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Project Name

Client Name

Year Delivered

Creative Provided

St. Louis Aquarium

LHM

2019

Character Design
Modeling
Texture
VFX
Rigging

Animation

 

Brief

Inside the historic St. Louis Union Station you’ll find this one-of-a-kind aquarium, featuring several interactive exhibits and media attractions designed and handcrafted by the imaginative artists and technical magicians of Moondog Animation Studio

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The Setting

St. Louis Union Station is a 125 year old train station that served as the key hub of transportation as early Americans ventured from the East to the booming West. This site and the surrounding city has a deep history in American society, culture, and transportation. Elements of this historical significance and train station themed elements can be found throughout the aquarium, including within Moondog’s digital exhibits

Project Overview

STLAQ-Character Design

AQUARIUM MASCOTS

Creative Provided

Project Media

Character Design
Modeling
Texture
VFX
Rigging


 

Concept

We created a cast of Animal Ambassadors designed to educate and entertain guests at the St. Louis Aquarium.

Otter Talk

OTTER TALK

Creative Provided

Character Design
Experience Design
Creative Direction
Asset Creation
Theming Design
Interactive Development
Content Creation

 

Concept

Have a chat with Tom the Otter in this live digital character show, learning about the North American River Otter and the surrounding environment.

Behind the scenes an actor uses a virtual puppeteering interface to bring life to the digital character and engage with guests of all ages.

 

The performer is located in a separate room, utilizing a custom designed performance capture and show control system which uses a combination of facial tracking, Valve Index VR hand controllers, and software purpose-built for the experience, allowing the performer to engage with audience members in a natural, intuitive way.

Project Media

Fish Draw

FISH DRAW

Creative Provided

Experience Design

Creative Direction

Technology Design
Audiovisual Design
Engineering
Procurement
Installation

Theming Design

Interactive Development

Content Creation

Concept

The Fish Draw sponsored by Tetra is a popular destination for Aquarium guests both young and young-at-heart. Guest can add their flair to one of the fish coloring sheets, scan it in, and watch it swim in a virtual Mississippi River!

This interactive experience is located in the Conservation and Education Center of the St. Louis Aquarium which is comprised of interactive science-based exhibits on the topics of water conservation, our local waterways, and the effects of plastic on our rivers and oceans.

This exhibit has recently been featured on the front page of Reddit, has over 2 million views on TikTok, and over 6 million views on Facebook.

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