Filmmakers of all kinds are exploring new digital tools for creating animated content. After Effects CS3: Animating Characters follows the creation of a short animated film, from storyboard through final output, using After Effects CS3. George Maestri uses a one-minute monster movie to showcase the new Puppet tool, along with many other techniques for animating characters in After Effects. He covers lip syncing, creating segmented characters with movable joints, and employing special effects. George demonstrates in detail how to create individual scenes and shots, and offers insight into how to pull the pieces together to form a cohesive production. Familiarity with After Effects is recommended. Exercise files accompany the course.
Organizing with storyboards, rough soundtracks, and Leica reels
Creating, importing, and linking segmented character parts from Photoshop
Setting up nested compositions to animate a run cycle
Creating smoke and bubble cycles, and other special effects
Animating lips, heads, and bodies with time mapping
Editing and creating final output with Premiere Pro