Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The last machine

Another animation machine! This one's called a praxinoscope.



The 'filmstrip' is reflected in the mirrors. The edges of the mirrors serve as 'shutters', and the girl and the rabbit fight and fight and fight....

Gaffer tape was a major ingredient of this machine, too. The top part rests on a shopping trolley wheel, and so spins quite nicely.

I'm still having problems uploading film clips, but perhaps these two pics give some idea of what it looks like when it's spinning:


Credits: the machines were built by Jac, Ramon and Jesse. Jesse and Jac did the drawings, and Jac composed the frames. Ramon did most of the calculations and explaining; also the hammering and sawing.

5 comments:

kat said...

Enjoying following these series of posts.

Anairam said...

Looks like you had a great team! Fascinating machines - wish I could see them in action. Here's a great idea, if you could locate some more of these or similar machines - have an exhibition of them! At the Book Lounge. And then I can finally go and try one of their muffins.

painted fish studio said...

awesome. really, so damn cool.

Heloise Bottomley said...

I see you enjoy old fashioned visual devices as much as me. I have thoroughly enjoyed the posts on these!

Carla Hyland said...

Jesse, where can we view this? Have a 10 year old friend who would like to be an animator, think this would inspire him