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Scott Benson creates these experimental after effects zoetropes. Here's what he says about them

'I had a tiny bit of free time recently so I thought I'd make a bunch of zoetropes in After Effects as a quick experiment. Each animating ring is made up of 16 still frames spinning around a central null. It produced some interesting results. Might try it again in the future with a wider variety of 'tropes.
Zoetropes have this interesting feeling to them, as they're spinning so fast we can't see that we're actually just looking at a series of tiny moments. I guess that all animation is like that, but zoetropes can slow down, stop and show you the underlying form that creates the illusion. And maybe that's why I was drawn to the subject matter...
The music is the last few seconds of "Luminous Luminescence" by Anathallo, stretched out and played backwards. The spinning sound is a fishing reel being turned over and over again.'

It's a very interesting idea considering that the idea of zoetropes derives from something very physical, to then be translated into a digital form using after effects.

By: Lisa
Posted: Tue 12th Jun 2012

Tags: Motion, After Effects, Afx, digital, Experiment, test, trial, zoetrope


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