Flash tips for lazy people

2008-08-06 10:57:36 by Tue

This was originaly written for my blog but to celibrate, that I can now make frontpage posts like this, I had to make one right away :P

While working on my latest flash movie, I discovered some tips, which helped me to actually MAKE flash and not just play games or do nothing... So I thought I would share it here, and aid others who are as lazy as I am : )

The first tip is a well known one: Make a storyboard inside the flash movie! I dont think most people make them because they are lazy, but it helps this way too! It dosn't have to be drawings, it can just be text. The idea with this is to give you a better picture of how far you are and how much more is left!

Background noise
I often have the TV running in the background, when im on my computer. But this will just be an annoyes if you have decided to work on your flash movies. The best thing is to just turn everything off and concentrate on your project! However, Im not really a fan of complete silence, so I often result to the next best thing: Music!

If you are gonna listen to music while working, the best thing you can listen to is something you are not too familiar with... If its songs you love and know well, the outcome might be you on the floor going crazy, table-drumming or air-guitaring = not making flash. (this happens to me allot) :P

My last tip is to tatoo yourself... well, not with needels and ink, but just a simple pen will do! I used my arms to write motivatinal text down on. So you will see it all the time and remind you that you should be working on your movie. As I am writing these tips, you can still see hints of text like: "GET IT DONE!" and "WORK WORK" forexample.

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To tell the truth I am not only sharing these tips out of the goodness of my heart, but also as another motivater for myself. "Other people might follow these tips, so I have to follow them aswell, to set an example!" - is what im thinking : )

Well, I hope this helped you out...
Happy flash-making!


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2008-08-06 11:03:33

Haha sweet. Good tips very helpful.


2008-08-06 11:09:07

Very helpful! maybe in the future ill be able to put some flash here on newgrounds.


2008-08-06 11:22:05

The storyboard suggestion is a very legitimate one, and, while I can't say anything one way or another for the other tips, the storyboard idea works.

Another thing I've found REALLY helps is getting stuff out of the way. People always say you should animate (or work on any project) whenever you get a moment. This doesn't work. You need a lot of open time and some free space, otherwise not only do you not feel like starting anything big (if you have something coming up in an hour, you don't want to even begin a complex frame by frame character animation sequence that might take you an hour and a half- as everyone hates losing their place; for such detailed work, you need to keep your mind on track). Not only that, but you're intimidated by future projects. And if you have something more important, you keep questioning whether you're wasting time on the flash that you could be spending on something else.

So clear a big block of time, get everything done first, THEN sit down.

Not following this is the reason I haven't completed anything in the past four months. I have so many projects and commitments in "real life" that I never get around to animating my hobby work.


2008-08-06 11:48:59

Good guide, but too bad I make too big of a story that I cant flash with it. And when I try I critize myself to hell and cancel another project. Even when Im proud and finished of it I seem to still get angry at my own work. Thus not having an own work...


2008-08-06 12:03:18

Cool guide.
I like the Storyboard, and background noise one.

Tatooing works for school, and pretty much anything if you want to remember it =]


2008-08-06 14:39:35

Those are some good tips! I will have to pass this info along.


2008-08-06 15:47:23

wow, all those tips, exept for the first one, are very strange haha. I've done them at least once tho.


2008-08-06 15:58:52

CHRIST YOUR FROM AALBORG TOO! - small world we live in.

Well the tip about music is correct but the best thing is silence or quiet jazz/classic music where there are no big spikes of excitement because you need not to be inspired by the music if you already have an idea you need the music to calm you down and make you think.

Storyboarding is a practice that every animator should do in some form as a good project doesn't come from nothing.

Tue responds:

Small world indeed... well, I may not live IN Aalborg, but close by... kinda...