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National Geographic Documentary: OCEANOS

JMS has been developing advanced visuals for documentary broadcasters, major maritime law firms and government organizations since 1995. Some of our clients include the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and this latest project for the National Geographic Channel.

In 1991, the South African cruise ship OCEANOS suffered a sea chest failure with 600 passengers and crew aboard. A relatively small problem with respect to the 492′ vessel, but it would prove to be the beginning of a progressive flooding sequence that slowly overcame the ship and lead to the vessel’s eventual sinking.

The client requested “schematic-style” computer animation sequences for their National Geographic Channel documentary production, “OCEANOS: Cruise Ship Rescue”. JMS developed animated sequences illustrating the ship’s arrangement and equipment layout, ventilation and sewage system configuration, and the general concepts that contributed to the ship’s sinking. The client desired animations that would have an “engineering” look to them in order to emphasize the animation’s technical accuracy beyond simple artistic rendering.