Course Overview

In VFX for Motion you will learn a broad set of Visual Effects tools and techniques using After Effects. Prepare to add keying, roto, tracking, matchmoving and more to your creative toolkit. By the end of this course, you'll have the practical knowledge of working with live-action footage, and you'll even get some tips on how to direct and work on a VFX shoot.

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12 Weeks of Video Training, Podcasts, and PDF Guides

Personalized Critique on your work

Access to our 24/7 online Community

Verified Credential upon Completion of the Coursework

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Course syllabus.

How to develop a "good eye" for compositing
Dive into Week 1 at School of Motion with a fun VFX challenge! It's your first taste of course dynamics, with minimal guidance but plenty of support—think snappy lessons, extra tips, a handy VFX glossary, and cool additional content.
Ways to break down shots for roto
It's Roto Week! Learn to isolate elements in footage via rotoscoping, a key VFX skill for various projects. We cover simple and complex techniques. It's tricky, but you'll soon value this essential tool.
After Effects' Keylight keyer
This week, master keying, a famous VFX technique for green screen footage. Learn to isolate subjects in After Effects, tackle green spill, and advance your color matching skills. Even your grandparents might know this one!
Nodes vs Layers
This "focus week," catch up on coursework with light content. Explore differences between After Effects and Nuke, learn project organization tips, and understand VFX budgeting essentials.
Point and Planar tracking
Explore motion tracking in After Effects and Mocha, included with your Creative Cloud. Learn superior tracking in Mocha, essential for VFX in AE, and finish the week with paintwork to remove tracking markers used in shoots.
Creating effect stacks
This week, dive into the fun of VFX! Learn to add and enhance effects in your footage using After Effects tools. Later, you'll composite pre-made effects into scenes, expanding your creative toolkit.
VFX Reel best-practices
This week is another Focus Week, giving you time to catch up if you need it. You'll also learn about how your new VFX skills can be put to good use in the industry.
Comping 3D elements into footage
In the final week, master Match Moving, the art of adding elements to moving camera scenes. Learn with 2D and 3D objects. No 3D software? We'll provide necessary assets, no full Cinema4D license needed.
How to approach a tough composite
Tackle the final project, applying all skills learned plus new tips. Once done, you'll boast a powerful VFX project in your portfolio, showcasing your impressive techniques to future clients.
Extended Critique Period
The finalweeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project, then turn it in for critique.
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Meet your instructor.

Mark Christiansen
Visual Effects Artist & Educator

Mark Christiansen has dedicated his career to creativity, experience design, mentorship and allowing artists to refine their craft. He is responsible for the After Effects Studio Techniques series of books which helped launch a generation of visual effects artists. Mark is a regular contributor to LinkedIn Learning and is responsible for developing the Cinefex for iPad app via a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Currently, Mark is the Creative Director at Verses.io.

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It completely changed everything for me.
I've been doing motion graphics and video editing for 20+ years. I took this course six years ago and it completely changed everything for me. I'm faster, I'm efficient, and I'm able to teach it to other people. That, and everything looks better!
Seth Hodel
Lead Video Editor
I enrolled in the course and my head exploded.
School of Motion's Animation Bootcamp is a game changer. Before that, I learned After Effects through YouTube tutorials, but I noticed that there was something missing from my work (and I didn't know what it was). A friend told me about School of Motion. I enrolled in the course and my head exploded.
Nate Riggs
Creative Content Producer
Animation bootcamp changed my life.
This is not hyperbole... Animation Bootcamp changed my life. I now understood curves and how the graph and speed editors actually worked. I saw the value of shape layers instead of just using solids with masks. It totally changed the way I approached projects moving forward.
Zach Christy
Designer + Animator
I learned a bucket load.
The course was amazing. The teachers were fantastic, always available. The community that I was able to connect with was insane because everyone was helpful and the feedback was great. I learned a bucket load of stuff about animation.
Ross Symons
Founder & Creative Director
I have the position I have because of Animation Bootcamp.
In all honesty, I now have the position I have in the industry because of Animation Bootcamp and because of everything that I got out of School of Motion. Truly, I could not recommend SoM and this course enough.
Alyssa Coburn
Assistant Director of Content Strategy
Great community support, great teachers and great lessons.
C4D Basecamp, like all School of Motion courses it had great community support, great teachers and great lessons and projects. It goes beyond just learning the tools and goes into 3D, designing, and animating.
Margaret Cumming
Director of Design
I switched from graphic design to motion graphics.
I've tried courses from other providers, but this was one of the most structured when it comes to learning After Effects and animation. It took me to a point where I switched from being a graphic designer to completely going into motion graphics.
Kash Bhatia
Motion Designer
I can't thank School of Motion enough!
I'm more confident, more relevant, more equipped, better connected and close to my goals since School of Motion entered my life.
Leigh Williamson
Illustrator & Animator
You get real critique!
I took Design Bootcamp. My favorite part was the interaction with the Teaching Assistant. That was the best part of the entire program, which is the ability to talk to someone about your work and your ability to get actual critique on your work. I learned so much about designing, specifically for animation.
Olamide Rowland
Motion Designer
It completely changed everything for me.
I've been doing motion graphics and video editing for 20+ years. I took this course six years ago and it completely changed everything for me. I'm faster, I'm efficient, and I'm able to teach it to other people. That, and everything looks better!
Jason Mileto
Lead Video Editor
One of the most rewarding, most amazing courses that I've ever experienced.
Let me just tell you, man, Animation Bootcamp is the best. One of the most rewarding, most amazing courses that I've ever experienced. I just loved the one-on-one coaching that you get and the the community aspect of it.
Jeffrey Ordillo
Sr. Motion Graphics Production Artist
I landed a great job.
I'm a full-time motion graphics artist, in no small part because of Animation Bootcamp by School of Motion. I took the bootcamp in 2018 and landed a great job just months after.
Kate Collazo
Design and Animation Consultant
Incredible experience...
I don't have the right words to explain how valuable School of Motion was for me. I went in skeptical because I took courses on other platforms and felt like I got little to nothing out of them. SOM was completely different. The aspect of community was there, the Teaching Assistant was extremely helpful and a sense of accountability was there, and most importantly the content and quality of the actual teaching was there.
Mike Kittredge
Creative Director, Design Team Lead
I learned so much, so quickly.
Wow, this really changed things for me. I learned so much, so quickly. In fact, I learned all the things I didn't know that I didn't know. It was really good fun.
Bill Dunsmuir
It took me from 0 to 1000.
Animation Bootcamp is one of the best classes I've ever taken. It didn't just take me from like 0 to 10 — or even 0 to 100. It took me from 0 to 1000 in terms of getting the animation skills I needed to boost my career. It got me using motion design in all of my projects.
Sherene Strausberg
Motion Designer
I recently started my dream job.
I recently started my dream job and I would have 100% never gotten here without taking the School of Motion courses that I did.
Ben-Soto
Motion Designer
The best learning experience I've ever had.
If anyone asks me "What's the best online course on the planet?", I'd say Animation Bootcamp. It's been the best learning experience I've ever had. One thing that really differentiates Animation Bootcamp from other online animation courses is critique...I loved it.
Meng Hsueh Lin
2D Animator
Reignited my passion for animation
School of Motion courses quickly reignited my passion for animation and helped me launch my career in an exciting new direction.
Deanna Reilly
Animator & Illustrator
I really got invested and it took me to the next level.
Animation Bootcamp was the beginning of my motion design career. I really got invested and it took me to the next level. A lot of the lessons pushed me in terms of what I was comfortable making in After Effects.
Isaac Sommers
Motion Designer / Animator
Suddenly, my animation had that "wow factor".
It all came together to create an unbeatable learning experience. Animation Bootcamp took me from good to great. The techniques I learned, the principles I mastered...they all massively improved my work. Suddenly, my animation had that "wow factor". Whether you are just beginning or a seasoned pro, School of Motion has something transformative to offer.
Nicolae Ciobota
Editor and Motion Graphics
I recommend it more than a traditional art school.
I'm just super thankful that School of Motion was right there to give me jam-packed lessons in a short amount of time with mentors and guides to help me along the way and it really laid the foundation of my career. I highly recommend it as an alternative to a traditional art school.
Antoinie Eugene
Motion Designer
School of Motion literally changed my life.
I'm a full time freelancer and I'm having to turn down work because I'm so busy! School of Motion literally changed my life.
Chip Nash
Motion Designer & Animator
It really built my confidence.
I took Cinema 4D Basecamp and it really built my confidence. Now, I'm on my fourth 3D product animation for a professional client. I'm also the Director of Motion Graphics at a design firm. I can't say enough good things about it!
Jared Schafer
Director of Motion Graphics

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So, what makes us different?

Personalized Attention and Feedback

Enroll in a School of Motion course and receive personalized feedback directly from leading, industry-recognized designers and animators. Our classes stand out because you’re not just completing projects; you're getting tailored guidance from the best in the business, ensuring your work isn’t just finished—it’s polished.

Real-World Ready Skills

Each School of Motion course is crafted to mirror actual industry workflows, ensuring the skills you acquire are immediately applicable in professional environments. Dive into your daily creative projects with knowledge that seamlessly translates from the virtual classroom to real-world tasks.

Community and Connections

Dive into the vibrant School of Motion community, where you can interact, showcase your projects, and connect with both peers and top industry professionals. This platform isn't just about learning; it's a place to build relationships that enrich your skills and open up new career opportunities.

So, what makes us different?

Flexible Learning Structure

School of Motion stands out with its lifetime access to course materials, unlike many other platforms that limit your time. Learn at your own pace, revisit lessons as needed, and never feel the rush—your learning journey is entirely in your hands.

In-Depth Resource Access

Dive deep into your creative potential with School of Motion. Our self-guided courses not only provide comprehensive resources but also include exclusive project files and proprietary tools that you won’t find in other platforms’ offerings. Unlock the full spectrum of design and animation techniques at your own pace.

Progressive Skill Building

Each course at School of Motion is carefully designed to build your skills progressively, starting from the fundamentals and advancing to more complex concepts. This structured approach ensures you develop a solid foundation, setting you up for success as you tackle increasingly challenging techniques.

So, what makes us different?

Short-Term Intensive Learning

Dive into focused, high-impact learning with our workshops. These project-based workshops focus on a real-world project from a top artist, and are tailored to hone specific skills and techniques that are not only current but also in high demand. Perfect for professionals looking to quickly elevate their expertise.

In-Depth Resource Access

Workshops don’t just teach you how a project was made, it also lets you peek behind the curtain with exclusive project files and proprietary assets directly from the artist who created them. It’s like having your own world-class mentor.

Industry Tools and Techniques

Our workshops focus on the latest industry-standard tools and techniques, ensuring you stay ahead of the curve with the newest trends and practices. Gear up to master cutting-edge skills that keep you competitive.

So, what makes us different?

Open-Door Learning

Our free courses offer a welcoming introduction to motion design, giving you a taste of our teaching style and the quality of our courses. It's the perfect way for potential students to explore what School of Motion has to offer before diving into our paid options.

Broad Overview

Our free courses span a wide array of topics, offering a comprehensive overview that helps beginners identify their passion within motion design. Discover your niche and decide which areas you’d like to explore in depth.

Community Engagement

Discover the vibrant School of Motion community with our free courses. Learn how you can be a part of our ecosystem, connect with peers, and gain insights from a diverse range of talented artists. We’ve got your back on your creative journey.

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VFX for Motion
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May 6, 2024
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