Crankie (Paper Movie)
Information supplied by George Konnoff
The crankie consists of pictures on a long roll of paper
which is scrolled past the audience in a viewer, the
Crankie Box. For paper, look in the yellow pages under
paper, and ask paper companies about rolls of
'butcher's paper'. If you
find an old-fashioned butcher who wraps meat in paper,
you can ask them for some. The paper must be fitted onto the reel
carefully, exactly vertical, otherwise it will ride up
or down. The edges can be reinforced with tape if they
start to fray. The crank is moved from reel to reel to
crank the paper through and then to rewind it.
Note: The crankie is useful as illustration for a
story or song, as part of a larger show, or as a free-standing
street theater. The pictures can be done in crayon, charcoal,
magic marker, or (not too wet) watercolor or acrylics.
The illustrations can be done as separate pictures or as
one continuous landscape.
The crankie can be lit from the front or the back.
Paper can be cut out or spliced in, but the splice will
show. Doing a preliminary sketch and putting the paper
into the crankie to try it out takes time, but will save
aggravation later. A very small crankie can be made with
a crayon box, two pencils, and a roll of the paper that
stationary shops sell for calculators.
Crankie Box Top / Crankie Box Bottom Inside
Crankie Box Side View / Reel Side View
Crank Side View
Crank Top View
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