Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Actionscript 3 - Play and URL button


I spent about 4 hours this morning trying to find a code for 2 simple buttons. One to link to another frame, and another to load a URL. I was so used to the AS2 "GotoAndPlay" or "GetURL" commands that AS3 really seems to unnecessarily confusing for the average animator.
No matter how many codes I copy/pasted, I kept getting syntax errors or whatever.
Finally I found ones that work, so to save you all the trouble, here they are.

To link to another frame within the same flash animation:

Friday, June 24, 2011

Semester Break Project!

Hey guys!
Long time no see!
I just want to start this post by saying really quick, I am sorry for the delay on the Fourth Tower Web-Comic release. It was due on the 20th but this week was the last week of semester and I've been bogged down with finishing assignments as well as polishing up a show-reel for our student exhibition.

Ok, that out of the way, I will explain what this post is all about.
As was reinforced by the responses at the expo, I have realized that I am not doing enough
projects in my own time to practice my animation skills as well as delve deeper into my new found love of special effects.
I have a month free before starting TAFE again next semester, and I intend to USE IT!

Problem is, I don't have a team, as in, the most I could get out of my friends is getting them to maybe hold the camera for me, that's about it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Which pill would you take?

(I dont mean to make taking pills a running theme here, but this is a question I am very curious about.)

Now, I am sure that everyone has seen matrix. Totally awesome film - if you haven't watched it then you must have at least heard what the movie is all about, but regardless, I highly recommend watching it!
The follow up movies are entertaining as far as action goes, though the initial concept and themes of the first movie make that by far the best of the trilogy.

This blog entry is about one of the topics within that movie.

The topic is that of the red and blue pill!

" You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes."             - Matrix, 1999

Monday, May 16, 2011


 The poem that inspired the very theme of this blog! I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Memorable Moments: Betrayal

Fiona Mcintosh: Betrayal

"Cloot removed his garments until he stood naked in the sunlight, his strange, deformed body an intrusion in this beautiful place. Tor dared not say a word. Then his friend crouched low to the ground, pulling his head right into his knees and covering as much of himself as he could with his long, hairy arms. The intensity of the sunlight began to increase, at first slowly and then rapidly until Tor could barely make out Cloot's outline. He was terrified as he felt a mighty power descending...

... He yelled Cloot's name against the hum of the magic and closed his eyes against the scintillating colours which clamoured around the diminishing huddle in the centre. Suddenly everything became silent. Tor snapped open his eyes just as a large, majestic falcon lifted effortlessly from the clearing, its wings beating rhythmically and powerfully.
Tor screamed once more, loudly and with despair, as Cloot disappeared from his sight high above the trees."
- Excerpt from Betrayal - Fiona McIntosh.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Last Lantern

The Last Lantern of the forest

 last lantern    

Over dry hills
The lions flew,
Hot wind bearing them lift.
With sand in face
And clouded view
The rider held his gift.

Descends the beast
From dunes to trees,
A shrouded forest tall.
Within the haze
Beneath the breeze
Preparing for his fall.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Little Warrior

Another TAFE assignment.
This week we were given the model of the 'little warrior', a helmet with legs.
The requirements were that we make it walk, jump, and interact with a ball in some way.
I thought I would mix it up a little and the video below is my finished result.
I hope you enjoy!

Model, scenery and movements created in 3DS Max,
editing and sounds in Premier Pro.