Behind the Scenes

Have you ever wondered what a crankie or moving panorama looks like from behind the box?  I know I did when I was just starting out.  This is a collection of videos and pictures from "behind the scenes". 

Switching Crankie Spools
This is Julia Derby from the group Podorythmie, demonstrating how we switch crankie spools. Everyone's crankie box is a bit different. Richard Twomey made this crankie box and it was designed to hold large scrolls made from felt. Stay tuned for more examples.
Loading a Paper Scroll Into a Crankie Box
Dejah Leger demonstrates loading a paper scroll into the crankie box. The box was made by Louis Leger. Watch Dejah's beautiful paper cut crankies at her website dejahleger.com and at thecrankiefactory.com website.
This is a 19th Century moving panorama is from the collection of Erkki Huhtamo, Historian, Media Archeologist and Exhibit Curator. This is the only time I have seen the scroll advanced by means of string, pulleys and a crank. Visit his new website erkkihuhtamo.com
This is a recreation of the 19th Century Pilgrim's Progress moving panorama. The original panorama exists, but it is too fragile to crank. A reproduction was made. Find out more at the Pilgram's Progress page on this website (in the Moving Panorama section and also the Saco Museum website http://www.sacomuseum.org/panorama/
Lost Gander crankie by Anna and Elizabeth
Created by Anna and Elizabeth, this film brings out the magic of crankies. It has a few short glimpses of the back of the box. You will see that they are illuminating the box with candles!!! Very 19th Century and very cool! Annaandelizabeth.com