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So You Want to Become An Independent Designer

As I have worked at becoming an independent designer on the side for many years, I thought I had an idea of what to expect from doing it full-time. However the reality is in many respects much different, in both positive and in negative ways. Yet there’s still nothing I’d rather be doing. I’ve always thought that there is now no better time than ever before to work in design. To be...

Variable Width Write-On Text

If you’ve ever wanted to animate the write-on of any text, you know that it can be tricky. It’s even more difficult when the text has a variable width; for example, a lot of brush or script fonts. This technique uses one shape layer with multiple paths to give you fine-tuned control over your text write-on, and helps you achieve a more natural and organic look. As a bonus...

How To Use After Effects Shape Layers Without Tearing Out Your Hair

One of the most versatile tools in After Effects is Shapes, which can supplement or entirely form the totality of your project. They can be endlessly malleable, but are also kind of a pain to work with. But with the proper tools (some free and some paid), you can quickly improve your shape wrangling tools and save your hair in the process. 1. Set Anchor Point to Center You’ve no doubt experienced...

The After Effects Killer Killer

At the beginning of 2011 I had a motion piece I needed to create, and as I was putting together the concept I realized that I needed a scene where I had a rope falling down from the top of the frame, to then have two opposing hands pulling on it. I was still using Apple’s Motion as my motion graphics creator, and I think this may have been the first point where I ran into a limitation that I...

After Effects Add-Ons You Can’t Live Without

After Effects in and of itself is a powerful application for creating motion graphics, but it really shines when coupled with some amazing 3rd party scripts, plug-ins and effects. These range from time-savers to things which further extend After Effects’ capabilities. So I wanted to take a peek inside my toolbox and see which ones I use on a day-to-day basis. Enjoy… and hang on to your wallets! 🙂...

After Motion

I have been deeply involved in creating motion graphics for the past 7 years, and I lay claim to the oddity of somewhat bucking the norm for most of that time in my choice of tools. After Effects is (at present) essentially the Photoshop of motion graphics creation, but I have only begun to really develop my skills in AE over the past year, somewhat out of necessity. Instead, most of my pieces...

Double Dare

I recently finished up a project for rezlife student ministries entitled Double Dare, about boldly living out one’s faith.   Process As with most of my projects, I like to come at the subject in an unexpected way if I possibly can. This particular series was not only about boldly living out faith, but also about bugs- and, of course, eating them on stage. The challenge was then to find...

Easter 2012

This is a video I put together for Easter 2012. The graphics were designed by my co-worker Kathleen Sylvestri.
It even got some TV time over the last few days, which I think makes this my first commercial.
Pretty simple animation, but I think it turned out well.

Grow Summer 2012

Graphics and video for rezlife’s Grow Summer 2012. This is one of the first projects that I was actually able to work on post-transplant, so it was a little slow going, but I managed to get it pulled together. This year rezlife student ministries will be doing all kinds of missions work- in the Kansas City area, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Honduras and South Africa, so there is pretty much...

Motion: Star Quest

This weekend proved an ominous beginning to my upcoming chemo treatment. On Sunday morning I woke up with what felt like the makings of the flu, which meant that most of the day was spent laying on the couch watching a History Channel series on the American Revolution. I should also mention that on Friday and Saturday I played through Portal 2. Why mention Portal 2? (btw, my sister-in-law’s...

Motion: Issues

This video is for rezlife’s upcoming series Issues. The series itself is going to deal with some fairly heavy topics, so they wanted the graphics and video to be light-hearted. I decided on going with Sven the Cow because, well, why not? Sometimes sheer randomity is the best policy, in my opinion.
Enjoy.

Motion: Character

This is a video for rezlife’s 2011-2012 Sunday School curriculum, Character. This year is a focus on the Old Testament, as related mostly through the people who encapsulate most of its story. Thus, characters like Moses, Abraham, David, Adam and Eve, etc., form the nucleus of the curriculum’s content. Of course, the title Character is multi-faceted, since it not only deals with the...

Motion: Priorities

This video and graphics package is for rezlife’s current teaching series: Priorities. With this series I knew I wanted to really strip it down, going as simplistic as possible. With a series called “Priorities,” there any number of directions to pursue. I started thinking about what things define us in the modern world, especially younger people, and I was immediately struck by...

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