripted, simplified ligand-receptor binding animation taking place in a scene of multiple receptors on a membrane. Leverage Cinema4D’s Xpresso and Dynamics systems to minimize manual keyframing and simulate random motion.
Ligand Binding with Atomistic Conformational Changes and Dynamics
Objective: Animate a realistic yet informative depiction of a ligand binding to a transmembrane protein called a G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) using minimal keyframes. Use ePMV to import a protein with atomistic conformational changes and control its conformation based on ligand-binding using Xpresso. Leverage Cinema4D’s Dynamics system to create a refined binding event animation.
Dynamic Actin Filament Assembly Demo
Objective: Learn an efficient approach to actin filament construction and simulation of actin filament assembly.
Walking Motor Proteins using Character Rigging Demo
Objective: Learn an approach to animating a kinesin walking on a microtubule using electron microscopy data and Cinema4D’s character rigging system.
Preliminary versions in development (polished versions will post on May 20, 2015):