This week, I met with my mentor with a few specific questions in mind, which was good since this week’s De Bono involves asking questions and listening carefully to their answers. Prior to the session, I finally downloaded flash, which also gave me some troubles. For some reason, every time I tried to download it, it would stop me with a message. I finally managed to surpass it after several days of trying, and I went onto Flash to try out its functions. Unfortunately, I hit a roadblock the very first day and had to meet with my mentor that weekend.
The questions I brought up were very technical, mostly for troubleshooting, because there are a lot of things I still don’t understand about Flash. I asked about the timeline, grouping, symbols and smoothing. Although I’m sure there are many flash tutorials online, these were useful questions to ask because I could see it firsthand as my mentor demonstrated on his monitor. It’s a lot to take in, but I feel like this helped me a lot as I started working on animating.
This was helpful to me because learning about the timeline specifically helped me to figure out a lot of things, like how grouping is almost like creating a new layer, which creates a see timeline each time. Grouping is very useful, because there’s no need for several layers to be created. Unfortunately, due to the fact that my questions were mostly about technicalities in Flash, I couldn’t really ask a multiple choice question so that fell through.
I can tell that my mentor has really come far with his work and the My Little Pony series that DHX is doing. There’s a lot of things that are possible in Flash as long as you keep experimenting with the program, which is what I found out over the last week.
Anyways, I’ve been diligently working on my first animation which will be a channel trailer for the YouTube channel I plan on making for the course of in-depth (Deon did this first so I can’t claim credit for the idea but shoutout to her). It’ll probably be done by Monday or so, because I’ve been making pretty good progress with it and I’ve learned a lot about Flash over the past two weeks. I was kind of stuck in a rut earlier, but I’m quite glad that things are going better this time.
Also, spring break will be soon and unfortunately I’ll be travelling quite a bit, so I think that I’ll meet with my mentor this weekend to talk storyboarding, keys, and get a review on grouping and symbols because it’s still a little iffy to me. But I’ll be working on my animations a lot next week, so I’ll try to write more on that in the next post.