Research and Creative Solutions
It’s funny how hard some things seem when you don’t know how to do them, but how easy things become once you’ve done them one time. The last few days have pretty much been summertime, so I managed to get something done yesterday and install my air conditioner and some screen windows in my room. I had never put in screens before, but the thing they don’t tell you is that it’s much easier to do from outside the window. Luckily, I figured this out and was able to climb out my window and onto the roof of the porch awning. Once there, it was super easy to just slide the screen into the track. Now that I know this, it shouldn’t be a problem in the future, but trying to do it from inside, like I was at first, was a lesson in frustration.
Many of the more challenging aspects of 3D animation, 3D modeling, 2D Flash animation and Flash Actionscript Coding for the web and CD-ROMs are like this. When I first approach a project that includes things I’ve not done before, first and foremost I do some research. Here at DDA we have a vast library of resource materials dealing with all forms of digital media. We also have an expert staff with years of combined experience, any number of whom I can ask for opinions and suggestions on any project I might be working on. And, of course, there is always the Internet to fall back on — program help files, Wikipedia, and digital media forums are just a few of the many resources to turn to.
I always find that once I start unthreading an answer even a little bit, the rest of the solution falls neatly into place. And once I’ve encountered a challenge like this and overcome it, next time I’m always ready with the answer. And if no resources for answers can be found, DDA always finds creative solutions. It’s like putting in that screen window; once I started thinking outside the box (or in my case, the house) the solution just presented itself!