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Flash for e-journalists - Special Edition     Course Outline
** Bring Headphones to each class

Week 01
Day 01
1. Course Overview  & Introduction

  1. Intro to professor / view portfolio
  2. Go over outline
  3. Study samples & case studies
  4. Intro to software
  5. Main flash concepts
    • Timeline
    • Drawing Tools – 2 drawing styles
    • Text
    • Photos
    • Animation
    • Video
    • Interactivity – scripting
    • 3 symbol types vs. shape
    • Delivery
  6. go over final project
  7. Assess group experience

   Importing from Photoshop into Flash  tutorial
   Photoshop refresher    Photoshop Intro  |  Photoshop Basics

2. Flash Interface & Basic Concepts     tutorial     class 3 challenge
   * Advanced for beginners

  1. Intro to interface
  2. Basic Drawing
  3. Basic Animation
  4. Basic Scripting
  5. Intro to Behaviors
  6. Intro to Buttons (symbols)

Day 02  - Bring in 3 digital photos for today's lesson.
3. Creating animated slideshow     tutorial     assets

  1. Set up timeline with Labels & Keyframes
  2. Paint round cornered boxes with gradient
  3. Use Behaviors to control buttons
  4. Create a Zoom effect animation
  5. Apply "copy frames" & "swap"

4. Working with Text - Timeline and animation  exercise   assignment

Week 02
Day 03

5. Bouncing Ball in a "Movie Clip"     tutorial     assets
6. Scrolling Text Component  tutorial
7. Video Component  tutorial  assets

Week 03
Day 04

8. Working with Sound     tutorial_a    assets
9. Working with Sound  tutorial_b
10. Soundtrack Pro Source tutorial

Day 05

11. Publishing & Output for Web   tutorial
12. Pull-down menu  tutorial
13. Fly-out Menu
 tutorial
14. Importing from Photoshop into Flash  tutorial

Intro to Final Project - criteria

Week 04
Day 07
15. Jukebox - embedding external modules   tutorial   Assets (songs)  1 2 3 4

Day 08
16. Percentage Preloader  tutorial  assets
(open this file to use and complete lesson)
17. Build Quiz with Score   tutorial

Week 05
Day 09

. **Midterm Test** 
Final Project Lab
Final Project Lab

Day 10
Final Project Lab
Final Project Due - worth 30%

Bonus lessons

20. Control Nested clips with Dot Syntax
21. Sound using Actionscript    Part 2    Part 3



Samples & Case Study Links

CBC: Documentaries - Planet Earth, The Future
A listing of upcoming documentary programs on CBC-TV and CBC Newsworld
Special Report: Vanishing Wetlands | Tampabay.com • St. Petersburg Times
Tampa Bay's news, shopping and information source brought to you by the St. Petersburg Times and tbt*.
A People Torn - Liberians in Minnesota - Star Tribune, St. Paul, Minnesota
Groundbreaking interface functionality
A large team created this package; see the site credits for details.
fNew Orleans Flood - The Times-Picayne
News-Record.com: Deeds of Discrimination
F i n a l S a l u t e
Camera Works: World - washingtonpost.com
P.O.V. - The Brooklyn Connection . From Brooklyn to Pristina | PBS
'The Brooklyn Connection' shows the terrifying ease with which a charming Brooklyn businessman raised $30 million during the Kosovo War, purchased weapons across the USA, and shipped them legally to Albania to be smuggled into Kosovo.
USATODAY.com - Loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia
High Stakes Pipeline - LA Times
The Weight Introduction
The Weight by The Sacramento Bee - A special report
The Races for U.S. Senate - New York Times
The Races for U.S. Senate 2004 Election results for the Presidential race between Bush & Kerry. Popular & electoral votes for Democrats & Republicans. Senate, House & governor results. Voter's guide, swing state developments, breaking news & more
Stan the Man - Sports Hall of Famer - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Inside 9/11 :: Al Qaeda, World Trade Center, September 11 :: National Geographic Channel
We'll never forget the day the world changed. From al Qaeda's earliest origins, through the aftermath, to the investigation, this groundbreaking two night television event reveals a clearer picture of the day that redefined our nation.
Imagining the Tenth Dimension - A Book by Rob Bryanton
Imagining the Tenth Dimension, a new way of thinking about time, space, and string theory, a book by Rob Bryanton z
DrawingArt // Listen, The Silence - Web design and development studio !!
Web design and development studio with high quality products made in dynamic flash, rich media, php, mysql, cms. DrawingArt studio is winner of numerous awards.
Preloaded - a company specializing in Flash solutions
Preloaded is a London-based consultancy specialising in digital creative solutions for any platform...
Interactive Narratives
Webspace for Assistant Professor Andrew DeVigal
Professional Examples - Flash Journalism
Links to some of the best professional multimedia journalism packages.
Society of News Design
Multimedia Design Competition
The FWA: Favourite Website Awards - Web awards at the cutting edge
Favourite website awards. Web Awards recognising the very best in cutting edge website design.


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