One of the biggest learning curves that I have encountered during this module is with using and editing sound in Adobe SoundBooth and using Adobe Premiere effectively to achieve what I need for the module. I have also used some sounds from freesounds.org. The website classifies itself as The Freesound Project and is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. I have now joined the Freesounds Project and also have some sounds that I have created that I can upload for others to use.
I created a telescopic character that slides up out of the ground for one of the scenes and I wanted a swishing sound as it came up and went back down. I searched high and low on freesound, soundjay, partnresinrhyme and also soundsnap (where I am also a member), but I couldn't quite find the sound I wanted - so I resorted to recording myself in SoundBooth and by adding some effects - 'ethereal' and 'canyon echo', I achieved what I wanted. The great thing is that I only use the built in microphone in my Mac!
|The swish track in SoundBooth|
I have also learned to use Illustrator, which I have never used before - but ended up reverting back to using Flash, due to some surprising incompatibilities, particularly in the use of alpha masking - but in order to achieve a similar technique as Illustrator drawing, I have been using the pencil tool, which I have found much better than the brush because I did not want the variations in the outline.
I have incorporated a wide range of techniques that I have used throughout the course - masking to blend the 2D into photographic images, the use of mixed media and I have also used a wider range of animation techniques. The majority of the animation is limited animation and I have used symbols to create separate body parts - but I have also used frame by frame techniques a lot more within some scenes. Chris Georgenes calls this 'tradigital' which is a great phrase that epitomises the blend of traditional and digital techniques. I have created some little pop up animations like a door that grows from the ground and then reverses back and a flying bird/bat type creature using the tradigital techniques (onion skinning, frame by frame and reverse sequence).
I also feel more confident in the use of ActionScript because of this module. I could have just created an animation (which originally was the plan - based around a poem), but felt that this would not push me as hard. I am interested in visual narratives and wanted to create something that people could interact with rather than simply view. I do not profess to be expert in ActionScript, but I feel more proficient now and have been able to utilise the script to create the interaction required. I used a lovely script to zoom in and reverse out on a newspaper lying on the ground so that the user can read it. I also intend to use this within the 'Magic City' scene, where I have used the 3D tool in Flash to create a 'Truck in' style camera movement.
|Cityscape zoom, using 3D position and View in Flash|
Must crack on, need to complete the Magic City scene. Nimium efficio , in aliquantulus vicis.