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Wolf movement

Post by Audrey » Mon Jul 07, 2003 11:55 pm

I was reading a new book I bought called In the Company of Wolves, and there was a passage about how wolves moved. I thought it was a great explaination for those who'll want to try more walk cycles. It goes as follows:

The long-legged, loose-jointed trot of a moving wolf is as much a defining quality as the creature's teeth. A wolf traveling across the landscape bounces slightly. Its big, splaying paws glance off the earth and curl as they rise, and they seem to whip the body forward. The lithe backbone coils and releases like a spring, but the bend is almost unnoticeable, so fluid is the motion. The hind feet tread in line behind the forefeet, unlike dogs, whose hind feet slap down beside the forefeet. When a wolf is walking, its hind feet step right into the impressions left by the forefeet; the movement is spare and economical.
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Post by Midnight_Star » Tue Jul 08, 2003 12:40 am

:write: *gets out drawing pencil* thats great! very explanitory! Must...get...book... hehehe. o.O ;) :artsy: :p

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Post by Grey-Wolf » Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:50 pm

I don't think I've ever actually seen a wolf movie. I mean does it like like a dog going out for a brisk walk? If it does then i've seen that many-a-times... :drool:
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Post by Audrey » Thu Dec 11, 2003 4:32 pm

I'll see if I can get a video clip to post. wolves don't walk exactly like dogs. For one, dogs walk with their feet side by side, wolves walk one foot in front of the other, in the straight line.
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Post by Raptor » Fri Dec 12, 2003 12:19 am

Yea i guess it would make sense that they walk like that cause they leave less tracks and they dont need to 'break' the ground again...

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Post by Pawnee » Sat Dec 20, 2003 11:44 pm

Theres alot of diffrences between wolves and dogs. Like if you watch a wolf trot or walk or run it looks diffrent as a dog would do it. A wolf`s eyes are very diffrent too,they have that wonderful stare,very expressive. When they run its kinda like a gallop. oh yeah,wolves have 42 teeth! :cheese:

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Post by Silverwolf76 » Sun Dec 21, 2003 1:07 am

I have uploaded a small video clip of a wolf walking to my photo site. http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4289269445 You have to download it though. It is a relitively small file(660kb) so it shouldn't take to long even on a 56k connection. Sorry that the picture is so small but it was before I figured out how to change the settings on my camera. I will try to get some better quality videos next weekend.
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Post by Silverwolf76 » Sun Dec 21, 2003 3:54 am

I need some input before I go and shoot any more video clips. I was looking through all of my video clips for any high quality wolf clips. I found one of my higher quality mpegs. The problem is that it is a 42 second clip and it is a 14+meg file. I am now in a position at the center where I can get some better shots and they would make good reference material for the animators. What I want to know is, does anyone know of a site that will host streaming video for free (not likely). Unless you have have high speed internet downloading a file that large from imagespace will take forever. My best friend has cable internet so uploading them is no problem, I just want to try to make things as easy for you guys as possible. :cheese:
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Post by Audrey » Sun Dec 21, 2003 12:29 pm

I haven't actually used any of thses...but I did a quick search and found this list...maybe one of them will work out okay for you- http://www.internetvideomag.com/ProductReviews/Services/Free&CheapVideoHosting.htm
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Post by Guest » Mon Dec 22, 2003 8:53 pm

Must get that book! -wishes I'd known about it before 3 days before Xmas-

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Re: Wolf movement

Post by Efi Wild » Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:54 pm

Do you have a link of one site with movies of moving wolves? I`d like to learn to animate them reallistic, not just like dogs :love:

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Post by Chibiabos » Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:08 am

Ummm, I hope everyone realizes that like horses, wolves have different running speeds and the style would be different for each. They can lope or canter fairly slowly, they can crawl submissively, they can walk briskly, or go full gallop.

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Post by Rabid Child » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:29 am

yes, you can actually have some fun with how the wolves move. Since this production wants to bring back the tradition of some older animated films, I would recommend maybe like; proud alpha wolves walk very aloof with their feet lifting high in the air. etc.

In animation,(which I'm sure you all know) the way the character moves gives it's mood or even personality.

It is good to research realistic wolf gaits, trots, and runs, but with the animator's talent turn it into something colorful in it's cartoony world.

If you want a realistic reel of a wolf running, watch an episode of Wolf's Rain and watch the end credits. Thats pretty close to the actual thing.

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Post by Pawnee » Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:45 pm

I`ve never seen seen wolf`s rain.... :sad: but I have a clip from the zo of a wolf walking, but I don`t know how to put it on the net :grrr

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Post by Uzuri » Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:47 pm

Pawnee, is it in a computer format? AVI or MOv, maybe?
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