September 14, 2006
Its good to be back in the "blogosphere" after a 9 week vacation to clear the mind. Amazing how much I forgot (passwords, url for blog entries, a few AE keyboard shortcuts).
I just got back from Austin, TX where I was attending/speaking at FlashForward. Trish & Chris Meyer did an all day intensive session of AE (talk about making your head spin if you've never seen AE in action before). I was intrigued to see how many Flash users are using AE or in the process of figuring out what it can do and how it will fit into the interactive work they are creating today; which in many cases is very motion graphics intensive. From a design, layering and animation perspective, there is very little difference between an AE user and a Flash user (other than an as Trish, Chris and I lamented; motion blur, subpixel positioning, and a few other things an AE user couldn't imagine not having in their arsenal).
In any event, I digress. The worlds of "broadcast motion graphics" and "Flash animation" are coming closer together. It makes me wonder are more Flash users adopting AE or AE user adopting Flash. Given what is happening in the Web space (advertising $'s shifting there, video sharing sites popping up all over the place, proliferation of FlashVideo, and the Stephen Colbert Green Screen Challenge) ;-), the cross-pollination/merging of these communities is inevitable (from my vantage point).
Two of the highlights of the FlashForward conference for me (besides Texas BBQ), were seeing Silvia Pompei's documentary short Flash Goes to Hollywood about the use of Flash for character animation; and being turned on to coldhardflash, a web site dedicated to providing daily news about Flash being used in TV production. Lots of excellent stories and inspiration that will appeal to animators no matter what tools they use in their craft.
Last but not least, if you are a more film/video centric person and want to dip your toes into the world of Flash, you might want to look into spending a day or two at FITC, Hollywood,10/5-10/7.