Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Since I’m studying to be a character animator, I have begun to observe people and things in a new light. Take for example one of the greatest professional wrestling matches of all-time, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage at Wrestlemania 3. Even though the big match at Wrestlemania 3 that year was the Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant showdown, Steamboat vs. Savage stole the show. It is amazing to watch both The Dragon and Macho Man tell a compelling story with athletic skill and body language only. Watch the 2nd half of this great match here:

Now hit the jump to see my film study of this match….

First off I always loved Ricky Steamboat, and you can see in the pictures below he tells a great story with his body.

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From here, watch how his poses change for dramatic effect.

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Now let’s take these two poses and use them as keys for animation.

Look at the lines of action that Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage use. 

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Lastly, let’s take a look at Macho Man’s flying elbow finisher. Look at the pose and line of action.

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The line of movement will be a nice arc.

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And the dramatic change in poses to to help further tell the story of the match. 

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Let’s put this all together and key it out one more time.

Amazing! Hope everyone enjoyed my short film study.

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