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.
This lecture offers some theory of stop-motion, and has some resources of stop motion films.
This lecture teaches you the most basic way to make a stop-motion film.
This lecture teaches you to add imperfection with the wiggle tool.
This lecture teaches you the posterize time effect.
This lecture shows you how to achieve a paper-cut-out effect in your animation.
This lecture shows you how to use the posterize time expression.
This lecture teaches you the wiggle expression and how to use it.
This lecture shows you how to use an expression layer to manage your animation's information.
This lecture shows you how to achieve an Inconsistent light effect in your animation.
This lecture shows you how to use precomps in your animation as well as Time remapping.
This lecture shows you how to achieve per-character wiggle in your text.
In this lecture you watch while Rich makes a stop-motion film from beginning to end. (Sped up)
This is the conclusion lecture
This lecture presents you with some bonus tips and tricks to use in your animations.
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.