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Here is an example of how to make a Zoetrope.  The version in this video is very similar to how we will be making ours.

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Here is a commercial example with a number of different animations, including one original design.  This shows clearly how it is supposed to work.

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What is this thing?

The Zoetrope produces the illusion of movement by viewing individual images through narrow slits in a rotating cylinder. The device was created with the name Doedaleum (wheel of the devil) in 1833 by English mathematician William George Horner (1786-1837). It is based on similar principles (persistence of vision) as the phenakistoscope but was an advancement because it doesn't require a viewing mirror and it can be used by more than one person at once. (Wikipedia, Zoetrope History)

Assessment will center around process and product.

Ask yourself:
  • is my animation clear?
  • is my animation unique and original?
  • is the animation cyclical (does it end where it begins)?
  • is my construction sturday?