The Origin of EmPat Emojis
by Nina Beaty, EmPat creator and cancer patient
EmPat has evolved over the years
EmPat Creative Team
Director: Nina Beaty Producer: Gail Orenstein Developer: Robert Hooker Emoji Animator: Cindy Blakney Video Animator : Inspire Animation Clarinet: Nathalie Braux
How did you come up with the name EmPat?
That's an easy one. The character in the aqua headgear is "Pat" (shorthand for PATient) and Pat's purple friend is "Em" (shorthand for EMpathy). "EmPat" comes from joining the friends' names side-by-side. I'm grateful to my creative team who spent their after-work hours making The EmPat Project happen, --project director Amory Millard with me here in NYC as we skyped with producer Kevin Smith and animator Cindy Blakney in far away New Brunswick, Canada. Below are examples of how my original sketches were transformed into GIF animations by Cindy: