I’m wondering what the process is by which science shows go from having a massive amount of scientific information to distilling it into a workable set of key points that can be used to create a animated sequence that explains the concepts being discussed. I assume that most of the people who do the scientific animation for shows on The Discovery Channel or National Geographic are not themselves experts on the subjects they are animating, so who are the people tasked with creating the framework for the animation, and how do they do it?
I am currently working on an animation about how MRI functions at a molecular level, but it’s been a very laborious and ineffective process thus far. No matter how much I ask the scientists to simplify their answers, I inevitably get referred to equations and terms that are beyond my understanding. I try to make as much sense as I can of what I get, use that to make revisions and hope that the next iteration comes closer to being correct, show that to the scientists, then the process starts over. As you can see, not very effective.