In Advanced Motion Methods you'll learn how to structure animations according to geometric proportions found in nature, deal with complexity, create cool transitions, and learn tips that only a seasoned After Effects veteran with years of experience can give. This course is built for working professionals that are looking for mentorship to push themselves to add more to their compositions and push themselves to the next level.
Jul 11, 2022
"If you want a career in animation, you should take this course. The way you learn to think about animating is really insightful and valuable to your portfolio. Coming into the course, I knew After Effects well but I saw a big improvement in my animations by the end of the course. You can land a great job by mastering the methods and techniques taught in this course!" - Jelle Dingemans, Fall 2020
Sander is an animator who loves propelling the Motion Design industry forward by cultivating the MoGraph community and building tools for After Effects, including Ray Dynamic Color and Texture. He’s also one of the co-founders of the überpopular conference, Blend. He is widely recognized as one of the top After Effects artists in the world. He believes that motion design is an incredible tool to communicate ideas and can be used for the betterment of society, so he chooses to work with clients and projects who help shape a better world. He hopes that by sharing his knowledge, he’ll be able to inspire creativity, individuality and confidence in other creatives.
This course starts with a benchmark project designed to let us see where your skillset is currently. Plus, Sander provides a handful of workflow tips to help set you up for success in the course.
Learn about the importance of creating an animatic before jumping into animating. You’ll explore structuring your animation to music, and how to time things for the most visual impact. We’ll also discuss moving objects with a purpose.
How do you animate from one design to the next? It’s time to tackle transitions. This week is all about planning and executing those beautiful, clever transitions that we all know and love.
When you’re working with complex files, organization can fall by the wayside and things can get out of hand very quickly. During the catchup week, we have some tips and tricks to stay organized and keep those files managed.
This week is all about the fine art of animating complexity. You'll learn how to manage tricky animations with lots of moving parts.
In this second Focus Week we’ll give you actionable tips to help you overcome your fear of failure while you focus on getting your exercises completed.
Let’s take what you’ve learned and put it to the test with a full set of boards that will challenge you to use every animation skill you possess. This final project is no joke.
The final 2 weeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project, then turn it in for critique.
Our student community is welcoming, diverse, and growing rapidly.
Advanced Motion Methods is for people who are established animators and are looking for an extra level of polish. They know the graph editor, and they have strong After Effects chops, but they want more. These people are looking for more theory based training, where they'll be learning techniques to refine their work. They'll get an inside look into how Sander Van Dijk creates his animations, learning every step of his process. They'll learn about structuring an animation, choosing and implementing different transitions, and breaking down complex problems. Along with many other tips and tricks to speed up their workflow.
You should have a few years of experience working on client projects in After Effects, including creating boards and then animating them. To get the most out of this course you will want to know how to easily navigate the After Effects interface, what different layer types are and how they function, be proficient in the graph editor, and understand the basics of expressions. You will also need an advanced understanding of the principles of animation and design. Unless you are very experienced, we strongly recommend taking Animation Bootcamp and Design Bootcamp before taking this course. Taking Expression Session before this course can be beneficial, but is not required.
For more on our 2D animation curriculum you can check out this article: A Guide to School of Motion Animation Courses and watch our Student Showcase video highlighting After Effects & Animation courses.
After Effects CC (16.0 or Higher)
Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 (19.1.5 or Higher)
Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 (22.1.0 or Higher)
Adobe Fonts (Included with Adobe CC Subscriptions)
Advanced Motion Methods is a 9-week course. Lessons become available at a specific time each week but you can watch them and do your work whenever it is convenient for you. The lessons include pre-recorded videos, podcasts, PDFs and assignments with working files.
All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional Animators with real life experience in the industry.
During the course you will be invited to a private classroom that contains all of the students and Teaching Assistants in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!
Advanced Motion Methods is a 9-week course. You'll have the flexibility to watch the course content and complete your course work on your schedule. However, you can expect to commit at least 15 - 20 hours per week on course material. The video lesson are 1-2 hours in length. There are 8 assignments total. Assignments are typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated catch-up weeks built into the schedule so students have extra time to complete their assignments if needed. There is also an extended critique add-on for those that want more time with a Teaching Assistant after the 9-week course or need more time to complete assignments towards earning a credential.
Yes, if you complete, submit, and have 70% of your course assignments approved by your Teaching Assistant you will be eligible for a Course Credential through Credly. With your Credly Course Credential, you can share your accomplishments across your social networks, the blockchain, or to print out yourself.
Yes! Once you complete Advanced Motion Methods, you’ll have lifetime access to all the course lessons and materials, so you can revisit them whenever you like. Also, if we make any changes to Advanced Motion Methods following your session, you’ll automatically receive access to the latest version.
Please note: Video critiques change each session, so you’ll only have access to the video critiques during the session you're enrolled in. The written critiques you receive in your homework locker as well as the classroom content will also remain available to you forever!