Contact
tyler.nowicki@gmail.com

CV
Summer 2017
Normalized speed. Degree 2 polynomial fit of normalized speed. General Speed Model.
Value of the constant term of the degree-2 polynomial. Value of the linear term of the degree-2 polynomial. Value of the quadratic term of the degree-2 polynomial.
Data size analysis. Polynomial parameter degree analysis. Polynomial model degree analysis.
Example trajectory speed. Example trajectory speed. Example trajectory speed.

Analysis of Speed in Traditional Animation
Tyler Nowicki
University of Waterloo
In-Progress

Abstract: In this research we examined the frame-to-frame speed at which different parts of an animated character, such as hands and feet, move along their trajectories between key-frames. By averaging over animators, styles, and eras we identified the underlying patterns: a correlation between average acceleration and jerk that, in part, governs speed. Our analysis, which includes numerous statistical tests for inaccuracy and bias, confirms that speed is largely determined by the desired average acceleration between key-frames. Although many aspects of speed are idiosyncratic this research indicates that universal patterns exist and may be useful for simplifying the creation and editing of animation.