Ian Crane


is a motion designer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He works for GrandArmy and Supercluster.

ian.o.crane@gmail.com

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Virgin Orbit x Supercluster: Airlaunch Explained


Virgin Orbit is on a mission to make space more accessible through AirLaunch — a transformative new launch system capable of launching a rocket from anywhere on Earth.

Supercluster was asked to help explain what sets Airlaunch apart. We created a short film that explains the history and future of Airlaunch, and the impact this technology will have on the rapidly expanding New Space economy.

Using a mix of hand-drawn cel animation, stop motion, and archival footage, we make the case that 35 thousand feet in the air might just be the best place to launch a rocket.

Agency: Supercluster
Creative Direction/Design: Michael Stone, Tim Mele
Illustration: Tim Mele, Michael Stone
Animation: Ian Crane, Tim Mele
Music: Ari Trautmann
  
View full case study ☞ here

February 16th, 2021



Sandbox Films


Sandbox Films is a documentary studio focused on the scientific world with a small, passionate team. Defined by “A Culture of Questioning,” they’ve released some of recent years’ most memorable science documentaries, including Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds, directed by Werner Herzog, and All Light, Everywhere, directed by Theo Anthony; the latter film even won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Nonfiction Experimentation at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.  

Agency: GrandArmy
Creative Direction/Design: Lauren King
Animation: Ian Crane, Mai Soto
 
🏆 The animation won a 2020 Type Directors Club award in the Motion/TV/Visual Design category. 🏆

View full case study ☞ here
February 16th, 2021


Supercluster Explains: Citizen Science


Supercluster Explains is a video series that illuminates basic space science concepts using short, easy-to-understand animations. This episode explains how big science questions can be answered with the help of ordinary people, without scientific backgrounds.

Citizen Science projects leverage the power of the internet to accomplish large scientific tasks, so our educational video on the subject did the same. Recycling, rebuilding, and remastering internet and personal computing artifacts, instead of starting with storyboards.

This was a blast to make.

Agency: Supercluster
Design: Tristan Dubin, Renee Freiha
Animation: Ian Crane & the rest of the internet


April 20th, 2021


Supercluster Explains: How Orbits Work


Supercluster Explains is a video series that illuminates basic space science concepts using short, easy-to-understand animations. This episode explains a fundamental part of flying in outer space: Orbits.

Agency: Supercluster
Design: Ben Gallegos
Animation: Ian Crane

May 6th, 2020