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Unity Maze Game

Here's a video of the Unity game I discussed in my previous post:

The music is Shizaru by Lie Too Fine.

This is a Windows game I can play with a game controller. I've also compiled this for an Android phone but can't try it because I don't have the proper USB-C cable. It seems Unity can also make a virtual reality version of this too. Can't wait to try this out on my new Google Pixel 2 phone.

Unity Experiment

For our last Animation assignment we created a simple game or experiment in Unity. I created a maze game.

When I was learning how to program a computer many years ago I loved to make mazes. Using our Commodore 64 computer I made games involving mazes and simple characters that would find their way through the mazes. I loved those games. The character moving through the maze would literally be a single character moving up, down, left, and right through a 2D maze. I thought it would be fitting if my first Unity game was also a maze game, but with more advanced graphics.

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More After Effects and Understanding Comics

Understanding Comics

Scott McCloud’s book Understanding Comics is ostensibly a book about comic books as an art form, including its history, evolution, and modern structure.

The author has much love for comics and fell in love with them as a child. I can partially relate in that when I was younger I looked forward to the Sunday newspaper and reading the comics. However, I never had an affinity for comic books and found them to be a waste of time. These days I only read Dilbert on a regular basis.

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After Effects

We started learning about Adobe After Effects, a video editing and compositing tool that I enjoy immensely. I spent more time than I should have going through After Effects tutorials and learning about what this tool can do. This tool is super useful; there were many moments when I realized that some cool thing I've seen can be easily done with After Effects. I want to become proficient at this and use it for creative work.

We were asked to build a short composition with animated shapes but I got carried away building an animated character that walks across the screen. The character is built in Illustrator and animated in After Effects. I added some sound effects using Premiere. Enjoy!

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Stop Motion

Our first group project is to create a short stop motion animation using Dragonframe. We created a short story about an apple tree.

This video is hilarious and cracks me up every time I watch it. This was a lot of fun to make.

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