Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How to Make a Flip Book

“A flip book is a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change. Like motion pictures, they rely on persistence of vision to create the illusion that continuous motion is being seen rather than a series of discontinuous images being exchanged in succession; this is also known as the phi phenomenon. Rather than "reading" left to right, a viewer simply stares at the same location of the pictures in the flip book as the pages turn. The book must also be flipped with enough speed for the illusion to work, so the standard way to "read" a flip book is to hold the book with one hand and flip through its pages with the thumb of the other hand. The German word for flip book—Daumenkino, literally "thumb cinema"—reflects this process.” (From Wikipedia)

Flip Book Examples


-stack of sticky notes
-bull clips

Tips for Making Your Own Flip Book

1 - Choose your subject. You could animate a character such as a stick figures, person, animal, or object. What would you like to see move? A ball bouncing? A slam dunk? A ship sinking? A bird flying? A tree falling? A letter going into a mail box? A bird returning to a nest with a wiggly worm? What interests you?
2 - Be sure to keep your sticky notes together using the bull clips. This will help the sheets flip crisply.
3 - Begin with the bottom sheet of the pad. Draw your figure or object using pencil. 
4 - Turn to the next sheet (the second from the bottom) and see your original drawing through the sheet. Draw a small change in the figure or object. As with your zoetrope and praxinoscope animations, the changes from sheet to sheet should be small. If you have drawn a setting element, such as a tree, basketball hoop, or half-pipe on your first sheet, be sure to carry it from sheet to sheet by tracing. This will help your setting remain stationary.
5 - Repeat this process for each sheet, making small incremental changes to the figure or object.
6 - From time to time test your animation to see if the outcome is what you are wanting. If you need to make changes, go back and erase and try again.
7 - Enjoy your flip book!

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