Extra! PIXAR’S TOY STORY ZOETROPE
I had to post this, even though it’s not a shot or really even from a movie. But it’s by movie makers and a total new application of one of the first technologies ever to show a motion picture, the zoetrope. (Not sure if the Pixarians are the first to do this, but it has to be one of the best applications.)
Damn those folks as Pixar just can’t help themselves, they’re just so clever.
This, more or less, is a sculptural zoetrope, one that makes inanimate objects come to life right in front of your naked eyes. It’s the coolest sensation – like live computer animation. It works by spinning the turntable very fast, and then illuminating only by strobe light. Why didn’t I think of that? (Makes me daydream if you could make an entire movie this way, or at least a short. Could a conveyor belt of sculptures move fast enough???) No camera, no coverage! They’ve cut out the middle man.
This is on display at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim. I think it was my favorite thing I saw. The strobe kicks in at 1:37 in the below video, which of course doesn’t do justice to what it’s like to see it in person. Epileptics beware!
Let me know if you’ve ever seen this done before by someone else.