I decided to learn After Effects at City Lit. I have been completing a course for the past 4 weeks on a Friday evening for 3 hours. It is with John Horabin, a Stop Motion Animator. The class is set up with a large projection on the wall with us following John in After Effects. He is very passionate about animation and the energy that is created through very clear instruction and at a fast pace really makes you engage and pick up the basic skill set. I researched his work and it is really impressive how he is able to bring to live clay models. Please see an example of his work:
This is what we have learnt in the different weeks:
Week 1 – animation transformations, animate to position, keyframes to new position and orient to path
Week 2 – VFX project, images are provided creating complex layers in the timeline, sizes of the stage, short cuts and keys, playhead, resize duration of layers, scale, duplicate layers, directional blur affect, time stretch, ram previews, reposition files in terms of their start and end points in time and blending modes.
Week 3 / Week 4 – mask tools, shapes and motion graphics. Masks – feathering / expansion or contraction, some different blending modes, pen tool, understanding that shape tools don’t pixellate, auto trace, animate free hand shapes