Phonographantasmascope

I can’t even tell you exactly how this amazing piece of animation works.  Somehow, Jim Le Fevre manages to use a turntable and what looks like basic paper to create complex animations.

I’ll copy and paste his exact words:

It is all live action and works by using the shutter speed of the camera rather than the rather irritating stroboscope methods other 3D Zoetropes use.”

Now, that may not sound like much, but a 3D Zoetrope basically consists of a cylinder with slits in the side and “figures” of an object in various states of motion.  The spinning makes it seem like it is animated.  I guess Le Fevre says that his creation is not encased in a cylinder, and relies instead on the camera’s shutter in order to appropriately display the image.  You’ll notice that partway through the video he allows the shutter speed to slow down so the image just becomes a big blur.

It’s pretty crazy, but a pretty innovative use for a turntable in art.

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