Mutoscope

Years in the making…

Happy Belated Independence Day!

I have fallen behind with posts because of many exciting things (and many things that are not as exciting but part of being a full-time teacher of animation!), but I am happy to say that my Mutoscope, almost two years in the making, should be flipping an animation very, very soon!  It has taken a veritable village to get this thing made, but there’s finally an end in sight!

Posts coming soon of the finished product…once it’s finished!

It’s ALLiiiiiiiiive!

I cannot totally believe it myself, but this morning Kate Cosden and I turned the (hand-built) crank of an actual, functioning Mutoscope (sans animation for now!).  My welds are garbage, and there’s not a single set of parallel edges to be found, but I’d like us all to focus on the fact that it works!!

 

“Reel” Progress!

A big concern for this Mutoscope project was how I was going to build the reel.  Essentially, I needed hundreds of pages to wrap, Rolodex style, around a tube.  After meeting with Todd Gustavson at George Eastman House, and convincing Mark Reisch and Mike Buffalin to come along for the ride, I was in business! The above gallery is my progress on this very important step. And here’s a video of the result.