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For centuries, lovers of the ancient art had to consult books to uncover such secrets. Increasingly, though, experts and novices alike are learning about origami through online films and videos.
There are animated shorts — like Sipho Mabona’s “Origami Rhino Unfolding,” a 21-second wonder of stop motion animation — and commercials, like one Mr. Lang did for Mitsubishi, in which an S.U.V. rolls through a forest and then a city constructed purely of origami figures. There are documentaries, like Vanessa Gould’s seminal 2008 film “Between the Folds,” and scores of time-lapse shorts, like “Origami Scaled Koi,” by a Munich folder, Sara Adams, condensing 14 ½ hours of labor into a minute-long video. Perhaps reflecting the ever-growing complexity of some pieces, there are even “making of” films, like the one produced for Mr. Mabona’s origami installation “The Plague,” a socially conscious work in which stacks of dollar bills are transformed into a swarm of locusts.
And then there are the online tutorials, which teach in ways that origami books, with their arrows and dotted lines and static images, never could. Creators of these videos, like Ms. Adams, have their own fan bases, with their most popular lessons drawing millions of YouTube hits.“The advantage is that you can show the continuous action from one step to the next,” Mr. Lang said. “In book instructions, each diagram gives you a snapshot, and you have to infer the action between these snapshots. Now that we have video, you can see the action. You can slow things down and move back and forth between folds.”
Hat tip: Dick and Serena LaVine on the O-List