Tricky Dick with the Hand Buzzer

To be able to use the buzzer in the handshake trick on your After Effect friends, you’re going to want to learn to use wiggle expressions. After Effects allows the use of expressions to hand code a variety of effects, of which the wiggle expression is very easy to apply and commonly used. It allows … Continue reading “Tricky Dick with the Hand Buzzer”

To be able to use the buzzer in the handshake trick on your After Effect friends, you’re going to want to learn to use wiggle expressions. After Effects allows the use of expressions to hand code a variety of effects, of which the wiggle expression is very easy to apply and commonly used. It allows you to create random motion across a period of time for distance measured in pixels.

You can follow along with the tutorial above using the PSD layered version of Elvis Meeting Nixon. Tricky Dick is up to his typical no good with the hand buzzer. But if you’d like to work with your own assets to illustrate the use of the wiggle expression, please do.

This image was created by working with a simple wiggle expression affecting the Elvis layer.

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This image combines the rigging of a puppet with null objects and puppet pins covered previously. Various wiggle expressions are applied to the null objects.

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And re-cropped to focus a bit more on the practical joke.

Updates on your project assets and animation plans

I thought I’d share another project possibility care of CT Major alumni Leeza Walkes. She created this wonderful remix animation during her motion graphics class in 2011. The project uses a short scene from the film Punch Drunk Love and it is re-envisioned with her characters and backgrounds. I was inspired by this incredible work … Continue reading “Updates on your project assets and animation plans”

I thought I’d share another project possibility care of CT Major alumni Leeza Walkes. She created this wonderful remix animation during her motion graphics class in 2011. The project uses a short scene from the film Punch Drunk Love and it is re-envisioned with her characters and backgrounds.

I was inspired by this incredible work to create something much less sophisticated at the time (I barely knew AE then). But I thought I’d share it. The sound is from the film Rocky and the monsters come from Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual, 1st Edition. I think I’ll rework this add some new animation ideas which I think I could pull off now. Like moving the tentacles, claws of the big eye, and I’m going to try and have the broken nosed beast walk into frame.

 

emoji slot machine

This is a quiz which asks you to make a precomp using an array of emoji, which you will then animate in a composition. Make sure your array has at least five emoji. Bonus points if you build a complete slot machine graphic!   with a little wiggle And a lot more…

This is a quiz which asks you to make a precomp using an array of emoji, which you will then animate in a composition. Make sure your array has at least five emoji. Bonus points if you build a complete slot machine graphic!

emoji-slot-machine

 

with a little wiggle

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And a lot more…

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Make Me a Bird

Pick a bird from this NY Public Library Digital Collection. Download the full resolution TIFF file and create a transparent asset using the pen tool.

Upload that transparent asset to a post as a PNG. You must include the link to the original image, l…

vulture

Pick a bird from this NY Public Library Digital Collection. Download the full resolution TIFF file and create a transparent asset using the pen tool.

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Upload that transparent asset to a post as a PNG. You must include the link to the original image, like this.

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 … Continue reading “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.