Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Only 2 Weeks To Go!

So the end of my course looms ever closer and so far I can't wait to finish and get back to coding and being creative.

I cannot wait to sit down and start a new project and become totally absorbed in it.

Also next week I should find out the gender of the little bundle of joy that I'm carrying! Me and my partner are so excited, I am counting down the days and hours to see the wee one again.

Final Project

I should also share my final animation at this point, finally with audio added. My god did I have trouble with that! I tried recording it on my phone, then my pc wouldn't play the audio, then I couldn't find the audio jack point for my microphone on my pc (how stupid is that) but finally I managed to add some audio of me speaking which I speeded up to sound more 'cartoony' and I even have a sound track and a sound effect!

Ok it really is not the best but I have to showcase my abilities here like I said I would at the beginning. But I have until tomorrow to hand it in so if anyone has any pointers please feel free to share!

Brigid Visser
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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

New Wisestamp Signature Includes QR Code!

Check out my new wise stamp signature!

Finally generated myself a QR code from http://www.qrstuff.com/ 

www.cr8:v-design.com's  qr code

So I thought it only right to update the email signature I use everyday and make it easier for everyone to contact me.


A QR Code (it stands for "Quick Response") is a cell phone readable bar code that can store website URL's, plain text, phone numbers, email addresses and pretty much any other alphanumeric data.

Storing up to 4296 characters they are internationally standardised under ISO 18004, so a QR code is a QR code all over the world - they've been big in Japan forever, broke into Europe and the UK a few years back, and are now getting real traction in USA.

(from http://www.qrstuff.com/ )
Brigid Visser
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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Ta-da Stick Death Animation!

Well the stick death had to include a number of things.
·         frame-by-frame animation
·         importing and using bitmap graphics
·         motion tweening
·         shape tweening
·         simple character animation using motion tweens
·         animating with scenes using sound in animation.

The animation is based on the popular stick death comedies that have been around since the late 90’s. The animation is based on the original blocky basic bitmap style from that time with the exception of the background which is a photograph taken from Flickr.
           The story takes place on a road where we see the stick man walking along. He doesn’t see a bump in the road so he trips over and slowly falls to an agonising death. The stick man slides along the road and a puddle of blood comes out. Later we see a bird hopping along onto the road, he stops and squawks. The bird has an idea and a light bulb flashes above his head. The bird goes closer to the puddle of the stick man’s blood. The bird opens his beak and a tongue appears, the blood starts to disappear and when the bird has had his fill he backs away out of the scene.
            Later, a mound of soil appears as the body decomposes. Much later grass grows out of the mound. Much later still, flowers grow out of the soil. Then later again, a small sapling grows out of the ground. Finally a large tree grows out of the ground and the animation finishes.
The Storyboard
Intro Scene 1

The Animation has no sound yet, I need to get out there now and somehow capture sound of a bird squawking. Either that or I record a song in the old school way of using a microphone and instead use a pre-recorded bird which might sound a bit better. Still this animation has proved so difficult.

Before I show the animation know this;

The animation will be 2D and look very cartoony; the characters the stick man and stick bird are comic book line drawings that have been animated. The animation is mostly frame by frame drawn with a few tweens in here and there.

The animation will be around 30 seconds long.

The intended target audience are those in their twenties to thirties who will have seen these early internet animations and would have been involved with stick death back when it was a gaming website that was interactive and used humour and gore to entice their audience.

The animation will be saved for the web which affects the frame rate which would normally be set at 12fps. However, the animation is intended to look blocky and bitty therefore the frame rate has been slowed down to 9 frames per second.
The resolution will be set at 400 x 300 as most people will likely view the animation in a small window on YouTube. The animation will be saved for the web in swf format.
The animation should take no longer than a week to make once planning is complete. The animation has been completed in Adobe Flash and most of it is frame by frame which did affect the length of it time it took to create.

Brigid Visser
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Monday, 21 May 2012

Changes to Animation

Following last weeks colourful animation I decided to go back to basics and start a stickman/ stick death animation instead of the more difficult pikachu I had gone for.

The stick animation is not completed so I won't be uploading it as yet, sorry, but as soon as I get some recordings done and add this audio to the animation I will let the whole world see it.

I do not pretend to be brilliant at animating, it really is not where my skills lie but I needed to do another 3 units for my course and this was one of them.

I can't wait to share what I have, as it is pretty hilarious.

Soon its going to be Summer and thankfully the 15th of June is approaching so get in touch now to get on the waiting list for web work.

Remember to check out my portfolio on my website and get in touch soon as my diary is filling up very fast right now!
Brigid Visser
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