Yet another kind of love story
05.23 was a kiss day, did you know?..
I want to explain something here. These two .gifs are the first flash animations that I had ever made. I did these during my first semester in college in a computer animation class back in 2010. I had no idea what Flash even was.
Now let me just ask you something: Which one looks like it took the most time?
Our assignment was to experiment with Flash on our own, get used to the tools and settings and that sort of thing. I decided to go frame by frame and observed a gif taken from Treasure Planet. The result was that first gif you see up there.
I turned that first gif in to class the next day…and got a failing grade.
“This is not the proper way to use Flash” my teacher said. “Too complicated. This is not what people want to see. No use of tweens. Zero points.”
I was heartbroken to get a zero on my first assignment, so my teacher decided to give me a second chance. “Animate a running stick figure with tweens” the teacher said. So I did. I turned in that 2nd gif you see, and got an A.
To this day I am appalled by the way I was treated. To all of you animators out there, I recommend learning on your own. It could save you time and money. If you still choose to go to college, then that is fine too. You do what you want, just don’t let ANYONE try to downgrade your creative capability.
Ahh there are some thing to keep in mind with what these types of classes are trying to prepare you for. With our advancements in Flash technology, frame by frame animation is far from the prioritized means of the animation industry when working with vectors compared to traditional animation. Flash is a very complex program where skills in things like basic tweening will do a lot to save a person on time and money as well as coding to produce clean vector animations. This type of work is sought out by many companies, especially those who do things like mobile games and can use the animation clips to create vector “sprites” which can be simply reused or imported into any resolution. Although, Flash does have what appears to be a frame-by-frame timeline, Flash was originally designed to create animations by a less complex means, which is actually somewhat similar to how things work in even 3D animation as it works with a set of keyframes which “tween” into one another.
When it comes down to it, you really have to consider what you are going to profession as exactly as well as what the industry is currently looking for. Things like “creativity” will unfortunately be pushed aside if things do not meet certain criteria, but honestly, a person can be creative with Flash if they really put their mind to it. They just want to prepare you for what people will be expecting from you out in the world when you are working with these types of programs in order to meet their fuller potentials.
- Nintendo releases the Wii U with hardly any first party games
- They take their time to develop them
- Microsoft and Playstation showing off consoles with no games
- Nintendo waiting for both companies to flop at E3
- Nintendo suddenly drops a megaton amount of first party games for the Wii U
- Everybody flocks to it because the other consoles have a higher price point and less games to offer
- Iwata’s face when everything worked out according to plan
Warning: spoiler for Volume 2, sad, character death
This was lying around on my computer for days now… 8D
we’re getting so close i can almost taste it
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