Making a Book Alive — When Book Arts Meet Animatronics

There’s this whole school of visual effects in movies that goes for practical effects rather than using CGI. Guess what, you can do that too. Robert Ontell, a young 3d-printing champion from California, made a spooky book with an animatronic eye!

I should say it right from the beginning. It isn’t a bookbinding project. Moreover, to make space for all the electronics, the book had to be butchered. But then, it doesn’t make this project worse!

The eye and some of the cover decoration elements were printed on an entry-level 3d-printer. Insides of the book had to be hollowed out to make space for the electronics and the eye.

Layering paper towels and painting achieved the rest of the cover decoration.

The project was inspired by the Spell Book from the Hocus Pocus movie.

Remote control is used to move the eye.

You can follow Robert on Instagram: @Rockin.Roberts.Designs

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