Malachi Bazan believes that technology and nature can work together, and through Simply Nature Media he has joined forces with Dawn to make it happen for children, parents, and teachers. “Some folks will hide out on a hill and eschew technology, but there doesn’t have to be a fight between nature and technology,” he says. “We’re coming into an age where the digital world can help us appreciate and protect the natural world.”
Malachi calls himself a “digital sculptor.” What’s that? “I make 3-D characters for movies and video games,” he says. “I can take people, or animals, or maybe even a monster, and make them come alive.”
He started his career working on web site development, including animated web sites. As an artist by nature, he found animation to be such fun that he enrolled at the Vancouver (B.C.) Film School, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2002. His first major work as a character modeler was for Hollywood’s animated film “The Barnyard” (2006). He then turned his talents to video games, working on “Shadowrun” at FASA and then on “The Agency” for Sony Online Entertainment.
With Dawn Publications, Malachi moves away from video games to helping children become more aware of their community, their surroundings, their Earth. “Kids will be moving onto digital platforms anyway,” he says. “Let’s help them connect with nature that way, too.”
His first project for Dawn was to create an app for Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef. Future projects include creating apps or ebooks for Dawn’s entire catalog. As available reading devices gain functionality, “enhanced” ebooks will be quite like apps, including animation and interactivity.