Category Archives: After Effects

After Effects – week 17

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Check in to see where you are with Book Trailer and Persuasion Projects, and the book chapters
  2. What we do in class today will be based on where you are with your assignments

Thursday

  1. View any finished projects

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in all chapters in the book and all finished projects

After Effects – week 15

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Sarah
  2. Take a look at book trailer project
  3. Discuss Persuasion Project
    1. Use a variety of media to persuade the viewer to your point of view on something

Thursday

  1. Presentations: Montessa
  2. Meet one-on-one to discuss Persuasion Project
  3. Bring assets to class and work on your final project

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapter 14 in the book

After Effects – week 13

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Montessa, Naomi
  2. Download this file and unzip (extract) it in preparation for Thursday’s tutorial. Save it in your Documents folder
  3. Super secret surprise in-class project with a twist – and with special naming convention

Thursday

  1. Presentations: Patrick, Sarah
  2. Tutorial: Creating a movie trailer – I’ll pass around a couple flash drives with the files on them
  3. Work on your Book Trailer projects and chapters in the textbook

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapter 12 in the book
  2. Work on Book Trailer Project – a first draft animation is due next Tuesday

After Effects – week 12

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Naomi
  2. Look at Book Trailer storyboards and animatics
  3. Start chapter 11 together – finish it on your own
  4. For Book Trailer project:
    1. Create a partial animation of your project, from your animatic. In other words, start to add animation, music, etc.
    2. We’ll look at what you have next week and give you feedback that will help you with your finished project

Thursday

  1. Presentations: Montessa, Patrick
  2. Tutorial: Creating Animated Sun Rays
  3. Work on your Book Trailer projects and chapters in the textbook

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapter 11 in the book
  2. Work on Book Trailer Project – a partial animation is due next Tuesday

After Effects – week 11

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Look at Book Trailer storyboards. Explain and assign animatic
  2. Do chapter 10 together
  3. Work on Book Trailer project:
    1. It should be one to two minutes long
    2. Use audio, video, text, images, animation, etc.
    3. It can be about any book – real or imagined
    4. Make the viewer want to buy the book. Tell them what they need to know (for example: where, how, and when they can get it, how much it will cost, and why they should buy it)
    5. Due  on Nov. 15th

Thursday

  1. Guest lecturer: Bret Primack
  2. Work on your Book Trailer projects and chapters in the textbook

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapter 10 in the book
  2. Work on Book Trailer Project – an animatic is due next Tuesday

After Effects – week 10

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations:  Jose
  2. Do chapter 9 together
  3. Look at book trailer videos: 1, 2, 3
  4. Assign Book Trailer project:
    1. It should be one to two minutes long
    2. Use audio, video, text, images, animation, etc.
    3. It can be about any book – real or imagined
    4. Make the viewer want to buy the book. Tell them what they need to know (for example: where, how, and when they can get it, how much it will cost, and why they should buy it)
    5. Due  on Nov. 15th
    6. For next Tuesday – do a storyboard for the Book Trailer project

Thursday

  1. Presentations: Luann
  2. Tutorial 1 – additional rotoscoping practice
  3. Tutorial 2 – placing 3D text in a scene
  4. Work on storyboard for Book Trailer Project

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapter 9 in the book
  2. Work on Book Trailer Project -a storyboard is due next Tuesday

After Effects – week 8

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Bei Di A – Wiggle Text tutorial
  2. Work on some Adobe tutorials here
  3. Discuss where people are in the chapters
  4. Work on project/book chapters

Thursday

  1. Presentations:  Dahlila, Viri
  2. Work on Adobe Character Animator tutorial here
  3. Work on project/book chapters (choice – chapter 7 or project)
  4. Reminder: Halloween Project is due a week from today

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapter 7 in the book
  2. Work on Halloween Project – due on Oct. 18th

After Effects – week 7

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations:  Cole
  2. Check in on Halloween Project – how’s it going?
  3. Take a look at the Jungle Project
  4. Download files and do first part of this UFO tutorial
  5. Work on project/book chapters

Thursday

    1. Presentations:  Viri
    2. Do the next part of this UFO tutorial
    3. Work on project/book chapters

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapter 6 in the book
  2. Finish Jungle Project
  3. Work on Halloween Project

After Effects – week 6

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations:  Sam
  2. Discuss Halloween Project. Show samples of vector art, pixel art, video, and audio that can be used and talk about how stories can be developed using mythology and other research (Wikipedia!)
  3. Discuss fables. Download the following files and begin work on Jungle Project in-class exercise. You will have time on Thursday to finish this project in class.

Thursday

    1. Presentations: Brackett
    2. Do cinemagraph as a class using the tutorial below. Download this video file
    3. Now download a video from a site such as videezy.com and make your own cinemagraph
    4. Finish Jungle Project in-class exercise

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapter 5 in the book.
  2. Work on Project 2

After Effects – week 5

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Adobe tutorials – start working on these tutorials. The videos are here. Download these files
  2. Work on Project 1

Thursday

  1. Presentations: Carlos
  2. Look at finished versions of Project 1
  3. Describe Project 2 – The Secret History of Halloween
    1. Do a project where you relate a story (real or imagined) about the Halloween holiday. It can be anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes long. Use any combination of text, video, music, audio, sound effects, animation, and images to create your project. Due October 11th.
  4. Begin looking at chapter 4 together – finish it on your own

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapter 4 in the book.
  2. Work on Project 2

After Effects – week 4

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentation – V. Aviles
  2. For ideas on using different angles in your presentations, look at these camera shots
  3. Adobe Audition tutorial.  For audio – download this file
  4. In-class time to work on Animated Text Project

Thursday

    1. Presentation – B. Bosse
    2. Do chapter 3  together
    3. Time to work on your project

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapter 3 in the book
  2.  Work on Animated Text Project, which is due next Thursday

After Effects – week 3

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentation: Gabe
  2. Go over how to use animation presets for text, which you can use on Project 1
  3. Begin looking at Chapter 2 together – finish it on your own

Thursday

  1. Presentation: Omar
  2. Watch 2 short videos for Shape Layers Overview
  3. Do shape layers/masks in-class exercise: create a project using animation shapes and masks (also discuss how to mask text)
  4. Work on Project 1 – animated text, which is due next Thursday

Assignments

  1. Do and turn in chapters 1 and 2 in the book
  2. On your own time, look at this post explaining frame rates
  3. Work on Project 1

After Effects – Week 2

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Load book exercise files on all computers from USB drive
  2. Look at schedule of when presentations/reports are due on forum page
  3. Discuss the After Effects interface
  4. Go over how to animate text, import audio/video, how to render files
    1. audio
    2. download video from here
    3. image
  5. If there’s time, start looking at Chapter 1

Thursday

  1. Extract the exercise files on your computers (I’ll show you how)
  2. If necessary, continue to discuss Chapter 1 in textbook
  3. Talk about how to use text presets
  4. Look at examples of student work for Project 1
  5. Discuss and assign due date for Project 1

Assignments

  1. Buy the book – do Chapter 1
  2. Work on Project 1

After Effects – Week 1

Classroom

  1. Attendance, introductions and review syllabus. Sign last page and hand in
  2. Cintiqs, pens, checkout process
  3. Create a Google Drive folder and share with me.  Talk about reports and presentations
  4. Create an account on the Dreamco website
  5. Look at example 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)
  6. Terminology video
  7. Interface drive-by tour

Assignment

  1. Buy the book. You will need to download the exercise files and have access to the After Effects software to do the homework.
  2. Do chapter one and upload your finished work to your Google Drive folder. We’ll go over it together during the next class.