It's a panoramic scene, rolled up like an open scroll on two spindles, that are hand-cranked so that it scrolls across a backlit "viewing screen".
An example of a crankie, by the talented Katherine Fahey; I can hardly wait to see her recent work for an upcoming film, coming out in 2016. According to Katherine, It will be a film about "...a traveling story teller, who uses a crankie to tell the story of the American revolution through 6 different people who lived through it. Among them, a housewife, a native american man, and an African american man. These stories are taken from actual oral histories of people who lived at the time." Sounds amazing, and it will be a GIANT crankie, the biggest she's ever made!
|A still from the upcoming 2016 film (as yet unnamed), featuring a giant crankie, made by Katherine Fahey...|
To see more crankies, go to the Crankie Factory!