Cycle - A Short Cycling Animation

Eighty seconds of calm and subtle animation

by VecchioJo   January 24, 2014  

"Cycle" is a lovely little film, created by Israeli animator Amir Porat for the Israeli Maratoon 2013 contest, a competition in which film-makers were given five days to create a short animation from start to finish on the subject of the bicycle.

Cycle from CycleTeam on Vimeo.

“Cycle” starts with shots of several different people riding bicycles and then pans back to reveal they are pedaling thin air. Romantics might see this as the effortless joy and freedom that cycling brings, cynics might suggest that moving bicycles are a bugger to animate, especially when you less than a week to produce a short film.

Whatever, “Cycle” was good enough to come second in last year’s Maratoon. Sometimes you want to hear someone’s rambling thoughts that come to them whilst they’re noodling about on a bike, sometimes less is most definitely more.

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Its not about the bike, its the people.

posted by kobacom [82 posts]
24th January 2014 - 19:09

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No helmets no hi-viz kid had earphones on woman was using hand held phone. GRRR GRRR

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [572 posts]
24th January 2014 - 20:15

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FATBEGGARONABIKE wrote:
No helmets no hi-viz kid had earphones on woman was using hand held phone. GRRR GRRR

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posted by mephistopheles [8 posts]
24th January 2014 - 21:10

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Now this is what cycling should be about.

posted by aSolihullCyclist [4 posts]
24th January 2014 - 23:00

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cynics might suggest that moving bicycles are a bugger to animate

Only if they're a some sandwiches, bucket of cocktail sausages, old blanket, plastic glasses, bottle of fizz and a basket short of a picnic - they're a doddle to animate as they're basically rigid (modulo rotation). As kobacom said 'Its not about the bike, its the people'... but you knew that, right ?

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posted by fukawitribe [296 posts]
24th January 2014 - 23:13

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fukawitribe wrote:
cynics might suggest that moving bicycles are a bugger to animate

Only if they're a some sandwiches, bucket of cocktail sausages, old blanket, plastic glasses, bottle of fizz and a basket short of a picnic - they're a doddle to animate as they're basically rigid (modulo rotation). As kobacom said 'Its not about the bike, its the people'... but you knew that, right ?

a bike, isolated and riderless with bits rotating is a relative doddle. Put a person it pedalling, turning, shifting their weight and have it moving across a surface and it is a pretty complex bit of animation to do realistically.

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posted by joemmo [779 posts]
25th January 2014 - 15:19

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joemmo wrote:
fukawitribe wrote:
cynics might suggest that moving bicycles are a bugger to animate

Only if they're a some sandwiches, bucket of cocktail sausages, old blanket, plastic glasses, bottle of fizz and a basket short of a picnic - they're a doddle to animate as they're basically rigid (modulo rotation). As kobacom said 'Its not about the bike, its the people'... but you knew that, right ?

a bike, isolated and riderless with bits rotating is a relative doddle. Put a person it pedalling, turning, shifting their weight and have it moving across a surface and it is a pretty complex bit of animation to do realistically.

I'm with fukawitribe - its a doddle. You don't have complicate it. Keep it simple.

posted by earth [64 posts]
25th January 2014 - 20:22

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i've tried to animate a moving bicycle

as ' joemmo' says - pedalling, cranks and wheels turning, steering, it's a bugger

just sayin

posted by VecchioJo [740 posts]
25th January 2014 - 20:59

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Well yes, if you keep it simple then it will be... simple. It totally depends on the execution and style, you can draw a stick man or a fully anatomically correct human and say of both of them "I've drawn a man"

What I'm saying is that if you want to animate a bike and rider realistically, in 3d or hand drawn for example then artistically and technically it is a challenge to do well.

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posted by joemmo [779 posts]
26th January 2014 - 18:53

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Blimey! Ain't it just enough to say you liked - or didn't like - it! I thought it was Cool . And I liked it!

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posted by Fran The Man [62 posts]
28th January 2014 - 20:12

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