Created as a project in my 2007 Experimental Animation class by student Javan Ivey, this was the earliest example of a technique which he dubbed as strata-stencil animation. To my knowledge Javan invented this technique that has since been mimicked by many other animation artists around the world, either physically (as seen here) or virtually as a product of After Effects. Although Javan has also posted this film here on Vimeo under the title "My Paper Mind", this version, that was originally turned in to me as a class assignment, includes a time lapse segment after the short showing the making of the film.
To see more examples of strata-stencil animation, go here... Technique, Strata-Stencil
To see more work by Javan Ivey go here ... vimeo.com/javanivey