November 1, 2006

Moving along

I'm not Catholic, but the universals of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) sit well with me, and I'm sure they sit well with lots of other people personally, but what about acting those principles in a real world setting--a university setting--where many faith stances and ideas merge?

Well, that is what I am talking about in my Flash project for New Media Projects. The idea is that I am compiling a bunch of Setonian stories that address Catholic Social Teaching, and post beside them exerpts from the original Church documents, which profess CST.

I am currently working on the introduction screen, its links, and getting started on the next scenes of the individual stories. I took a journalistic stance in this project, which means I'll be working hard on not only getting the information together, but also getting it into a package that is attractive for users.


Another thing is still bothering me, though. I'm not sure how I want to make the project interactive. Some of my classmates have things blowing up and people dying, but my project is a serious look at Catholicism, and I don't think I want someone killing the Pope and nuns or something. I thought about doing a "hot corners" thing, like on a Mac, where additional information would pop up about the photos that are in the background and possibly statistics about Catholicism at SHU. I also thought about putting hot spots throughout the background images that people could find if they moused over the entire shot. Incentives of some kind could pop up and the user could become a player who attempts to find the "truth" about Catholicism at SHU.

I think the most difficult thing right now is finding the time to really lay aside for this project. My other classes are filled with crazy papers and projects, and in the back of my mind is a graduation portfolio and my GRE test. Maybe I just won't sleep...

Posted by Amanda Cochran at November 1, 2006 8:30 AM | TrackBack

P.S. Is there a way to get page guides in Flash?

Posted by: Amanda at November 1, 2006 8:48 AM

Hmm... you might try looking under "snap to grid," or you could just draw some lines on a layer that you can hide or reveal as needed.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at November 1, 2006 9:26 AM

Yes, you can get page guides... you first have to make sure that the rulers are visible. Once you turn that on (it may be under View?) you can drag guide lines out from the ruler, just like in Photoshop or InDesign.

I like your project! It's coming along nicely!

Posted by: Mike Rubino at November 1, 2006 10:13 AM

That looks fantastic.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at November 1, 2006 11:55 AM

Thanks all.

Posted by: Amanda at November 1, 2006 5:19 PM
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