Sunday, October 31, 2004

IDD 250

This week’s chapter, 'Examples and Interviews', Mark Stephen Meadows interviews people from different forms of interactive narrative. He interviews people from a mass media of backgrounds including comic, television, Flash animation, and the internet. Everything from a “simple” sequential comic book to a website with over one hundred pages help to make up interactive narratives. Almost all of the interviewees discussed the different perspectives in which their work would be viewed.
I think the most complex of the interactive narrative forms is the one Microsoft did with the movie, A.I. I personally was not a fan of the movie. But the idea for this, “The Beast” is very ingenious. Phone calls, faxes, and hidden web pages were all used to provide clues in solving a mystery. All in all interactive narratives are used in our daily lives through many different media forms.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

301- I am the monkey

For this week’s animation, I enlisted one of my roommate’s help in picking a Flash movie. As a Flash favorite of hers, she told me to watch Weebl and Bob. I had looked over her shoulder before when she watched them, but I never really looked at them. I chose to watch Anywhere The concept of the Weebl and Bob cartoons is rather simple. There are two eggs, one smaller than the other who wobble and bobble while talking to each other and barely-understandable-English. The background is always purple and they almost always have a shadow under them to reflect their wiggling. This particular clip features not only the two star characters, but also a singing monkey. A catchy (and sometimes annoying) tune of how the monkey can go anywhere he pleases. It may not be one of the most advanced Flash animations ever created, but it serves its purpose of telling a story.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

IDD 250

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

301- I Heart Mac and Cheese

For this week's animation, I visited the animation section of Groove Chamber. There are quite a few movies to pick from but I chose 'Macaroni and Cheese.' This short film shows a man in bed watching late night TV, possibly even an infomercial on macaroni and cheese. It showed the macaroni and cheese "fairy" and she even sang a catchy little number. That night the man dreamt of eating his mac and cheese. The next day he goes to the store and buys a box. But he doesn't cook it, he eats it raw out of the box. Luckily the M&C fairy arrives and shows him how to cook it so it tastes a lot better and much less crunchy. The movie had a wide color pallet of bold and bright colors. For the most part, things were colored as they are "supposed" to be. I did notice however that when he was at the grocery store, the sky was white while the clouds were blue. The animation changed camera angles many times to help show differnt angles.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

250- Narrative

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

301- Typographic Illustration

For this weeks project I decided once again to visit the Flash Foward site again. This week I choseTypographic Illustration . The way it is presented is with letters to the words of lyrics. The words when spelt out to show the song actually make an outline of the artist. The lyrics are not very clear to read because of the differnt sizes and thicknesses of the letters. Some are used to help create shadows. This can be seen in the Notorious B.I.G song using the Baskerville Old Face. This was one of the Flash movies we looked at in class. I chose this so I could go back and take a closer look at it. I really liked this movie because of its uniqueness. I had never seen Flash presented in this manner. I thought it was very effective than just showing pictures of the artist. The lyrics become the artist which was pretty cool.

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Monday, October 04, 2004

IDD 250

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