motion graphics / experimental animation
isolation, trauma, accident, medical, animation
In “Swallowed Whole,” the desolate, disorienting dreamscape represents a fall into a deep netherworld after a traumatic sledding injury. The treatment for broken vertebrae is "stabilization" in a custom-made clamshell back brace until the bone heals. The experience of lying supine for three and a half months is similar to being trapped alone under a frozen lake: life continues on while looking up from below. This sensation became the kernel from which this film was created. The film combines a variety of techniques including stop motion animation, motion graphics, live action video, and still photographs.