Living in San Francisco, I am surrounded by super cool sites of technological and cultural history. One of these sites is the amazing Musée Méchanique on Pier 45 of the Embarcadero. The museum houses all kinds of mechanical relics from the turn of the century which reminds us of a time when the novelty of the arcade experience was cutting edge. Being a lover of machines, technology, history, and animation I was immediately interested in the Mutoscope in the museum when I found it!
The principle of the Mutoscope is very much like a flipbook. It is a series of animation cells that are hung from a mechanical spindle that advances the frames when someone cranks the handle, thus creating the illusion of motion.
Wanting to combine my loves of motion, nature, videography, photography, printing and fabrication - the mutoscope seemed like the best way to celebrate this skillset! The Dell Precision M3800 and it's Intel® Core™ i7 processor, was critical in making this project, as it allowed me to quickly capture and edit footage in the field, move to the lab for parts design, and print all the beautiful animation cells all from one computer.
Follow my journey in turning a movie into a mutoscope in the steps below!
Here is a comprehensive list of materials used for this project.
Materials & Tools used for Photographing and Capturing Video:
Materials & Tools used for Printing Photographs and Designing Parts:
Materials & Tools used for assembling Mutoscope & Enclosure: