Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Galloping Horses in a Zoetrope

Name of Model: Lego Zoetrope #3 - Horses
Created by: ChadMealey / Lego Tron
Found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TR9Nvv3ul5A and http://www.flickr.com/photos/legotron/sets/72157629668225249/with/7015942181/
Details: In the early days of motion pictures, they didn't have film reels or real video technology. Early on, moving pictures were created by using series of still frames in a circle, with slits between each one. Looking through the slits at the image on the other side while the circle was spinning would make it look like the image was moving.

If you remember what blog you're reading, this next part shouldn't surprise you - here's a an example of a zoetrope that works in this manner made out of LEGO. Much like the first example of this (based on a series of photographs taken by Eadweard Muybridge), this particular ones animates a horse's gallop.

SciBricks has posted a little more detail about this model.

Eadweard Muybridge would have turned 183 years old today.