The ProVideo Coalition (PVC) website contains articles and blogs on topics of interest to professionals in the video industry. In addition to articles by Chris and Trish Meyer, the PVC website includes articles by Mark Christiansen, Frank Capria, Jim Feeley, Adam Wilt, Mark Curtis, and Scott Gentry.
The Toolfarm website provides forums, tutorials, and other resources related to After Effects and other Adobe products. The AE Freemart website is a division of Toolfarm that provides free tutorials about After Effects.
The AE Enhancers forum provides example scripts and useful information about scripting (as well as expressions and animation presets) in After Effects. Particularly active and helpful on this forum is Paul Tuersley.
Angie Taylor provides tutorials and articles on her website, with a special focus on character animation and design fundamentals.
John Dickinson provides tutorials and other resources for After Effects and related softwareon his Motionworks website.
Harry Frank provides tutorials on all areas of After Effects, with an emphasis on expressions and use of third-party plug-ins on his graymachine website.
Dan Ebberts provides scripting tutorials and useful scripts on the scripting portion of the MotionScript website. Dan also provides an excellent collection of example expressions and tutorials for learning how to work with expressions on the expressions portion of the MotionScript website.
Lloyd Alvarez, Mathias Möhl, and others provide useful scripts on the After Effects Scripts website.
Mathias Möhl also provides tutorials, scripts, and more on his mamoworld website.
Jeff Almasol provides a collection of useful scripts on his redefinery website.
Stu Maschwitz provides insights and tips about After Effects and video, visual effects, and compositing in general on his ProLost blog.
The Creative COW website provides several resources for After Effects users.
- Multimedia 101 podcast
- After Effects podcasts
- After Effects tutorials
- After Effects forum
- After Effects Expressions forum
Eran Stern provides tutorials in English and Hebrew on his SternFX website.
Colin Braley provides tutorials–mostly about expressions–on his website.
David Torno provides tips and tutorials about visual effects and compositing on his AE I Owe You blog.
Jerzy Drozda, Jr. provides After Effects tutorials on his Maltaannon website.
Richard Harrington provides tutorials and other useful material about After Effects and other video software on his Photoshop for Video website and Raster|Vector website. He also posts video tutorials on Adobe TV.
Chris Zwar provides articles, After Effects projects, scripts, and other resources on his website.
Christopher Green provides many useful scripts on his website.
Satya Meka provides tutorials, plug-ins, and other resources on his gutsblow website.
“Cosmic zoom”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jymDn0W6U
“How green is your internet”: https://vimeo.com/25329849
“Anatomy of a computer virus”: https://vimeo.com/25118844
“This is dare”: http://vimeo.com/15869378
“The brain”: http://vimeo.com/25357138
“Peak oil”: http://vimeo.com/12953301
“State of internet use”: http://vimeo.com/9641036
“Paris vs New York”: https://vimeo.com/49545320
To experiment with digital illustration techniques and styles through software such as Photoshop and Illustrator and bring them to life so they become dynamic and engaging moving image pieces. This can be achieved by utilising 2D & 3D animation and film-editing packages. Photography, video sequences and audio may also be integrated into the projects.
The creative process should be documented and developed through an extensive and thorough sketchbook that can include both digital and analogue elements. This can be presented as a traditional physical book and/or an electronic PDF document. It should contain examples of tests and demonstrate evolving concept ideas, as well as referencing and contextualising the work in relation to other artists, designers, collectives, movements etc. This can be done through the use of annotations and examples of their work.
Choose ONE of the below project briefs:
1). A style magazine podcast series is launching on iTunes covering celebrity gossip stories. They’d like to produce a suitable logo and a short animated ident based upon that logo that instantly puts across the podcast’s subject matter. The piece should be no longer than 15 seconds in duration.
2). A restaurant is rebranding and has commissioned a new logo and local television advert to promote their fresh look. The restaurant is of the fine dining variety and the owners want to stress high quality, sophistication and a clean contemporary feel in all of their promotional materials. The advert should run for no more than 20 seconds.
3). Create a short animated infographics piece which takes some real statistical data available in the public domain and presents it to the viewer in an engaging and interesting way. It should be no longer than 30 seconds and can include a voiceover and any onscreen elements necessary to best get the information across.
4). A digital shorts film competition is inviting entries in their ‘experimental’ category. The piece should explore the relationship between light and sound and can cover any subject in an abstract or more defined form. Pieces should be no longer than 15 seconds.
You should aim to discuss your initial ideas with the module tutor before the pitch week.