In a fast-moving world, overloaded with data, gaining people’s attention is difficult – and holding that attention can be even more challenging. At viralanimation we believe the solution lies with hand-drawn animations combining atmospheric music and engaging scripts voiced by professional actors.
Mark is a medical historian, journalist and academic with wide-ranging interests encompassing health, technology and contemporary culture. A regular contributor to The Observer and The Lancet, he is the author of four books including The Fever Trail: In Search of the Cure for Malaria (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2001) and Living With Enza:The Forgotten Story of Britain and the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918 (Macmillan, 2008) which was longlisted for the Royal Society science book of the year in 2009. His most recent book, The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris (Hurst, 2019) was named a ‘heath book of the year’ in the Financial Times. Penguin Random House will release a paperback edition with a new chapter on the Covid-19 pandemic in June 2020. When not under “lock down” at his desk, Mark can be glimpsed wandering the parks and waterways of west London with a large white Goldendoodle.
Political cartoonist for the Daily Telegraph.
He has been drawing political cartoon animations since creating a digital time-lapse process called Livedraw in 2007.
Livedraw ran weekly on the Guardian online for over 2 years. In addition, he has executed rapid turnaround animations for BBC News at Ten and Newsnight.
Other clients include Wellcome Foundation, TED and Pearson Educational.
Best known for my illustrations and cartoons in the pages of the British Medical Journal.
Always keen to use the latest technologies, I create animations, motion graphics, computer 3D models/sculptures and am now exploring the extraordinary possibilities of virtual reality.
I have a science background and wish to combine that with my artistic abilities to educate and entertain.
This animation was commissioned in 2018 by the Florence Nightingale Museum with backing from the Wellcome Trust, for an exhibition marking the one hundredth anniversary of the 1918-19 Spanish influenza pandemic. But in the light of the pandemic of Covid-19 and the hospitalisation of large numbers of elderly patients, many of them suffering severe pneumonias similar to those seen in 1918, the parallels with the present day are more pertinent than ever.
This is especially true of doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers who are risking their lives to help patients afflicted with the coronavirus and who, like the nurses who perished at St Marylebone Hospital in 1918-19, sadly may not survive the experience….