Frame O’ The Day

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

God I love 2D animation. Frozen in time, this looks like Angela Lansbury after a date with a steamroller. At 24 frames per second, it provides a barely perceptible indication of speed.

Back in the `30s when animators started studying live-action films, they noticed that fast motion resulted in a lot of blurred, smeared frames. If you study Warner Bros.cartoons frame-by-frame, you’ll see how they applied the concept to animation. “The Dover Boys” is a film that used it especially liberally.

Doverboys

I didn’t have high hopes when I tried it with my own animation, and was ecstatic to find that it actually works really really well.

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