The Future of TV is here folks! Sharp Pencil Quality TV!

Here's my papercraft TV set with a film strip of selected frames from a movie. The strip is wrapped arround two pencils. As you turn the pencils film scrolls over the screen. You need to download DIY kit I made from my web site link. They are actualy just PDF files containing the box fold out and a film strip. All you need is to print it, cut it and assemble it. You'll need two pencils (chopsticks might do also) and some glue.

I have done versions for three movies so far. Kill Bill vol. 1, Dirty Harry and Dr. Strangelove.

Sharp Pencil Quality TV

Step 1: Download and print

Go here and get the PDFs I have made for you or download a template and customize it your self.

Print it. Use thicker glossy paper for the first page (TV set box) and thiner normal paper for the film strip.
Could you motorize it?
Awesome Very Very Nice
Very very nice idea! It looks like a BOX BOOK!
Can you please do more versions? And can you make more child appropriate versions, like Phineas and Ferb or something?
This is a wonderful instructable by the way. And how about a Jackie Chan or Chuck Norris movie version? That would be awesome!
Thank you! My brother is all about it. Also if you have some tips about decorating it, or putting touches on it, please post it. I want to decorate it when my brother is finished. Also any tips for my brother will be welcomed my brother and I share an account.
This is such a cool idea!! Do you know if there's a place to find any other movies to put on it? Yes, I'm lazy....
i have one<br>
Hey! I made one like this when i was in school. but was not a TV, but a game. <br>The differences are, that the strip was a continuous drawn river with obstacles, and in one side it includes a steer wheel that moves a little boat in the screen. <br>Of course, my version has pencils on sides, so the river moves vertically. <br>Nice remember... <br>
Yeah I had the same idea
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I like this :)
StaneStane- the film just seems to be individual pics instead of slight variations of a photo like real film. does it actually look like TV? post a vid!
Nah, it doesn't look anything like real TV. But this is just a toy anyway.
Srry for a late reply but your avatar picture is.....sweeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!
cool idea! The pic in step 2 totally looks like Domo!
im gonna start makeing
My dad made us something like this when we were kids, except it was bigger and had an electric light inside, and a magnifying glass on a cardboard tube out the front, so that it worked as a projector (I guess it was the home theatre version). Instead of frames from movies we got strips of tracing paper and drew our own film strips. That was ace fun. And then my parents wondered why I quit medicine to go to film school..
Can you do one in high defintition digital TV? With 5 way sound and everything? That would be soooooo cool
What a great way to pirate movies..... Shhhhhhh don't tell no one...
not really cuz liek its not very good and theres no sound...
isnt it hard and tiring to keep spinning the pencils? oh, well neat idea! somebody make a video of what they make and post it on here so we all can see what it looks like.
ok if it is hard to make the pencils spin than mount a motor on it...
hey!!! i was going to say that!!
are you saying swee... whatever on purpose??? dont say sweet. its a crapy and stupid word.
sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet
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Soi soi soi soi soi soi soi soi.....
Maybe it's called sharp pencil TV for a reason- you are supposed to use a hacked electric pencil sharpener to spin the pencils :)
yeah, just use the motor out of it...
I'm guessing it doesn't have a pencil sharpener...But I'm putting on channel 1000:Pencil TV.
great gadget, you get an extra star for using the sweetest pencil's ever. HB even, woohoo.
AHHHH!!!! dont use sweet!!! it makes my back shiver. I heard that word 25 billon times!!!!!!
shweeeeeet ;) but why do you hate ... "sweet"?
he's sour lol sweetsweetsweetsweetsweetswetsweeswesweetettsweetsweesweettsweet
wow you're a good artist. i wish i could draw like that. +1
Hah! This is cool, I'm going to make a Lego version when I get home tonight :)
yay Lego's are cool
Lego's are sweeeet.
I love these, thanks for the instructable :)
You could probably use one pencil, cut the frames apart, a little modification, and make a flip book. Then you could have real motion.
sweet,now let's attach it to a v8 for movies
haha thats funny, v8 motor i would put a light behind the strip to make it a film projector
Just make sure if you use chop sticks that they are the same circumference top to bottom the way pencils are. Otherwise the paper will not roll properly.
Yeah this seems to be something fun and easy and cheap to do. Can't Waite!!
cool man...how about incorporating your idea to an old photo camera,you can cut a hole at the back cover of the camera...and wind your filmstrip on it.or you can also put a LED light inside your box so you can also view it in the dark.wouldn't it be cooler?

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