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What do you want to make now?

So for next week I’d like you to write a post about how you’d like to spend the remaining six weeks in this class. You’ve knowledge of some very concrete motion graphics skills at this point, but your level of ability to use them probably varies quite a bit. There are new skills we can … Continue reading “What do you want to make now?”

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Knock, knock your grades are coming…

To date Below is a list of the work that could have been completed by today’s class. Quizes PS – Pen Tool PS – Hit the Target AE – Bounce the ball AE – Sneagator AE – Motion Tracking AE – Masking Homework/Project Work Posts Movie Poster Asset Creation Movie Poster GIF Draft 1 with … Continue reading “Knock, knock your grades are coming…”

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Masking Quiz – Something else in the fridge

Use this moment from The Secret Life of Pets and place something between the turkey and the milk in the fridge. Consider using one of an array of emojis as they’re high quality transparent PNG files. Bonus points if you can have the item darken to black with the opening and closing of the refrigerator … Continue reading “Masking Quiz – Something else in the fridge”

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Masking the Emoji

Here’s today’s simple tutorial for how to use masking of video in After Effects. Also consider learning to use the Rotobrush. Have a look at Maria Sanchez’s final post about her project which combines the pen tool image masks and the rotobrush. Also look at the post from last semester in which we covered masking … Continue reading “Masking the Emoji”

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Daniel Motion Track ON, Motion Track OFF

This week’s quiz asks you to motion track the head of this karate kid on a boat. Then add an emoji that follows the motion track. Create a GIF and upload.  

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GET OFF OF ME!!!!

This week we look at the motion tracking tool so that you can create null objects which follow a set of contrasting pixels frame-by-frame in a video. Then text can be created and parented to the null object which allows you to have text follow a character like this. Or mask the head like this: For … Continue reading “GET OFF OF ME!!!!”

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Reverse Animal Rescue: Abandoning 13 Kittens

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, never mind following through with a post about GIF culture under the I Grok GIFs series. So why not toss some kittens in the yard and restart this thing. Reverse Animal Rescue is a subreddit that evolved out of r/reversegif and a sick sense of humor which imagines upgrading […]

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So there’s this competition and it involves making GIFs

via GifTournament Hype Gifs This is a start to a hopeful series of posts on how I Grok GIFs in which I make GIFs for and explain a particular GIF type, culture, or phenomena. Last week I made it through the first round of GifTournament Battle #4! I’m a contender. I can make rad GIFs! But what’s GifTournament? Why blog […]

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Ruining heroes to better understand the GIF

On goes the quest to better Grok the GIF. Yesterday I discovered the subreddit Behind the GIFs. Which is basically MS Paint comics with an animated GIF ending. The posts originally explained the backstory of popular GIFs from infomercials. This post is labeled the inspiration, so possibly it is the first one (not sure). And here’s […]

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A MBS Special Presentation

Last week I had the pleasure of being a visiting artist at the University of Mary Washington, hosted by Jim Groom and Zach Walen for their Console Living Room exhibit on campus. Their installation revisits the hub of family entertainment as you might have found it in a household of the early 1980s. The wood paneling […]