National Geographic Digital Modeling and Animation – Chris Sloan
Christopher Sloan is an award-winning art director, author, and visual communicator. In 2010 Mr. Sloan co-founded a media and exhibitions company, Science Visualization. Science Visualization specializes in using visual media for communicating science to lay audiences. Recent projects include a video, The Brain Initiative
; Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs
, a short film for a dinosaur exhibition in Hong Kong, and Heavenly Jade of the Maya
, an exhibition presented recently in Washington, DC.
From 1992 to 2010 Mr. Sloan worked with National Geographic
Magazine in Washington, D.C., as Art Director, Senior Editor, and Director of Mission Projects.
As Art Director of National Geographic, Mr. Sloan worked with leading artists around the world to illustrate popular stories such as Evolution of Mammals
, Bizarre Dinosaurs
, and Sea Monsters
. One of Mr. Sloan’s projects that received worldwide attention was the Dawn of Humans series of stories on the origins of mankind.
As the Director of Mission Projects for National Geographic, Mr. Sloan supported the efforts of National Geographic Society researchers world-wide by creating stories from their work and discoveries. This involved traveling extensively to visit projects around the world. While on a dig in remote western China, Mr. Sloan discovered a new prehistoric crocodile, Jungaarsuchus sloanii
, that now bears his name as well as the earliest pterodactyloid, Kryptodrakon progenitor
As Senior Editor for National Geographic, Mr. Sloan wrote two feature articles, including “Feathers for T. rex
” and a cover story about the discovery of a 3.3 million-year-old baby human ancestor. His enthusiasm for communicating to a broad audience extends to popular literature and children’s books. What Does it Mean to be Human?
(2010), co-authored with Rick Potts, is a companion book to the popular new Human Origins hall of Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Mr. Sloan has also written eight award-winning children’s books on prehistoric life and archaeology.