Stop-motion laser cut onto 800 blocks of wood

Designer Nando Costa has created an experimental abstract stop-motion film by painstakingly laser cutting each frame onto a block of maple wood.

Video screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia

Stop-motion animation is usually a pretty meticulous process by anyone's definition, but graphic artist Nando Costa is apparently a lot more hard core. He's created a 2-minute, 30-second stop-motion animation -- by laser cutting each frame into wood.

"As seen in the video, each frame is unique," he said. "Aside from the design of each frame itself being distinct, small variances that naturally occur in the laser-engraving process, as well as the different wood grain of each frame, naturally created subtle shifts of the position of the artwork. An effect that I was particularly interested in and that could naturally be achieved in digital assembly but that I was much more excited about re-creating with real objects."

The project took two years to complete after a Kickstarter campaign in 2011. Backers were rewarded with the frames of the animation for a minimum pledge of $35, although the project took more than a year longer than anticipated (Costa cited unforeseen issues and delays, but seeing the film, it would be hard to be upset). He laser cut a massive 800 blocks of wood, which works out to be about 5.3 frames per second.

It's called The New America, and it's about cultural shifts in recent years. "The abstract storyline showcased in this piece is a concoction of a variety of ideas and can perhaps be described as a union between concepts and experiments born during the Situationist movement and real-life events experienced during the last few years in American society," Costa wrote. "Particularly the duality between the economic downturn and the shift in values and beliefs of many citizens."

The remaining frames, the film's closing credits, are currently available for sale on Etsy.

(Source: CNET Australia)

 

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