Friday, December 22, 2006

Happy Holidays!

I made a little interactive Merry Christmas animation (the idea was seeded in my brain when my instructor Josh mentioned a previous student - Bob, who is amazing on many, many levels - who had also made an interactive animation for his family last Christmas) - feel free to check it out, mes amis!

More Student Flash Sites

Here are some more student sites by genuine UCLA animation grads! Check out Evelyn's Pretty Pink Princess Land, and Eji's fly shooting game.

Have a great time out there doing your holiday thang!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Student Flash Sites

Gomen, gomen! I have not blogged recently in lieu of holiday insanity, but today I'm here to change all that. Witness the profusion of my bloggability!!!

O.K., so here we go - visit Jen's site today. A fellow classmate from my Flash 8 course at UCLA, her Flash site is a game (that is an element to an eventual, larger game she hopes to create). Throughout the next few days, I'll give you links to all of my fellow classmates's sites, so that you may know intimately the beast that is: student attempts at Flash 8 interactivity!

I've actually made a few changes to my own Flash site, but have not yet posted them. I'll let you know when I have the updates ready.

The image today is a part of my Flash site, which I would like to set up using intervals, which is why it's not up yet (because I currently don't have time to bone up on intervals). Essentially, I would like to have one scene of my Flash site on an independent timer, which cycles according to how much time you've spent on my site, rather than how much time you've spent on the one page containing the desired animation. Blah. Well, eventually this will be tackled.

Happy holidays!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Sexy Zombies?

I think you need to go check out some slutty zombies. An art project by zombie lounge singer Monique Motil, these decaying babes can only complicate those necrophiliac tendencies you've been trying to hide.

Oh, here: Yaaaay! I'm done with finals! Yaaaaaay! ... Now back to work on my unfinished website.

Today's pic: A picture I took of my mother's insanely creepy house. She doesn't live there now, but she used to (it's her "I grew up in it" house), and soon it will be moved to the magical land of Conduit. This pic you can steal with impunity - but no others! - lest I find you in a dark alley somewhere, with a craving for braaaaaaains in my belly!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

My New Website!

Come see my amazing new flash website (a lot of the artwork and sound design is incomplete, so please be forgiving!) You'll be so happy you did. :D

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Go Play a Fun Flash Game

I'm busy, kids, so go entertain youselves at the tokidoki site playing this amazingly supercute, addictive game made with Flash by Simone.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

This Weekend is Soo Busy

Yesterday, all I did was work on my Flash website, with the appropriate bathroom breaks, one meal time, and a quick trip to the grocery store. Today's forecast is for more of the same - although a friend invited me to an event at the Museum of Jurassic Technology (as a note, the website is sort of sad-looking, compared to how amazingly fun it's supposed to be), so I might do that if I'm ahead in my workload. Curioser and curioser, do you enjoy the kitty? She'll be up and present for the beta launch of my website next week. I wish she were real so that I could hug and squeeze her, but I'm a bit of a lovey spaz, so there we go (maybe if I ever get time for pet projects again, I'll make one of her).

Tomorrow looks like it will be a paper writing day, followed by a Monday of paper writing.

Back to work!

All images retain copyright with Michelle Lopes.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Calloo Callay!

Today is an amazing day of super happiness! Firstly, my father is going to come home from the hospital on the 19th (the date is tentative, but I don't care - he's making fantastic progress!). Secondly, the bulk of my action scripting is done for my Flash site.

I am sooo happy!

I constructed an inventory using normal variables at first when my teacher, Josh, suggested Boolean variables instead. That helped mucho much! Now my inventory is all bling, all I need to do now is: finish the artwork, tie up some coding extras I wanted to paste on, and animate! (The animation on my site is minimal, so this isn't as tough a job as you might think). Unfortunately, it won't be entirely finished (partly due to my unpaid phone bill, that promptly resulted in a turned off phone, which prohibited me from finishing up some major sound recording stuff for the site - blah!), but a great deal of it should be up and running soon!

Two finals due on Tuesday: twenty page research paper on the mobility of female characters in American silent films, and the Flash site. Progress on research paper: only research so far, but hey, I'm a pretty fast writer so I'm not too worried. Concerning the Flash site: Candy bar/cute kitten/super amazing happy stage of personal enlightenment nirvana.

P.S. If you guys want me to put a more detailed version of my inventory action scripting up, lemme know (you can comment on this post after you select the title of the post - then a comment option will pop up).

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Sparks Waterproof Video Animation Contest

As a huge Sparks fan, I've been watching this contest for a while. Unfortunately, because of my school-based workload (and the fact that I started my internship over the summer just when the contest was announced), I never submitted an entry. Here are the entries that are going to be whittled down to one shining golden child of Sparks history. While some of them seem potentially promising, mostly I'm disenchanted - not to offend any of the entrants, but I feel like the gist of the song hasn't quite been grasped yet.

Yeah, I'm pretty much kicking myself for not entering.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Photoshop Filter Fun!

This pic is yet another sneak peek into my new Flash website that will be arriving soon! In Photoshop it's a good idea to experiment with filters. While some of the filters appear useless (who is actually ever going to mosaic anything? Ugh.), many look pretty good. With this image I used gaussian blur, blur, film grain, and a few others. In order to extract the filtery goodness, I rarely use multiple filters on one layer, but make many copies of the layer I like, then apply a filter to each - deleting and correcting as I see fit. In order to combine layers, I usually fuss with the opacity of a specific layer, or its layer properties, until I come up with a combination that appeals to me. That's it: all my secrets have been revealed.

Today is actually not going very well, so I'm distracting myself with a lot of work. Dad's back in for surgery, and here I am in California, feeling hopeless and utterly useless. So I'm trying to get everything ready for finals next week, and ignore the futility that keeps returning. Life is often like that, though, isn't it? We bury ourselves in blankets of distractions, hoping to somehow make living tolerable and devoid of emotional messiness. I know this post is kind of a downer, but I'm not really depressed - anxious, certainly, and a little melancholy - but optimistic in a strained way, too. When life is crap, things generally get better. I'm a firm believer in that, and it's a proven belief, tested and tried and true.

Well, this is very philosophical and all, but I'm going to go back to work.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Damn Cute Flash Drives

What's functional and frigging adorable? Flash drives from mimoco! In a fit of Christmas wish list-y-ness, I went to the mimoco website today to drool. I totally wish I'd gotten the glow ghost (that I saw when I went to the Comic Con in San Diego this past summer), which is sold out and a cause for much sadness, but if I ended up with a regular ghost flash drive, I'd be pretty damn stoked. They even have it in the 4 GB size!!!

Other than that: much research and flash website work makes Lopes a dull girl. However, here is my progress list:

Flash Website: Wrote code, much of which didn't work, and wept like an, um, girl.
Research Paper: Read through a book recommended to me by the teacher and took notes. Checked out book for further investigation.
TV Series: Had a meeting last week with Meghan and we rocked it!
Novel: Recurring vague thoughts, but no time to work on it recently.
My 8 Minute Film: Absolutely nothing.
Creating Presents for the Beloved: Nada. They will be sad this Christmas *sniff.*