Flip books

Animation can be created by taking a series of still drawings or photographs and breathing life into them. Flip books are a common, well known form of animation. These are often regarded as a childish act but they actually hold a prevalent meaning in history. When flip books first came out near the end of the 19th century they were a huge hit in the Americas and in Europe. Researching flip books lead me to information on the photographer and animator Eadweard Muybridge. He would take photographs that depicted animals and people in motion. Eadweard Muybridge documented thousands of different movements. He eventually discovered exactly how a horse’s legs move while in a fast gait.


Running horse, photographed by Eadweard Muybridge

Although Muybridge himself did not turn his photographs into flip books, there are many who have. Since his photographs have been taken in fast succession they work well as a flip book. Learning about the history of flip books lead me to create my own. Through the use of a site called benettonplay I was able to create my own flip book online! I made it just like a 2D animation, where many pictures have to be drawn and then played back at a fast rate to create an illusion of movement.


2 thoughts on “Flip books

  1. This is good – clear, concise, good links. You seem to have hit your stride (no pun intended). Can you make the caption and the link to the photo source any smaller? That may be a template issue, and it’s just a small one. In any case, this is very nice.

    • Dr. H,

      There’s no option to change the font size. I tried writing html code for it using the font tag alone and within a paragraph tag and it didn’t change anything. So I think you’re right, it must be that the template has a font size restriction.

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