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Animation Design

Build Your Own 3D Zoetrope With This Desktop Animation Kit

November 6, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Inspired by the pre-film animation devices of the 1800’s, company 4-Mation has created a DIY kit that allows users to produce their very own tabletop animations. Unlike historic zoetropes, the kit is built for 3D objects. Using synchronized strobes and carousel rotation, the machine animates objects placed on its circular base, giving life to ravenous fish or leaping frogs.

The kit is available in three models. You can choose from a laser cut plywood frame, a machined walnut frame (as seen in the included videos), and an electronics version which comes with instructions for how to cut your own. The company will present their invention at the December’s Rome Maker Fair, and plans to launch a Kickstarter the same month. You can sign up on their website to be notified of the exact release.

 

 



Animation Art Dance

A New Dancing Light Sculpture by Akinori Goto

November 29, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Media artist Akinori Goto (previously) just shared another version of his kinetic light sculpture depicting a series of animated dancing figures. The framework of the sculpture is 3D printed from data of silhouettes traced from an actual dancer, creating a sort of modern-day rotoscoping effect. When illuminated with a bright light, a cross-section of the sculpture is revealed. Goto hopes to soon obtain a patent for the device. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

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Art

A Fascinating 3D-Printed Light-Based Zoetrope by Akinori Goto

June 28, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Media artist Akinori Goto designed this fun 3d-printed zoetrope that when lit from the side reveals walking people. The piece was just on view at the Spiral Independent Creators Festival where it won both the Runner-up Grand Prix and the Audience Award. Video above from Tokyo Art Beat. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

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Animation Design

Eggstatic: Stroboscopic Patterns Animated on Easter Eggs

March 25, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Start your Easter celebration early with this fun video from Jiri Zemanek and his team at AA4CC who turned Easter eggs covered in stroboscopic patterns into animated zoetropes. To create each animation they drew a pattern on a regular chicken egg with Bruce Shaprio’s brilliant open source EggBot and then rotated each atop a motor at a special speed custom to each design. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Art Design

Flux: A Mesmerizing 3D-Printed Zoetrope that Glows

December 14, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Created by German designer Dieter Pilger along with Janno Ströcker and Frederik Scheve, this dizzying 3D-printed zoetrope was designed around the mathematics of the Fibonacci sequence. Unlike similar devices we’ve seen, Pilger says their design isn’t photographed or viewed using a strobe light to create the animation effect, but instead appears to move when staring directly at it in regular light (or darkness). The team credits John Edmark as their inspiration due to his earlier work with Fibonacci zoetropes.

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Animation Food

Alexandre Dubosc’s Newest Animated Zoetrope Cake, ‘Melting Pop’

October 5, 2015

Christopher Jobson

French director and animator Alexandre Dubosc (previously) returns with his latest quirky confection, a towering animated zoetrope cake called Melting POP. This really defies any meaningful description, so just give it a watch and smile. And if you liked this, there’s quite a few more.

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Amazing Animation Art Craft

Fantastic Embroidered Zoetrope Animations on Turntables by Elliot Schultz

July 14, 2015

Christopher Jobson

If there’s one thing we can’t get enough of on Colossal it’s zoetropes, a filmless animation technique that relies on a rotating sequence of images or objects that’s photographed or displayed with a strobe light to create the illusion of motion. We’ve seen a few different takes on the medium from chocolate to 3D printing to ceramics to my all-time favorite the turntable phonotrope. For his degree project at the ANU School of Art in Australia, digital artist Elliot Schultz devised his own method: the Embroidered Zoetrope.

The 2013 installation involved the creation of 10″ discs embroidered with sequences of images that fit on standard turntables. Each piece was displayed with a standard strobe light that effectively brought the animation to life. The precision of the machine embroidery coupled with the texture of thread makes these really special to watch. He shares about the project:

Inspired by the work of Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker, I aimed to guide my production process indirectly through the limitations afforded by alternative media. Their invention, the pin screen, was used as the sole medium in the production of six short films, and shaped the outcome of their work. In response, I have designed and embroidered animated sequences onto discs, similar to the Phenakistokope, Zoopraxiscope and Stamfer Disc layouts. This repurposing of media introduced strict parameters, namely spatial, tonal and temporal, and has greatly informed all stages of my process.

Watch the video above to see Schultz’s animations in action, and you can see a nicely presented project view of the embroidered zoetrope over on Behance.

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