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Crowdsourcing Mornings: The Pioneers – A Cinemagic Flip Book Collection


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Needless to say, we fully agree with this. We had been dedicated to filmmaking for more than 20 years before we embarked on the adventure of starting our own flip book publishing house, and we loved the idea of doing a project that combined both worlds: flip books and cinema.

THE PIONEERS is a tribute to these very earliest trailblazers. A collection of ten cinemagic flip books that represent the essence of their works, the very first projects involving the moving image ever made.

This collection is a declaration of love for those pioneering talents who sowed the seeds of a revolution that is now a fundamental part of our lives: the cinema.

It was no easy task to narrow down the selection of outstanding pioneers to ten. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these innovators spent years refining their techniques, implementing new technologies and discovering unique optical tricks in no way inferior to those of modern-day YouTubers and TikTokers.

During our research we kept coming across female pioneers, great creators who managed to assert themselves in a male-dominated world, but unfortunately very few of their works have survived, and they have now largely fallen into obscurity. We are proud to include two of them, namely the great Alice Guy-Blaché and Lotte Reiniger, in this selection.

Finally, we have come to a great lineup of ten visionary figures, who we consider to be major revolutionaries in their field, whether from the primitive beginnings of the moving image, such as the phenakistiscope and chronophotography, or from the early days of cinematography, animation, optical tricks and the first forms of on-screen narrative.

As of May 26th, this project has raised $23,000 of their $11,004 goal. This project has 15 days left to raise as much as it can.  For a pledge of $31, you will get one postcard set.  For a pledge of $56, you will get four flip books.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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