Task Description: Making a walk-cycle using Adobe Flash/Animate
For this task, students will create an animated walk-cycle using Adobe Flash Professional. In animation, a walk cycle is a series of frames or illustrations drawn in sequence that loop to create an animation of a walking character. The walk cycle is looped over and over, thus having to avoid animating each step again.
Students will begin the process by downloading the Flash Template document using the link provided below. This document contains a series of guides that will help to shape the character and the animation.
When a basic character is built and animated, students will have the creative freedom to alter the character and build an environment.
Walk cycles can be broken up into 4 key frame, namely Forward Contact Point, Passing Pose1, Back Contact Point and Passing Pose 2. Frames that are drawn between these key poses (traditionally known as in-betweens/Inbetweening) are either hand-drawn or using computer software to interpolate them.
Source files and requirements
Students are required to EXPORT the finished product as a .SWF or .MOV. Please use the form below to submit your assessment task by the nominated due date.
Finished submission should include:
- A character animating fluidly in 40 frame looping cycle
- A character that is appropriately designed using drawing tools in Adobe Flash
- An animated setting/background to give the illusion of movement
- OPTIONAL: Application of sound and visual effects (shadows)