This course is an introduction to animation using After Effects by emulating our favourite motion design artists. We’ll cover how to break down existing animations and create our own using AE.
This course is an introduction to animation using After Effects by emulating our favourite motion design artists. We’ll cover principles of animation, how to break down existing animations and how to approach creating a simple motion project. While doing this, we will learn the basic tools and techniques of After Effects.
At the end of the course, each learner will have a good understanding of how to get started with motion design, how to understand and break down techniques used in reference animations, as well as how to approach the software. As for tangible outcomes, we’ll have 1 or 2 “stolen” animations, and a short animation project of our own.
On the technical side, here are the specific things we’ll focus on in After Effects:
The course is 5 weeks long, and meets once a week for an hour and a half. You'll also have homework to complete each week, the complexity of which depends on your commitment to the course.
Introductions: Who we are, our experience with animation, and why we’ve enrolled in the course/what we’re hoping to learn.
The principles of Austin Kleon’s “Steal Like an Artist”
Homework: Collect 2 short animation pieces for later use. (We'll also discuss resources/websites to find inspiration, what would make a good resource to steal from.)
Learning to break down motion design: what combination of techniques can we observe, what principles are others using? We'll also go over the first few animation principles.
Homework: Apply the principles and techniques we learnt today and recreate your first animation!
Show and Tell!
Questions? Did we get stuck anywhere last week?
What principles have we been noticing in other work? What aspects do we want to use for our own project?
Show and Tell again!
Did we have the right tools to make our second animation? Did we get stuck anywhere? Check-ins: how are we feeling about the software now?
Discussion: What are your ideas for your project? Do you have the right tools to make this happen?
Homework: Create your own motion design piece! (3-10 seconds long). Can you pick and choose elements from other artists and create a “mashup” of your own?
Office hours/a work session.
Troubleshooting. I can answer specific questions regarding individual projects. We can go over concepts, tools, techniques or any thing else together!
The final show and tell!
How did you approach your animation? What did you discover along the way? Feedback on the course?
Homework: Don’t forget to keep practicing and sharing your “stolen” animations.
This course is for you if:
At least a month-long subscription to After Effects (you don't need to know how to use it)
Please feel free to reach out to me if you want a $30 discount to the course to purchase the software.
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