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After Effects CS3: Animating Characters

Course Summary

  Follows the creation of a short animated film, from storyboard through final output, using After Effects CS3.   


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    Course Syllabus

    Introduction
    Welcome
    How to use the exercise files
    1. Getting Started
    Project overview
    Original storyboard
    Organizing production directories
    Using a rough soundtrack for shot timing
    Creating a Leica reel in Premiere Pro
    Tracking projects
    Creating art in Photoshop for After Effects
    2. Animating with Hierarchies
    Segmenting Photoshop characters
    Importing Photoshop files into After Effects
    Linking character parts
    Animating blinks using Opacity
    Animating the arm
    Animating the needle and thread and the monster's hand
    3. Animating a Run Using Nested Compositions
    Introduction to subcompositions
    Setting up nested compositions
    Animating a run cycle pt. 1: Basic leg motion
    Animating a run cycle pt. 2: Overlap and follow-through
    Putting the girl in his arms
    Animating a screaming girl pt. 1: The arms
    Animating a screaming girl pt. 2: The head
    4. Animating Using the Puppet Tool
    The basics of the Puppet tool
    Creating bounce with the Puppet tool
    Dig cycles pt. 1: Introduction
    Dig cycles pt. 2: Shovel
    Dig cycles pt. 3: Arms and body
    Dig cycles pt. 4: Finalizing
    5. Animating Special Effects
    Creating a monster pt. 1: Introduction
    Creating a monster pt. 2
    Creating a monster pt. 3
    Creating a monster pt. 4
    Creating a monster pt. 5: Finalizing
    Creating smoke and bubble cycles
    Creating a dry brush effect
    6. Animating Lip Syncs
    The basics of lip syncing
    Setting up mouths for animation with time mapping
    Animating the lips
    Animating the head and body
    7. Putting It All Together
    Rendering with After Effects
    Editing with Premiere Pro
    Final output and audio
    Conclusion
    Goodbye
     


Course Fee:
USD 25

Course Type:

Self-Study

Course Status:

Active

Workload:

5 - 6 hours / week

This course is listed under Open Source and Digital Media & Games Community

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