Make your own micro-scale Muybridge visual illusion with a used 35mm plastic film canister and a selection of everyday office stationery supplies.

We are using newly obsoleted film technology to re-capture the oldest obsoleted film technology, the Zoetrope, popularised by early moving image pioneers such as Eadward Muybridge.

A Zoetrope is a revolving black drum with multiple slits positioned opposite still frames on the inside surface. The still frames are taken from live motion, and when the zoetrope is rotated, they are revealed in sequence through the slits opposite. This technique creates the illusion of motion.

When the sequence is periodic, the motion seems continuous, as seen in the animated gifs here...

To make this Zoetrope you will need:

A 35mm film canister
A piece of paper and printer
A piece of tape
A pencil

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Step 1: Get a Film Canister

Perhaps someone you know is still in the dark ages, enjoys the smell of chemicals, and the frisson of keeping a darkened, pornographically lit, developing room.

Or perhaps like me, you'll go down your local film processing lab. When I asked locally for freebie film canisters to use in an unrelated project they asked how many thousand I wanted, and I couldn't help myself. I came away with several bin bags full. That's how it all started! It led me to puzzling what else I could do with them.

After a brainstorm with a friend - Mark Dixon - we came up with the Filmcan Zoetrope.
Inspired!<br /> I love it.<br />
A very neat project.
Haven't tried this yet but love the project as a way of explaining principles, plus the whole zoetrope-film-video timeline. Nothing like using latest technology to reproduce the original.
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<em>Curiosity Collective</em>?<br/><br/>That's in Ipswich? My County town!<br/>

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