Colouring the girl

For colouring the girl and making her a cutout we used three simple colours. The design of the dress was changed to a very simple yellow shift dress. This has been really useful to get some practise at, but we’ve also learned that a lot of the ways we chose to do things in Flash could have been executed in easier ways. Plenty of things to remember for the next project!

Sagi Musume

A sensational on-stage transformation in Kabuki. The play is Sagi Musume, meaning Heron Maiden. The actor is Bando Tamasaburo, a celebrated onnagata (man specialising in female roles.) In Kabuki it is customary for all female roles to be performed by men, much like the actors of Shakespeare’s time. However, the earliest form of Kabuki, during the Edo period, was in fact performed by an all female cast until it was outlawed for women to appear on the Kabuki stage in 1629.


I’m going to see this tomorrow: A short exhibition at the Hospital club, backstage photographs of Kabuki actors by Frederich Aranda. In support of the Fukushima disaster one year ago.


I feel I’ve learn’t so much on this project. Getting to grips with Flash is taking me a while and some really simple things have taken forever to do, it would be great if I could be more ambitious with this project. That said everyone in the group has worked hard and their perseverance has been really inspiring. Kyle’s been very helpful and patient when I needed to be shown the same thing several times. Animating with symbols is not as easy as it sounds!


Steph and Kyle discussing the process… Steph is working on the first frame of the girl in block colour and Kyle is working on the movement of the flowers.

Here Alex is working on the animation of the girl as she spins around…it already looks great!


We’ve made some good progress with the Moving Poster. It feels like it’s coming together. We’ll have to shift the timing around a bit, but the butterflies look really carefree and the girl is coming to life and into colour. One thing that took us the longest so far was trying to get a movement of the flowers to seem natural, and not as though they were nodding, while in keeping with such a simplified design.


I remembered these drawings that Akira Kurosawa used to do for his films. There was an exhibition of them at the Petit Palais in Paris a few years ago, I came across it by chance. At the time I already loved his films and but didn’t know I loved his drawings too.