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WoodSwimmer, a cross-sectional look at wood in stop motion

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WoodSwimmer is based on a concept I developed while designing a new stop-motion universe where wood is the primary element. The sequences are cross-sectional photographic scans of pieces of hardwood, burls and branches. It is a straightforward technique but one which is brutally tedious to complete.

From Oakland-based engineer and stop-motion animator Brett Foxwell, enjoy this exploration of the interior structures of wood as revealed by a milling machine and an animation camera setup. Music by Conor Grebel. Read more about the project at Colossal and


Related reading: Anatomy of a tree.

Next Making a wooden bowl in stop motion, making a wooden lampshade from a tree stump, Geometrical Spaces, stop-motion animation goes high tech at Laika, and How Do Trees Transport Water from Roots to Leaves? Bonus: Layers and trees.

Thanks, Brett.

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