James LaPlante is president of Sputnik Animation. An Emmy award winning animation studio in South Portland Maine. Over his career James has worked as a writer, producer, director, editor, and computer animator. He has combined his interest in science and technology with a passion for visual communications to help translate complex concepts into visuals that help convey the amazing things that scientists are working on. James has had the honor of working with scientists at MIT, Harvard, as well as technology companies to help bring their visions to venues like the TED stage and through documentaries for Discovery, National Geographic, PBS NOVA and others. He enjoys tackling the great diversity of topics that Sputnik gets to work on from biotechnology innovations to particle physics, space travel and even ancient history.