Flash Assignment: Banner Ad

Here’s my first iteration of my banner ad for Flash class. To start, I decided to concentrate on just the text. I like the way it turned out. I think the spartan look really highlights the motion and the little bit of color I put in towards the end. My husband liked it and praised me for making something so annoying that you have to look at it at least once. He asked me to put in a static section before it loops again. I’m thinking about whether I want to add some more graphics. We’ll see if I’ll make a version 1.


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Flash Class

I’m currently taking Flash Class as part of my effort of picking up some new skills.  Fortunately, my local university extension offers a web design certification program for folks interested in continuing education.  I think I’m going to go ahead and do it.  So anyhow, I’ve had two sessions of the intro level Flash class and so far I really like Flash.  It seems like a powerful tool that I could use for presentations and to make prototype websites and interfaces.  Anyhow, here’s some stuff I did while trying to pay attention to lecture.  Little did I know we were going to do a bouncing ball the first day — about an hour into the 4-hour session I had already started playing around and made the bouncing ball.  I also made some dripping blood which wasn’t part of the class, but … well … you know how that goes.  Anyhow, Flash is great.  One you learn the basics, you can do some neat things very quickly.  Check out the fun I had :).

Next class I have to turn in a 15 – 30-sec banner ad that advertises me in some way.  I will post it here too when I’ve completed it.  I’m pretty dangerous now that I’ve had 8-hours of instruction ;p.

“Gemini Division” — NBC’s Experiment in Brand Driven Entertainment

It’s very interesting watching how marketing has been aggressively reclaiming television. What’s funny to me is the whole back-to-the-future aspect of this. Brand integration into programming was quite deep in the early days of radio and television, and then a decoupling happened only to start back up with a vengeance in the past few years. Continue reading “Gemini Division” — NBC’s Experiment in Brand Driven Entertainment

Spore to be Licensed for TV and Movies

Can you name any film or TV show based on a video game that has been worth watching? I can’t. Regardless, media companies keep trying. Enter Spore … I can’t really imagine how this would work short of a reality show in which clips from different people’s games are shown as a string of short films. Whatever …, the reason video games don’t make good TV shows and movies is because viewers can actively engage in the entertainment — it’s all cut-scene, which sucks! Duh??? Here’s a link to the story.