What do you want to make now?

So for next week I’d like you to write a post about how you’d like to spend the remaining six weeks in this class. You’ve knowledge of some very concrete motion graphics skills at this point, but your level of ability to use them probably varies quite a bit.

There are new skills we can consider such as working with 3D layers and cameras, mapping of a 3D space, green screens, and more.

So please start the process by following the “discovery phase,” research the kinds of things you’d like to learn to do and show examples of work and/or tutorials you’ve found. Describe which processes you’d need to learn and what assets you’d need to gather to do the work. Assemble all this thinking in your post for next week.

*UPDATE – And since I said I share my interests:

Have a look at this Terry Gilliam video in which he describes his cutup/collage animation process for Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The Miracle of Flight is a personal favorite. Many of the techniques he employs via stop motion animation could be adapted to After Effects.

Or consider something from a modern motion graphics piece from the opening titles of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. It’s quite long, but parts from the two minutes might inspire a particular approach to work.

And I’ve mentioned this one before, but begs for an additional plug – the real life doodles subreddit. These are wonderful exercises in storytelling and motion graphics. Here’s a video of a number of examples made by Sean Charmatz.

Someone created a very short tutorial for making real life doodles with After Effects and Mocha. I pretty sure Mocha is on the computers in the classroom too if you’re up for it.

Rap Beef Final Project

The tools I used was the mask tool, the motion tracker, and text animation. I sketched out a storyboard of what I had in mind to do.

This video helped me get a better understanding of motion tracking. The mask tool I felt was the most successful. The motion tracker tool needed the most improvement. This is because the faces and the background have similar color so, this caused the tracker to move to it. Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 12.56.53 PM

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What I had to do was find the images of each person’s face and cut them out.

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After I did that, then I motion tracked all the faces to the proper heads.

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The last thing to do was add the text. In which I used text animation. This tutorial helped me:

My intentions is to display the rap beef between Drake and Meek Mill. I wanted to use a scene from Straight Outta Compton. So I had Drake, Future, and 50 Cent on one side. Meek Mill and Rick Ross on the other side. This showed how Meek Mill appeared to have the upper hand. Until, Drake brought out the “big guns” and made the statement about Meek Mill not being as tough as he claimed. It was based off of a famous rap beef between Drake and Meek Mill. I believe the story was successful. I say this because I was able to capture the key points in the feud.

That’s all folks


For next week’s final meeting your going to present your final animation piece as well as embed the work in a final post. In  your final post please be sure to cover some of the following ideas:

  1. Which tools/techniques did you use to create your animation? Please reference with embeds/links any tutorials that you used to support your process. Also please reference earlier post updates about your process. Describe which technical parts you feel were successful, which ones could use some improvement, or processes that you wish you could still figure out.
  2. Describe the intention of the animation’s story. What was the inspiration? Was it based on a particular type of story/meme/sub-reddit? Describe whether you believe the story intention was successful, why/why not?
  3. Find a space to post the work outside of the blog and look for feedback. A number of pieces I’ve seen in progress are inspired by subreddits like r/reallifedoodles, r/confusedtravolta, r/gifextra, or r/supersaiyangifs. Post your work to these spaces and see what kind of response you get. Link to the post and let us know what you thought of the response (or lack there of).


Final proposal porject

For my final proposal I decided to do a motion graphic of basketball players turning super saiyan. This will be a tough project but also an interesting one. The reason I chose this is because I’m a big fan of basketball and Dragon Ball Z. Since there is super saiyan gifs going around social media I thought it would be a good thing to do as a project. The story behind it is that super saiyan is used when someone is filled with anger showing emotion or want to defeat someone or something. With basketball it is within the same borderline. Basketball players show aggression and emotions when playing basketball. How I would do is I would use the most explosive players in the league and any aggression or fierce motion they show I will rotoscope in motion graphic super saiyan over their body.

I will be using photoshop and after effects to get this project done. I googled a couple projects on how to go about starting the project which will guide me through it.

How to go about making the super saiyangif



Combine some skills and make something incredible

So in the past eight weeks we’ve worked in Photoshop to build assets and After Effects to puppet warp characters. A bunch of others too: motion tracking, rotoscoping, green screens, rigging a puppet with parenting layers, text effects, and more.

It’s time to pick something to work on which combines a number of these skills to make something a little more, ok a lot more – amazing. In a post for next week I want you to create a proposal which describes what you plan to make, links to the asset resources you’ll work with, and defines the tools and techniques you’ll employ to make you amazing something.

I thought I’d include this tutorial I just found which describes a process to rig a puppet in After Effects allowing you to combine parenting with the puppet warp pins. Very cool.


Final Post

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Finally this is my last project that I worked on with after effects, and I’m glad I made it up to that point, it was a lot of work, whether working on Photoshop or After Effects, but I believe I have learned a lot of great stuff, such as getting deep with photoshop, I had knowledge of it but I learned a lot of new cool stuff after that project. I worked with after effects, it was impressive but pretty new for me to use, but over all it was a great experience.