Join Eran Stern for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of After Effects Breakdowns: N-Trig Commercial.
- The idea in this course is to reverse engineer the N-TRIG commercial done by Studio ST/AF from Tel Aviv. My goal here is that we will try to understand not only the practical steps, but especially the creative process. During the upcoming lessons, I'll show you how to decode a client brief, and how to turn it into a 3D ride movie. This is not a regular step-by-step training but more of a behind the scenes style, which should give you an exceptional opportunity to learn how to create complex motion graphics which integrate 2D and 3D elements.
Now I'm assuming that you possess some knowledge of Adobe After Effects. So I'm not going to linger on basic operations, but concentrate more on the advanced techniques. Since this project rely on third party plug-ins such as Trapcode Particular, Trapcode Form, and Rowbyte Plexus, I've included short introduction movies for each. These movies are not full courses, but they should be enough to get you started or at least understand how those tools were used in this commercial.
Now, one more thing, since this is a commercial project the project files are not included with this training, but this shouldn't matter at all because the idea here, is to share a way of thinking, some conceptual design, and of course the techniques themselves. And for those tasks there is no need to use any specific materials. Now my goal here is that you will be able to create something exciting which is inspired by what you have learned in this course.
Before we will start I just want to thank Adam Feinberg the Creative Director and owner of ST/AF, for sharing this project with us. Some of the creative solutions you will see in this course, were considered his best kept secret in the industry and now you'll know them too. So I think we are ready to peek behind the scenes of this high-level production and learn how this piece was made especially at the post-production stage.
The featured product is the N-trig pen, a digital pen that "draws the line from idea to technology." You will reverse engineer the finished project to understand the practical steps and creative decisions the filmmakers made along the way.
Eran Stern shows how to decode a client brief, present design concepts for signoff, create previsualizations and animatics, and then transition the design to After Effects. Many of the effects, such as dust layers, streaks of light, and geometric lines, are achieved using some of Eran's favorite third-party plugins (Particular, Form, and Plexus). The lessons are full of practical examples for broadcast television as well as online distribution. Along the way, Eran weaves in tips, shortcuts, and professional techniques that will amaze both veteran After Effects users and new motion graphics artists.
- Analyzing a client brief
- Presenting to a client
- Creating animatics
- Integrating 3D renders with After Effects
- Animating lines and particle effects
- Creating an animated paper-to-digital transition
- Modeling a digital pen with third-party plugins