I had no plan for this URL when I bought it.
When I first checked around 1999, another tech savvy Mike had
and ".net." I checked back occasionally, but nothing ever
showed up. Apparently, "net pioneer Mike" got so preoccupied
cataloging bottle caps, or whatever he was going to put up on the domain,
he let it lapse in 2003. I, "carpetbagger
Mike," nabbed it.
I took a six-hour Flash animation course at a shabby multi-media
school in Studio City, and retained little, except
the knowledge that
anything imported into
Flash displays as a loop. With that speck of knowledge,
I started doing odd little flash loops for my own amusement, and
eventually put them together into the Mike-O-Tron, and then I added an Online
Resume, as a practical afterthought.
I became fascinated with simulating
continuous action through looping,
so I went
to the video store hunting for footage of racecars, galloping horses, speed
and tunnels to plunder for loops. I shot footage
of me in front of a green screen running, spinning and hopping
around like an elf, and that 20 minute hopping session has
supplied the footage for all
movies or British TV, and
I also trolled various objects from Google Images. I call
these loops Flash animations because it sounds cool, but I did most of
the work in Final Cut Pro and the loops are between three and 30 layers
deep. I still know barely anything
Flash, except how to import and do buttons.
I put this site together with
the generous help and special education of Andrea
Levin of North Hollywood
CA, and Trip Ross of Portland
My name is Mike Upchurch and I'm honored to be the web master for MikeUpchurch.net.
Feel free to contact me at the mail box on the main page.
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