I nearly broke my close friend with the workload of completing this dental mercury animation. It was so much larger in scope than we originally planned, that we had to bring on 2 other animators. The great original music was composed by Josh Myers, with additional mixing and audio sweetening by Tim Munger. Needless to say I went quite a bit over my original budget for this animation.
Dental mercury environmental animation script
The script was 5 pages and in the end we still had to edit out much needed aspects due to time constraints. But with over 2 months of constant meetings and tweaking, but had a version ready for INC5. We had 3 animators working on the project and unfortunately, during the final days some assets got moved, thus throwing several areas out of audio sync. This was a total screwup on our part that will be rectified in the near future as we work on fixing several aspects that could be improved. Additionally, we are adding a solutions section to the end that features the solutions IAOMT offers.
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), presented our dental mercury animation while at the International Negotiating Committee (INC5) meeting being held in Geneva by the United Nations Environmental Programme. The INC5 is writing a Globally Binding Treaty that will eliminate the use and trade of mercury and mercury containing products. Dental Mercury accounts for 10% of the annual global emissions (340 tons) and therefore is considered a significant contributor. The IAOMT’s group of experts represented the consensus that dental mercury amalgam is a risk to the environment, dental workers and the general public, and whose use should be discontinued as there are many suitable alternatives available.