Exquisite Flipbook is a collaborative, semi-blind, sequential, digital collage project, in which short ‘process animations’ are created by sequencing images of work in progress. Each collaborator creates a series of images, beginning with the final frame of the previous collaborator’s series. The collaborator who creates the first series in a set also creates the final series in that set.
Email the project coordinator [firstname.lastname@example.org] with the subject line, FLIPBOOK. In reply, you will receive a file [YourName-1-01.jpg] which will serve as the first frame in your initial series.
As you work, perhaps with each adjustment you make, save sequential JPG files using the file naming guidelines, see NOTES below.
When you have accumulated at least 18 frames —or as many as 99— use a free, large-file sharing service, such as WeTransfer.com, to send them all to: [email@example.com].
When some number of fellow collaborators have created series to follow yours, you will receive a file [YourName-#-01.jpg] which will serve as the first frame in your finishing series. (NOTE: Your final frame will linger at the end of the animation, and fade to black).
In the meantime, in order to contribute to a set initiated by someone else, you may receive a file [SomeoneElse-#-01.jpg] which will serve as the first frame in your contributing series.
While creative decisions are the domain of each contributor, it is imperative that file naming guidelines are followed. In this context, the words ‘file’ and ‘frame’ are used interchangeably.
File Naming Guidelines
When Elmer Fudd creates the first series in a set, the first frame is named: ElmerFudd-1-01.jpg.
If Elmer’s series contains 49 frames, the final frame will be named: ElmerFudd-1-49.jpg.
When Lois Lane follows Elmer in the sequence, Lois’s first frame is named: ElmerFudd-2-01.jpg
If Lois’s series contains 90 frames, the final frame will be named: ElmerFudd-2-90.jpg
When Steve Dallas follows Lois in that same sequence, Steve’s first frame is named: ElmerFudd-3-01.jpg
If Steve’s series contains 64 frames, the final frame will be named: ElmerFudd-3-64.jpg
If this working-group comprises seven collaborators, after the seventh collaborator has created their series, Elmer will receive a file (from which to start the final series of the set) named ElmerFudd-8-01.jpg
NOTE: All participants will begin with a file sent by the Project Coordinator. The only changes to the file name (made by each contributor) will be the numbering of the final two digits.
Frame Rate and Duration
In order to ‘animate’ a sequence of still images, a frame-rate of 12 frames per second will be considered the minimum. At this rate, a series of 60 frames will be animated for five seconds. A series of 99 frames, the maximum for a single series in this project, will last for a little more than eight seconds.
Time-Lapse and Stop-Motion
Time-lapse and stop-motion may be considered two different forms of animation, but can also be indistinguishable and simultaneous. Both are welcome in this project. [Both can be seen in the sample animation, above]
If a collaborator simply saves files as they do their regular digital collage work, this will probably result in time-lapse animation, making it appear that minutes or hours of work take place in just seconds. [Flowers stacked upon flowers]
If a collaborator makes intentional, incremental changes to the content, and saves each change as a frame, there may result the appearance of motion, materials moving of their own accord. [Fish ‘swimming’ across the screen]
Sample animation excerpted from Subject Matters, 2012, by Mike Hinc, Marty McCutcheon, Jan Kather, Germán Britch, and Niki Hare