Animated Flash Superhero at MAX
Nectarine, a Flash animation studio Melbourne, Australia, has produced a series of shorts to help illustrate the new functionality available in Flash Professional 8. Mike Downey, the Flash Project Manager at Macromedia, recently screened these shorts at last week’s MAX 2005 event in Anaheim, CA, and he’s made his presentation materials available for download. Included in the ZIP file are the six SWFs animated by Nectarine. The animations include some of the new effects and tricks available in the new version of the software (but unavailable for export to video). A French website is also hosting the shorts.
The shorts were animated by Nectarine’s Steve Piscapo, and they revisit Flash, the Macromedia superhero, who Nectarine brought to life earlier this year. He’s sporting a new hero suit, and the production quality is far advanced from his previous appearance. Notice the character ‘Sparkle’ in the earlier version, who is an embodiment Microsoft’s vector-based UI designer of the same name. If you haven’t been following, there’s been much (perhaps undue) hype about Sparkle being a ‘Flash-killer’ which I’m starting to think it’s not.