Right Whale Rescue and Disentanglement Visualization

Michael Graves College, Kean University

Spring–Summer 2020

Four students from Michael Graves College, Kean University were challenged with creating an experience that immerses the viewer in the rescue of a right whale from entanglement.

The first phase of this project was to research and create a story line describing a real rescue in progress to be used as the basis for a three-dimensional 360-degree animation that puts the viewer in the boat with the rescuers. After extensive research, the team took the challenge beyond a simple storyboard and produced this video putting the rescue in the context of the current plight of the North Atlantic right whale.

Also during this phase, extensive development of 3D modeling and animation of the rescue has been completed. This work will continue into the next semester.

The final phase will include research into available technologies for an installation of an immersive experience at the Whaling Museum.

Project Team

Jacqueline O’Connor, Intern
Research, Storyboard Development and Video Production

Sara Passafiume, Intern
Research, Storyboard Development and Video Production

Anthony Subervi, Intern
3D Modeling and Animation

Catherine Circonciso, Intern
Research and Storyboard Development

Project Mentors

Ed Johnston
Rose Gonnella
Michael Graves College
Kean University

Dr. Charles “Stormy” Mayo
Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

Al and Mary Novissimo
Novation Media

Special thanks to Stormy Mayo for sharing his first-hand knowledge and experience in whale rescue and disentanglement.

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