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Flash 5 Cartooning is a stunning, full color book that reveals scores of tips and techniques for building great cartoons, regardless of your artistic experience. Everything from cartooning fundamentals to advanced Flash techniques like ActionScripting and selling your work online is covered here, in this unique guide to creating exciting Flash cartoons. Author Mark Clarkson dives deep into the key topics cartooners need to know, with an emphasis on things like interactivity, special visual and audio effects, ...
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Overview

Flash 5 Cartooning is a stunning, full color book that reveals scores of tips and techniques for building great cartoons, regardless of your artistic experience. Everything from cartooning fundamentals to advanced Flash techniques like ActionScripting and selling your work online is covered here, in this unique guide to creating exciting Flash cartoons. Author Mark Clarkson dives deep into the key topics cartooners need to know, with an emphasis on things like interactivity, special visual and audio effects, timing (it's critical to a good joke, you know), cartoon physics, and more! A free companion CD-ROM is packed with sample cartoons from the book, additional cartooning material, and product tryouts.
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Flash doesn't get enough credit for its capabilities as a storytelling tool. That's what cartoons are, of course -- stories, freed from the limitations of flesh. In Flash 5 Cartooning, Mark Clarkson shows how to build great cartoons -- and even how to sell them.

Clarkson starts by teaching how to watch cartoons (and all this time, you figured you knew how!) Next, he introduces Flash's drawing tools from a cartoonist's point of view. There's a full chapter on "thinking up," storyboarding, and scripting your cartoons.

Clarkson introduces reusable library symbols, the heart of an efficient (read: quick-downloading) Flash 5 cartoon. He shows how to design characters that can be efficiently animated (Yogi Bear wears a necktie to disguise the disconnection between his head and body); how to use sound and dialogue; and how to work with Flash's key animation tools, keyframes and tweening. You'll also find detailed coverage of motion, facial expressions, camera moves, style, and other staples of the animator's art.

Fun to read, fun to look at, fun (and surprisingly easy) to use, Flash 5 Cartooning will bring out the cartoonist in you -- no matter how latent!(Bill Camarda)

--Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey-based marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764535475
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 8.01 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author Mark Clarkson is a former software analyst for Boeing who now works as a freelance writer and computer artist. He has written for Computer Gaming World, Computer Artist, and Computer Graphics World, and his Flash cartoons are featured on AtomFilms.com.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1: How to Watch Cartoons.

Chapter 2: Learning to Draw.

Chapter 3: Writing a Cartoon.

Chapter 4: D?nde Est? La Biblioteca?

Chapter 5: Why Did Yogi Bear Wear That Necktie?

Chapter 6: Recording Dialogue and Other Sound.

Chapter 7: Keyframes, Tweening, and Animatics.

Chapter 8: Tweening -
Manual and Automatic.

Chapter 9: Walking, Running, and Cycling.

Chapter 10: Facial Animation.

Chapter 11: Layout, Style, and Camera Moves.

Chapter 12: Interaction, Part I.

Chapter 13: Interaction, Part II.

Chapter 14: Making a Movie.

Chapter 15: Selling Your Work.

Appendix About the CD-ROM.

Index.

About the Author.

Colophon.

End-User License Agreement.

CD-ROM Installation Instructions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    Will be worth it

    I purchased this book and learned so much. the CD has plenty of handy things, such as a Video save color pallete, and tons of examples and files.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2001

    Easy, Fast, Awesome

    This book is great. it was easy to follow and the examples were very detailed. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about Flash 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    This is a 'gotta have' book

    You know a book is going to be an excellent experience for you when the list of reference books are books that you already own. That's my experience with Mark Clarkson's 'Flash 5 Cartooning.' What Clarkson does is to provide clear and consise instructions on how to create animations using the flash toolset. More than just a 'how to use flash' book, F5C, illuminates the 'how' of animation productions that can be used from a one-person studio to a production studio of dozens of people. I especially enjoyed and learned a lot from the 'bobsey Model' chapter (chapt 9) and chapt 11 (layout, style and camera moves) that inspired me to try some of the things mentioned in those chapters. This is not a book to teach you cartooning (the list in the preface has many books for that), rather, this is a book to take your static cartoonis and breathe some '12 fps' life to them. There are a few rare books that I will tell friends that if they buy it and don't like it, I'll buy it back. Flash 5 Cartooning joins the ranks of those books. This book now occupies the space next to the Preston Blair Cartoon Animation book, when it's not in my hands or book holder being used for reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2001

    This truly makes learning Flash easy!

    Mark Clarkson has done it again. As in his earlier book, he has taken a technically difficult subject and made it a breeze to learn. If you only buy one book to learn Flash cartooning, make it this one. Mr. Clarkson makes the complex simple, the boring interesting, and the mundane fun.

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