The world’s first human flipbook

Elayne Riggs

Elayne Riggs is the creator of the popular blog Pen-Elayne on the Web. She was a founding member of Friends of Lulu, an organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of girls and women in comics, as readers and creators. She is married to inker Robin Riggs, with whom she shares two cats, and has odd love/hate relationship with Hillary Clinton.

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4 Responses

  1. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    It's called pixilation, and it's been done for decades. Mike Jittlov did it for his classic "Wizard of Speed and Time" short (and many others) They did it to Peter Gabriel for "Sledgehammer" and it's been done in lots of commercials and TV shows.It takes a lot of time and a lot of patience, and it's always entertaining to watch. While they may be the first people to coin the term human flipbook, they are far from the inventors of the process.Doesn't make it any less neat, tho.

  2. Elayne Riggs says:

    Vin, I've been a fan of Jittlov as long as you. I didn't mean stop-motion animation in general, I'm specifically referring to flip-books, doing stop-motion on sequential drawings in a live setting. I don't recall any other flip-books like this one.

  3. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    I'm not talking about stop-motion in general either, I'm referring to pixillation, the art of using human beings IN stop motion. The person is placed in sequential poses which takes many hours. Items in the background can be moved too, as well as still images that can be changed as well, so it looks like they too are moving. As for art interacting with the person, there's also Peter Gabriel's Sledge Hammer, as I mentioned earlier. In addition to sitting in front of a blackboard that showed a series of sequential drawings behind him to simulate a rollercoaster, they actually painted art on his face. admittedly they didn't use t-shirts, but same idea. Byrne got the same treatment in Road to Nowhere. He runs in a little flip book in the corner throughout the whole video. This little clip features a man watching a tv image (shown one frame at a time so it's smooth) in a pixillation scene. Also seek out Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions, by Henry Selick, which uses stop motion, pixilation, cut-out animation and a lot more, all at once. It may not be a good example of the human flip book, but it's great.'m sure I've seen people flipping flip-books in a pixillated format, I don't know if I can find any examples, but I'll try. There's a lot of stuff on You Tube if you search for either pixillation or flipbook.I can't say I've ever seen it done on a series of t-shirts, so that's very likely a new twist, and very neat, and there are lots of other examples of pixillation that people can seek out if they find it interesting.

  4. Elayne Riggs says:

    Okay, pixillation then, which makes my initial question, "Has pixillation ever been combined with DRAWN ART in this way?" Thanks for the examples!