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Monica Zoppè (Scientific Visualization Unit - Inst. of Clinical Physiology, Pisa, Italy)We present some of the details behind the creation of the movie Protein Expressions Study N. 2, which can be seen at this address www.vimeo.com/7219809. The movie has been selected as finalist in the exhibition at Museum Pecci in Prato (Italy, Sept. 2009), was nominated for the Suzanne Award during the Blender Conference (Amsterdam, Oct.2009), and reached the semifinal stage of selection in the Scientific Visualization Challenge organized by Science and the National Science Foundation. Our work brings visualization of biological molecules to a new stage: if most protein visualization techniques are intended to represent specific features, mainly structural, for the scientists themselves, we want to bring knowledge of these remarkable objects to the reach of everyone, including the laypeople, by showing them with features of real world. In our visual elaboration we use photo-realistic renderings of proteins, attributing to them recognizable surface features to convey the presence of specific chemical and physical properties. We use the Open source 3D animation and rendering program Blender, both for visualizing and for elaborating protein