New Media Studio Project 1
September 3, 2009, 3:10 am
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First Project: A series of e-cards and website to support them

Specific Challenges: Finding how to program cards to be personalizable and attempting to make that work so that my ecards function just like normal ecards

Why i chose this for my project: I want to go into greeting/ecard design when i graduate. Though i know that this is not the standard desire for someone in my field- i have loved making cards for people ever since i was a child- and the more i think about it- the more i would rather go into a field that is all about making people happy, and not so much about making people money. That being said- we shall see how my first “official” attempts at ecards go.


http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art59749.asp – this site has a lot to say about flash and ecards. We’ll just wait and see if its anything I need



Ecards I like:



After seeing this one: http://www.123greetings.com/love/i_love_you/crazy/crazy46.html – i have decided that the world seriously needs some good ecards.


Hallmark charges 99 cents for this: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C975804%7C147551;-102001;-102270;66559%7Cecard%7CPR1S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=66559 which features their trademark characters… but the whole hot dog thing is a bit… interesting.

This one is cute: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C970785%7C147551;-102001;-102270;264570%7Cecard%7CP1R3S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=264570 its more cartoony- like what I’m planning on doing

This one I actually really like: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C892289%7C147551;-102001;11441;-102271;-102050%7Cecard%7CPR3S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=-102050

I like this style, but not the execution: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C983313%7C147551;-102001;11441;-102271;-102046%7Cecard%7CPR3S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=-102046

The little dog in this one makes me happy: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C976460%7C147551;-102001;11441;-102271;-102046%7Cecard%7CPR2S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=-102046

Cool idea on this one… hate the comic text… and not so much a fan of the bland message. But cool otherwise: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C877294%7C147551;-102001;-102234%7Cecard%7CP1R8S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=-102234

This is not a card- but its a really cool animation. I would like to do a card like this, possibly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUO0gd7cr9o


5 Categories: I would like to start with 5 solid ecards, i think. I’m afraid that many more than that would be hard to handle all at once, but i may change my mind after i get going on things. I want to do them from very different categories, and am debating pinning down a style vs experiementing. I always seem to have a specific style to the things i do, and that will either benefit me greatly, or really hinder me. We will see how that goes. I would like to do: Christmas, Birthday, Thank you, Valentines Day and Apology to begin with. Brainstorming will be done on paper… so you’ll just have to wait and see what i come up with.



You’ll be very excited to know that during my hiatus from blogging i have made leaps and bounds of progress. Though i have learned that some of my goals were unrealistic (for example- getting all of these cards done by day after tomorrow)- i have also learned a lot about animation and how the ecard world works. I have been doing some more research, so i’ll post some more example cards soon, but what i’ve found is that since ecards take a TON of work, a lot of designers get lazy. However, there are ways to compromise- making quality cards that take enough time- but not too much. I decided on doing Valentines day, Birthday and Christmas. Here’s the plan right now:


Valentines day: A sweet, hand drawn card with imitation child drawing going through the seasons- talking about mushy stuff like love and valentines and stuff. This one is mostly finished, i want to go back and hand draw the type, and maybe add a few more layers. I want it to be stark and simple, but not empty. 


Christmas: I want to do a claymation of a penguin decorating his tree then lighting it up. Its pretty self explanatory. You don’t see many clay ecards, so i feel like there might be a cool niche out there if i got involved in this. 


Birthday: I may just do a traditional animation for the birthday card- i might do a chef making a birthday cake. It seems a little expected, so i’m going to think about that. i am in animation class, and i am really interested in using some of those principles.


HA! HUGE SUCCESS! I just learned how to edit what portion of sound goes into flash… something i didn’t think was possible until just now. here is the link- read up! http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/editing-sounds-in-flash-cs3.html 

also… i have almost another card done. its my christmas one. its cute:)


11/17/09- I bet you thought that i forgot about my blogging, didn’t you. You would be definitely incorrect. I have, however been holding out on you, saving everything in word. Its so much faster (and that way you get to be surprised). But here is a brief overview of what is going on right now. I am done except minor tweaks with my e-cards. They turned out pretty cool, but i can’t get the to POST, so you’ll have to wait and see later. I have hit a snag with my ecard interface design- my buttons are not cooperating with each other the way i’d like, so i’m fighting with them at the moment. My self promo animation is going well- i am really enjoying that most of all, i think. anyways- thats the skinny version of things- i’ll post everything else soon.


Animation Project 1
September 2, 2009, 5:13 am
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9/1/09 Hey! Summer is over and its back to school- so i’m back to blogging about various projects. This semester is going to be a doozy… but a blast.

Description: Today we were assigned our first Animation Project- and it sounds like great fun. We were assigned a flip book. We are supposed to select 4 consecutive letters (like hijk or mnop) and make a sentence out of them. then we are supposed to animate the sentence we wrote actually happening. At the moment i am still in research phase- going through and trying to see what other people are doing with flip books. there is some pretty amazing stuff out there! here are some youtube videos:


Cool videos about flipbooks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyfFviZxhvQ&NR=1 —– I love the shadows they did in this one!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HClNcAvD1AY —— cool shirt idea. Definitely might use this one.


I like this one because it zooms. I hadn’t really thought about that yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IeSqVboADw&feature=fvw —- this one is intense. And this is why we are having global warming… too many sticky notes! just kidding. the bunny on here breaks my heart.

Thoughts about the project so far: My initial concern about this project is how to draw the same thing over and over without messing up. it seems like you would have to be really REALLY careful, and i’m not sure how to do that, exactly. But then i thought- oh hey. Use the computer. So what i’m thinking right now is about doing some claymation or else doing some type of drawn figures from flash or photoshop. I have also debated doing some still pictures… but i think first i should probably pick my topic.

Topic thoughts:

MNOP- Mouse Notices Octupus Playing

BCDE- Bunnies Can’t Die Ever

GHIJ- Giraffe Hugs Igloos Jokingly

QRST- Queens rarely self tan

CDEF- Cats don’t enjoy food

I can’t seem to really narrow anything down because i don’t have a media picked. and i can’t pick a media because nothing is narrowed down. what a circle. i will sleep on it and get back to you.

9/2/09 Hey- someone showed me this super cool video- made of all windows sounds. Very creative!- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsU3B0W3TMs

Decided on letters: WXYZ- Wizards Xxerox Yellow Zebras

i picked this one because it was the most visually stimulating in my head- nothing quite as distinctive as a wizard- or strange as a yellow zebra. And also my arbitrary side wanted to use wxyz.


Possible Obstacles:

  • how does a zebra move
  • do i want to use light with the xerox
  • is my solution too expected?

Well- 1 hour later and i have addressed these issues. I have figured  out the zebra:

Youtube video that helped with the zebra moving: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zoFy720mVk

I am going to do a big “Flash” for the xerox machine maybe

I added camera angles (thanks for the idea Jeff)- and incorporated the movement of the camera into the story. It looks pretty cool- i have been sketching things out. exciting!



Phew! What a day of animation today was. I have made most of the stop animation frames… and strung it together to see how it looks in flash. Next big step… printing everything out and cutting and glueing it to stuff. You’ll just have to wait and see- but i sure like it. Its given me some cool ideas for my Gaming Animation project… which you will also have to wait and see:).


Its been awhile- so here’s an update from recent events. We (ahem, Jeff) and i decided that it would be sort of cool to add a twist to my pretty straight forward video- so that meant going back and redoing most of it. But- i think it was worth it. its longer now- and definitely cooler:) i’d tell you what the twist is… but i haven’t shown Jeff yet, so i’ll just make you wait. Now that i’m basically done- here are some of the things that i learned:

Tough Stuff:

  • Claymation is hard in some aspects- like set up and angles and scene changes
  • If you make a flip book too long… you can’t really flip it (unless you have monster hands)
  • keep your shots in order. When things change only a tiny bit- its easy to make mistakes
  • You can’t buy notecards in packs of 150. you have to cut 50 page packs open.


9/29/09 2 projects later…

I am REALLY enjoying seeing how complicated the movements people and objects make are. I had quite a struggle with walk cycles- trying to figure out where the actual movement happens. The run was a bit easier- since you move pretty much the whole time. I was surprised to see how complicated animal movements are- but i ended up with a fairly cute cat that i like. we did some exercises with stairs and things falling down them, which was fun and interesting to compare various aspects of objects. I am interested to use these concepts on my ecard projects. I like animation a lot more than i expected to- and i am liking the idea of doing both print and ecards. On a completely different note… i have been exploring stationary and invitations and i am also rather attracted to that idea.