Above you can watch “The Woodswimmer,” a new stop-motion music video shot by Brett Foxwell. As Foxwell describes it, the film was shot with “a straightforward technique but one which is brutally tedious to complete.” Elaborating, he told the website This is Colossal, “Fascinated with the shapes and textures found in both newly-cut and long-dead pieces of wood, I envisioned a world composed entirely of these forms.” “As I began to engage with the material, I conceived a method using a milling machine and an animation camera setup to scan through a wood sample photographically and capture its entire structure. Although a difficult and tedious technique to refine, it yielded gorgeous imagery at once abstract and very real. Between the twisting growth rings, swirling rays, knot holes, termites and rot, I found there is a lot going on inside of wood.”
Finally, Foxwell notes on his personal website: “As a short film began to build from [the filmed sequences], I collaborated with bedtimes, an animator and musician of special talents to write a song and help edit a tight visual and sonic journey through this wondrous and fascinating material. WoodSwimmer is the result.”
Watch it, in all of its glory, above.
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