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The Flash Animator

You won't see too many books on what Flash was originally meant to do in the first place - Animation By Adam Bell
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The Flash Animator
by Sandro Corsaro
$49.99 USA/$77.99 CAN
New Riders
http://www.newriders.com/
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Go through the computer book aisle of your bookstore, any bookstore. You'll notice a lot of books based on our favorite piece of web design software, Flash. However, while you'll see lots of books on ActionScripts, Dynamic Connectivity and 'New Genius' or 'Grand Master' out there, you won't see too many books on what Flash was originally meant to do in the first place - Animation.

In particular, cartoon animation which was the original use of Flash back in the original SmartSketch or FutureSplash days of the mid 1990's. While that style of animation has always been available to Flash users, few books are available that specifically show you how to toon in Flash.

Enter a new one.
The Flash Animator is an introductory book to the art of creating cartoons in Flash. For the most part, is a basic introduction to tooning in Flash although there are some interesting tips on how to create characters directly in Flash or using scanned images instead. A unique and easy-to-use way to shade characters is well-explained in the book.

Many of you will be interested in the final chapter which focuses on how Flash can be used in a Broadcast environment by showcasing how it was done with the original show open for 'The Norm (McDonald) Show' for ABC.


What makes this book unique is the interviews conducted by the author with some of the great minds of Animation (to paraphrase another book company's offerings: New Masters of Flash Tooning?).

" What makes this book unique is the interviews conducted by the author with some of the great minds of Animation"

Included are Simpsons' storyboard artist Brad Abelson, former Simpson cartoonist Tom Winkler who created the bathroom humor in Doodie.com and Joe Shields aka Joe Cartoon who created the legendary Frog in a Blender series which was originally distributed via viral e-mail marketing.

In particular one should look forward to the interview with Scooby-Doo creator Iwao Takamoto as he explains his animation techniques over at Hanna-Barbera vs. the techniques used in Flash which he actually started using for the first time in preparation for this interview. The accompying CD-ROM includes a full audio interview with this animation legend.

While I found this book easy-to-read and enjoyable, I didn't think it was a strong content-wise as a previous book I reviewed on DMN called 'Flash and the Art of Animation' from Sybex. However, I think most new cartoonists and those who want to be will enjoy the interviews in this books and the great cartoon examples included on the CD-ROM.

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Adam Bell is the Design Director, CEO, Videographer and sometimes janitor with dzign@datatv.com (http://datatv.com/) amazingly not getting plastered in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA.
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