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$1,714
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40
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 18 2013 6:59 AM UTC +00:00
$1,714
pledged of $16,000pledged of $16,000 goal
40
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 18 2013 6:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

ZoeFlix is an artistic platform, an intriguing toy, and a beautiful conversation piece! For animation, play, or display—from age 3 to 103—everyone loves ZoeFlix!

WHAT IS ZOEFLIX?

ZoeFlix is the replication and recreation of the classic zoetrope with some awesome new features. Here is a summary of what makes ZoeFlix extra special!

THE ZOEFLIX CREATORS

Les Cookson, an artist, inventor, and toy-maker, has been building optical devices for over 7 years. 

Ken Higginson, also an artist and author, has consulted on consumer product start-ups for over 5 years.

They have helped bring many unique products to market including; LUCID-Art drawing tools, Upperdeck's TagWorks, My Cookie Plate, and Ancient Magic Toys

Now working together they present ZoeFlix, the recreation and replication of the zoetrope, one of the worlds earliest optical toys, combined with printed animations from some amazing modern artists and the ability to create, share, and download animations in an online sharing library.


PLEDGE LEVELS

Whether you pledge $5 or $200, you deserve a zoetrope!

AMAZING ARTISTS

We have an amazing group of artists working in a variety of genres and styles who will be designing animated stripes for ZoeFlix. Each of these artists adds unique value to the ZoeFlix project. Take a look at their work by clicking their links below.

CHECK BACK OFTEN - WE HAVE MORE ARTISTS COMING SOON!

HISTORY OF THE ZOETROPE

Inventors have been making optical toys for a very long time. Take for example the Chinese inventor Ting Huan (丁緩) who, way back in 180 AD, made a device called chao hua chich kuan (the pipe which makes fantasies appear). Huan’s device worked by convection. Rising air from an oil lamp caused this early zoetrope to turn, causing pictures painted on panels of translucent paper to animate.

The modern zoetrope was invented in 1833 by British mathematician William George Horner reaching its height of popularity in the 1860’s. While its been known by other names like “daedalum” or “the wheel of the devil”, the term “zoetrope” coined by American inventor William F. Lincoln seems to have stuck. Zoetrope means “the wheel of life”.

PRODUCTION PLAN

Working with some local manufactures and suppliers, we will make ZoeFlix using quality materials.

• The top drum is hand built with eco-friendly thick stiff faux leather—beautiful and durable!

• The lid encloses the base and animation strips for shipping and storage.

• The base is combined wood and engineered wood products finished in gloss black.

• ZoeFlix hardware is steal gliding on ball bearings to allow for a smooth long spin.

HOW WE WILL USE YOUR PLEDGE

Pledges will be used to purchase components from our quality suppliers and to manufacture and fulfill your Kickstarter rewards. Some components (like the custom made cylinder top) require tooling and high quantity orders to achieve a low price. We need $16000 to meet the minimum order quantities necessary to produce ZoeFlix at an affordable price to you. Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

Les and Ken are both experienced in consumer product development, fulfillment, and have shipped thousands of orders all over the world. Costs have been accurately calculated, quality is a priority, and any problems or difficulties will be managed in a proactive and professional manner keeping in mind the promises we have made to our backers.

For example if the order quantity requires more space then we have currently available, we have a connection with a local warehouse that will be willing to pitch in if needed.

While we don’t anticipate any major problems we will maintain communication and transparency throughout the campaign, manufacturing, and fulfillment.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    PAPER ZOE MINI (PDF)
    Receive a small construct yourself zoetrope that you print and build at home with standard printer paper (US or EU) + receive access to the ZOEFLIX online sharing library to share and print animations for FREE!

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    PAPER ZOE DELUXE
    Receive a larger construct yourself zoetrope that we print and send to you. Printed in full color on 12 x 18" card stock + an extra sheet of 14 classic animated strips + a wooden spinning spool + receive access to the ZOEFLIX online sharing library to share and print animations for FREE!

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    Pledge US$ 29 or more About US$ 29

    FULL ZOEFLIX
    Receive the full size 8" quality manufactured zoetrope with lid and wooden base + a set of 14 classic animated strips + a set of 14 animated strips from our contributing artists + receive access to the ZOEFLIX online sharing library to share and print animations for FREE!

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    Pledge US$ 45 or more About US$ 45

    ZOEFLIX HD Receive everything from the FULL ZOEFLIX + a set of 5 animated discs for the bottom of the zoetrope + a super bright LED lid light for night viewing + access to the ZOEFLIX online sharing library for FREE!

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    Pledge US$ 80 or more About US$ 80

    ZOEFLIX HD DELUXE Receive everything from the ZOEFLIX HD + an additional wooden base with a stylish hand crank (you will also still receive the standard base) + access to the ZOEFLIX online sharing library for FREE!

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    ZOE ZOE ZOE Receive everything from the ZOEFLIX HD DELUXE + the PAPER ZOE MINI (PDF) + the PAPER ZOE DELUXE + two colorful ZOEFLIX bumper stickers! + access to the ZOEFLIX online sharing library for FREE!

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    HANDCRAFTED ZOE Receive everything from ZOE ZOE ZOE but in lieu of the full size 8" quality manufactured zoetrope you will receive the original 8" zoetrope handcrafted by Les Cookson with a faux leather cylinder and solid brass tack-work. + 5 limited edition Kickstarter exclusive animation strips numbered and signed by the artist Ken Higginson. And of course access to the ZOEFLIX online sharing library for FREE!

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Funding period

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