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September 22-26


Objective: To understand and master the essentials of animating eye movements.

Essential Questions:

  1. Why is it essential to feel the character's movements in your own body before you begin to move the character?
  2. What happens to your eyes when you turn your own head rapidly to the side?
  3. How does the pupil move when the head is turned from side to side?


  1. Finish animation of a sleep blink. Carry the pupil down with the eyelid, and back up when the eye is opening.
  2. Finish animation of an alert blink.
  3. Finish animation of head turn with a blink.


Objective: To animate a convincing walk.

Essential Questions:

  1. How many inbetweens does it take to move the right foot forward one step?
  2. How does the passing position look in frame 5, assuming the step takes 9 frames?
  3. Why is the body raised higher in the passing position?


  1. Animate one step in 9 frames as shown in the handout.
  2. Animate the second step, adding 8 more frames.
  3. Animate a walk cycle as shown in the handout.


Objective: To animate a background pan.

Essential Questions:

  1. How is the illusion of movement created in a walk cycle?
  2. How can you avoid a strobe effect?
  3. What may cause a visual shudder?

Assignment: Add a background pan to your walk cycle.


Objective: To explore other animated walking options.

Essential Questions:

  1. How does the principle of persepective help with a front-on walk cycle?
  2. How must the leg be adjusted for a front-on walk?
  3. Explain the concept of an animated background in a front-on walk?

Assignment: Read the handout regarding animated background in a front-on and back on walk. Read the section on adding the arms. Read the section on introducing personality. Read the section on timing.


Objective: To master a walk cycle.

Essential Questions:

  1. How can I add personality to my walk cycle character?
  2. How do the arms fit in the natural movement of the walk?
  3. How can I improve my character's walk cycle?

Assignment: Enhance your walk cycle to include the topics presented in the handout.