1920's Movie Camera

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 01-19-2015 05:39 AM 2268 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The High School where my daughter attends is putting on a Spring Musical “Singin’ in the Rain”. I do volunteer work with the school teaching Tech Theater students how to build theater props. Tech Theater Class builds all the props and runs the stage for the 2 plays a year put on at the school by the Drama dept. The upcoming play is rapidly approaching and there is a lot to do. Some scenes in the play call for a 1920’s style movie theater camera so I decided to take that on as a weekend project in my own shop. I did a Google search for a 1920’s style movie camera, found a picture and built what you see in the pictures above. I designed the handle on the side to spin around for effect. For posterity sake I used my CNC machine to carve the schools name and the name of the play into the movie reels. I thought this would make a nice piece of memorabilia for the theater dept. The whole project was built from scrap materials. I’ll let the students paint it to match the era. It was a fun project and I look forward to seeing it used in the play.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 12:33 PM

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand, Action! I can almost hear that clicking sound of it running. OH, wait, that’s a projector I’m thinkin of. Nice fab and build

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#2 posted 01-19-2015 12:35 PM

LAWL! Nice, Roger! I really like this project. Looks like a fun one.

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 01:24 PM

Pretty cool. I’m sure they’ll be very appreciative. And the painting will be easy enough, all they’ll need is a rattle can of black :-)

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#4 posted 01-19-2015 02:27 PM

That’s a different project and it looks like a fun build. Super.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 01-19-2015 03:17 PM

I really do like this. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-19-2015 03:24 PM

Cool project—nicely done!

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#7 posted 01-19-2015 05:19 PM

Perfect replica :-), very nice.

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#8 posted 01-19-2015 08:46 PM

That looks like a fun project and very creative, too!

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#9 posted 01-19-2015 10:19 PM

Fun build. Turned out great and sure the techies will love it.


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#10 posted 01-19-2015 10:33 PM

Great story and build !.....Well done

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#11 posted 01-19-2015 11:51 PM

great build,looks to be a fun one and for a good cause.

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#12 posted 01-20-2015 12:06 AM


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