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Flash Forward 2004 Film Festival Finalist and Other Cool Tidbits

I found out this morning that a Flash site which I had a small hand in developing, has made it to the finalists in the technical merit category of the Flash Forward 2004 San Francisco Film Festival [1]. The site is Gravica Design [2] a personal portfolio site for one of the other Principals and our main graphic designer, Mike McDonald, at our firm Talisman Interactive [3]. A good deal of the award winning work in the portfolio on Mike’s site is work that was done by our current team of Principals at Talisman Interactive [3], it also encompasses some work done by our current team back in the Axiom Studio [4] days.

I also just found out that a huge project that we did for the Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center [5] here in Philadelphia directly next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art [6] has been selected to receive the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin’s, Government Award. We produced a 16 minute film as well as 7 distinct interactive exhibitsfor the center. All of them utilizing and interfacing with Flash in very unique ways. Just this past Sunday, the Waterworks was featured on Eye on Philadelphia with Beverly Williams. [7] Here is a Windows Media video stream [8] of the show if your interested. It doesn’t really get into discussing or displaying the kiosk/interactive exhibits we created, but it does show portions of the film that we produced. I have been busy working on the new version of their website [5] to showcase some of the new content and the opening of the FWWIC, its currently a work in progress but coming along nicely.

We also recently launched a pretty cool Flash site for the African American Museum in Philadelphia [9] I like this site because its all XML driven, so its easy to maintain and update for the client. If you are ever in downtown (Center City) Philadelphia, swing by the museum as they have a ton of interesting exhibits and artwork.

I have been unbelievably busy since the holidays with all this work, wedding plans, and dealing with my bad eyes – I have glaucoma and its gotten worse recently, (can you say laser surgery?), so I haven’t had much time to post up any entries here or for that matter even follow any other blogs, so I’m going to try and get back in the swing of things this week, with this first post. I’ll see what I can do to keep up with things a little better in 2004.

One final note, the weather didn’t want to play nice with us near the end of January (read: lots of snow and ice ans sub freezing temperatures) so we didn’t get to have the January Philadelphia Flash MMUG [10] social meeting. I am in the process of rescheduling it for sometime in the next two weeks. I’ll post the specifics on the MMUG [10] site later this week.