New Position at LearnKey

A couple of weeks ago, I was offered a new position at work. LearnKey‘s website administrator is leaving the company, so they asked if I would like to take over his job. My official title is Online Content and Social Media Manager.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working with the former website admin to learn all the little eccentricities of LearnKey’s website and on Monday I go solo. We’re in the middle of a major site-wide redesign, so I will have plenty of time to become intimately familiar with our website and processes.

I’m still going to be responsible for creating mobile content for LearnKey, but along with the website I am also now partially responsible for LearnKey’s social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

I’m really excited about this new opportunity and the chance to work with some people who have been little more than names and faces to me up until now.


LearnKey Promotional Videos

For the last couple weeks, I have been building short videos at work to promote our training courses. Several of these videos are on YouTube and will eventually make it to the LearnKey blog. One of my video made it to the LearnKey blog a couple of weeks ago: the promo for LearnKey’s Premiere Pro CS5 course. Check it out at http://blog.learnkey.com/?p=3004.

Check out more of my LearnKey promotional videos on LearnKey’s YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/LearnKeyVideo, or my LearnKey Promotional Videos playlist, http://www.youtube.com/user/artisticimposter?feature=mhee#p/c/64DD74C69913AE88.


Poem Book on Sale Now!!!

The paperback version of my book of poetry, Windows to the Soul, was listed on Amazon.com today. I’m not sure when it will actually be available for purchase on Amazon, but it is available right now through CreateSpace, Amazon’s self-publishing service.

The Kindle version has been on sale for a couple of weeks, but I just approved the proof for the print version a couple of days ago. I’m now working on a promotional video to put on YouTube announcing the publication of the print version. Until then, check out a sample of my poetry from Windows to the Soul on Goodreads.com.


New Animated Short Underway

Over the weekend, I began working on a new idea for a Flash animated short. Several years ago, I performed an original pantomime entitled “The Skydiver,” and over the holiday weekend I began turning my pantomime into an animated Flash cartoon. Here’s a screenshot of part of the cartoon:

I’m doing some experimenting with this cartoon, and I plan to do most of the actual animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods, so it could take me a little longer to finish than it would otherwise. Once it is finished, I’m going to build a new page into my Web site just for Flash cartoons, and it will also be posted on YouTube.


Flash Basics Tutorial #2: Making the Ball Bounce Look Real

Part II of Creating a Bouncing Ball.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmHNh8hVMyU

In this tutorial, I demonstrate how to make the bouncing ball more realistic looking.

Concepts learned:

  • Moving Through the Timeline
  • Entering Keyframes
  • Easing In/Out
  • Demonstrating Object Materials
  • Using the Free Transform Tool

To create the bouncing ball, please watch Part I of this tutorial: Flash Basics Tutorial #1: Creating a Bouncing Ball
Or download the finished Part I file here.