Make Hummus Not War
I am very lucky to be working with Trevor Graham (Mabo) again on his new film Make Hummus Not War. It'll be premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival this August but I'll have the site up before that with the trailer, of course, and tons of pics and clips from the film. I have been doing a lot of research on the humble chickpea and it now takes a dominant role in my kitchen - so cheap and so good for you! It's going to be a tasty site when I've finished it.
Director survives! Kinda. Director 11.5 and a bit is the current version. I am still getting work for Director. A lot of it has been when developers who only know Flash and what Adobe tells them try to build CD-ROMs and kiosks. Flash Player is not the same as a custom app/exe. And Director can do a lot of things Flash will never be able to do. Like local file management, for example, saving text files of user activity.
I have just helped Lifeblood complete a kiosk completely built in Director which was refreshing. It tracked user activity and generated and printed reports. I didn't get to do it on this project but I worked out that I could create Excel files that could be loaded into a spreadsheet to generate charts of user activity. Very handy for functions like looking at customer interest in the various features of your product, making sure that all your message is getting out seen, that the interface is working as it should, etc.
So if you need an application, kiosk or DVD/CD-ROM that can do all the things Flash can't as well as all all the things Flash can please talk to me. Director is still a passion after 20 years.
I have been consulting for the Flexible Learning Network which has been brilliant. I am pouring all the research I have been doing on HTML5 into reports. I am inspired to convert this site to HTML5 to test what I have learnt and make it a showcase for the technology.
If you don't know about HTML5 it's worth doung a little research. It's clear that there will come a day when everything we do on a computer will be online.
I'm excited about my band International Exiles - currently gigging around Melbourne. We're recording an album right now at Hothouse in St Kilda.
With everything I have learned from International Exiles I have been helping musicians get their digital act together. Most recently I have helped John Clifforth get his great new album up on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. Craven's Pharmacy has been 15 years in the mnaking and features tracks with Paul Hester. If you're a Crowdies fan you'll love it. I know John from the old days of Checks and Deckchairs Overboard but you might know him as David Rein's voice in Sweet & Sour.
I've just finished Joe Camilleri's site (thanks Joe and Andrew). Check out Joe and the old fashioned jukebox I made for the site at www.joecamilleri.com.au
I really enjoyed animating in Flash again for Dataworks but if I hear the Wiggles' Big Red Car one more time...
We won the 2008 Australian UN Media Peace Award for his site on Native Title (Mabo) for Film Australia (Screen Australia). The site was a conversion of his BAFTA nominated Mabo - the Native Title Revolution CD-ROM.