Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Flash

I started a class in Flash last night. Sadly, I am computer illiterate. Well, I thought so anyway.

I was surprised to realize that Flash is, essentially, stop-motion animation, and something in my head just clicked. Frames per second made sense....I understood the difference between frame-by-frame animation and using tweens. I ended up creating a working Flash my first night of class. Its 3 simple balls bouncing around the screen, but I made it...and it doesn't look half bad, all things considered.

My assignment this week is to create a stick figure running in space for 12 frames and then next week we'll make him run across a backdrop.

Stand back Tim Burton...there's a new girl in town....

4 comments:

Yancy said...

you'll have to post some of your work up on the blog

Miya said...

Gah I suck at flash...I haven't tried anymore since I did that awful kitty flash (http://suchrubbish.com/038.html). I wish my school offered this stuff :(

mywest said...

Flash...I'm from the old school where we would draw stick people on several pieces of paper in different stages of walking and then flip through them to see my creation move...

shawna said...

Yancy...apparently either next week or the week following we get to learn how to upload Flash....then you'll see it.

Miya...the kitty wasn't bad, in fact I thought he was darling. The fact that you made him without a class was pretty darn amazing too

Dad...my instructor actually asked us if we were old enough to have played with "paper flip animation". It actually made me feel old because a lot of the kids in my class had these blank looks on their faces; you could tell they had no idea what in the world he was talking about. I think that with all of the marvels of the modern world there is an awful lot of wonderfully "simple" things that have been lost!