Flash Crunch-Time!

This was a mini flash project I submitted last July. I like flash, but maybe not as much as jQuery, haha. :D

Okay, off to working on our last flash project!

Trying to hype myself up

see that face? I need it.
see that face? I need it.

If anything, I enjoy learning. With all unadulterated honesty, I really do. For example, I love reading articles and I like researching — I just don’t like writing about them.

So when we were making our image gallery project for Flash class, I was really getting into it. Haha. I wanted to do a lot of things for our project, like add different effects and such that were already in my vision, except I was limited by knowledge, skills, and time to actually execute what I had in mind. Even until the last minute, I wanted to add sound that until I got that code right, I continued working on it. I didn’t have to, and neither was it part of the requirements, but it just fit that I felt like I had to make it work no matter what. Anyway, in the end it turned out to be rather nice. If only my prof actually watched Doctor Who then he’d feel as ecstatic over it as we were (or as I was).

We’re making a kind of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure for our next group project and although I know it’s going to be squeezing the blood out of us again (especially coding!), I know it’s going to be worth it because really, it’s so much fun! I bookmarked a couple of Flash sites — some were cute, others were cool, and a few were just so damn awesome. I am so in love with this one mainly because IT HAS SHEEP IN IT!!! It’s such a great way to feel motivated. Like, I want to be able to make sites as awesome as these one day. Soon. Not too far from soon, hopefully.

I need to really start focusing on my thesis again. I’ll find some motivation for that — I need too. Except sometimes, things related to my course feel like a downer because I have issues with some…things related to it, haha.

There’s this thing I’m thinking about. If I should try joining it. I’ll probably be signing another death note and digging my own grave by doing that but it’s going to challenge myself and, well, so many things about myself. It’s going to be something new and I’m always attracted by new things. We’ll see.

I want to work on thesis temporarily-for-forever

I am surviving with half a brain. Or, half a working brain. The traffic last night (due to the rain) was terrible; I got home late and I slept at 3am, and I have a 9pm meeting later and I’m not understanding any of my lectures. In Javascript class earlier, I couldn’t understand what we needed to do and how to code the thing, and our prof said there was a loophole BUT I JUST DON’T GET IT.

Despite this, I want to be the one to code my thesis. My prof in Javascript class suggested I ask for a CompSci person or someone like that to code the whole PHP/mySQL/etc. database for me but I was too shy to tell him I wanted to do it myself because I wanted to learn! Curious bee! And one of the things that’s driving me to also learn how to develop it is because I’ve been reading this book entitled The Art of Interactive Design: A Euphonious and Illuminating Guide to Building Successful Software and Chris Crawford (the author) specifically mentioned programming ability as “one of the qualifications for an interactivity designer.” And right now, I’m just aiming for that. I’m going to take graduate studies on Interactive Design in Europe and have grand, exciting (and hopefully, including romantic) adventures while I’m at it.

Yes, this is how I’m coping with depression. =) At least I’m looking forward to so many things again, instead of getting held back by so many frustrations and unpleasant feelings and people.

"Language is like looking at a map of somewhere. Love is living there and surviving on the land." - Love Begins in Winter
"Language is like looking at a map of somewhere. Love is living there and surviving on the land." - Love Begins in Winter

AND BOOKS. I’ve finished the first story from Simon Van Booy’s Love Begins in Winter. I originally wanted to buy The Secret Lives of People In Love but I couldn’t find it, so I might try to look for it elsewhere some other day. It’s amazing that although I should be busy with a mountain of academic and freelance work, I manage to read short stories in between. This is better than a full-length novel because I wouldn’t be able to work otherwise.

I have so, so, so, so much work piled up. My CS Flash project, a bunch of freelance work, Bananalou’s thesis, MY THESIS (!!! waaah! presentation and video and paper!), PHILO AND THEO (which I don’t mind learning or reading about but orals right now = will contribute to paving the way to a near-death experience) — I’m determined to start saying NO to people from now on. :(

Bananalou’s thesis might be the last film I’m going to PD for this year, mainly because I really have not much time for production design because of everything I have to do/finish. As a general rule, I try to stay away from styling and costume design because it gives me more stress than I can handle. Although reading Jeffrey Kurland’s interview (costume designer for the movie Inception) proves how much respect and admiration this man, like other amazing costume designers (goes with any design team in production groups, I suppose), deserve.

Costume design reflects greatly on the movement of the plot, most significantly through character development. Character development is at the forefront of costume design. The characters move the story along and with the director and the actor the costume designer helps to set the film’s emotional tone in a visual way. In a more physical sense the costumes’ style and color help to keep the story on track, keeping a check on time and place.

Really, if that doesn’t make sense, I don’t know what else will. Now I want to watch Inception the second time just for the costumes (Ken Watanabe/Saito’s costume at that scene he first appears in is to die for) but I doubt it will still be out in theaters the moment I have time to watch a movie again.

AdStrat project over!

Finally, our AdStrat presentation is done! We had our weakness but I think the prof liked our idea anyway. Which makes me excited because maybe advertising will actually be fun, if you’re working with the right people. My group mates are just awesome (except for one guy who was stupid enough to plagiarize his part from another group’s paper from the previous semester. Seriously, I don’t know how people like that can get into NUS, which is supposed to be in the top 10 unis in the world). Our group meeting last Sunday was actually fun (and funny). We went to the Shaw Towers for an extremely late lunch and ate at the Japanese/Korean restau there. On the way, my group mates ended up using “dubious” with all the “dubious looking” infrastructure and even ads, hahaha.

“That building just looks dubious,” “That guy looks dubious,” “The pink flowers hanging from the parking lot makes the parking lot dubious.” And even at the Japanese/Korean restau, with its unappealing brown tables and benches cramped together in a small space: “this looks dubious.”

Seriously, I’m so glad they have a sense of humor. We’ve exchanged some cuss words — I taught them “gago” and “putangina.” And I got this expression in Cantonese that meant something like ‘That shocked me!’ — “haseyang.” And Kailing always used “haseyang” haha, it’s so cute.

Ok, so anyway, this was the pseudo-stop-motion we made (the illustrations aren’t stop-motioned anymore because I didn’t have time to. Plus, it was hard using just iMovie and Photoshop CS4. I wanted to try making it in After Effects but I don’t have the program.) :(

And because their company website was made with ancient and outdated web standards (it’s really horrible, if you want to take a look), we redid their site. The process made me excited because of the possibilities I can do with the LFC website which terribly needs revamping also. I mean, logging in with your Facebook account? What else would the best way to get our members to utilize the homepage, huh? HUH??? THE POSSIBILITIES!

Now I really, really want to apply for an OJT in an advertising company to get the feel of what it is like being in the industry and to judge for myself if I want to go into it. I’m like a floating jellyfish in the middle of the ocean. I don’t know where exactly I want to go yet. Aside from (1) opening up this super awesome business idea with my friends, (2) traveling everywhere in the world, and (3) someday making my own film. But #1-3 needs an immense amount of money (or more like a fortune), and I need to find some way to earn that.

Seriously, I don’t feel so awesome at the age of twenty but maybe in ten more years I’d have something to be proud of. I still have this dream of someday being someone who can inspire people. :) And maybe being in a fantastic relationship with someone amazing, also. <3