An animation commission from the Science History Institute's publication Distillations, I produced ten minutes of hand-drawn digital animation, including storyboarding, character design, inking, color and animation.
The compulsion to keep animals intact after death goes back to ancient Egypt, where animals of all description were mummified. Though the methods and motivations have changed, the desire has remained pretty constant. Meet Beth Beverly, a young taxidermist turning the craft on its head; John Whitenight, a faithful and eccentric collector of Victorian taxidermy; and the polar bears and gorillas that stand motionless at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Together they relay taxidermy’s long history of combining art and science.
Directed and Produced by Mariel Carr