game dev ◦ animation ◦ academia

I'm Senior Lecturer in Game Development at Massey University's Creative Media Production degree in Wellington, New Zealand. My research is in interactive narrative, game design, and emergent/procedural behaviours.

In my past life I was also a professional traditional and digital animator and illustrator, and I still have a great fondness for those arts. I try to keep my chops up where I can.



Toonboom is sort of stuck between the traditional animation and the digital mentalities. When it first starts up, over on the right is a traditional dope sheet (exposure sheet, x-sheet, etc.). Those familiar with timing things out before animating will be on familiar ground -- you can even time the…

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I appreciate that one can just start drawing in Toonboom. Sure, it would probably help to know about exposures, Libraries, etc. But for the initial tryout, I want to be able to try out the drawing. I started with the mouse, and it fared well. Drawing is similar to the…

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Right now, in the next room along, the PNCA benefits meeting is going on. As someone who does not qualify for benefits, I resent the free pizza and soda pop being liberally enjoyed while discussing the health care options I don't get. In the next room. Pizza smells, wafting. I…

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Initial Impressions

First impressions of the application, from user interface to documentation. I purchased the download version, and did not receive any packaging or paper documentation. The pdf documentation has a nice table of contents, which is very useful. Also useful are the "See Also" listings at the end of each section,…

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I have been animating professionally in Flash for seven years, and know my way around the Flash environment. It is, by far, the most popular application to use; however it has never been a great environment, with awkward setups and animation, glitchy interfaces, etc. Of late, the new versions have…

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Back Again

I have had to recreate this blog due to technical difficulties. Its now using Blogger as the publishing engine. We'll see if it works well. One immediate benefit is that I can now upload photos, and link to other Blogger people.

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