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Activity Originally Created By: Matthew Dills

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Part of Lesson Plan: Ease In Ease Out

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Once you have watched both the real time and slow motion versions of Wile E. Coyote chasing the elusive Road Runner, talk about the animation in terms of eases. The scene contains classic examples of eases. Note as Wile E. Coyote begins running he starts off very slow and works his way into a full turbo charged sprint. As he runs off the cliff he does not simply fall, at an even pace. Rather, he continues running mid air, slowly comes to a stop, eases into the fall with subtle moves downward, and then BAM he falls out of frame.

Talk with students about the dramatic effect the eases help to create within this animated clip.

Next, share with them the definition of Ease in and Ease Out.

Ease-In and Ease Out – The uneven incremental progression of an object as it

accelerates from still to motion (E-I) or decelerates from motion to still (E-O.

It takes time for humans and moving objects to accelerate and decelerate. Therefore, ease

in and ease outs are employed in animation. As the name implies, ease in eases the

character or object into the motion, ease out eases the character or object out of the

motion.