Flash bang kapow

So I've been looking at Flash animation recently, and while the program is cumbersome, unlike other Adobe products, the output is an excellent form, built for the internet medium and the amateur approach it demands. Stuff like Hooker Bruge showcase the expressiveness achievable by a talented visual mind without much need for technical prowess. These shorts make the most of Flash without indulging in overproduction, making for a effective and dark statement. This is not to say that the professional statement is obsolete. "I Lived on the Moon" by Yannick Puig is 3-D animation virtuosity, featuring excellent character design and a memorable mood throughout. Between the two artists so far mentioned can be seen the full scope of Flash's reach, from new technical highs to new expressive opportunities. Some work that falls somewhere in between would be "Muto," the street art animation incorporating physical stills and computer animation to create a trippy mind trip. The way this video utilizes the city scape reveals Flash to be more than a bedroom artists best friend. The tool can involve itself in traditional forms, altering the way artists use their prior mediums. When we come to "How We Met" we encounter the merger between Flash, physical art, and commercial art, all roled into a single statement that includes personal romance as much as consumer motivation. So the tool is not partial to any one user, but allows all voices, from the systemic to the individualistic, to be heard with greater diversity. I look forward to the evolution of Flash away from its current convoluted beginnings into a transparent platform, capable of mastery in minutes, but capable of perfectibility over the course of a life time. This is the state of any lasting creative medium. Here's my first attempt, a little commercial that will become the into for a series of videos I'm working on with several collaborators.


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