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Week 24 – Creating an Animation in After Effects

Work through my sunrise example step-by-step. Upload your version of this project to your WordPress blog. Please note, you will make a better impression if you make this animation your own. Don’t be scared to take things a little further and experiment.

Following the tutorial proved quite useful but also a bit challenging, as I struggled to understand the written tutorial itself. I ended up trying to follow a few tutorials on YouTube explaining as well, but the camera tool proved to be a bit too difficult to handle at the time being. So in the end I ended up with a (very) simple animated pop-up effect of the word “pop!” on a background of balloons as my version. I will continue to test out the camera tool during the coming weeks to get the hang of it, but I definitely need more practice time than this one week to get the hang of it to be honest.

Now you need to come up with a unique animation concept of your own. Create a storyboard for this concept. (Make sure that your idea is not too complicated, but don’t limit yourself by making it overly simple.) Scan your sketches in and upload it to your WordPress blog.

A while back I was asked to complete a simple animation of the school logo I created way back, and I figured that would be good for use of homework in After Effects (as I struggle to juggle my teaching position, design studies and some other subjects I am taking at the time being). It might be a bit too simple compared to the intention of the task, but I still chose to go with the wishes of the school.

The next step is to create the file and folder structure. Please take a screenshot of your folder structure and hand it in along with your project.

A very simple folder structure, but hopefully organised enough.

Create your animation in After Effects. Upload your project file and your rendered animation to your WordPress blog.

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