Monday, 15 March 2010

Animator: Eadweard Muybridge ( 1830- 1904)

Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer, best known by his pioneering work using multiple cameras to capture motion and breakdown the frames in a second.
One of his famous works is studies of the horse motion cycle in 1878, this work shows a series of sequential photos that all together create the motion of the horse, in a infinite cycle. This helped comtemporary animators to understand how animals actually walk or gallop.
This study all started with a bet between Muybridge and the horses owner, where the latter disbelieved that horses couldnt gallop with any hooves on the ground. So Muybridge, to explain it started by creating this study wtith photographs taken to a horse, in this image we can perceive that the horse does not ahve any hooves on the floor for about 2 of the pictures, so it concludes that not only a horse doesnt reall have everytime 1 hoof on the ground, but actually at some times It doesnt have any.

As I mentioned before this studies helped to breakdown motion and accurately understand it. And so it started the beginning of animation.
Muybridge's works are so remarkable that Animators nowadays still rely on them when creating movement.

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