During my game design class I occasionally sit next to a talented concept artist named Fahmi Adenan. About a month ago I watched as he thumbed through the college course catalogue. Fahmi told me that he wanted to take an After Effects class. I nodded knowingly and then discretely googled After Effects, as I was clueless.
According to Wikipedia, Adobe After Effects is used for creating motion graphics and visual effects, allowing users to animate, alter and composite media in 2D and 3D space.
It turns out my niece’s boyfriend Nick Hegge, a local video producer, is an After Effects user. He helped me get started with the program. Tutorials from Video Copilot and Gray Machine were also beneficial.
Above is my first video, all eight seconds of it. – Joe Gast