New Flash Animated Commercial

Hey Campers, here is a look at the first commercial that one of my brainchildren, STUDIO 11D12, is doing for local cable in Atlanta.

writing, directing, & animation: Tony Ross

character design & animation: Lamont Russ

All Voices : Demarcus Hill

By |February 25th, 2010|Animation, Awesomeness, Flash animation, Flash CS4|0 Comments

Animating Classic Cartoon Eyes in Flash

Here is a basic Flash tutorial to animate cartoon eyes w/ a blink. This tutorial uses Graphic symbols set to Single Frame. I’m using CS4, but this technique is doable in earlier versions of Flash as well, (even before any CS version).
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Look Ma! FREE 2D Animation Software!

omG! So I was up at about 1am randomly searching Google for stuff, as I do that from time to time, and found a piece of Open Source and or FREE 2D animation software, Pencil. It ROCKS! Enough talk, let me show you.

Straight on animation tutorial using Pencil.

BTW, using another FREE resource to record this, Jing by Techsmith, more on this later.

By |February 23rd, 2008|Animation, Awesomeness|0 Comments

Tutorials :: Motion Tweens :: Seamless 360

Here is a lesson on seamless rotations in Flash, from the animation section of the book. This is an example of using Motion Tweens, and rotation options in the Property Inspector.

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By |January 2nd, 2008|Animation, Flash Book, Flash Tutorials, Free Tutorials, Tutorials|1 Comment

Animation vs. Story

I have a concern. Once upon a time, in the heyday of Bugs Bunny, Mickey and the like, there were great stories, voice work, music, foley and sound effects, and awesome animation. These works took entire studios to produce.
Now, with todays technology, animations and even movies can be created by a small group, or even one person with one computer. Somehow with all this power came this tired excuse of It’s all about the story. Maybe so, but is there any reason I should sit through poorly drawn, barely animated (more like motion graphics with pseudo lip-sync) cartoons? If it’s only about the story, why make it move at all? To the best of my knowledge, Farside originally was not animated, but simple one panel stories, that were brilliant.
Maybe budgets, and/or time constaints are an issue. Maybe the people directing the project. Maybe I’m not the target audience. Maybe I should just say thank you to a few of my favorite animators (in no particular order) :

Bernard Derriman

Andrew Phillips

Michael Gagne

Ghostbot: Alan Lau, Roque Ballesteros, and Brad Rau

Bill Plympton

I will be adding on to this as I go along, feel free to add your two cents.

By |May 4th, 2007|Animation, Thoughts|0 Comments

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