Category Archives: After Effects

After Effects – Week 14

Class

Monday

    1. Join class via Zoom
    2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: 2*ddVgGb
    3. Presentations
    4. Check to see how people are doing on the abstract art project
    5. Reminder: the deadline for project 3 is April 19th = one week from today
    6. Look at any Cinemagraphs we haven’t seen
    7. Discuss Prometheus’ definition of non-narrative film
    8. Discuss: why you should be making experimental film
    9. Watch: a beginner’s guide to experimental cinema
    10. Watch: Surrealism and David Lynch
    11. Work on project 3

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 11 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 3

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: ds$TGM0r
  3. Presentations
  4. Masterclass: Watch 2 videos from David Lynch: How to Think Cinematically (#2 and #9)
  5. Time to work on book chapters and project 3

Assignments

  1. Work on book chapters
  2. Work on project

After Effects – Week 13

Class

Monday

    1. Join class via Zoom
    2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: wne=6zm+
    3. Presentations
    4. Check to see how people are doing on the abstract art project
    5. Reminder: the deadline for project 3 is April 19th
  1. Cinemagraphs:
      1. Check out these cinemagraphs
      2. Do cinemagraph as a class using the tutorial below and this video file
      3. Here are the steps I used to make the cinemagraph
    • Now download a video from a site such as videezy.com and make your own cinemagraph. Put it in the Google Drive folder so we can check it out next class.
  2. Work on project 3

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 10 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 3

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: Yv71M2!X
  3. Presentations
  4. Look at cinemagraphs
  5. Tutorials:
    1. Cut out an object with masks
    2. Animate an infographic
  6. Time to work on book chapters and project 3

Assignments

  1. Work on book chapters
  2. Work on project

After Effects – Week 12

Class

Monday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: $5u&hs3y
  3. Presentations
  4. Check to see who has new project descriptions for abstract art project
  5. Talk about a deadline for project 3. We agreed on April 19th as the deadline.
  6. Tutorials:
    1. How to Use Masks to Control Effects
    2. Rotoscope Nature Footage
  7. Work on project 3

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 9 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 3

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: 1jSkS07!
  3. Presentations
  4. Tutorials:
    1. Remove unwanted objects with content-aware fill
    2. Isolate elements with the rotobrush tool
  5. Time to work on book chapters and project 3

Assignments

  1. Work on book chapters
  2. Work on project

After Effects – Week 11

Class

Monday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: zQ.Cg9ve
  3. Presentations
  4. Watch How to Make. 2D Animations with After Effects
  5. Tutorials:
    1. How to Use Masks to Control Effects
    2. Rotoscope Nature Footage
  6. Discuss Project 3 and begin work on it. The next project, Project 3, will be to create an abstract video, 1-2 minutes long.
  7. What is abstract art? With Project 3, try to communicate certain information and/or evoke an emotion
  8.  Talk about the definition of Abstract Film and show examples (2 that are animated and two that are not):
    1. Harry Smith: Early Abstractions
    2. Blinkety Blank
    3. Abstract short film
    4. Abstract film

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 8 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 3

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: C8p.q8mX
  3. Presentations
  4. Look at ideas for Project 3
  5. Do tutorials from Monday
  6. Tutorials:
    1. Remove unwanted objects with content-aware fill
    2. Isolate elements with the rotobrush tool
  7. Time to work on book chapters

Assignments

  1. Work on book chapters

After Effects – Week 9

Class

Monday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: 8r2++Yb&
  3. Presentations
  4. Tutorials:
    1. Add Rain to Video
    2. Add a Glitch Effect
  5. Time to work on Project 2 – deadline is Wednesday, March 10th

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 7 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 2

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: !JpXSp6=
  3. Presentations
  4. Look at Project 2
  5. Tutorials:
    1. Repair Video (3 tutorials)
  6. Time to work on book chapters

Assignments

  1. Work on book chapters

After Effects – Week 8

Class

Monday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: pf&vJ?9i
  3. Presentations
  4. Show Wildchord Video
  5. Tutorials:
    1. Paint animated brush strokes
    2. Clone stamp tool
  6. Time to work on Project 2 – deadline is Wednesday, March 10th

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 6 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 2

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: ^366HvKQ
  3. Presentations
  4. Tutorials:
    1. Animate a title reveal
    2. Create Grungy Effects
  5. Time to work on Project 2 and book chapters

Assignments

  1. Work on Project 2
  2. Work on book chapters

After Effects – Week 7

Class

Monday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: 2CC1RZu&
  3. Presentations
  4. Tutorials: begin Flying saucer tutorial
  5. Time to work on Project 2 – deadline is Wednesday, March 10th

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 5 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 2

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class,  Passcode: n$7#b+&2
  3. Presentations
  4. Tutorials:
    1. Complete Flying saucer tutorial
    2. Paint animated brush strokes
    3. Clone stamp tool
  5. Time to work on Project 2 and book chapters

Assignments

  1. Work on Project 2
  2. Work on book chapters

After Effects – Week 6

Class

Monday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: Z6Hpt^%4
  3. Presentations
  4.  Project 1 due: give critiques
  5. Explain Project 2: Fantastic Journey Travel Ad (this will be due in mid-March. I’ll give you an exact due date in a few weeks).

    1. Make it at least one minute long
    2. Use text, animation, graphics, video, music
    3. Show the most outrageous location people could travel to (the idea is to make up something fantastic). For example, your project could be an ad to travel to the Moon or Mars. Or you could advertise an African safari which teaches you how to talk to animals like lions and elephants. The sky is the limit!
  6. Time to work on Project 2 – put together a Proposal for project 2 and share it with the class on Wednesday. It can be fairly simple:
    1. Come up with at least one idea. If you come up with several, the class can tell you which one they like
    2. Gather some content you might use to put your project together (a rough sketch, or images, or music, or video) and share it with the class as a way to further illustrate your idea

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 4 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 2

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: %JCa8xnj
  3. Presentations
  4. Look at Proposals for Project 2
  5. Tutorials: begin Flying saucer tutorial
  6. Time to work on Project 2 and book chapters

Assignments

  1. Work on Project 2
  2. Work on book chapters

After Effects – Week 5

Class

Monday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: 06E447R#
  3. Presentations
  4. Adobe tutorials – download files and do tutorials 1 and 2. The videos are here.
  5. Time to work on Project 1, book chapters

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 3 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 1. The due date for this is Monday, February 15th.

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: S9#sMscv
  3. Presentations
  4. Adobe tutorials – download files and do tutorials 3-5. The videos are here.
  5. Time to work on Project 1 and book chapters

Assignments

  1. Work on Project 1, which is due next Monday
  2. Work on book chapters

After Effects – Week 4

Class

Monday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Due to a technical error, there was no video recorded for today’s class.
  3. Link to Audition tutorials
  4. Because you will be using sound in your projects, I will demonstrate how to use Adobe Audition. Please download the program from the Adobe site, so you can work do the tutorial with me
  5. For visuals on the tutorial – download this file. For audio – download this file.
  6. How are you doing with the After Effects program? Are you getting comfortable with it? Can we set a deadline for Project 1 at this point that you can meet?
  7. Time to work on Project 1

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 2 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 1. The due date for this is Monday, February 15th.

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. In-class tutorials:
    1. Tutorial 1
    2. Tutorial 2
  3. Time to work on Project 1 and book chapter

Assignments

  1. Work on Project 1

After Effects – Week 3

Class

Monday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: n+J9z=f4 (the video didn’t start until halfway through the demo – my apologies)
  3. Have you been able to download the Adobe programs yet?
  4. Go through chapter 1 in the book
  5. Talk about animation presets
  6. Because you will be using sound in your projects, I will demonstrate how to use Adobe Audition.
  7. If you want to do play with Audition on your own, download the software. For visuals on the tutorial – download this file. For audio – download this file.
  8. Time to work on Project 1

Assignments

  1. Complete chapter 1 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 1

Class

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class
  3. The class presentation schedule is here
  4. Demo how to render a video using Media Encoder
  5. Do the following tutorials:
    1. Tutorial – object follows path
    2. Tutorial – build custom transitions
  6. Time to work on Project 1 and book chapter

Assignments

  1. Work on Chapter 2 in the book. If you’ve already finished it, go on to the next chapter
  2. Work on Project 1

After Effects – Week 2

Classroom

Wednesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: @b29%RP3
  3. Attendance, introductions, and review syllabus
  4. Create a Google Drive folder and share with me.
  5. Talk about presentations
  6. Discuss Adobe login
  7. Look at examples of great After Effects Projects (Forest, Stuxnet, Buenos Aires) with more here (Procrastination, Breaking Bad) Ira Glass, From Paper to Screen, 29 Ways to Stay Creative)
  8. Interface drive-by tour
  9. Talk about the first project – animated text
  10. I will do Project 1 as a demo. If you have the software already, you can download these files and do it yourself:
    1. American Flag video
    2. Here’s the JFK quote
    3. And some stirring music (the President’s March)

Assignment

  • Work on ideas for Project 1 – 30 seconds long, animate a quote, song lyric, or saying, add music. You may also add video and other extras if you like. Due next class: a written outline of your project
  • Buy the book, do chapter 1, and upload the finished file to your Google Dropbox
  • On your own time, look at this post explaining frame rates