Snow in April? (Flash Snow!)

I’m always trying to come up with new ways to make my animations more interesting. This weekend, I practiced a few cool animation techniques that will hopefully help my animations look more dynamic and visually stimulating.

Probably the thing I found coolest to animate was a procedural snowfall technique. Using one graphic and a little bit of code, you can create softly falling snowflakes that move randomly across the screen. It is a very good technique since it saves a lot on memory. Also, hand animating hundreds of snowflakes can be a huge pain! This way, you get a randomly generated pattern that cycles as long as you want.

This is another example of why Flash is such a great program for animating. Using traditional hand drawn animation is fine, but sometimes if you can code in something to do it for you, it saves hours of work.