Created By: Bisected8 on June 10, 2012 Last Edited By: Bisected8 on June 27, 2012
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Single Panel Sprint

Using Speed Echoes or similar in a single image to show quick movement

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Needs a Better Name. This also needs a page image (if any trope works best with a visual representation, it's this one).

[[caption-width-right:350:The Flash: Quick enough to run down streets in a single panel!]]

A Single Panel Sprint is when a Comic Book artist (this can be used in other sorts of static image, but comics tend to be where they crop up the most often) shows a character moving rapidly by drawing a wide shot of a scene and adding multiple images of a moving person or object to show them travelling across it quickly. Speed Echoes are a popular way to do this (since they also have the advantage of making it clear that it's showing movement and not spontaneous cloning) but perfectly good examples which use solid drawings for every position also exist.

This is a very useful technique, as comics inhabit an odd medium (pun unintended) between animation and prose. Unlike the former they can't show actual movement to the viewer, but unlike the later they can't describe it and leave it all up to the reader's imagination either. This means that the artist (and the writer, to a lesser extent) has to take care to make sure that characters (and objects) move naturally between panels. This trope allows a character to be shown moving from A to B without having to either slow things down by showing them moving across multiple panels or not showing it at all (which might work in some cases, but usually ends up being jarring and might be mistaken for a continuity error).

A subtrope of Speed Echoes. For other ways of showing movement in static images see Speed Lines.
Examples:

  • Seen It a Million Times, but I'm drawing a blank and the only ones I can find are from how-to-draw sites and books rather than actual comics.

Comics

Manga
  • Extremely common in shonen series because of their emphasis on action.
  • In Bleach, this trope is used several times. Some to such an extent that the images can move more or less at the same time, acting as copies.

Non-sequential image based media examples
  • Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: when the guys all get invited to Penny's Halloween party they all end up dressing like The Flash. Raj suggests they stay together all evening one behind the other in order to simulate the Flash's Speed Echoes. Leonard says that's stupid.
  • The book Vanishing Point: Perspective for Comics from the Ground Up calls this a "strobe shot" (and includes a picture of a Shaolin Monk running across a room to kick off a Mecha-Mook's head as an example).
  • In photography, this sort of image is called a "sequence shot". They're typically made using apps on a smartphone (or special camera settings) or by simply editing several photos which were taken in rapid succession together (so that the moving object is the only difference between them).
    • Diagrams of this type are sometimes called "strobe diagrams" since such photographs can also be made by taking a photo with a strobe flash (which exposes moving objects multiple times on the film, leaving ghost images).

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • June 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Live Action TV Semi-example
    • The Big Bang Theory: when the guys all get invited to Penny's Halloween party they all end up dressing like The Flash. Raj suggests they stay together all evening one behind the other in order to simulate the Flash's Speed Echoes. Leonard says that's stupid.
  • June 11, 2012
    MorganWick
    Justice League used a similar effect for the Flash's super-speed, at least in early episodes.
  • June 11, 2012
    Bisected8
    That would go under Speed Echoes, this is (probably a subtrope?) where it's used in a single static picture to show someone moving quickly.
  • June 12, 2012
    IuraCivium
    I seem to recall some vintage Flash comics as doing this. If I can confirm, I'll add it as an example.
  • June 12, 2012
    Bisected8
    If you can find a panel from one to use as a page image that would be helpful as well!
  • June 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    .
  • June 13, 2012
    Bisected8
    What's with the full stop post?
  • June 13, 2012
    randomsurfer
    I added an example, then decided it didn't fit and removed it. Since you can't delete a reply completely, the next closest thing is to remove all text & replace with a period. (I actually do that more often than I probably should. It's my Serial Tweaker side showing.) Apologies for any confusion.
  • June 13, 2012
    Bisected8
    Ah, I get it.

    I've changed the trope name to Single Panel Sprinting in the hope it makes it clearer what the trope is.
  • June 14, 2012
    uncannybeetle
    Any shonen manga or anime would have this. A character appearing in multiple places at once to show that he/she is moving very fast.
  • June 14, 2012
    Bisected8
    Do you have any specific examples?

    Also, an anime wouldn't be an example (unless they're referencing/showing its use in comics/manga or showed a static image which used this trope) since the point of this trope is that it's showing movement in a static image (otherwise it's just Speed Echoes).
  • June 14, 2012
    uncannybeetle
    It happens in Dragonball Z a lot, or when Ichigo first uses bankai in Bleach. Several characters, Soi Fon, Byakuya, Yoruichi, and Zommari move so fast that they create clones of themselves.
  • June 15, 2012
    Bisected8
    As I said above, this refers to static images using this as a technique to show movement, not animation using it as a technique to show speed.
  • June 16, 2012
    uncannybeetle
    These are mangas. Zommari making 5 clones of himself through speed is on panel, as is Soi Fon's 8 illusions of herself.
  • June 16, 2012
    Bisected8
    ...ah, I think I understand.
  • June 16, 2012
    Bisected8
    [doublepost, somehow]
  • June 27, 2012
    Cider
    Why not call it Speed Blur, After Image or some term people actually use and will recognize. I was going to suggest speed lines but now see that's already a page we have and you've linked too.

    We could merge with speed lines, maybe.
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