Zoetrope – project proposal

Sat, 1 Sep 2012

The zoetrope is a device for displaying animations first developed in the 19th century. A cylinder is spun, slots in the side of the cylinder reveal the animated image displayed on the inside of the cylinder. 

TrishJoyce has posted about zoetropes in the forum. It stuck me that the Turning Turtle project would be a perfect way to drive a zoetrope. By using an interchangeable drive it should be possible to make a zoetrope that shows a choice of animations.

In the comments section of my Indecisive Sheep post I was reminded of lots of project I'd touched on in the past. I always write down ideas but tend to have a few notebooks on the go at once. Different shapes and sizes of notebook for different occasions. I don't have a central repository of future projects. Not until now, that is. I'm planning on adding a new button on the right linking to Future Project posts starting with this one. This will have the dual advantage of keeping projects in mind (I'd forgotten all about the all seeing eye!) and allowing you to leave comments about them.

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Comments (5)

  • hugo leandro September 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Dear Rob,
    Welcome back!

    Dear Rob,


    Welcome back! After a long period finally you came back. I missed everything: the comments, posts, discussions…It seems like a family that has traveled and is back now. I also would like to revival some old projects, like the office models ( I forgot the name but is a man reading a newspaper and some others), the tumbling one (why don't you use bearing balls instead of coins? That's OK if you try some extra materials but coins, I guess) and so on. Please, keep on warming our mind with these awesome projects! All the best,


  • Smelter September 2, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Go on Rob, do it for


    Go on Rob, do it for TrishJoyce, go for GOLD!

    (This Olympic season fever is infectious)

    • umehta September 3, 2012 at 12:25 am

      …and then like your ZINES

      …and then like your ZINES you can offer a series of interchangeable animations…

  • tahnee September 3, 2012 at 3:38 am

    OOoo I like this idea! I’m an

    OOoo I like this idea! I'm an animator who's just getting into automata. I've been playing with different varieties of zoetropes over the past three years and I think a paper-made crankable zoetrope is really cool!

    • Smelter May 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Time to take this one off the

      Time to take this one off the wish list Rob.

      (From the future projects list)

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