Saturday Morning Cartoons

Yesterday afternoon I attended a preview/walk-through of The Franklin Institute’s new Animation exhibit. The exhibit has lots of hands-on stations to practice activities that make up the process of animation, including stop motion photography, storyboarding, and sound effects.


My favorite site was likely the “soundbooth” where I failed miserably in applying foley to a brief clip. Perhaps even funnier than the out-of-sync sounds was the way the microphones captured me talking to my co-previewers as I tried to move quickly from station to station.

I’m betting the crowd favorite is going to be the station where you can be captured in a pose by 14 cameras for the computer to digest and present on-screen, froze-frame and spinning Matrix-style. A tip: the program counts down from 5, and then says “Click!” You want your pose to coincide with “Click!” and not with the “One” of the countdown.

The exhibit opens to the public tomorrow morning to coincide with the holiday weekend. It’s not likely to get the same kind of press that Body Worlds did, but I think it’ll be a great summer exhibit for kids and families (and big ol’ geeks like me). I’ve been told that, once the exhibit opens officially, some of the interactives will be available online. Check back on TFI’s website, and I’ll post a direct link when I find it.

Image source: The Franklin Institute.

1 Comment so far

  1. Jay V Cruz (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

    oh that’s it I HAVE TO GO THERE NOW!!!

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