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Sheridan Interactive Media Doubles HTML5 Teaching by adding CreateJS

October 29, 2014

Sheridan Interactive Media (IM), formerly Sheridan Interactive Multimedia (IMM), has taught both the HTML side and the Flash side of Interactive Media for over fifteen years. Now, with improvements in HTML and overwhelming industry support, IM will take the teaching hours from Flash and apply them to advanced interactivity in HTML, CSS and JavaScript commonly known as HTML 5 but perhaps it would be more accurate to use the acronym: HCJ.

HTML5Professor, Dan Zen, has been one of the longest standing supporters of Flash having amassed countless libraries of code – for instance his Flash Feathers series of advanced interface classes: He will now work his way through the converting classes to the HCJ platform as have many Flash coders before him.

Flash Feathers

Advanced Interfaces in Flash to be converted to HTML 5

In addition to past Flash features, Zen has been building informational Web pages and apps in HCJ for many years and last year launched one of the most complex HCJ parallax projects for the entrance to the Dan Zen Museum at

Visitors can swipe, drag, mousewheel or page up the stairs of the museum and the characters on the stairs move in 3D parallax. “In a sense, the Museum steps project was a test to see the performance of HTML 5 and it turned out very well.” says Zen.

The museum feature was built using the CreateJS framework and more specifically EaselJS to manipulate the new Canvas tag in HTML 5.

CreateJS - JavaScript Libraries for Interactive Experiences

CreateJS – JavaScript Libraries for Interactive Experiences

Grant Skinner, who founded the CreateJS libraries is a renowned Flash developer who moved over early to help out the HCJ world. Skinner says:

“We are excited that the CreateJS libraries and tools are being taught by prime educational institutions like Sheridan. Sheridan graduates have a strong influence on the interactive media culture and they will surely add to the success of CreateJS being used in creative digital applications such as Professor Zen’s Museum.”

Zen explains, “Removing Flash will essentially double the time applied to the HCJ platform allowing the students to go deeper into more advanced interaction like multiuser, physical computing, gaming and mobile apps essential to advancing our Canadian digital culture.”

We look forward to an exciting year in Interactive Media.



Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Visual Tour

July 2, 2011

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Visual Tour
We used this picture as a visual tour for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to show them some of the works of our students.

For the presentation, we used a Flash AIR app called OrbitZoom (By Professor Dan Zen) to show the picture.  Being an AIR app, it works on the desktop as an image viewer or can easily be converted to mobile as AIR is on or can be published to iOS, Blackberry Playbook and future Blackberries, and Android devices.  There is a Web version CLICK HERE  Click the picture zoom and click the picture to stop zooming.  Press A for actual size – pan around by dragging.  Double click to return to full picture.

The Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one year post grad program is accepting applications for this September.  Please see our site at


International Students Encouraged to Apply to Sheridan Interactive Multimedia

August 5, 2008

SCAET Building - Home of Sheridan Interactive Multimedia

Center for Arts and Emerging Technologies – home of Interactive Multimedia

International students are encouraged to apply to the one year post-grad Sheridan Interactive Multimedia for multimedia design and development learning.

Please visit our institute’s International page for information about fees, the school and surrounding area in the Toronto region of Ontario, Canada. Centre.aspx

Here is a link to our Program page:

Below are some stories from International students in the past. Canada is rich in diverse cultures and our International students have found they fit right in and obtain a valuable education. It is a very positive cultural experience for them, the other students and faculty. We welcome you!

Man Kai Kit (Hong Kong)

My experience in the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia class…

I loved the atmosphere in IMM class, it was a fun space where you can pick what you love, focus and work on it. The instructors were supportive to what you are doing. I learned a lot of programming knowledge from the course – because I love multimedia programming.

My classmates were friendly and helpful to me as an international student (it was my first visit to north America). I loved working with them in the lab and hanging out, they are all very cool people. Writing up this paragraph, I am missing my school life now.

I really loved the Toronto environment and Oakville’s community – air is clean, people are really friendly. It is a great place!

Rodrigo Pluciennik (Brazil)

I always wanted to develop my computer skills. When I decided to come to Canada and take the Interactive Multimedia post graduated program at Sheridan College I had great expectations. Now, one year later, I can say my expectations were met. The teachers are high skilled professionals and they are always up to date with the new technologies on the market. The students come from all sorts of backgrounds and it makes a great learning environment. The class Infrastructure has the top technology on hardware and software. It is just the right place to learn about multimedia development.

Natalia Rojas (Columbia)

I have no words to describe how happy I am to have made the decision to go to Sheridan and complete the Interactive Multimedia post graduate program! The different courses offered and the projects I got to work on were not only interesting but very fun and exciting! I will never forget all the great people I got to meet and spend so much time with 😉 And thanks to our knowledgeable mentors who taught us so much and motivated us every second! What a great experience!! 🙂

Parampal Randhawa (India)

Interactive Multimedia at Sheridan College, Canada is a fascinating program with latest courses for today’s industry which will keep me updated with the trend. The always ready to help teachers, Dan, Andrew, and Ian make this program a success.

Sheridan is known for its reputation in Canada. I applied to two Ontario’s renowned colleges (Sheridan and Humber) and fortunately chosen by both. Even though Humber College was offering me $1000 scholarship, still I chose Sheridan College because even sitting away, half-way around the world I was familiar with Sheridan and its reputation.

Interactive multimedia is about learning how to code, producing visual design, editing and affecting video, making motion graphics, and creating interactive environments where you can control the interface or game without using any mouse or keyboard, but cameras by moving your body in front it. To know more about interactive environments you can visit my blog at .

My classmates are from different backgrounds like graphic design, programming, engineering, photography, medical science, commerce, finance, etc. It makes me wow when I mix my design and programming skills together to produce the result.

I think Sheridan is the perfect choice for me and I think you will also love it doing the Sheridan way. Good luck with your applications!!!

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Prepares for Adobe CS3 in September

August 20, 2007

The new IMM year is on its way.

Judging from our Alumni newsletter where we have compiled messages from our Interactive Multimedia grads, they have indeed been interactive with great jobs, vacations and families! Congratulations.


facebook community also extends communication amongst grads


We have had many companies asking for grads and in some cases we are hearing grumbles of not enough Flash developers, etc. And we are still accepting applications for this year! So now is your chance, if you are looking for an action packed, rewarding eight months to gain multimedia skills or update certain ones, please consider our program. We will be teaching Adobe CS3 with ActionScript 3 guaranteed for at least 3 years ;-). Of course our curriculum is set up to be platform independent but still it is nice to know that you are learning in a brand new environment.

Our program has so much to offer. We have dedicated, caring Professors – award winning in our industry and award winning grads. Our learning environment has resulted in amongst the highest KPI scores in the school (a way to measure student satisfaction). We encourage creativity and self expression. Students learn the skills but also explore why to use them and prepare for the future with pioneering mobile and gesture technologies. Our success in industry placement keeps growing and aiding future job placements. And graduates come out of the program with life long friends who have shared a challenging and wonderful experience.

To find out more about our program visit:


Over the summer our Professors keep active. Dan Zen has visited China where he taught lesson at CAFA, China’s leading art school in Beijing. His lessons inspired new graduate projects in the areas of gesture interactivity in Flash and brought them practical tools for lip synching animations, mixing and affecting video etc.

CAFA Class with Dan Zen at Presentation of Dan Zen Work

Dan Zen presents and lectures at CAFA in Beijing China


Dan Zen has also been working on a facebook application that takes all your friends and puts them in a party. The friends move around rooms with customizable backgrounds, talk to one another and have popularities. The application is slated to launch in September and is a Flash based visualization application integrated with the facebook application API. The Flash prototype front-end can be seen by clicking on the picture below – the data is sample data only.

party facebook application

upcoming facebook application


In preparing for CS3, of course he is reading Colin Moock’s ActionScript 3 book and has been building a sound and video visualization tool over the holidays that makes use of AS3’s native ability to capture sound frequencies! Finally! AS3 has a new architecture and runtime engine that allows it to run 10 times faster. And its Classes have been reorganized to split up the traditional MovieClip. To accomodate the changes, a more in-depth look at Object Oriented practices with Classes will be taught at the start of the school year rather than part way through the year.

200 Personalized Video Cards in a Few Hours

February 22, 2007


I was just searching around for some video for my Vlog at and came across my holiday message videos pictured above and decided to write a belated post on the experience.

I created a short video for each of the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia alumnus over the last five or six years and current students. I then put the video into a Zen Mix at which puts video on top of a picture (or another flash file) and lets you apply blend modes. These then got e-mailed out individually to each student.

With existing tools and some data processing skills, I created and sent out 200 personalized holiday video in a few hours. If you are interested in seeing the process for this, please visit the following mash. The mash, in this case, is a series of 8 mixes – each a minute or so long. A few get technical but it is worth persevering. You can click the little boxes on the Zen Mix logo to go directly from one mix to the next.

View the making of 200 personalized video cards in a few hours

You will see that the motion graphics tool called Zen Pan is used to pan across pictures as a background for the holiday cards. This and the Zen Mix tool itself and even the Alumnizer tool used for the sending can all be made with the skills learned in Sheridan Interactive Multimedia. It gives an indication of the power of Flash being able to work inside itself.

Dan Zen

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