Recommended Tools: -wacom tablet or something similar(for animating or just for digital art) -recording software(if you have none and don't have the money to buy some go to the link here -microphone(if you intend on recording voices or sounds)
most of these you can pick up at a Best buy,future shop or any other store that carries electronics.
DA Clubs and flash Communities
Some Flash clubs and Communities to join meet people,learn and improve.
Converting flash into a video file for Deviant art or Youtube(Turning your SWF file into avi) Swivel is a free program that you can download to convert your animations. Successfully transfers over your audio as well and any actionscript you use to trigger the next scene or if you are using a v-cam for different shots in your animation. This is only used for animation publishing however you can go into the manual of the program to try and get the aspects you want to be interactive.
hotscripts -mostly for those who are into the coding aspect of flash and other web related coding
Newgrounds-nice comminuity with a wide range of flash from animation to games. Allot of different topics to join ranging from flash animation to coding and even art.
Flashkit- decent website though its a bit outdated you can find allot of tutorials(2.0 coding mostly) as well as sounds to download.
Animation World Network-mostly for information but there are allot of talented people who post in the forum to get tips and advice.
Index 1. user created tutorial pages
4. Books and other suggestions
#1 User Created Pages
Here is a list of tutorials I helped throw together a while ago
This link contains . . .
-creating a video camera for zooming,panning, and fades rather than changing your content on the stage (action script 2.0 only) -Basic training(using the tools,basic code, etc ) to get started with flash -video tutorials on making fbf animations in flash( using the onion skin tool to properly sync animations) -Sound and music links(Some royalty free some you may have to pay) - and advanced coding in other portions of the list Here is the v-cam for actionscript 3.0 Actionscript 3:Video Camera Quick notes about using the v-Camera(a quick run down of how to work it without reading the long pages of its usage) -whatever the camera see is what your audience sees this means you can have a pretty big work area -to create a fade to white or black all you need to do is change the brightness in your movieclip properties(should be under "Color:") (-100%=black fade) and (+100%=white fade) -to create a smooth natural tween when you pans,tilts, or zooms with your camera after you tween select your first frame then look within your properties you see something labeled Ease moving the slider to (-100% in) starts the tween off slowly and then begins to pick up speed and performs the complete opposite when you set it to (+100% out) -this method is great you can use it to your own creations too for example like creating a bouncing ball or something that is flying through the air
Want to protect my flash game from decompilation?
from reading some links it's almost impossible to protect an swf from decompilers. But you can, for example, encrypt your ActionScript and it'll be very difficult to decompile it. www.dcomsoft.com/
kindi www.kindi.com/ you can buy but you can download the 30 trail for free to try
The Animators Survival Kit -nice informative animation book put together by Richard Williams the animation director of the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabit. Its pretty funny to read but allot of the content is technical so if you wanted step by step info its lacking but its useful to those who want to animate both 2D and 3D.
-This book focuses mainly on creating proper storyboards and talks a bit about drawing and other useful things. - this book can help you for planning out: media productions animations computer games movies/tv shows plan out and pitch an idea to clients
-overall the book is really good at explaining different camera shot and how to portray your idea's and thoughts effectively.
-this one was very good at instructing you how to properly frame by frame a cartoon. Allot of examples given from the ground up but lacks the technical instructions that the Animator's Survival kit provides.
-this book was very good when it came to learning about animation. Talks about what kind of materials they use,drawing characters and backgrounds,story boarding and giving overall tips and talks about different themes.
Here are various links that have caught my eye that seem useful.
Structure of Man (Beginning to Advanced drawing of the human body from your mind) found by:Senor_Sausage
-very good tutorial for learning how to draw from your mind and goes over lots of steps in order to complete a whole person. It does cost money to get the rest of the DVD's its good to have especially when your the type of person who learns by being shown rather than reading through books and online tutorials.