Cold Hard Flashback: Fog Eyes


A good year before Cold Hard Flash came into existence, Australian filmmaker Hamish Koci’s Fog Eyes had screened at all the major animation festivals – including Annecy and Ottawa. This 6-minute student film takes on the subjects of religious zealotry and euthanasia, and its apparent that Koci didn’t make use of Flash’s potential for limited animation. With a high drawing count and a rhyming narrative, this traditionally-animated short from 2003 is charming and provides a thoughtful perspective on a complex and controversial topic.


Hamish assembled an interesting lip sync tutorial for Australia’s ABC website. Koci has since worked on Flash-animated series, including The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers.

3 Comments

  1. Brian Murphy October 23, 2007

    I’m a newbie to animating with Flash. I’m wondering what you mean by

    >>its apparent that Koci didn’t make use of Flash’s potential for limited animation.< <

    What do you mean by that? And how would the animation be better if he made use of that potential?

    Also, how can you tell he had a high drawing count?

  2. Aaron Simpson October 23, 2007

    hey, brian, welcome to the flash community.

    ‘limited animation’ is a process by which animators ‘re-use’ drawings or images across many frames of animation, which can often save time. it’s also used as a style choice, and its the more common use of the software.

    i wasn’t suggesting that Hamish made a bad (or good) choice in animating in a more traditional way. it was posed as an observation, but i suppose it could be read that way.

    lots of animators use Flash as more of an ink-and-paint tool, and create beautiful work without utilizing limited animation – which is how most of the Hanna Barbera library was created.

  3. Brian Murphy October 23, 2007

    >>hey, brian, welcome to the flash community. < <

    thanks Aaron! I hope to be a regular around here, especially as I try to figure out exactly how to anmate the projects I’m thinking about.

    >>’limited animation’ is a process by which animators ‘re-use’ drawings or images across many frames of animation, which can often save time. it’s also used as a style choice, and its the more common use of the software.< <

    Ok, that makes perfect sense now. I misread it as “the limitations of flash”.

    >>i wasn’t suggesting that Hamish made a bad (or good) choice in animating in a more traditional way. it was posed as an observation, but i suppose it could be read that way.< <

    Rereading it in the context of your explanation it doesn’t seem like you were suggesting that at all. It stemmed more from my lack of understanding of “limited animation”.

    >>lots of animators use Flash as more of an ink-and-paint tool, and create beautiful work< <

    Hmmm…lost me again I’m afraid. :) What do you mean? Instead of actually drawing in Flash?

    >>without utilizing limited animation – which is how most of the Hanna Barbera library was created.< <

    Heh. Such as Yogi’s feet moving exactly the same way every time.

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