Motion Design ain't easy...
But you already knew that.
Motion Design involves many disciplines. Such as:
Graphic design, illustration, 2D and 3D composition.
Music sets the tone for your entire piece. Hope you have good taste!
Cel-animation, 2D, 3D, stop-motion. The way things move is so important.
Sound effects, ambient sound, tones. These help create the right atmosphere for your piece.
Editing is the basis of any video piece, whether you know it or not.
The language of film. Framing, focal length, depth-of-field. A lot of history to pull from here.
When you’re established, your challenges include clients and project management.
Budgeting, scheduling, communication. Making sure it all gets done.
Marketing & Sales
Ideally you would like to be paid for your work.
Trust me, you want happy clients. It’s not as simple as “do good work.”
In either case, you most likely have a nearly insatiable appetite for learning new tricks, new software, new plugins, new ways of doing things. It can be a bottomless pit.
My goal is to help you get to whatever level you are trying to get to. Whether it’s breaking into the business, getting better in a weak area, or learning to grow your freelance business the resources here will help you.
So, where should you start?
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I’ve been a working Motion Designer for the last 10 years. I have worked at nearly every level, starting as an intern, then an assistant, moving on to freelance, and finally starting a company and acting as Creative Director and Lead Animator. I taught at the Ringling College of Art & Design, and I am currently a working freelance artist. My experiences have given me plenty of perspective and insight into what makes someone an effective and employable Motion Designer.
I’m also a husband and father of two beautiful daughters. My family is my proudest achievement and I have made some very tough career decisions in order to be around more for them and to give them the life I know they deserve. We live in Sarasota, Florida where we go to the beach nearly every weekend and where I can run outside in shorts 12 months a year. (I have “26.2” tattooed on my left leg.)
I’m not a rockstar Motion Designer. There are many better designers and animators out there. But I have managed to make a very good living doing something I enjoy for the past decade.
If I can help you to do that, it would be my honor.
Thanks for stopping by!