I've added some more exercises to the Ray Dream Studio
gallery. You should be able to complete the first three exercises,
they all use primitives and Boolean modelling.
October 12, 2002
I have added a Ray
Dream Studio Gallery to the site. I will be using it to display
samples of the type of work that you need to create as exercises or
assignments. You should now have the skills to create the scene in
Exercise 1, except for the shiny checkerboard pattern that
I have used on the baseboard. (I'll show you how to do that later)
October 8, 2002
OK gang, hopefully you have all managed to complete
your Flash animations and assignments ready for handing in.
Now it's time to put your 3D modelling hats on. I have spent the
break playing with some of my 3D modelling programs and the results
can be seen in the new Bryce
See you all tomorrow night - Alan
September 17, 2002
Just a reminder, tomorrow night's class will be
the last before the mid-semester break, there's no class
This will also finish the animation module, you should now have
the skills and knowledge required to complete the assignments for
this module. If there is anything that you are not sure of, make
sure that you ask tomorrow night.
Those who have not completed all assignments, can hand them in
on the first class after the break.
After the break, we will be starting on the 3D modelling module.
If you like, you can get the Raydream Manual from the library and
have a read during the break.
September 4, 2002
Here is the
link to that site that I was talking about in tonight's class.
It has a listing of links to over sixty animation related web pages.
Actually, you can find all sorts of useful links which are categorised
and maintained very well. So it is definitely one to add to your Favourites.
This site is trying to bring some sort of order to the ever expanding
web, and doing a great job. Considering the number of links that there
are on the site, there are very few broken ones.
August 11, 2002
If you want to improve your drawing and animation
skills then check out The Animation Learner's Site. There is a wealth
of information available.
Although most of this is presented using traditional animation
techniques (pencil and paper) all of the methods involved can be
adapted to your computer animations.
July 28, 2002
In last Saturday's class we had a look at some
more of the drawing tools available in Macromedia Flash.
I also quickly demonstrated the principles involved in creating
a scrolling background. I have added a Flash tutorial on scrolling
backgrounds to the animation section. This expands more on how to
get the background to loop successfully.
In tonight's class we started by briefly recapping
how to create a motion tween. We also saw how it is possible to
slide a whole motion tween backwards and forwards along the timeline
to allow us to fine tune animation's with multiple layers and animation's.
Once again, these skills should be practised until they are second
Most of tonight's class was spent looking at some of the drawing
tools available in Flash. Although there aren't many of them they
have some very powerful features. If possible you should spend some
time playing with those tools.
On Saturday we will have a look at some more of the drawing and
painting tools that Flash offers.
OK, here are some of those web links that I have been mentioning
has a lot of resources and tutorials though once again many of them
are advanced ones.
What I suggest you do for now is just practice doodling with the
drawing tools that we have looked at so far.
If you want some tutorials on drawing, here are a few to get you
Harbo has a site where you can learn to draw cartoon characters.
If you want to get really basic, then have a look at unclefred.com
where you can learn to draw some very simple figures and animals
in cartoon style.
See you Saturday
July 20, 2002
In Wednesday's class we had a look at what we want
to achieve this semester, don't forget to keep referring back to
the study guides if necessary.
Make sure that you understand each assessment, and don't be afraid
to ask if you are not sure.
Today we had our first look at Macromedia Flash and everybody managed
to create a simple animation and save it in a variety of formats.
The area that we concentrated on was creating motion tweens. These
are probably the easiest animation's to create, those who struggled
a bit today, will be wondering in a week or two why they had a problem
getting it to work, believe me it happens every lesson, the first
time student use Flash
The main thing is to remember that you need to do the steps in
the order that Flash seems happiest with, not necessarily the ones
that seem the most logical.
The other important thing is to practice those steps until they
become second nature and you can do them without thinking.
Probably the biggest mistake that students make after they have
grasped the fundamental skill of making a motion tween, is forgetting
to use a separate layer for each object that is to be animated.
Remember to give each object its own layer and things will work
As I mentioned in class, you can create some very effective animation's
using nothing but motion tweens and a few layers, it is the method
that I use for most of the simple animation's on my web site.
Just another reminder, when you are enrolled in the multimedia
classes, you have long term access to the manuals for the programs.
You do need to show your enrolment receipt to the librarian to be
able to get these manuals. The only ones you need at the moment
Flash 5 - Using Flash 5
The Raydream Studio Manual
Once you get the manuals remember to bring them to each class as
we will want to refer to them during the lessons.
Note: These study guides are available
both online and in printed format.
Students should be aware, that the online versions are always the
most up to date.
This area is for questions that
are asked in class, but for one reason or another aren't fully answered.
This may occurs because the question is too complex to answer, without
getting too far off track, or it may be that I don't know the answer
(Hey! I don't profess to know everything).
These questions will quite often be answered by providing a link
to a web page on another site
I find tutorials for 3D Studio version 3?
Actually now that I come to think of it, I believe
that we have a book for version 3 in the library, check with the
Also check out this tutorials
link. There are a few tutorials on this site and loads of links
to other tutorials at the bottom of the page