Movie, TV, and Cartoon Images to Life
In the 1890s,
when movies were new, people sometimes ran screaming from theaters when
pictures of locomotives or ocean waves seemed to come at them on the screen.
Back then, the new-fangled "moving picture" looked a whole lot
like the real thing. Today, we know a movie isn't real. It's just a series
of tiny pictures printed on a plastic strip with holes along the side.
The holes catch on little wheels that pull the film through a projector.
Then a light shines through the film to project the images onto a screen.
makes a movie move?
and you'll see that each picture on a movie or cartoon film strip is
slightly different from the one before and after it. When the film is
projected, all those little images go by so fast you never get a chance
to see each one separately before the next one comes along. Instead,
your eyes and brain "hang on" to each image for a moment,
making all the little pictures smear together in what looks like continuous
motion. This effect is called "persistence of vision."
for something a little more challenging? Make a Flip Book!
or collect a series of little pictures: Comic strip images from the
Sunday paper are perfect. (You may want to paste them on paper first to
make them flip better.) Stack up your pictures, clamp one edge with one
of those black squeezy clip things, and then flip quickly through from
top to bottom to see your pictures move.