Mike Medicine Horse, ’00
Montana native Mike Medicine Horse arrived at MCAD dead-set on doing computer animation, he recalls, but with zero experience! Thrilled with the colleges state-of-the-art technology, he was a fast learner and realized that collaborating with other students on a team was very important to me.
Now, he leads a team of animators at Hybrid Studios in St. Louis Park, doing medical animations used for health-care industry. (His boss Geoff Stewart and coworker John Wichlacz are also MCAD grads.) It was tough at first, but luckily an early project was monthly videos done in direct communication with a surgeon; it was like medical boot camp. So, daily, he puts muscles and veins and corpuscles into motion, making visible microscopic events that humans will never witness first-hand. We try to make our animations as accurate as possible, he asserts, even though our client might tell us just to make it up.
An interesting byproduct of his work, for which hes won both national and global awards, is Medicine Horses new medical expertise. People ask me about their ailments or science issues in the news. I recall when the avian flu scare was at its peak I understood the science enough to know there was little chance [an epidemic] would happen!