Thursday, December 2, 2010

Practicing My Programing

A friend of mine was taking a class in programing using the programing language Python. I know very little about the Python programing language but in high school I had some familiarity with QBASIC so I helped him with some of his home work. I discovered that Python and Basic weren't so different and that I was really enjoying programing.

As a self teaching tool I set out to write a short text adventure game using Python.

Download Random Maze Adventure here!
To play the run the program you first must download and install the Python program on to your computer. Download Python here!

The game is a completely random maze, the rooms won't even be the same when you go back in to a room you've been in previously. The end of the maze is different every time you play and you can choose to play with a time limit which really only limits the number of commands you can enter.

Oh, and watch out for the monsters.

Here's a screen capture!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Special Effects and Puppetry

The effects in this piece was probably the most fun I've ever had editing video.  The fire balls were recorded well after the studio shot where the actors were shot. The fire ball were just a lamp wick ball soaked in kerosene on the end of a wire.  They were shot against a completely black background. Then I use a luma key to remove the black.  This created a fire ball that I could put over any piece of video and it looked like the fire ball was there. Then using key frames I was able to animate the fire balls and give them character and life, and even allowed them to interact with the characters.

I had a BLAST with this piece.  It just reminds me how much I love animation.