MAKE A MOVIE WHEEL (phenakistiscope)

Instructions for the movie wheel
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Great news: Lots of new movie wheel patterns!
This is a rotating cube. The heavy lines make it easy to view. ROTATING CUBE PATTERN
This one is is of a bounding cat. I...um...liberated it from a fantastic Howtoons page about making a related device, the zoetrope. You can just cut the slots the regular way--don't worry about cutting into the images. HOWTOONS CAT PATTERN
This one is a runner, also liberated from the Instructables Howtoons *** HOWTOONS RUNNER PATTERN
This is the classic running horse circa Eadweard Muybridge.*** RUNNING HORSE PATTERN
Shortcut to the original jumping movie wheel pattern, JUMPER PATTERN

Blank pattern, make your own movie!

Shortcut to the instructions, click here.

Here is a preview of what it's like to use a movie wheel (with the cat pattern), from my friend Thomas Buchwald. Thomas also figured out how to keep the wheel stable, with a small piece of foam glued on, which you can see at the beginning of the clip.

 

It's the ultimate optical illusion

They say that, "Seeing is believing." But however real the worlds that movies and videos create, they will always be a clever optical illusions."Animation" means "brought to life," and you can rediscover the excitement the pioneers of animation felt as they breathed life into pictures

It takes little more than half an hour to make a movie wheel out of a recycled cereal box. You could spend a lifetime watching TV without ever understanding how our eyes can see still images seem to come alive. But when you build and use a movie wheel, you can't help but start to grapple with "persistence of vision," the principle that allows our brain to see progressions of still images as moving.

Click here for the instructions for making your own movie wheel.

Click here for instructions for an even simpler "persistence of vision" toy, a Thaumatrope (not in instructional video format yet).

Click here for a start in making your own movie wheel patterns and also good links with examples of patterns .

Here are some pictures from North Carolinian Louise Omoto Kessel--homesteader, homeschool mom and camp organizer showing the camp museum of variious and some kids using them without the mirror.

 

Click here for a streaming video I created about a behind-the-scenes look at a TV production crew making a PBS TV program.

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