This is my first Flash animation in which I was experimenting with nested animations. The storyline is mainly about cross country paragliding with a view of that activity in the UK as dreamed of by an expatriate. It is somewhat jingoistic in its tone.
Whilst preparing the project I was excitedly awaiting a new glider, (which features in all its black, green and red splendour; an Ozone Delta2) and also thinking of my spring visit to the UK.
There is something very special about paragliding across the UK. I am only lucky enough to get to do it for a few days each year but this little project brought back memories of many flights and special friends.
This is very basic stuff but people still continue to take a leap of faith when they don't have sufficient airspeed. Think about where to lay out not just depending upon available space and where others are, but also think about the conditions and how they might be by the time you actually launch.
Sometimes conditions look good at the launch, even though the forecast may be for strong winds. If you had not checked the forecast beforehand
and go just on what you see at take off you may be in for a nasty surprise. There are a few sites in the world where topographical shielding from winds allows us to fly when perhaps we should not. There are many factors which may lead this shielding to break down. Here I try to examine the case at Peña Negra when it is flyable against all expectations with a strong E forecast. Why it is possible and the reasons why it breaks down and normally leads to a white knuckle ride for those who had launched previously into nice conditions.
There is a fair bit of weather terminology and reference to SkewT diagrams. However, I have tried to dumb it down as much as possible to make the reasoning clear.
Official Selection for the Coupe Icaro Film Festival 2013
A very condensed animation of the evolution of foot launched creatures and human foot- launched glider development. I took particular care to show the metamorphosis of the various generations of flexible hang glider design during the 1960s through to the 90s.
It took maybe 30 hours per minute of footage for the production. Anyway, I like it and enjoyed doing it.
This is the story the frustrations faced by many during the winter and the Christmas holiday season who long to fly, especially those living in areas without any mountains to fly. People often thing of crazy ways to get up into the sky, here are a few of them.