According to the Internet Advertising Bureau UK, Video was the fastest growing format in 2016, Up 56% on a like-for-like basis since 2015. With statistics like that it’s not hard to see why companies are turning to motion design and animation to get their stories heard.
I’ve always loved sci-fi, it’s my favourite genre by far. The world building, the rules, the foresight, just the wonderful creativity involved in creating something out of this world is what fascinates me the most.
As a motion designer, I've always wanted to have a go at creating a futuristic project in After Effects, creating my own little sci-fi world, a project that could have been pulled from the pages of William Gibson or Phillip K. Dick.
Fragment is the latest project I've made for Loop - a set of 15 glitchy transitions and presets for After Effects.
Had a lot of fun making the promo for this one too:
Following on from the ever popular Instagram style Skylights filters I made a while back, I decided to make a pro version - 30 brand new filters, plus an additional 15 noise and grain overlays to give your footage that extra vintage feel.
Throughout a lot of my motion design work I find myself needing different hand icons; perhaps a hand pointing to something, or swiping on a phone screen.
That's why I've made Handicons! A set of 30 different hand icons, take a look at the preview:
The set is available to buy from Gumroad - as a special treat use the code thomas10 for 10% off!
Over the past couple of weeks I've been down in London working freelance on some more motion design projects at The Guardian.
This time I worked on a couple of different projects, the first of which was a video detailing what the Ebola virus is, how it's transferred, and what it does to you:
The second video was all about the new Guardian design; it details the various stages of The Guardian's online presence since it launched in 1999.
Over the past couple of weeks I swapped Manchester for a freelance motion design contract at The Guardian in London.
I had a great time working there, as you can imagine the projects are pretty varied. In the first week I worked on this from the 99 seconds series:
When I joined the animation had already been started by Alex; the resident motion designer, and another freelancer. A great collaborative effort all round!
Over the past few weeks I've been working on a new motion graphics promotional video for my own website (something similar to my old motion graphics promo).
In this new promo I've used plenty of shape layers, halfway through animating I ran into a slight problem though: I'd finished animating a section of the video and found I needed to scale it up for the final version. When scaling it up I found it became really blurred like so:
Ever since Adobe added Cinema 4D to After Effects I've been trying to use it more and more in my motion graphics work. Every now and then I'll discover something cool & I just can't help experimenting with it!
The most recent thing I've found is the "Cel Render" effect (Edit render settings > Effects > Cel Renderer). Enabling this function allows you to render the edges and outlines of an object as you'll see in the example renders below.
I had a random idea the other day while I was looking at my current business card design - why not create a business card with a bit of a difference? Something which showcases the motion graphics work I do, something which could act as a little introduction to what I do and the services I offer.
So I decided to create a motion graphics business card! A very short gif that introduces me, the website design and motion graphics services I offer, and tops it off with a call to get in touch:
After creating a few different motion design gif experiments, I decided to incorporate one into my site to help advertise what I do.
This is the result:
Following on from my previous motion graphics gif project I decided to create a new experiment, this time with shape layers!
I recently upgraded to the Adobe Creative Cloud & one feature I was really looking forward to trying out was the Cinema 4D Lite package within After Effects. I've experimented with Cinema 4D before, mainly just creating a couple of random objects here and there, but only ever with the trial version.
Introducing Skylights Deluxe! A set of 25 new filter presets for After Effects.
Following on from the original Skylights filters I created, I've decided to put together a deluxe version that includes 25 brand new presets as well as 30 high resolution texture files.
I was looking through some of the pictures on my phone from last summer and decided to have a go at creating a short animation from a still photograph. Here's the result:
Here's the original photograph:
I wanted to create an Instagram style filter using the standard tools within After Effects to help liven up some old footage I was working with. After creating a few different styles I ended up creating Skylights! A set of 15 presets that you can use to help liven up a bit of old footage or give your videos a slight colour boost.
I've been working on a motion graphics project recently that involved creating an animated gif version of a client logo in After Effects.
Before taking on the project, I decided to experiment slightly and put some trial animations together to help get a feel for the gif making process:
Another short motion graphics test, this time experimenting with motion tracking in After Effects to "parent" some visuals to the movement of my eye:
I'm pretty pleased with the results, using motion tracking like this can be a great way to annotate live action footage rather than having a static title displaying information.