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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.
Before we get started, I do want to say that if you're a premium member of the www.lynda.com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on a disc then you have access to the exercise files used throughout the title. Now the exercise files will be on the disc or you'll be able to download them and they will come up in this folder called Exercise Files. Within this folder, you'll have a directory called Monsterpiece which has all of the assets for this project. So we are actually going to be jumping around a lot throughout these directories and I will describe why we've named these the way that we do as we get into organizing this project. Now it's probably best that you just put this on your Desktop but you could put it anywhere. Just as long as you know where this folder's at and can get to it, you should be fine.
If you're a monthly or annual subscriber to www.lynda.com then you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can certainly follow along from scratch or create your own assets. So let's get started.
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