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Museums & Cultural Institutions

Before joining the private sector, I spent 17 years working in museums, cultural institutions, and planetariums. During this time I have the opportunity to work as an exhibit designer, Creative director, lecturer, and producer on a wide range of developing interactiveactivities. These included developing a museum complex in Saudi Arabia, modeling and animating interactive dinosaurs called a Maiasaur at IMAX resolutions, and bringing to life the diverse range of objects remediable astronomical instruments, to the world's oldest beer mug, to pre-Cambrian life, and much more. This provided a fantastic opportunity to explore the worlds of science nature, discovery, and invention and to bring life to them using visual communication and interactive technology.

McLaughlin Planetarium

Client: McLaughlin Planetarium

Tom was the Comet Halley expert for the McLaughlin Planetarium and two produced television shows, three star theatre shows, two interactive videodiscs and led tours to Hawaii to view the comet. He wrote a variety of software to illustrate the comet's life. Tom has also written custom software to produce square rooms within the round dome of the star theatre as well as panorama masking system. He also pioneered a teaching system to help amateur astronomers visualize the three-dimensional relationships of the sky as well as recall constellation patterns. He presented these techniques at a variety of conferences globally.

Royal Ontario Museum

Client: McLaughlin Planetarium

Since the Royal Ontario Museum opened its Web Site in February, 1996, over a quarter of a million users have visited the site — as many as the actual museum building. The ROM web site provides a comprehensive tour of the museum in a fun, approachable and engaging manner.

Light & Gemstones Interactive Exhibit

Client: Royal Ontario Museum

The Light & Gemstones interactive exhibit demonstrates the optical properties of gemstones. Using sophisticated ray-tracing computer animation techniques, the exhibit allows visitors to control how diamonds sparkle, to vary where bands of light appear on star stones and play with colour on opals. This interactive exhibit, programmed by Mackerel, has won many awards, including first-place in the American Museum Association , as well as a first place in prestigious Invision New Media awards.

Royal Ontario Museum

Client: Royal Ontario Museum

Since the Royal Ontario Museum opened its Web Site in February, Won an Envision New Media Best of Show award. Royal Ontario Museum - Creative Direction - programming - 1994 New Media Strategic

TT Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art

Client: Royal Ontario Museum

The TT Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art features the largest collection of Chinese ceramic art outside of mainland China. Four interactive stations illustrate a wide range of rare artifacts, including an accurate reconstruction of a 2000 year-old Tang Dynasty chariot, produced with Alias Power Animator software, represents a new archaeological research technique and is circulating throughout the academic community. An installation on the evolution of Chinese writing, also developed using Alias software, illustrates the evolution of the earliest forms of writing into the Chinese characters used today.

The Digital Museum

Client: McLaughlin Planetarium

The Royal Ontario Museum undertook a comprehensive study and analysis of the development of a new attraction, called the Digital Museum. The Digital Museum is a major high-technology museum which combines state-of-the-art technology with the sensibilities of a cultural institution. The venture includes three major attractions, several minor attractions, as well as retail , conference and educational facilities. The speaker support and analysis of this attraction includes an interactive walkthrough of the attraction.

The Maiasaur Project: The Life and Times of a Dinosaur

Client: Royal Ontario Museum

This major multimedia and computer animation exhibition told the story of an 80 million year-old Maiasaur adult and her child. Over two years, technicians working in a paleontological lab remove the fossils from a four ton rock and six interactive di splays illustrate the life of these dinosaurs. The largest interactive display features an Alias Power Animator reconstruction of the Maiasaur projected to a 22-foot screen . The project was developed in-house by a team of six animators and produced over 20 gigabytes of animation in a 5 month production.

Star Theatre Productions

Client: McLaughlin Planetarium

The Royal Ontario Museum undertook a comprehensive study and analysis of the development of a new attraction, called the Digital Museum. The Digital Museum is a major high-technology museum which combines state-of-the-art technology with the sensibilities of a cultural institution. The venture includes three major attractions, several minor attractions, as well as retail , conference and educational facilities. The speaker support and analysis of this attraction includes an interactive walkthrough of the attraction.

Square Rooms Visualization

Client: McLaughlin Planetarium

As featured in the industry publication Computer Graphics World, the Square Rooms program produces the impression of being in a square or rectangular room as seen within the spherical dome of a planetarium theatre. Using a six-panel Allsky projection system, this software does not depend on any computer graphic system and opened the possibility of creating new kinds of environments for the international planetarium community.