Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Hey there! This article was written in 2005.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).


Posted 14 August 2005

Friday night into Saturday morning I went out and saw the Perseid meteor shower. I only saw a few, but the last I saw was absolutely amazing -- it shot across the sky, low on the horizon, and was very large, and very bright, and very fast.

Saturday afternoon (today), I went with the Hitchell family to see Body Worlds, which is absolutely stunning...and disturbingly creepy. They've done things to human cadavers that I didn't know we had the technology or patience to do.

The idea behind Body Worlds is to take cadavers (these really were human beings) and dissect, slice, and manipulate them into stunning displays of the human body.

One of the displays was the remains of a forearm -- the blood vessels had been pumped full of a plastic substance and hardened. The rest of the arm was removed, leaving only the blood vessels behind, exactly as they had traced through the arm.

Another display was of a man holding his own skin. Yet another was a skeleton with its arm on the shoulder of its muscles; they had hardened the muscles and reconstructed them after removal, so it was in fact a single human that now appeared to be two separate entities.

We are truly wonderfully made.