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Live Animation of a Bicycle Wheel

Thursday 11.24.2011 , Posted by
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As if by magic, these bicycle wheels by Katy Beveridge jump to animated life when filmed. How is this possible? Each frame of the video captures a still picture of the spinning wheel, so as the different sides of the cut out shapes pass they are captured in the same place creating the appearance of movement. It’s interesting to note that this can’t be seen with the naked eye… only when the wheel is captured on film does the effect appear. How cool too that one of Beveridge’s animations hit the front page of Reddit the other day. Well done!

She says of the project:

“This is a piece created to question whether it was possible to film animation in realtime. Part of my CSM 3rd year dissertation project I was looking at proto animation (really early basic animation) in contemporary design. I’ve taken a lot of influence from other contemporary designers who are using these techniques to explore the way we look at animation and how its made.”

How animation works:

Thanks for the hat tip Michelangelo Bendandi

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Paul Caridad

Written by Paul Caridad



Bicycled the perimeter of USA, hitch hiked across the States dressed as monk. Nomadic for the next few years. Would love to connect, so check out my links below! email: soloride@gmail.com

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