Introduction: Laser Animation Flipbook
Oldschool flipbook-bookflipping meets newschool hightech-laserphotography!
Or, less excitingly expressed, you transform a GIF into a cool GIF into a flipbook.
Grab your light sabers and let's get started, woosh!
Step 1: The Ingredients
- A good camera: DSLRs are nice. Basically it must have the function of manual shutter speed (20sec)
- A laser pointer: Red or green or both
- A dark room
- A nice GIF
- Animation Shop 3
- Colored pencils
- Glossy paper to print on or a good address to print flipbooks
Step 2: The Right Animation
- Lenght: 30 - 60 frames, when you calculate 10 frames per second, that would be 3 - 6 seconds (genius).
- Content: A simple motive, a person doing something is nice.
- Movement: The character should move in each frame, because the frames will later be drawn one above another in different colors.
Some examples for suitable animations:
- Bouncing Ball
Step 3: Preparation
Make screenshots of the frames and arrange them on a canvas in a photo studio. You can add numbers to the pictures to keep the right order.
Print the frames in the right size and transfer the animation per hand on a sheet of paper: Each frame in another color (see photo). Surely it is kind of an advantage when you know how physics work and bodies react on impacts, actio & reactio etc etc, but a picture drawn in 20 seconds in the dark with a laser pointer doesn't provide much place for details anyway.
- Draw a curve where your character moves on(if it moves)
- Start with a frame in the middle, add first and last frames
- Make crosses on the curve for the missing frames
- Add the frames in between.
Step 4: Photo Session
- With lights on, focus your camera, which stands on a tripod, and turn auto-focus off, it has no function in the dark.
- Find the first frame with your laser pointer and remember how it looks.
- Make a photo with the lens opened for about 20 seconds, depending on your animation.
- Trace the picture with the laser pointer carefully. My hand had a great talent in covering what I was drawing.
- Observe the result and delete it if it's crappy, or you will later have difficulties to sort the frames.
- Move on to the next frame and repeat step 2-5.
Step 5: Covering Page
Your flipbook deserves a covering page, so be creative and take a nice shot before you clean up.
Step 6: Finishing
Then you can either
- Send the pictures to a print shop that does flipbooks (What I did, because of the edges; In order to provide a comfortable page flipping, you need precisely lined up edges. Unfortunately it hasn't arrived yet.. But I want to publish the Instructable before the contest closes ;))
- Print the frames on glossy photo paper (Why photo paper? It can display black much better than non-glossy paper, and photos in the dark are somewhat dark) and glue them together at the blank areas.
You can see a GIF of my finished animation below.