Saturday, October 9, 2010

We're Walking - Hey Good Lookin'

This is the second to last shot in the sequence from Ralph Bakshi's "Hey Good Lookin'" that we've been examining.



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More interesting walks.

Two.  One of which -the old man's exit -is amongst the most difficult things to execute in animation.

At first glance, the humping couple in the foreground dominate the scene.  They're there for composition's sake -I understand that -but the wind up obscuring some pretty cool animation on the couple behind them.

Here's their walk (half walk, it's only one step).  On twos.

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We're looking at the couple in the middle.

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They're doing the "same" walk.
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"Same" meaning, each character is positioned and timed identically.
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In theory, an animator can do one character and then give it to the assistant to animate the other based entirely on what the first is doing.

That kind of mimicry is a good technique for learning.  Much better than copying generic walks from "The Animator's Survival Kit."
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Of course the woman's breasts are giving great buoyancy.

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Watch the hands.  They're not just lol-lolling like a metronome.  They're sharp, they're adding character to the movement.

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This might be a tradition walk's "passing point" -the highest point in the walk.
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#10 was just an inbetween.

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and so was #11

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And #12.  13. marks the highest point.
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The four drawings from 10 through 13 mark 1/3 of second on screen.  #14 here is an ease out of that position. That's 5 drawings for a point in the walk which textbooks assign a single drawing to.

This is precisely what gives life and character to this animation.

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We lose the woman behind the foreground characters.  I'm sure the animator did something amazing with her breasts -lost for eternity.

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By this point our walkers are completely obscured by the foreground fornicators.

We'll look at the old guy tomorrow.

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