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Unveiled at 2012 Maker Faire, these Amazing Mechanical Flip Books stole the show. Now we've developed a kit so you can build your own!

A NEW (old fashioned) Art Format

Horse-In-Motion
Horse-In-Motion

Flipbookit.net is from kinetic artists, Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel. They create moving art that tells stories and tickles our sense of nostalgia. In late 2011, their series of motorized flipbooks based on the motion studies of Edweard Muybridge began touring with galleries, art shows and at special events internationally. MAKE magazine is featuring the artists in their January issue and a few of the boxes were on display at Maker Fair 2012 (you can see the original flipbooks at www.mechanicalflipbook.com)

MAKER FAIRE San Francisco 2011
MAKER FAIRE San Francisco 2011

The gallery-versions of their original mechanical flip-book artworks are expensive and are only available in limited editions. But the public response became so overwhelming that Wendy and Mark had to share this magical art format with as many people as possible.

Leapfrog - Mechanical Flipbook
Leapfrog - Mechanical Flipbook

"When we displayed our art at the Bay Area 2012 Maker Faire, so many people wanted to know when kit version was coming out, we had to do something."

To bring the flip-book-kit to life, we decided to bring in a pro. For directing the production version of the Mechanical-Flip-Book-Maker-Kit, we teamed up with  friend, inventor and manufacturing designer Steven Goldstein. Steve holds over 12 patents, was a Disney imagineer, and has guided many products from concept through production into distribution.

Flipbookit Team: Mark, Steve and Wendy
Flipbookit Team: Mark, Steve and Wendy

Behind the Scenes

The funds of this KS campaign will help make enable us to pay for all the creative people and companies who contributed to this project and take the project to the point that a whole new creative media form is developed and popularized. We started developing a user forum/dicussion list and all the online user tools and templates. Even though we know many programmers, we've found that our friends are busy, and programmers can't work for free. Your support will help get the flipbookit user base up and running. Thank You!

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We've built many flipbookit prototypes and figured out how to build a bunch of these things! We are currently screening vendors so we can get all the components crafted to our standard and on schedule. Specifically, we'll be deciding on our die-cutting and injection mold vendors. Steve has been doing this type of work for years. There are still some key decisions to make, but all the indications are looking very positive.

A concurrent challenge will be getting all the online tools that we've started developing to work well together. In their respective jobs, Mark and Wendy have been managing sophisticated online projects for years and are sure to deliver that component together with our great crew. We'll all be very excited to send out our first run of flipbookits!

FAQ

  • Yes and no. The shape is the same but the finish of the heavy cardboard box is different (and much nicer). Have a look at the update section. In update #7 we posted a photo of what the latest prototype looks like. There is even a link to a high resolution image.

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  • But of course! These little wonders will display whatever you wish. We liked how the black and white worked with our vintage imagery, but you can definitely use color in your flipbookit. Maybe you're an illustrator or want to draw on your pages? You'll also be able to add your own handiwork directly onto the flipbookit template pages - just get out those pens, colored pencils and crayons and start drawing!

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  • At this point there are 1700+ flipbookit orders. By the end of the funding, we may be at 2500!
    We are trying to discourage people from "stacking" rewards because
    1) we are concerned that there will be confusion & mistakes in the fulfillment of all those orders.
    2) there is a kickstarter rule (that probably has a legal reason as well.)
    3) it will be tricky to ship odd combinations because each reward is scaled and priced for set packaging and shipping rates.
    4) we're trying to make many flipbookits deliver before the holidays - and you can imagine all the logistics we need to work through!

    It really is best if you have a friend do another pledge in order to get both.
    Based on what people have written in, it's important that your friend has a different email address/KS account than yours.

    Anyways, we are truly honored that you'd like multiple rewards,
    but please have a "friend" help on your end...
    we really want you to have your flipbookits on schedule!

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  • Flipbookit holds 24 frames, but we also provide extra frame cards with each kit.

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  • No, it's much more. The SMART-DUINO kit does include three motorized flipbookits, but additional wiring, position sensors, position flags and mounting hardware for each of the 3 boxes is added, as well as an arduino-style micro-controller and programming cable. Our gallery art has a few additional circuits, but with the SMART-DUINO package, you will be able to create something that displays flipbook art just like the Spilling Water gallery piece.
    There will be plenty of "how-to's" up on the forum, and tips & sample code on the website, all of which will be posted immediately after the Kickstarter campaign ends.

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  • You could eventually upgrade a simple "MOTO-FLIP" flipbookit by later buying all the extra parts, but we haven't created that upgrade package package for the Kickstarter campaign. We will make upgrade kits available after the Kickstarter campaign ends.

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  • The prices will probably change a bit after the Kickstarter campaign, but we don't know how much they will change, or which direction. We will likely have distributors and retailers marking up the price and there may be added costs in packaging.

    By supporting the Flipbookit Kickstarter campaign, you are not only helping manifest a unique and intelligent product that may have never made it to market. You are also getting the first production lot that is built to the original artists' high standards and not cheapened by market pressures. Best of all, you will also help launch a brand-new art medium (and how cool is that!).

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  • Yes, a motor is included! Although many of you might want to revert to the hand crank when showing off this beauty in all it's pseudo-Victorian style. Many of you are asking about the aesthetics of this reward - and we'd like to post pictures but we haven't quite finished building the details! But rest assured that they'll be modded into an flipbookit worthy of this anachronistic technology. As soon as we have pics we'll post!

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  • Well, it really is a limited edition kit. So the components that make it up just won't be available in a larger quantity. That said, I think there are two ways to still get that package now.

    1. Order the Ready-Made-Art option that will be delivered fully built. (I know this may be too much for many) The $500 Ready-Made-Art will be really very special - and we will consult with you about a few of the customizable details. (when compared to one of our museum quality pieces, this really is a deal for art collectors)

    2. Sometimes, for whatever reason, a person cancels a pledge. Keep a close watch on the page for the occasional Dr. Steampunk cancellation then jump on it!

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  • YES! That's been the plan all along. We are currently programming a software app that will allow you to upload your own video/animation and then download the frames for the Flipbookit cards and print them at home. Since we're still in development we can't give you exact specifics yet, but it will be awesome and it will be free.

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  • YES! In addition to the animation you receive with your Flipbookit, you'll have the ability to download several others from our website for FREE. We're also creating a forum that will allow you to find cool animations that people have uploaded or post your own to share with the community.

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  • YES! Right now I'm developing special animations that will be included with the "Steampunk" version. This "Image Pak" will be created personally by us for the Flipbookit. Depending on the requests and responses, we're considering making more of these in the near future (with the possibility for purchase after the kickstarter pledging ends).

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  • We handed the whole video job to the guys at Spender and Prefect, who are real pros at this sort of thing. They shot, directed and edited and worked really well with our instructions and schedule. They also know a lot about how to make a Kickstarter project successful.
    Reach them at info@spenderprefect.com

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    FRIEND REWARD Every dollar moves the project forward! All backers will get our sincere thanks and the option to have their name proudly displayed on our thank-you page at www.flipbookit.net.

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    ART SUPPORTER Here's a great way to help this project happen. We'll send you an assortment of our postcards as a personal token of thanks for your support of creative projects that help make people's lives better. Included in this price is US domestic shipping only. International shipping add $5

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    NY MAKERFAIRE Early Bird Special (No. 1) We know who's really kicking off this venture! As a special thanks to you early supporters, we are offering our first production batch of flipbookits at a special reward rate and we are on schedule to DELIVER BEFORE XMAS! Included with the vintage-looking flipbookit shell, are 30 flipbookit flip panels, more than enough you-print print printer sheets, a pre-printed trotting horse animation, a single hub and pulley-crank, assembly tools and step-by-step instructions on-line tools. Postage for addresses in Canada adds $10 Everywhere else outside the US, please add $15

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    THE FLIPBOOKIT! Not the earlybird special, but the same package. ***DELIVERED BEFORE XMAS!*** Included with the vintage-looking flipbookit shell, are 30 flipbookit flip panels, more than enough you-print printer sheets, a pre-printed trotting horse animation, a single hub, assembly tools and on-line step-by-step instructions and flipbookit creation tools. Postage for addresses in Canada adds $10 Everywhere else outside the US, please add $15

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    MOTO-FLIP NY MAKERFAIRE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (No. 2) Ok you don't really have to attend the faire, you just gotta know about this special reward (and you do!) Some people just don't want to crank their flipbookits. Some people want to electrify. This gets you a standard flipbbokit PLUS a DC motor and linkage system along with the necessary components (switch, battery holder, wiring). Postage for addresses in Canada adds $10 Everywhere else outside the US, please add $15

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    MOTO-FLIP So you didn't make the early bird special - don't flip out. Some people just don't want to crank their flipbookits. Some people want to electrify. This gets you a standard flipbbokit PLUS a DC motor and linkage system along with the necessary components (switch, battery holder, wiring). Postage for addresses in Canada adds $10 Everywhere else outside the US, please add $15

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    DR. STEAMPUNK Ok, it's not steam powered, that's up to you. This is a limited production run of the mechanical flipbook kit. Looking like a vintage box-camera with old-style brass-colored hardware details (it's all about the details) Our original flip book art sells for up to $12000 in galleries - now you can build your own 24 frame animated contraption that kinda looks like it came from Captain Nemo's library or H.G. Well's drawing room. Included are 36 flipbookit flip panels, more than enough page-stock printer sheets, a single spindle-hub, assembly tools and step-by-step instructions on-line template tools. Postage for addresses in Canada adds $10 Everywhere else outside the US, please add $15

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    TRIPLE FLIP! There were many requests for this, even after we added the 5-pack, so here it is: Get 3 FLIPBOOKITS mailed to one address. Postage for addresses in Canada adds $10 Everywhere else outside the US, please add $15

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    FAB-FIVE FLIP SPECIAL Teachers, clubs, maker groups, and gift-givers, we got the message! Get 5 FLIPBOOKITS delivered to one address. Postage for addresses in Canada adds $10 Everywhere else outside the US, please add $15

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    SMART-DUINO FLIPBOOKIT So you want your flipbookit to dance to and fro, like the art at mechanicalflipbook.com? This is for you hackers and tech-artists. THREE MOTO-Flipookits WITH Arduino-style controller, position sensors mounting hardware and online tools. We can't wait to see what you make! Postage for addresses in Canada adds $10 Everywhere else outside the US, please add $15

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    Ready-Made-Art So you want a piece of art but don't want to pay the gallery commission? We can work with that. We will build you a flipbookit with our own art on it and send it to you signed, and ready to hang. This will be special, but it's art, so you gotta leave it to Mark and Wendy to design... Postage for addresses in Canada adds $30 Everywhere else outside the US, please add $45

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    PATRON - consult with artist and receive a fully built 3-box combo made with the art of your choice from Mark and Wendy. Postage for addresses in Canada adds $50 Everywhere else outside the US, please add $65

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