Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Galloping Horse Animation Machine!

Publicerades den 10 apr 2021
Adam has a background in animation, so it's with great pleasure that he breaks out a flip-movie kit to make an animation machine! As he completes his galloping horse flipbook and adds a motor to automate the hand crank function, Adam reflects on the history of this analogue form of storytelling, and how it allowed humans to see the world in a way we'd never seen before.
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Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Gunther Kirsch
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  • I love the bag idea.

  • Alternate title: Adam Savage Counts to Twenty-two

  • Adam such a friendly lovable person with a passion for learning and creating. I've watched Adam for years I feel like were friends, yet we have never met and has no clue I exist lol. Rock on and lets learn!!

  • Man, when that motor kicked in it made me so inexplicably happy

  • Adam, it's not a Zoetrope, it's a Mutoscope. Big love. Px

  • If you swap the active and neutral from the switch to the opposite to how you have it now, the switch will be labeled correctly

  • No don't make a jingle... K.I.S.S. It is what makes your content so endearing and honestly down to earth. You are simply a big nerd sharing your love and enthusiastic outlook on all things.

  • Dancing Spot gif?

  • "I have eye-glass repair pliers, that should provide just the kind of force I'm hoping for..." ... >hammers part with back end of screwdriver

  • I started watching hoping you'd talk about Muybridge, but I didn't expect him to be so prominent, so thanks! Muybridge also took stereograms of wilderness areas, as well as single landscape photos, carrying raw materials into the field, including sheets of glass, mixing chemicals to sensitize the plates and developing the results. Quite a character.

  • This is an amazing build, really well done!

  • Adam do you think people are making things to easy for the next generation by giving them all the knowledge instead of leting them figure it out and making things themselves , do you think its a pro or con or maybe neither?

  • I love the sound it makes that probably wasn't the aim of this box but it adds such an appropriate sound to the galloping horse.

  • Still waiting for him to enter like Kramer from Seinfeld.


  • Hey Adam! Have you ever used ‘Wagos’ before for wiring?

  • I love that flat head screwdriver you used It looks handmade. I think I might forge a few.

  • The problem with Adam mentioning making a gif of one particular moment we could probably guess is that he's been a part of so many GIF-able moments I genuinely have no idea which one he's going to pick

  • Wrapping presents seems very similar to the "building a foam sphere" test that Animax uses today... Also, would be awesome to see Adam sit down to a chat with Rebecca Solnit to discuss her inspirations, creative process, and stories that she hasn't put into book form yet...

  • I love how the frames 'slapping' sounds a little bit like horse galloping from cartoons as a kid :)

  • Me: *staring at the beautiful piece of leather on the bench* Adam: so let’s talk about this leather!

  • it is a tumah! 12:31

  • Adam, frame the bench leather. White backdrop, lots of room between it and a thind black frame? Would be huge but beautiful.

  • Anyone know where he got that hoodie??

  • Crazy that, in that era, Muybridge was able to get such crisp, clean photos, with such short exposures in such rapid succesion. I'm no photography expert, but I though photos at that time had to be super-long exposures, which still often turned out murky and blurry- Which was why early photographers concentrated on landscapes, still lifes, or maybe stiff, formal portraits, where they used hidden, rigid frames to keep the subject still long enough for the reaction on the silver emulsion to take (or, thats how it was explained to me, anyway) I think it's easy, today, to just say "Oh, so he automated a shutter to take a series of photos in rapid succession", as if it's no big deal, because we take photography, and moving pictures for granted. But back then, the technical challenges must have seemed insane- Fine-tuning the chemicals for crisp, high-contrast images from fast exposures. Moving the negatives quickly and precisely enough that a new one is lined up perfectly, 24 times a second. As well as automating the shutter, and co-ordinating it with everything else. In that era, that must have been as much of a mind-boggling, impressive technical feat, as the idea of sticking terabytes, entire libraries worth of data, on a silicon wafer the size of your fingernail is, today.

  • I backed this project on KIckstarter bac in 2012. Glad to see it's still popular

  • my first job was as an animator for the Portuguese Sesame Street! we sort of started in the same place! 🤩

  • I think you should auction off the leather bench cover and make a donation to some worthy cause! Most of us would LOVE to have it and frame it... We're weird that way.

  • Dude! I'll pay $80 for a belt make out of your leather bench topper! Oh man, Adam, please make me a belt!! :) :) :D

  • Every time I see 'O.D.B.' on the clapper, I think Wu Tang Clan. See if RZA will make an intro beat for you.

  • Ok went and bought one, Sits now proudly on my desk at work.

  • Anyone recognize that wire stripping tool Adam used? I could use one of those.

  • 9:04 - Wire nuts? Nope, I'm done. Cannot take anything seriously that has "wire nuts" in any part of it's construction. They are a scourge upon the earth.

  • Intros are a waste of time. Even the best of intros gets old after the second or third viewing. I will "Right Arrow" through any intros on channels that have them. Mathias Wandel has done quite well for a decade without an intro. The title of a worthwhile video should let people know what to expect. And then there is the person who talks for the first 3 or 4 minutes of an 8 minute video about what they are going to be doing rather than just doing! Very few intros add anything. They are a waste of time.

  • You need some Jesus Bro.

  • Such a fun kit! Its fun to hear people be excited about some of the same things I am interested in. Eadweard Muybridge was so revolutionary, and he didn't even realize it! There is a documentary I watched about him once narrated by Andy Sirkis. Really interesting!

  • Make the absolutely most beautiful leather-wrapped pen you can from the most interesting piece.

  • Loving the irony that the pandemic shutdown has been good for Adam to catch up on "shelved" projects.

  • Does anyone happen to know what book Adam Savage was talking about that taught animation? The oldest book about animation I could find was from the 1980s called "the animators workbook" it would be awesome if I could learn animation the same way Adam's dad did

  • That animation book would be "The Illusion Of Life" by famous Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. I own it, it's awesome. If you're learning animation I'd also recommend "The Animator's Survival Kit" by Richard Williams of Who Framed Roger Rabbit fame.

  • Animation, then is like so many other skill based activities. The basic idea of it the fundamentals of how it is executed are easy, but to really master it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

  • Its cool how it almost sounds like a horse galloping too.

  • It is a beautiful way to remember an amazing change from photography to movies. I thought it was amazing when I learned about it quite a few years ago. Also it's cute how you get so excited about these projects however small they are.

  • Please make a giant flip book machine for store display. Would be so cool!

  • 0:28 bald Adam!

  • ok

  • It's always so much fun... when it's a quick and dirty one!

  • As a Margaret, I must insist on the full "hell's bells, Margaret".

  • That’s an interesting way to build a Zoetrope, because I remember building one in school and the way that I built it was I just used wood, and construction paper. So first, I built a base out of wood. Then I built a secondary base also out of wood. And then I took some wooden wheels and placed them in between the 2 bases so that the top base could spin. Then, I took some black construction paper and used that as the frame for the picture. And finally, I used white construction paper and drew a picture on it frame by frame. And then, I simply slid the drawing into the Zoetrope, and when I spun the Zoetrope around, the image moved.

  • Get 24 (23 more) and offset each by one frame, side by side. Then you can either watch one or watch the horse run across the wall

  • Adam: "You may not know this about me, but I come from animation people!" Me: "Well THERE'S a big surprise! That's an incredi- I think I'm gonna have a heart attack and die from not surprised!"

  • Watching this while professionally animating. Thanks for the mad props Adam!

  • They used to be at penny arcade

  • I though it was done with a bunch of cameras taking a picture at the same time as the horse ran by and I thought it was based on a bet.

  • Should put it on wheels and call it an '' Animation Station '' 😁

  • Adam, I absolutely MUST know what wire stripping tool you used in the video. I’ve been searching high and low for one like it, but can’t find it. Thanks!

  • The sound the flipbox makes is very appropriate!

  • Adam is slowly turning into Colonel Sanders

  • Why not make the leather to epoxy harzt river table? With ambient lights and miniature forests? It would give nice base to it. make it D&D scenario with tiny houses and trees... Making it as a bag seems a bit boring idea. :) as epoxy hartz table it would make a beatiful and working, interesting table.

  • Adam's descriptive tone seems to indicate we will all be putting one of these together also. My internet search begins.

  • 2 things: 1) Anyone know the animation book of which Adam speaks? And 2) Adam, once again your enthusiasm, joie de vivre, wonder, breath of knowledge, passion, and storytelling have enlightened and inspired me and improved my day exponentially- Thank you, and your facilitators!!! ;P (Also, a big thank you to all you makers giving of yourselves and improving the world around you- I'm continually in awe.)

  • did noone else notice that he wired the switch backward, then said that it was labeled wrong?

  • Please stop using wire nuts. It's not the 80s anymore. Wago connectors!

  • Adam should do the intro to the old Star Gazer intro. Greetings Greetings fellow Day builders.

  • What kind of wire stripper does he use?


  • Hey Adam! You have a 3D printer! Just print yourself a bunch of plastic snap rivets!


  • Is it weird that watching the horse gallop makes me a little motion sick?

  • Is it just me or is Adam starting to go crazy? When he doesn't have some where to go meet people, he has begun to go into long ramblings. Or was he always this way and the editing hide the tangents?

  • 2 things I need to see: #1) a one day build where you swap out your own animation into this rig (Boston Dynamics robot pulling a rickshaw as an ode to the original?) #2) the horse running backwards.

  • it is driving me nuts that you haven't figured out that the switch points to the contacts on the rear that it is connecting in 99% of case. so if the switch is to the left the contacts to the right are connected.

  • It's funny that the machine sounds like it has a gallop to it. The hollow structure lends the similarity to claps of coconut shells as well.

  • Wow, the prices of the products on art of plays website are absurd

  • It is indeed magic.

  • IMO no intro is necessary. In fact, I am here BECAUSE of "Adam Savage", I for one don't even need the introduction at all. A simple "Hi, here's what's happening today" would suffice for me.

  • You could 3D print a flipbook mechanism, use the camera cable Norm reviewed the other day to film it printing, then make the video into flipbook pages. It would be very meta :-).

  • I know Adam cleans up after. But it makes me chuckle when he just yeets packing and such randomly.

  • I'm so happy that I found this channel, Adam himself and this community inspires me so much everyday

  • I want one that has HDMI input

  • Its amazing that when the thing spins, it sounds like a house running too

  • Keep intro as is, friend.

  • You could build a machine which can play an intro, for example on glasses and drums.😉👍

  • Is it just me... I can’t stand wire nuts. There are so many better solutions for joining wires.

  • Where you whisteling the Dreidel song at 15:40?

  • Wire nuts are so 20th century... Try new push in connectors

  • No jingle! I like the minimalist "get to the meat" style.

  • It sure looks like the horse's feet are off the ground at one point. Did I solve the mystery? :-)

  • I've been watching a lot of ham radio videos. I can tell because when Adam went to connect the power leads using wire nuts I thought why not use power poles. Then I remembered, oh yeah, this is a fairly permanent thing and you're not going to be pulling the battery box on the regular. On that note, are any of the Tested team amateur (ham) radio operators? I know Tim Allen, John Amadeo (sp?) as well as several of the cast/crew are licensed operators. Amateur radio is a hobby of a thousand or more sub hobbies. 73 de KF5BDF

  • That flipbook must be from an early run. The ones on artofplay in addition to being sold out :( (seems like that happens to everything he promotes) is made of cardboard rather than plastic.

  • Unfortunately, animators don't get paid well and are often underappreciated. I have a friend that just graduated with an animation degree in 3D and she's still struggling to find a job and her animations are really impressive too!

  • I love the idea out of making a bag out of the workbench leather.

  • Passionate guy , when you understand the story behind the object, cheers Adam!!

  • Noooo theme jingle please

  • "illusions of life" is the book

  • 10:02 The way Adam moves the screws, pauses, then lifts his hand, shows that he too is a man that has done the same without the pause only to have half the screws roll off the table. It is interesting seeing all the little idiosyncrasies that are derived from a lifetime of experience.

  • Great video, however, can you please turn off auto white ballance?

  • "look at the lengths of wire I used" - the professor.

  • One thing that tickles me to no end is how meticulous Adam is about laying out parts, but the instant something isn't important just tossed on the floor.

  • I love it it looks great but to show how old I am that looks like a motorized Rolodex