After Effects – Week 2



  1. Attendance, introductions and review syllabus
  2. Create a Google Drive folder and share with me. Talk about presentations
  3. Discuss Adobe login and do that
  4. 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)
  5. Terminology video
  6. Interface drive-by tour


  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.


  1. Go over chapter 1
  2. Discuss presentations
  3. Talk about first project – animated text
  4. Do sample Project 1 together. Download these:
    1. American Flag video
    2. Here’s the JFK quote
    3. And some stirring music (the President’s March)


  • 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
  • On your own time, look at this post explaining frame rates