Friday, 18 November 2011

Scripting Tests 3.0



In my previous post I mentioned that I wanted to make a Flash Game and had started learning ActionScript 3.0 in order to accomplish that. These were only made to test the application of what ActionScript I have learned so far, so please forgive how ugly they look.


 This test above is just to make sure that I can have a player control the avatar via
keyboard, and make the avatar animate and move through a world.




 This test is to show that I can have the avatar move along a bumpy
surface if need be and calculate things like falling acceleration.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Action-Script 3.0


Concept for a game, hover your cursor over the picture

Special thanks to Rebecca Deakin for sparing the time to show
me how to get .swf files hosted on the internet


I have recently begun learning ActionScript 3.0. The Flash piece below is just intended as concept for a game I would like to animate and programme. I need to admit that this particular piece was scripted in ActionScript 2.0, so that I could get a little practice before I got hold of the later version of ActionScript, but so far using ActionScript 3.0 I have successfully scripted tests that include:

>Moving a character left and right via keyboard, and adjusting the background accordingly
>Loading and/or unloading extra characters when the player reaches a certain point  
>Making a character walk over uneven ground or fall to it, without sinking into it

which I will upload here soon, although they will have no aesthetic consideration in them as they are only scripting tests in preparation for making the main game.

Thursday, 3 November 2011


     I am excited to announce that I am working on my final year film. Below are the character designs, I want to digitally paint the backgrounds, the backgrounds in these images have just been pulled off the internet for now just to give the two characters their context. The story's synopsis is that Matt the hiker accidentally falls to his death, but the Grim Reaper is late getting there, leaving his unbeknownst soul alone and vulnerable in a twilight version of the world as he knew it.




Monday, 12 September 2011

"I Wish" Animation



Voice Over by Nick Thorne
Vocals in the Background Music by Megan Green


Below is the Line Test for the animation without the
background or any computer visual editing.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Sea Folk


My latest animation, done entirely using vectors, to learn how to use
the pencil tool and manipulate vectors in Adobe Flash.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

MY SHOWREEL HAS BEEN UPDATED!

Not much more I can add to that title, I've been busy making a few animations, 'Grace' in particular during this module at university, and now I've put them into my old showreel and updated it. Also I've managed to sort out a few issues with the quality of my showreel since the last one, as each time I use Adobe Premiere and export from it I gain a bit more experience in it.

Lip Sync test


Someone had recently pointed out that I don't have enough examples of Lip Sync on my blog, so I'm adding one now! It's from last year, when Dylan Shipley and Louis Jones of Sun and Moon Studios came into the university to give us a tutorial on Lip Sync. This was done quickly in Flash, and the sound was given to everyone to synchronise to, it's not mine, in fact I assume it's taken from a film.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Wolf Jump



Another short animation I created to update my showreel.
I looked at the anatomy of wolves and watched a few
videos of how they run but I had to animate the jump
from my own intuition.


Saturday, 7 May 2011

A Vampire's View


[A still from the animation with some cloud cover taken away]

This is a relatively quick animation I made to go towards updating
my Showreel. The aim was to show that I can create animations
using more detail than just flat colours.




Wednesday, 6 April 2011

LOLTR - Episode 1 Grace


Nick Thorne presents:

A short, Student Animation spoof based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Animated in Flash, and then Post Production work done in After Effects.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Wolf Digital Painting

Click to enlarge
A painting I did in Adobe Photoshop, taking two hours. I was inspired by coursemates' digital work and after the success animating a quadruped I thought I'd give Photoshop a proper try. This was done referencing a photograph of a wolf in the same pose.

Monday, 7 March 2011

University Work Blog

    I've recently started a new university module that I haven't fully planned out what I'm going to do for yet.
The module is a bit scary... we haven't been set anything to do. I'm basically just going to use the time to practise and experiment with animation, and also develop my flash skills. I'll be keeping a Blog of my progress so that my tutors can follow what I'm up to, but you might as well too if you have time and are interested!

http://uweanimation-nkthorne.blogspot.com
[You may notice a slightly different colour scheme on the other site, this is both to really separate my developmental work from my showcase work sites... and for a little giggle.]

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Using Inverse Kinematics in Flash


I decided to practise a more 'Cut Out' style of Flash, so after watching a few tutorials
on how to create the Inverse Kinematics Armature I created these very quickly
just to try. I'm not obsessed with dragons, this was just the first thing I drew
as it was just the movement I was interested in testing at this point.



Friday, 28 January 2011

Dragon Picture

Click to enlarge

I'm currently working on my CV, this image is a part of it but since it turned out
quite well as a stand alone piece I thought I'd post it just to let people
see what I'm getting up to at the moment.

Monday, 10 January 2011

The BadgerHeart Project


The BadgerHeart Project is due to be completed tomorrow, the film has been finished and the link to the BadgerHeart project website has been updated. The website itself has been recrafted by Henry Kennett, the art director of the animation! So if you're interested check out the BadgerHeart Project link under 'My Links' in the top right corner of my blog.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Glass half full, Glass half empty!


Original Concept: Kasia Prujszczyk
Producers: Jenny Pinnell, Nick Thorne
Photography: Hayley Tolley

[Click the photo to enlarge]
A little idea that my friend came up with that my housemate and I thought was too good to not make :)