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: