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Help re mystery animation technique

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:01 pm
by greta de groat
Hi everyone,

One of our book catalogers got an interesting item today. Each page features a brief animation that is created when a drawing on a page has a piece of plastic film over it with alternating clear and opaque stripes, and when this is moved (it's attached to the opposite page so it moves when you turn the page), the drawing appears to move. It seems to me to be a zoetrope-like technique, but i've never seen anything like it and i didn't find anything likely in Wikipedia. There they mention a "linear zoetrope" which seems to be on subway walls and appears to move as the viewer moves, so it's not quite the same thing. I tried looking up the artist, Nikola Horeni, but the information i could find only mentioned an interest in animation history and optical effects, but didn't name any techniques (as per Google translate anyway).

Hope i'm not violating anyone's copyright here, but i shot a brief video and put it in Dropbox. I think it should be viewable:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/whewzabkxqb1p ... 2.mp4?dl=0

If anyone knows the name of this process, could you let me know?

thanks
greta

Re: Help re mystery animation technique

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:05 pm
by Brooksie
I've seen this described as 'lenticular animation'. A lot of childrens' books employ it, where it tends to be referred to as 'scanimation', which I think is more like a brand name rather than a technical term.

A search of that term comes up with this, which seems to be what you're looking for - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrier_g ... ereography.

Re: Help re mystery animation technique

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:02 pm
by Paul Penna
It's also used to reproduce "flat" 3D imagery.


Re: Help re mystery animation technique

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:46 am
by greta de groat
Thanks Brooksie and Paul! I knew someone here would be able to name this. The book is very cool.

cheers,
greta

Re: Help re mystery animation technique

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:48 am
by Daniel Eagan
Gallop! from Workman Publishing is a lot of fun: https://www.workman.com/products/gallop

As Brooksie noted above, they refer to the process as "Scanimation."

Re: Help re mystery animation technique

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:54 am
by wich2
Greta -

Variations of that were common when I was a kidling ~



- Craig

Re: Help re mystery animation technique

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:10 am
by greta de groat
I remember the ones with the ridged surfaces, but i don't remember the picket fence style ones.

greta

Re: Help re mystery animation technique

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 10:51 pm
by Jack Theakston
Very popular in 3D photography in the '50s. An LA studio photographer by the name of Paul Hesse specialized in these type photographs in stereo, and made a cottage industry out of them during the 3D boom in the early '50s when 3D films were in vogue. I've seen a number of these specially shot for 3D films, but also personality shots such as Lou Costello and John Wayne. Someone (Hesse's assistant, if memory serves) was reprinting these in the '80s on low-fade stock and a select few survive unfaded.

Re: Help re mystery animation technique

Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 11:25 am
by silentfilm
Image

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Here's a 1915 postcard of Ford Sterling. There are three different images of Ford Sterling making faces. Each one is separated into different lines that repeat the same photo every third line. The front "window" determines which expression we will see.