A Study of the Human Walking Cycle

This is 1 in a series of 4 2D animations that were produced in my first year of my Digital Media Design degree. These 4 animations were produced in 2008 and are not representative of my current (and hopefully vastly improved) skillset. I wanted to include them on my site because I love these animations & had a lot of fun creating them, which I hope shows in the final products!

A Study of the Human Walking Cycle - Flash animation by Michael Wentworth-Bell

Year: 2008 – Q1
Client: Swinburne University of Technology

My first time ever drawing and animating using a Wacom pen! I’ve said it a lot for these projects, but I really did have a lot of fun working on this! For this 1st of 4 animations, we were trying out ‘rotoscoping’. In this case, rotoscoping refers to creating hand-drawn animation using actual video footage as reference. I wanted to do a study of the human walking cycle, and had the same friend perform 3 very distinct ‘walks’ as he dressed up as different characters. I then exported the video as an image sequence and sketched over the top of it in the computer.
The final animation is now included in the LODE archives. You can click the link below and it will open the animation in a new browser window.


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Please note that this animation was created in 2008, and you will need Adobe Flash to view it!

I also created the music for this piece. I wanted to blend 3 different stereotypes of people together, and so decided to also stereotype the appropriate music that would match. I tried to create a piece of music that would work as 3 separate tracks on their own as well as one big track when it all came together in the end.

The archive entry for this project also includes some extra behind the scenes content. There is a .pdf of my workbook for this project. I tried to create a workbook for all of my animations & multimedia projects in Uni (and it was often a requirement).
This workbook contains a comprehensive overview of the whole project, including the brief, concepts, storyboards, inspiration, production workflow and more.


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