The above flashing message was made by using some basic frame by frame animation in Flash.
A good message to make is to simply make your own name flashing.
Or perhaps you might get a picture of your favourite sports team, exotic car, music group, or celebrity, and add a flashing message over the top of the image.
If we change the colour of the text in each frame, then we can get rapid bursts of colour as the message unrolls across the screen. This creates a bright rapid flashing light effect: like those bogus "You're today's Winner" advertisements, that are often found on commercial internet web sites.
Students love writing their name in flashing letters like this, although I must admit that I find all of it a bit too bright and demanding on the eyes.
(Must be a GenX versus GenY thing I guess).
If a student doesn't want to make the flashing colours part of the animation, then do not force them to do it. They can make uni-colour rolling text, and that would be fine for practicing frame by frame animation.
The PDF document below gives detailed step by step instructions on how to make a flashing message using Adobe Flash CS3.
If you would like to open or download a full size copy of these instructions,then click the link below.
So why not make your own very flashy message to the world.
Big Passy Wasabi