Here’s a straightforward way to make an animation, it looks like it could be fun to make on a rainy day. Douglas Wise made a record player animation using a record player, digital video camera, and a carefully designed paper record. It is sort of like an electronically-assisted zoetrope.
Noting that the record player spins at 33 1/3 RPM, and that his camera takes video at 30fps, he calculated that the video camera would take 54 photos of the record during one revolution. So, he divided the paper into 54 sections, and drew one frame of the animation in each line. Once it was prepared, he turned the record on and started recording. He has a video of it running and a more in-depth explanation on his site. [via dudecraft]