During 2009 I was part of a Young Enterprise Team in which I created a children's book entitled; "Flanagan's Footprints".
Now in 2012, I have revisited Flanagan and his story for a Digital Media & Craft self-initiated project given to us late January. The idea was basically to create an outcome using one of the "new technologies" we'd been experimenting with during our first semester as Level 5's.
My idea was to take the original Flanagan's Footprints story, characters & layout and reproduce it in the form of an animation, preferably an interactive animation, but at this point I feel that may have been a little optimistic of me.
Flanagan's Footprints is a story about a frog named Flanagan who wants to visit his friend Frankie, but can't decide on the best way to get there. He tries various types of transport, but while doing so, something strange starts happening, his feet begin to grow! Flanagan is confused by this, but continues to travel anyway, only to find that with every new method of transport he uses, his feet just get bigger and bigger, until the only option he's left with is to walk the rest of the journey.
Confused and deflated, Flanagan walks along as best he can, until the strange feeling comes back to him. However, this time his feet are beginning to shrink, and by the time he makes it to Frankies house, they're back to their original size!
Flanagan's story basically carries a message for young children about our carbon footprints. As Flanagan travels by train, car & plane, his "carbon" footprint gets bigger, however when he begins to walk, it decreases in size.
I've been working on this animation for the past 3 months, & i'm very happy with the result, although to any flash professionals out there it may seem pretty basic, flash was a whole new software to me, which I was both afraid of & despised at the beginning of September 2011, whereas now I feel fairly confident with a lot of the tools it has to offer, especially it's drawing ability, which I admit I've fallen a little bit in love with.
The track in the background is an instrumental version of the classic track "500 miles" by the proclaimers. Whether it will make it into the final thing I'm not too sure as of yet, however for now I figured it was rather appropriate.
that, & it's currently 3am, i've been working on it for 2 days straight & i'm about to give up the will to live. So for now, it will do.