United Heart Commercial
I saw most of these commercials during the HD broadcast of the Olympics. They are pretty damn amazing, although the YouTube versions don’t show off as much detail as I would have liked so I’m going to upload them elsewhere and provide links below. But if you want the quick YouTube option, here’s a link to low rez versions of all of them…
Definitely check out the higher definition versions of those commercials. These were created by BD’M
United Sea Orchestra HD Commercial
United Butterfly HD Commercial
United Heart HD Commercial
United Moondust HD Commercial
United Two Worlds HD Commercial
And yes, I realize 700 by 400 isn’t exactly “high definition” but its much better quality then you’ll find on YouTube.
CartoonSmart just released an amazing new Blender lesson, instructed by John Nyquist as usual. If you’ve already been following his Blender Basics courses you’ve obviously seen how to create 3D models and animation, but this course teaches something totally new: Real-time 3D gaming with Blender. Sounds cool right? Well here’s the best part… it works without programming. You basically just make linkages between 3d objects and properties. Like a cube gets linked to gravity for example. You’ll “get it” within 10 minutes of watching the tutorial. Although you can kind of it see it in action if you watch the demo video on the sales page (just follow what the mouse does in the bottom half of the screencapture)
What amazes about how Blender setup this 3D engine is the simplicity. And this also irks me a bit too, because as the usual Flash gaming teacher at CartoonSmart, I can’t even describe how complicated it would be to teach the equivalent of what this lesson sets up in the first few minutes. And Flash only deals with the x and y axis! Watching this lesson also made me rethink the complexity that I’ve assumed was in the video games collecting dust on my shelves. So as far as tutorials go, it was definitely mind-blowing.
Interested? Click here for a demo video and the tutorial purchase page
This site definitely wasn’t made 60-some years ago, but it sure looks it….
Actionscript 3 Page Flip Gallery
Take two! This is the second version of a page flip gallery I’ve made for the site and one that I think is MUCH improved from its predecessor. I’ll address why in a second, but lets look at some of the features of this one….
- XML based…. So you can specify the gallery’s image or swf locations and title details from an XML document. Plus this makes it easy to update your gallery without republishing the swf file. And also easy to re-arrange the order of the pages. Just move XML tags up or down
- File types… The gallery can load png, jpg, gif, or swf’s (with video)
- Index buttons…. The tutorial teaches how to create index buttons to jump anywhere within the book.
And as usual you get to see all the code written that makes the magic above happen. Also the first hour will appeal to first time Flash users because it teaches everything about creating the look of the book AND animating the pages. So if you wanted to spend more time animating each page than I did during the lesson, that’s totally up to you. I made the pages turn fairly quick just because animating each page onscreen was getting a bit tedious.
If you’re interested, here’s the sale page and more details
Some history on the first page flip lesson… Continue Reading
Just thought my students should read this…
Flash Exploit Served by Microsoft
Long story short, encourage people to upgrade to Flash 9. And if you do host Flash ads from other companies, screen them first.
I saw a couple of these Qwest sand painting commercials on CNN while I was eating at a Sushi restaurant. The volume was muted, but that didn’t minimize the coolness of the commercial ( which makes it even more impressive ).
Also before you click the video below, keep in mind its not the actual Qwest commercial ( I can’t find it online) This artist, Ilana Yahav, is doing the silhouette sand painting below and I think she is the same one from the Qwest commercials. Other people on the net are crediting her, so I’ll go along with them.
John Kricfalusi is a true old-school animator and illustrator (die hard fans of “Ren and Stimpy” know him as their creator and eventual casualty). His blog is basically an online text book of resources for budding animators, the paper-n-pencil kind, not the slide-a-Flash-keyframe kind (like myself). So we can learn much from him. Pay special attention to the notes on many of his sketches, some are subtle but give a lot of insight into the framing or flow of a good sketch.
The blog also has details on John’s current projects which I’m assuming includes these political toys…
I’ve posted a link to this book before at my non-wordpress blog but since that blog is now rotting in cyberspace, I thought it was worth posting again. I have a tendency to shelve-n-forget a lot of design books, but this isn’t one of them. I’m constantly going back to it for fresh ideas. Which is ironic since the illustrations in this book are about 60 years old now. But they haven’t gone stale. You can grab a copy here or clicking the image below…
So my buddy’s freelance company, FlashBooty.com (original version of the site), is still busy making a grand relaunch, but he’s shared another preview image with me, and I’ll pass it along to any one that wants a looksie. This will be the main entrance to the site, and the animated version of the image below is really cool: spaceships are flying around in the background, the water is rippling, the neon sign is flickering. And from what I’ve seen so far most of the site is scroll-around-able. So if you hover left or right, you’ll navigate around the scene. If you click the image below, you’ll see the whole landscape, which you’d only see a portion of regularly. So it’ll be very immersive. Anyway, I’ll definitely make an announcement when Andy is ready for the world to see it for real…
Still reading? Well if you are curious about the history of Flashbooty.com, that was the first domain name I ever registered, way back in 1998. I was working for The-Company-That-Cannot-Be-Named at the time and I do remember registering that site more vividly than I should for such a non-event in my life. Probably because at the time I thought registering a domain name was a really big deal, and the domain I picked would be my last. Cut to 10 years later, a few hundred domains names registered, and of all of the useless ones I hang onto, FlashBooty.com is not among them. But it is in good hands. When CartoonSmart took over my professional career, I turned over the site (and domain) to my friend Andy, who has run it better than I ever did. So it is exciting to see this new relaunch of the site, because prior incarnations have had my hand in them, whereas this launch will totally be Andy’s baby. And so far its looking amazing.