|Animated Life: Coelacanth by Sweet Fern Productions|
For the last few years my work has been focused on animating science. My current project Anim8Nature is the result of that interest. I am always looking for great examples of that kind of work, especially those appropriate for kids. In my research I found the SciArtCenter and Labocine. That was the path I followed to find Sweet Fern Productions.
Sweet Fern Productions created a 5-part series of animations for the New York Times OpDocs.These short animations "celebrate pioneers in science and pivotal moments of discovery, using paper-puppets. They were produced in collaboration with Howard Hughes Medical Institutes’s BioInteractive."
Animated Life: Seeing The Invisible (1 minute teaser) from Sweet Fern Productions on Vimeo.
Seeing the Invisible was the first short I watched and I was fascinated by both the content and the animation production. We are reminded that we see only a small part of "life"and that most of it is invisible and performing very valuable tasks. Dutch lensmaker Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek played a major role in our ability to see these invisible creatures. He is commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology". Using his handcrafted microscopes, in 1638 Leeuwenhoek was the first to observe and describe microorganisms, which he originally referred to as animalcules (from Latin animalculum = "tiny animal").(Wikipedia)
Links to each animation below.
The animation style is entertaining and humorous. Cut paper is manipulated with wires, all visible and really part of what makes it so intriguing. We are sucked into a fascinating story with child-like enthusiasm because of the quality of the art. The cut paper art/puppets are bright and imaginative, incredible fabrications that are both beautiful and informative. These films are obviously very thoughtfully produced.
|Coelacanth A living fossil documented by Courtney Latimer|
Animated Life: Coelacanth
Animated Life: Mary Leakey
Animated Life: Pangaea
Animated Life of A. R. Wallace
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