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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!
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!
1,856 backers pledged $137,567 to help bring this project to life.

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A NEW (old fashioned) Art Format

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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!

Risks and challenges

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!

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    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.
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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.

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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.

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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).
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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.
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    TRIPLE FLIP!
    There were many requests for this, even after we added the 5-pack, so here it is:
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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!
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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...
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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.
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