Helicoprion Animation

The sharklike Helicoprion lived 275 million years ago and could slice its prey in two with its buzz saw jaw. For this project I created a photogrametry using Agisoft Metashape Pro. A hundred forty six photos of a polymer clay model were taken to recreate its geometry in a 3D environment. Light, details, backgrounds, diagrams and movement were then added in Blender and After Effects.

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Animation produced in collaboration with Fernando Baptista, Oscar Santamarina and Diana Marques. Typography by Tal Leming. National Geographic, December 2019.

Original sculpture by Fernando Baptista