Strata-Cuts by David Daniels

Posted by Lily Benson on January 19

I discovered my favorite animation technique, “strata cutting,” while watching Magic Screen sequences that recount American History on PeeWee’s Playhouse. It took me a while to figure out what this mesmerizing technique was called and who did it, but after researching it again recently, there was far more information available.

David Daniel’s pioneered this psychedelic technique, and is also responsible for the sequences on PeeWee. There’s an incredibly thorough interview with him by the site Art of The Title Sequence, available here. Daniels even provides a step by step guide to his whimsical process, including making ‘bacon strips’ of clay.

Here is a reel of some of his commerical work, some of it is better viewed without sound:

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  1. A.J. says:

    I don’t know about this style, but somehow it led me to old bumper-shorts from PBS developed with Edward Gorey:

This is a shared production blog for the forthcoming animated feature, "The Ruined Cast," written and directed by Dash Shaw. Produced by John Cameron Mitchell, Howard Gertler, and Biljana Labovic. Contributing artists are Jane Samborski, Frank Santoro, Lily Benson and Ray Sohn. Music by James Lucido.