Archive for the 'Flash' Category

09
May
09

May update

1) Went to Bermuda in early April. Captured some great footage and had an awesome time. Still doesn’t compare to Hawaii though..

bermuda

2) Attended the Industry Spotlight VII hosted by Siggraph NYC at FIT. Seemed like the usual talks from all the nyc big shots. Nathan Love however were hilarious! They showed a studio project they were working on about some horror animation movie. It was amazing and grossly entertaining. Curious Pictures are also working on a 3D short.

siggraph-nyc

3) Had to say goodbye to a wonderful coworker/friend and what better way to do that than drunk bowling! You will be missed..

nk

4) I used to hate indexhibit sites. They seemed to all look the same and lacked any sort of personality. After installing it and messing around with the CSS file, it’s hard NOT to love this little tool. It’s an easy, efficient way to create a portfolio site. I work in Flash all the time but sometimes, it’s just not the right tool to use for a website. Sure, it’s flashier (no pun intended) and more engaging, but when I have to wait 3 minutes for a site to load, that’s 2 minutes too long of wasted time. I never thought I’d say this but I may cross over to the HTML side…

5) Wrapping up (finally) some big projects at work which I hope to include in my portfolio soon. And of course, more new and ongoing personal projects to come as well…

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11
Sep
08

Pictoplasma 2008 Conference

This past weekend, myself along with a couple other designers from Last Exit, attended Pictoplasma 2008 which was being held for the first time in New York City. It is a 3-day festival celebrating character design and animation and attracts some pretty big names in the animation world.

Speakers included:
• Sam Lanyon Jones – Tokyo Plastic
• Philip Hunt – Studio AKA
• Sam Borkson & Arturo Sandoval – Friends With You
• Gangpol & Mit
• Akinori Oishi
• Aaron Stewart
• Motomichi Nakamura
• Tim Biskup
• David Oreilly
• Fons Schiedon

My favorite presentation was Sam’s of Tokyo Plastic. Not only is he brilliant at what he does, he is also a very humble, funny, eloquent speaker. I especially loved the story when he spoke of his time over in Thailand. Him and his partner would party until 6am, go to sleep, wake up in the afternoon, work until night, start rendering files and then go out and do it all over again. Now that’s a rockstar designer’s life if I ever knew one! The conference was small and intimate which was perfect for Q&A. I got the chance to ask Sam if he was ever going to do another project using Flash after the successful Drum Machine he did years ago in Flash 6. That was really the first project that catapulted Tokyo Plastic to fame and I found it interesting that they haven’t done many more projects with flash. He said he would love to go back to flash animation and hopefully he will in the near future.

Studio AKA was also magnificent. Their new short film ‘Varmints’ is visually breath taking. I firmly believe that they could be close to ‘Pixar’ level if they solely concentrated on film production.

David Oreilly’s presentation was also very entertaining. Everyone should check out OCTOCAT. I’m sure you can find out about the back story if you do a quick search. Absolutely hilarious.

Each speaker was brilliant in their own right and this weekend was just the sort of inspirational boost I needed. I came home flooded with ideas in mind and techniques I wanted to try but most importantly, it gave me the urge to start drawing again. Yes, drawing – the thing you do with pencil and paper. I just want to ride this wave of inspiration/creativity for as long as I can.

08
Aug
08

New site is live!

New site. New look. New work.

Check it out!

07
Aug
08

New site is coming…

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been wanting to redo my website for quite some time now. It’s very easy to push things off and save it for when you have more time.  I realize more and more that my schedule is not going to slow down anytime soon. I just need to grit my teeth and do it and its nothing that some late nights and caffeine can’t help me through. Version 2 of the ‘wiimix’ is a lot cleaner, simpler and most importantly, easier to update/maintain. I’ve been working diligently for the past couple weeks. It’s been a very smooth and efficient process so I’m hoping to launch sometime next week. Keep your fingers crossed…

18
May
08

FiV

Recently, the FWA launched a brand new video portal called FWA Theater. It’s powered using design agency Fantasy Interactive’s (Fi) video platform called FiV. I spent some time learning about its functions and it is very impressive. FiV pushes flash technology for all its glory, allowing for full customization, interactivity such as drag and drop, flexibility and content management. You can use it within your own site infrastructure or as a stand alone product. I’m not sure what other sites use FiV as it is still fairly new but I will not be surprised if it really takes off in the next couple months. Who knows, maybe I’ll use it for thewiimix.com! In any case, I’ve always been impressed with Fi’s pixel perfect web design and boundary pushing technology but the creation of FiV is easily the most impressive.

Check it out here!

FiV