The importance of Muybridge is not the artistic way he made his photographs, but because he recognized that he could catalogue motion and movement by placing photographs in sequence. This find was important because in detail one could study all movements. From athletes to birds….everything was photographed ,recorded and placed in sequence, making this in the 19th century the reference guide for all movement. The quality of his studies and photographs is shown in this excellent animation
Conclusion must be that not only serious art lovers, but also directors and animators are tributary to Eadward Muybridge.
And of course www.ftn-books.com has some nice books available on the subject.