The Scanimate, The Last Analog Motion Graphics Machine

Posted by Stephen Petrey on Thursday, July 22, 2021

Easily one of the coolest machines you’ll ever lay your eyes upon. All of those iconic VHS production company intro graphics and spiffy effects from the eighties? You can thank the Scanimate for that. The last engineer taking care taking care of one of these machines is Dave Sieg, a thankless hero.

The short Viceland video is fantastic, but if you really want to sink your teeth into the history of this machine and motion graphics check out this documentary. From the description on Vimeo:

In this short documentary, Nick Campbell of Greyscalegorilla talks to Roy Weinstock, one of the original Scanimate animators, and Dave Sieg, the engineer who has kept it running all these years.


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