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July 14, 2002

Live Flash Animation - Pure Genius

The other night I went to see the edinburgh preview of Howard Read new show Words and Pictures. Howard is 'famous' for having done the animations of 'Bird on a Wire' that used to be available on the hahabonk website. Before it went gaga.

He's hugely charming, and there's great ideas in what he's doing. Sketches where one of the characters is on screen in Flash, and he's the other. Flash animations with prerendered sections that he triggers with an IR mouse between his bits. And the bit of pure genius...

Live Flash Cartoon Animation

He's set up a branching narrative system in Flash so that he can get his on-screen character Little Howard to say almost anything - within quite a subtle sentence structure.

It's very odd to have a flash character onscreen saying 'you there, the man, in the front, with the curly hair, and the t-shirt that is the colour of my dad's car, green. what do you do for a job?'

Go see, go see. He's got another preview coming up, where he'll probably have done more practice at using his keyboard UI. Or go and see him in Edinburgh

Posted by Tom Dolan at July 14, 2002 08:43 AM

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