In addition to computer assisted animation (using a computer to shoot and playback drawings or stop motion) computers are very useful for;
- Generating Graphics in 2D and 3D space
- Generating Sound
- Interpolating graphic change over time; position, shape, color, direction…
- Analyzing data to create movement; Sound, motion, numerical
- Time shifting
This course explores the use of the computer to create animation and motion graphics. Because we are animators and not computer scientists (at least in my case) we will be employing Adobe After Effects as the interface between computer and artist. After Effects is a very deep program and is used for creating motion graphics, animation, special effects and compositing.
We will be using this software primarily to create graphic elements and generate change over time. Regardless of tools and techniques this is an animation course. Compelling timing, movement, rhythm, dynamics, and design will be at the heart of everything we create.
Class time will be divided between In-class exercises, critique, viewing films. Although we will be spending some time each week reviewing techniques and tools within After Effects I expect you to spend substantial time outside of class viewing assigned tutorials. This will allow us to concentrate on animating as opposed to learning software.
Before starting this class please review and become familiar with After Effects by following sections 1-5 in the Lynda.com tutorial: After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation
Your RISD email and login will allow you to access the tutorial.