Flash on the Beach in 20 days!

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It’s so exciting to have an international Flash conference, right here in my home town. I’ll be speaking in the morning of day 3, and I’ll be taking you on an exciting quest to find that elusive 3rd dimension! In other words, how do you do cool 3D Flash stuff? I’ll tell you all about it, and I’ll go easy on the maths I promise 🙂

So in anticipation, here is my Flash on the Beach must see list.

Day 1:
11:00 – and straight away we’re stuck with a dilemma… Craig’s work is amazing, Angie’s a local animation guru, and Tink really knows his stuff. I think I’ll have to go with Craig Swann, because he’s the most relevant for my work, and I love physical computing. Sorry Tink and Angie!

13:30 – Dave Schroeder – I hung out with Dave in Texas, and he’s a cool guy. If you’ve ever struggled with sound design in Flash you need to see this session!

15:00 – Aral Balkan – An excellent chance to see my friend and neighbour in our home town! Always a confident and engaging presenter. Although. Can. We. Have. More. Than. One. Word. Per. Slide. This. Time. Please? 😉

16:30 – Erik Natzke – You have to see Erik. His work is such an inspiring mix of creative and technical.

Day 2 :
09:30 – Brendan Dawes Another creative superstar. Unmissable.

11:00 – Joey Lott I’ve been watching Joey’s sessions on, so it’ll be great to see him in the flesh 🙂 Although I think any aspiring freelancers out there should check out Snow.

13:30 – Pete Barr-Watson Another local and friend. Flash seems to be used more and more for broadcast work so this is especially relevant. Although if you haven’t started using BitmapData objects you need to check out Rich Shupe.

15:00 – Keith Peters I love Keith’s work, (although frustratingly I’d pretty much worked out all the physics before his Making Things Move book came out). I can’t wait to see what extra juice he’s squeezing out of the new Flash 9 virtual machine.

16:30 – Hillman Curtis Hillman shows that when it comes to video production, it’s all about the idea. His work is truly inspiring.

Day 3 :
09:30 – Bzzzz get up people! Yes I know you were at the FOTB party last night but we got some cool 3D Flash stuff to learn! So obviously come and see me. Or see Robert Reinhart, if you like video. He’s nice too. But I have one more D than him 🙂

11:00 – Jobe Makar Jobe’s a great guy, and he literally wrote the book on multiplayer games. But if you’re not into games, go see Niqui. She’s cool too.

13:30 – Hoss Gifford Yep, Hoss has certainly piqued my interest. If only so I can learn how to spot the “wanker client”. 🙂

15:00 – Chris Curzon Me and Chris worked together at Kerb, and he is a crazy genius.

16:30 – Mario Klingemann I love how Mario chops and slashes at the web, and puts it back together again with the Pritt-stick that is Flash. And a really nice chap too. What better way to end the conference?

19:30 – PLUG-IN MEDIA PARTY It’s not open to the public, but I thought I’d mention it anyway. If you’re a speaker or a friend, let me know and I’ll get you one of the hottest tickets of the conference. 🙂

Well I have to say I’m extremely impressed with the line-up. John and the guys at FOTB have managed to pull together virtually all of the big Flash names from all around the world. I can’t emphasise how important this is going to be for the UK Flash community. Seriously unmissable. I mean it.