D.I.Y Rostrum – Page 2

The feet are attached in the same way. These are pre-drilled to take bolts but as I was standardizing on quarter inch whitworth bolts I found I had to drill these again to enlarge them. The uprights were also drilled a few inches from the top to take the bolts for the lighting bar. The … Read more

How animation paint is made

Graham Beeching of Filmpaint explains the art and craft of making animation paint. The article is based on a taped interview conducted by David Jefferson. Paint consists of two basic ingredients, pigment mixed with a liquid with film forming properties. Custard is an example of a liquid with film forming properties. You could make paint … Read more

How animation paint is made – Page 2

Although I realised it was not essential for animation paint to use very permanent pigments, because I have painted pictures all my life and made my own paint, I have always gone for the best I can possibly achieve. I set about making paint as if I was making paint for myself, using the most … Read more

How animation paint is made – Page 3

The ingredients that are added to make the paint flow all require high water contents and this gives longer drying times. Thick paint does not necessarily mean it has got more pigment in. There are some of the cellulose thickeners where you can put one-and-a-half or two percent in water and produce a thick jelly. … Read more

How to build a Zoetrope

The ZOETROPE was a popular children’s toy in Victorian times, and just consists of a drum with vertical slits cut in it at regular intervals, mounted on a spindle so that it can be made to revolve freely when spun by hand.

Building an Animation Rostrum – part 3

Making a Rostrum

Part Three By Brian Clare


In part one of this series I covered the woodwork for the base and table. Now we look at a way of adding a controllable movement to this.

The mechanism consists of threaded rods running through nuts that are secured to the rostrum base and the moving table top.