Synthetic Stop-Motion in After Effects
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Synthetic Stop-Motion in After Effects

Quick and Easy Techniques for Hand-made Animations
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Created by Rich Armstrong
Last updated 8/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create an synthetic stop-motion animation
  • Work with tools and effects to create an animation that looks hand-made
  • Work with After Effects expressions (code snippets) to simulate a stop-motion look
  • Make animations look hand-made and imperfect
  • The basics of stop-motion animation
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Requirements
  • You need to have Adobe After Effects installed
  • It would be beneficial if you understood a little bit about After Effects
Description

I love stop-motion animation, or perhaps you call it stop-frame animation. I love it because it’s rich in character; because it looks hand-made; and because it drips with human-ness. Most of the time we aim for perfect designs and animations, but this course is about reversing that idea to deliberately create a hand-made and imperfect look.

The course covers creating a stop-motion look inside of After Effects – that means no cameras and no endless moving of elements frame by frame. Normal stop-motion takes a long time time, but inside After Effects it’s quick and easy if you know how.

By the end of this course you’ll be able to create your own synthetic stop-motion films quickly and easily, with a range of different techniques ranging from dead-simple to highly detailed.

We cover tools and effects you may never have heard of, expressions (pieces of JavaScript code in After Effects), time remapping, work flow, frame rate theory, and more. You’ll learn a lot about After Effects in the process and you’re bound to have heaps of fun. You’ll also be able to apply the principles and techniques you learn in whatever animation app you like.

Who is the target audience?
  • Animators and designers
  • Film makers wanting to add a human-touch to their work
  • Animators wanting to make stop-motion films without using a camera
  • Animators wanting to make a stop-motion films in After Effects alone
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
01:32:28
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Introduction
16 Lectures 01:32:28

This lecture is the introduction to the course.

Preview 01:36

This lecture offers some theory of stop-motion, and has some resources of stop motion films.

Preview 02:39

This lecture teaches you the most basic way to make a stop-motion film.

Preview 04:33

This lecture teaches you to add imperfection with the wiggle tool.

4-Add Imperfection With The Wiggler Tool
10:03

This lecture teaches you the posterize time effect.

5-The Posterize Time Effect
03:14

This lecture shows you how to achieve a paper-cut-out effect in your animation.

6-The Paper-Cut-Out Look
11:10

This lecture shows you how to use the posterize time expression.

7-The posterizeTime Expression
05:53

This lecture teaches you the wiggle expression and how to use it.

8-The Wiggle Expression
04:03

This lecture shows you how to use an expression layer to manage your animation's  information.

9-Controlled by An Expression Layer
08:49

This lecture shows you how to achieve an Inconsistent light effect in your animation.

10-Inconsistent Light
07:59

This lecture shows you how to use precomps in your animation as well as Time remapping.

11-Precomps and Time Remapping
07:16

This lecture shows you how to achieve per-character wiggle in your text.

12-Per-character Text Layers
08:53

13-Recap
01:38

In this lecture you watch while Rich makes a stop-motion film from beginning to end. (Sped up)

Preview 11:34

This is the conclusion lecture

15-Conclusion
00:35

This lecture presents you with some bonus tips and tricks to use in your animations.

16-Bonus-1
02:33
About the Instructor
Rich Armstrong
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2,670 Students
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Product Designer

Rich's title is Product Designer but he's more of a jack-of-all-trades / generalist / unicorn. He designs, animates and codes. He's studied multimedia design and graphic design, and is a self-taught programmer. He's freelanced, worked for agencies and startups, and now runs Studio Armstrong, an Amsterdam-based creation company, with his wife. He also doodles all the time, has super ginger-powers and can touch his nose with his tongue!

He spends most of his working day researching and experimenting, much like his hero, Lucius Fox, does. Rich likes to think he's a minimalist, but he's fooling himself – he's as messy and unorganised as the any other creative genius.

Rich has been teaching online classes since 2015 – and he likes it a lot :) He's since created the weirdly named Tap Tap Kaboom brand that showcases his experiments, designs and classes.