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However, it is perfectly possible to execute a run with little or no arm movement, though such a restricted action will appear, in most cases, unnatural. swinging arms in a walk cycle, and while such actions affect the overall movement they are not essential to its completion. The arms and hands could be animated separately to produce a particular gesture or movement. Actions such as these may be synchronized independently to hit other ‘marks’ within the scene. Tertiary actions Tertiary actions are actions that are simply the result of the primary and secondary actions, and are often the movement of those things that are simply attached to the main figure.
Now that we have covered the basics of animation timing we can move on to take a look at some of the more involved and complex aspects of animation that, coupled with your understanding of animation timing, will continue to test your new-found skills. OVERLAPPING ACTION, FOLLOW-THROUGH AND DRAG Overlapping action, follow-through and drag are aspects of animation that are interrelated and are all very often evident within a single action. To fully understand how these operate as separate principles, one must become aware of this relationship.
The reason the feather lands after the hammer has nothing to do with the effects of gravity, it is friction through air resistance that slows the descent of the feather; a smaller object with the same mass as the feather though with less surface area would accelerate at the same rate as the hammer. 18 Animation: The Mechanics of Motion However, it was Galileo who observed that all objects, when dropped, fall at the same rate. An American astronaut on the surface of the moon demonstrated this principle, first set out by Newton, most clearly for the entire world to see on television footage.