Movie effects in Flash

Flash animation has come a long way over the last few years. In fact, all animation has come a long way in the last few years. It's everywhere, be it on TV, films, the internet, video games, mobile phones, night clubs, computerised ATMs, in-flight safety videos and so on. Actually, it's amazing there are enough animators out there to do it all.

So why has there been this boom in animation? Well, if we're talking 2D animation (and we are), in part this can be attributed to the rise and rise in the use of Flash. Flash 8 provides you with everything you need to create broadcast quality animations at a snip over £200. It's no longer necessary to have expensive studio space equipped with lightboxes, line-testers and rostrum cameras (not to mention paper). Now anyone can get animating (and save the environment) with a little more than a computer and a copy of Flash.

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