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The Alumni Holiday Card 2020

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Over 120 Former School of Motion Students Collaborate on the Annual Animated Alumni Holiday Card Video

Everyone needs a break now and then, but no more than this year. It feels good to have 2020 in our rearview. The challenges and troubles can be left behind, leaving us with a world of possibilities for our future. How can we take the lessons learned and move forward into 2021? Which SOM course will catapult us, personally, to the next level? Is there a new motion graphics job out there for me?And, of course, what's my favorite part of this year's School of Motion holiday card (let us know on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and/or LinkedIn!)? And how do I get to work with Traci Brinling Osowski, the SOM Teaching Assistant who every year puts this festive holiday card together!?
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To work with Traci, shoot her an email to find out which course she's assisting with this session, or be sure to submit to our open call for alumni submissions to next year's holiday card project. To watch this year's card, discover who contributed, and download the project files, keep reading...


In October 2020, we sent an email to our alumni offering the opportunity to take part in this year's holiday card. The theme: "How did you get through 2020?" Contributors were asked to submit a three-second-long video as a .mov or .mp4, using a predefined color palette and adhering to certain quality restrictions, along with their project files. There were no restrictions on software, plugins or medium. By the December 9 deadline, we had received over 120 submissions, predominantly using Adobe After Effects, Maxon Cinema 4D, and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Traci Brinling Osowski, an SOM alum and Teaching Assistant, then compiled all of these unique pieces of motion art into one animated video.



You can download the files here! Be warned, these are LARGE files.


Main titles + end credits by

Ewa Niedbala | Title design Traci Brinling Osowski | Title animation Jess Libby | Title animation Audio from Soundstripe Sound design by Sono Sanctus

Intro animations by SOM staff/TAs/friends of SOM

Sara Wade | Virus Anne Saint-Louis | Stay at home Ben Weaver | Masks/social distancing Van Velvet | Lockdown mode Leigh Williamson | Black Lives Matter Kyle Hamrick | Global Protests Frank Suarez | Australian wild fires Patrick Butler | West coast wild fires Chris Hunter | Hurricanes Jake Bartlett | Murder hornets Joey Korenman | Intro/Dumpster fire

Submissions from the amazing School of Motion community:

Will O'Connell | Having a baby during quarantine Victoria Blair |Homemade Pizza Traci Brinling Osowski | Baby Intro via Zoom Tosin Bamidele | Female friendships Tony Agliata |Drank more bourbon Thomas de Limbourg | Walking my dog Tessa Schutz | Learning how to cook Telai (Diana) Kaplan | Cherishing the "smol" moments with my corgi Steven Jenkins | Camping (RV'ing) Stefan Janisch | Laughing Sophia Kornienko | Unschooling Sherene Strausberg | Learning New Plug-ins Sergio Mendizabal Ritter | getting my ship together Scott McMann | Learning Pi to 763 digits Sascha Muller | Listening to Podcasts Sarah Talbot | Walking my new "commute" Ryan Elliott | Keeping busy with school work Rodrigo Dominguez | Working & Overthinking Roberta Scialla | Dealing with online grocery Richard Foster | Running Ralph de Vreugd Ploy Boal | Cats Peter Bone | Learning to slow down Pedro Márquez | Playing with Synths Patrick Wagesreiter | getting a road bike Olivia Krishnaswami | Learning about sustainable living Nage Eva Lacuskova | Buying way too many books Mikhail Sobolev | Leveling up Melissa Castillo | Family back at Home Matthew Zipper | Traveling to surf Marie-Eve Roussy | Searching life balance Maria Tyomkina | Dancing like nobody's watching Maria Alejandra Bazante | Plant Mom Manu Balzer | Riding down that graph editor Madison Shaw | Camping Lucy Vanmanisone | Gaming with friends Logan Pinney | Made a baby ;P Liam Clisham | Cannabis Laurent Mathieu | Waiting 2021 ! Laura Benavides | My dogs Kruthi Hindupur | Brewing Tea Kristian Tinawin | Video Call Kira Shumski | Eating my feelings Kevin Snyder | Explore Outdoors Kendall Hotchkiss | digital convos Kellman Martínez | Listening Podcast Keith Morrissey | Zoom Calling Katrina Soo Hoo | relearning the piano Karen Fantasia | Bun In The Oven Kalyn Hope | Drive-in Magic Justine Angelis | Beer and Baked Goods Justin Peterson | Lego building Jung Yuen Shin | Cozy Holiday Juan R Mon | Understanding my tablet Josh Teal | Quarantining Josh McKible | Turtling down Joe Evans | Watching TV Jess Libby | Married my Best Friend Jeremy Rech |Gardening Jennifer Clotfelter | Interior Decorating Jen Van Horn | Staying in with my plants Jemal R. Brinson | Improving my chess game Jack Attewell | Running Ivan Miguel | Work, Coffee, Tears & My Wife Ily Rohaime | Decluttering Ilona & Aleksandra Glinka | Christmas plan. Who are you allowed to see? Ignacio Vega | Learning Helen Mulcahy | Journaling Heeyoon Yuni Shin | Exploring the inner world Hans Nellen | Forget 2020 Gilda Taffet | Shape Shifting Gergo Varga | Conscientiousness Gaurav Chandrakar | tidying up Francesco Coppola | Psychedelics Federica Bertot | No window Fabio Galessi | Smiling Ethan Baldwin | A Stiff Drink Emma Elisabeth | dreaming Elliot Mosher |Time Travel (aka long naps) Elisa Lucaccini | Study and Relax Earl Cabuhat | Keeping busy Drew Levin | Watching 90 Day Fiance Drew J Travis | Backpacking Design Cheeeese | Hobbies with wine Dawn Charbonneau | Drinking beer and online shopping Daria Hill | Self-care Daniela Varón | Pretending to be fine Daniel Sherman | Getting Married Daniel Ackerman | Crosswords and tea Dana Albert | Declutter Cynthia Pichardo | Learning A LOT Cora Trout | Indoor Biking Cong | Stay at home playing game Chelsea Winot | Fan art Casey Mitsch | Supporting each other Brandon Henry | Scotch & Therapy Blade Sabovcik | Golfing Ben Samuels | Played a ton of Animal Crossing Becca Byrne | Moving house Beata Szóstak | Music Augusto J Ferriols | Changing Perspectives Anne Saint-Louis | Extreme Gardening Andy Camou | Golf and coffee Andrew Bui | When I AM WITH YOU Andrea Schmitz | online shopping Alixe Lobato | Dance till you die Alexandra C. MacArthur | Eloping Alex Del Solar | Optimizing my home Alejandra Londoño | Learning new things Albert Hofman | Dog Ball Akiko Yoshida-Shimoyama | Dream to Travel Aël da Silva | Camp Adia Dave | Working from home Adan Renaud | Working on videos Adam Pyburn | Mixing Negroni Ada Skowronek | Walking in the forest

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