Dynamic Communications S2 Week 9

I learned useful things in this lesson, not useful to my project but it will definitely help me in the future. The task in general was to animate a character and have it preform different actions based on which button you press.

The character itself was split into 14 parts to make it more flexible to animate with, once the keyframes were flagged and name then i could assign my different animations to keys:

Left and right – Move left or right

Up – Head inflates then eventually pops

Down – The splits

Space – Jump

It was a hard task to get into at the very beginning but by the end of it i was adding more commands than the task asked for, so id say i adapted well.

-Weeks 6-9 will have no pictures due to an issue with my flash drive becoming corrupt and losing my pictures and flash files in the process-

Dynamic Communications S2 Week 8

This week was about adding sound, the first part was easy to pick up. Importing sound is barely that different from importing an image, which we went over a couple of weeks ago.

Having audio play through use of the script is new to me though and it is something that i hope to put to use in my interpretation if i have time, this part of using the script i understood well and how instance and references worked together

-Weeks 6-9 will have no pictures due to an issue with my flash drive becoming corrupt and losing my pictures and flash files in the process-

Dynamic Communications S2 Week 6

This week was split into 3 parts, adding parallax again, adding a scroll bar and then adding collectable objects

The first thing i tackled was adding in more parallax into the flash file from the previous week, i found this easier as i already have a feel for it. I was to create a midground that exists between the starry background and the rocket in the foreground. I had a bit of trouble trying to get the script to work however, troubleshooting and looking at the rest of the code helped me to figure it out.

I can remember the steps to create a scroll bar however the task of adding collectable objects i’ll have trouble remembering as of now because im not used to scripting. I was able to follow the instructions to get the collectable items to work but i still had trouble figuring out exactly what i was doing.

 

-Weeks 6-9 will have no pictures due to an issue with my flash drive becoming corrupt and losing my pictures and flash files in the process-

Dynamic Communication S2 Week 5

This lecture i was given a task of finding contrasts in text based on Size, Form, Weight, Structure, Direction and Colour

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This menu demonstrates contrast in size and structure:

Size – The heading “MENU” and the subheadings are a different size to show the reader that they are titles that tell you what is listed below, using the bigger size to show what is more important.

Structure – At the top of the menu a different font is used for the name of the restaurant, this makes it stand out and lets the reader know that piece of text is not completely relevant to what is below and has a standalone purpose

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This one demonstrates use of colour and direction:

Colour: The colour is used in the titles to help the reader deduct that it is a title, the size of the text also helps but the contrast in colour draws attention to the title so that the reader will see it first.

Direction: Paragraphs of text are slanted in different was, this is to make the menu seem more quirky and fun which helps promote a family esque atmosphere for the restaurant.

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This leaflet combines use of form and weight:

Form & Weight – There are sections of the text where words are highlighted by changing its form, the way this is don it by increasing the weight of the text, this makes it stand out to the reader and tells them that it is important information that should be taken note of.

 

 

I learned how to create buttons using flash, i found it helpful that once you turn a graphic into a button then it’ll let you set different images to use in different stages of the button. For example Setting an image for when the button is untouched, clicked on and hovered over.

Adding the script was simple and i understood what was happening with it, in my own time at home i learned more about this and found out about using buttons to navigate the timeline, also how to reference a button inside of a movie symbol.

 

Dynamic Communications S2 Week 3

In response to the lecture we were tasked with creating 5 images that are animals to represent something, here are mine:

I based these off of the type of food (meat) that comes from these animals, i kept is simplistic and this exercise closely resembles the “boiling an egg” task from last semester. The symbols have a good sense of consistency with the style and disconnected lines

Artists

These are a few artists that i have looked at

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Lisa Beta

She is a cartoonist that in general has very clean and bright illustrations, realistically i have not had enough practice or have enough time to draw everything in my project with such detail but i really like her style and it will probably prove useful to me to reference to her work.

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Calvin Innes

My style that i choose will most resemble the style of Calvin Innes, he is an illustration with a style that most fits art for children. Since that is extremely relevant to my project. He has a variety of styles however i will be focusing on the one in the picture above as it looks the most appealing to me

This link is where i got most of my research on stars:

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/stars/lifecycle/starbirth.shtml

using it i selected the stars i wanted to cover by looking at different types

 

 

 

Stars, Lyrics, Storyboard

The types of stars i will be basing the additional representations of are:

Greedy Star – Black Hole (Exploded Star)

Picture Star – Constellations

Fallen Star – Meteor

This is a draft version of how i want it to look, the original file has sound too which is a friend who i asked to recite the different versions of the song. My next step is finding artists to inspire the art style of this.

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Greedy Star

Lyrics –

The star explodes into a ball, greedy star eats them all. Swallow, swallow all it sees, greedy star eats them with ease. Please don’t eat us greedy star, you don’t have to go so far.

Storyboard –

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Frame 1 – Just a star on screen
Frame 2 – Star explodes, small black hole
Frame 3 – Black hole enlarges
Frame 4 – Black hole sucks in planet
Frame 5 – Girl in distress

Fallen Star

Lyrics –

Falling, falling, oh so far, i wish upon the fallen star. Hop for happiness and peace, and for all the fights to cease. Then the bad men wont attack, bring both my parents back.

Storyboard –

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Frame 1 – Falling star with clouds
Frame 2 – Earth emerges from clouds
Frame 3 – Earth
Frame 4 – Missiles hitting countries
Frame 5 – Gravestones

Picture Star

Lyrics –

Aries, Taurus, Gemini. Cancer, Libra in the skies. Sagittarius, Leo. Capricorn, Pisces, Virgo. Lastly theres Aquarius. All their stars shine above us.

Storyboard –

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Frame 1 – Falling star with clouds
Frame 2 – Earth emerges from clouds
Frame 3 – Earth
Frame 4 – Missiles hitting countries
Frame 5 – Gravestones

 

The lyrics i will have a friend sing and record for me

 

 

Starting Ideas

The assignment for the class is to produce a visual representation of a story, game or nursery rhyme etc. This representation has to have our own twist so it is not exactly like the original.

My idea will use both visual and audio representations and will be based off of twinkle twinkle little star. As well as the original i will be working on variants of the song using other types of stars as the focus.

Dynamic Communications S2 – Week 4

This practical was about learning basic flash features, im already used to using flash and knew about the features that were covered in this class so it was only a recap for me.1.jpg

The first task was about importing to the library and how to move them onto the scene, the library is helpful in flash since everything you import can be found there and dragged onto the scene at any time.

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Next was using keyframes to make our artist images appear in sequence above the background, in order to keep the background there while the images changed the keyframe the background was inserting into was lengthened.

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The last task was learning how to create a symbol which was easy as right clicking and selecting “convert to symbol”

The assignment for the lecture was finding examples of fonts which fit into the 6 categories and 3 families.

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From top to bottom the fonts are: Cutie Patootie Skinny, Rosewood Std, Bernard MT Condensed, Adobe Devangari, Impact and Rockwell Nova

The picture says with font belongs to which category.

I think that the Patootie Font fits well into the script category because it looks handwritten with a pen, it would fall under the type of script that doesn’t connect.-Example Of Script Family

The Rosewood font is decorative as it is distinctive and fun to look at, although they should be used very sparingly for example titles and headings in opposed to paragraphs of text. – Example Of Serif Family

Bernard is modern due to its vertical stress and radical transition from thick to thin and its serifs are thin  and horizontal. The font looks elegant. – Example Of Serif Family

Oldstyle font such as Adobe Devangari represent how a scribe would create its lettering, the angle of the serifs are diagonal and the font shows transitions from thick to thin. – Example Of Serif Family

Impact is a sans serif font, a font without serifs and also no transition between thick and thin. – Example Of Sans Serif Famliy

Rockwell Nova is in the slab serif category, a font with vertical stress and thick lines accompanied by serifs. This was .first used in advertising so that the letters could been seen from a distance. – Example Of Serif Family