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Zoetrope Animations

Story by Krish, Kyerah, Lyla, Nathanyal, Reade, and Sharon

Zoetrope and TNT animation
Zoetrope and sample 12-frame animation (TNT explosion by Reade)

In early January, students in Class 3F learned how animations work by creating their own 12-frame animation.

We used a pencil for our initial draft, and then pencil crayons to add colour to our work.

Each animation was drawn on a 12-frame paper strip and then placed into a device called a zoetrope. To see the animation, we spin the zoetrope and then look at the images through little slits. Your eye sees each image quickly, but your brain mashes them together as long as they are neat and show the same thing moving slightly frame to frame.

Watch this short video to see the Zoetrope in action, and to see the animation.

Here is an animated GIF version of the 12-frames which is even easier to see.

"TNT Explosion" animation, by Reade
“TNT Explosion” animation, by Reade