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

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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  1. Ross McCarthy

    Ross McCarthyDay ago

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

  2. petermconnolly

    petermconnolly3 days ago

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

  3. Alexander Sillan

    Alexander Sillan10 days ago

    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

  4. Mike Jones

    Mike Jones11 days ago

    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.

  5. Not2be4gotten02

    Not2be4gotten0214 days ago

    Dancing Spot gif?

  6. Stormdancer Gryphon

    Stormdancer Gryphon14 days ago

    "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

  7. Gizmo Photo

    Gizmo Photo15 days ago

    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.

  8. ShadowAura

    ShadowAura15 days ago

    This is an amazing build, really well done!

  9. tyton111able

    tyton111able16 days ago

    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?

  10. Oracle S

    Oracle S16 days ago

    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.

  11. Accendance

    Accendance20 days ago

    Still waiting for him to enter like Kramer from Seinfeld.

  12. belly tripper

    belly tripper20 days ago


  13. SNReber

    SNReber20 days ago

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

  14. Nezzy studios

    Nezzy studios20 days ago

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

  15. belly tripper

    belly tripper20 days ago

    DON **SCREW** UP NOW!!

  16. jocax188723

    jocax18872320 days ago

    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


    PWN NATION21 day ago

    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...

  18. D0nATr0n

    D0nATr0n21 day ago

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

  19. Luke Almquist

    Luke Almquist22 days ago

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

  20. SonEriccs

    SonEriccs22 days ago

    it is a tumah! 12:31

  21. Andres Kütt

    Andres Kütt23 days ago

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

  22. Hexlattice

    Hexlattice23 days ago

    Anyone know where he got that hoodie??

  23. Bacon Sarny-Geddon

    Bacon Sarny-Geddon24 days ago

    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.

  24. Michael Bou-Samra

    Michael Bou-Samra24 days ago

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

  25. misatopt

    misatopt24 days ago

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

  26. Todd Carpenter

    Todd Carpenter25 days ago

    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.

  27. Richard Western

    Richard Western25 days ago

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

  28. Bobby Stillz

    Bobby Stillz26 days ago

    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.

  29. Si BlueSkuLLy

    Si BlueSkuLLy26 days ago

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

  30. L&B Watchmakers *NPWS Inc.*

    L&B Watchmakers *NPWS Inc.*26 days ago

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

  31. 2000jago

    2000jago26 days ago

    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.

  32. TimeTravellingBunny

    TimeTravellingBunny27 days ago

    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.

  33. Wade Giffin

    Wade Giffin27 days ago

    You need some Jesus Bro.

  34. Camilla Nelson

    Camilla Nelson27 days ago

    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!

  35. Charles Mouse

    Charles Mouse27 days ago

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

  36. JL Laine

    JL Laine27 days ago

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

  37. Cyan the man

    Cyan the man27 days ago

    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

  38. Ian Bright

    Ian Bright27 days ago

    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.

  39. Matthew Hilberts

    Matthew Hilberts27 days ago

    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.

  40. ineedfire

    ineedfire27 days ago

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

  41. Sandra Weierman

    Sandra Weierman27 days ago

    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.

  42. Wei Lee

    Wei Lee28 days ago

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

  43. Jax Nean

    Jax Nean28 days ago

    0:28 bald Adam!

  44. Kavindu Jayarathna

    Kavindu Jayarathna28 days ago


  45. Politi Kilter

    Politi Kilter28 days ago

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

  46. Maggie McFee

    Maggie McFee28 days ago

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

  47. Nathaniel Schwartz

    Nathaniel Schwartz28 days ago

    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.

  48. Ian Zainea

    Ian Zainea28 days ago

    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

  49. elfbeee

    elfbeee28 days ago

    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!"

  50. theplaidcolonial

    theplaidcolonial28 days ago

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

  51. Mark Tadlock

    Mark Tadlock28 days ago

    They used to be at penny arcade

  52. Mark Tadlock

    Mark Tadlock28 days ago

    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.

  53. Gordon Weir

    Gordon Weir28 days ago

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

  54. Ryan Pierce

    Ryan Pierce28 days ago

    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!

  55. RichardM8422

    RichardM842228 days ago

    The sound the flipbox makes is very appropriate!

  56. DoctorBolognaMD

    DoctorBolognaMD28 days ago

    Adam is slowly turning into Colonel Sanders

  57. acriked

    acriked28 days ago

    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.

  58. Steve Deasy

    Steve Deasy28 days ago

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

  59. Sprink Winkle

    Sprink Winkle28 days ago

    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.)

  60. Mephusto West

    Mephusto West28 days ago

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

  61. BazzzB

    BazzzB28 days ago

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

  62. walleye364

    walleye36429 days ago

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

  63. Brian Smith

    Brian Smith29 days ago

    What kind of wire stripper does he use?

  64. siamee07

    siamee0729 days ago


  65. stick004

    stick00429 days ago

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

  66. XPNDBLhero

    XPNDBLhero29 days ago


  67. Kinra

    Kinra29 days ago

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

  68. 06racecar60

    06racecar6029 days ago

    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?

  69. Jamie Craighead

    Jamie Craighead29 days ago

    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.

  70. sliderofelay

    sliderofelay29 days ago

    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.

  71. Michael Krizner

    Michael Krizner29 days ago

    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.

  72. adam parker

    adam parker29 days ago

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

  73. Kzoo Kid

    Kzoo Kid29 days ago

    It is indeed magic.

  74. Walt P

    Walt P29 days ago

    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.

  75. Tom Horsley

    Tom Horsley29 days ago

    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 :-).

  76. D Quartermane

    D Quartermane29 days ago

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

  77. Yespeace

    Yespeace29 days ago

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

  78. K FR

    K FR29 days ago

    I want one that has HDMI input

  79. Kaboi

    Kaboi29 days ago

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

  80. flake bust

    flake bust29 days ago

    Keep intro as is, friend.

  81. B-jay Black

    B-jay Black29 days ago

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

  82. Android78

    Android7829 days ago

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

  83. robowraith

    robowraith29 days ago

    Where you whisteling the Dreidel song at 15:40?

  84. timtrottproductions

    timtrottproductions29 days ago

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

  85. Malin Strandli

    Malin Strandli29 days ago

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

  86. Robin Browne

    Robin BrowneMonth ago

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

  87. Richard Hopkins

    Richard HopkinsMonth ago

    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

  88. mkuhnactual

    mkuhnactualMonth ago

    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.

  89. Emma Faye

    Emma FayeMonth ago

    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!

  90. Mark White

    Mark WhiteMonth ago

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

  91. camelazo

    camelazoMonth ago

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

  92. Jeff Brooks

    Jeff BrooksMonth ago

    Noooo theme jingle please

  93. 8kx

    8kxMonth ago

    "illusions of life" is the book

  94. AusSkiller

    AusSkillerMonth ago

    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.

  95. ekkrir

    ekkrirMonth ago

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

  96. Leo Zhu

    Leo ZhuMonth ago

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

  97. mandelbrot5

    mandelbrot5Month ago

    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.

  98. Jackie Bozarth

    Jackie BozarthMonth ago

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

  99. PaGeez

    PaGeezMonth ago

    Wow i kinda wanna try doing this

  100. Peter Kelley

    Peter KelleyMonth ago

    Adam? Did you add the missing 24th frame before you finished??? Or did you just let it go for this production?

  101. FroMndo

    FroMndoMonth ago

    Adam, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE frame that piece of leather on your bench and save it for posterity.