Synthetic Stop-Motion in After Effects: Quick and Easy Techniques for Hand-made Animations

Rich Armstrong, Product Designer

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16 Lessons (1h 32m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:36
    • 2. What Is Stop Motion Animation?

      2:39
    • 3. Easy-Peasy Stop Motion

      4:33
    • 4. Add Imperfection With The Wiggler Tool

      10:03
    • 5. The Posterize Time Effect

      3:14
    • 6. The Paper Cut Out Look

      11:10
    • 7. The posterizeTime Expression

      5:53
    • 8. The Wiggle Expression

      4:03
    • 9. Controlled by An Expression Layer

      8:49
    • 10. Inconsistent Light

      7:59
    • 11. Precomps and Time Remapping

      7:16
    • 12. Per character Text Layers

      8:53
    • 13. Recap

      1:38
    • 14. Let’s Make a Film

      11:34
    • 15. The End

      0:35
    • 16. Bonus Lesson 1

      2:33
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About This Class

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I love stop-motion animation, or perhaps you call it stop-frame animation. I love it because it’s rich in character; because it looks hand-made; and because it drips with human imperfection. Most of the time we aim for perfect designs and animations, but this class is about reversing that idea to deliberately create a hand-made and imperfect look.
 
The class covers creating a stop-motion look inside After Effects – that means no cameras and no endless moving elements. Normal stop-motion takes a long time, but inside After Effects it’s quick and easy if you know how.
 
By the end of this class you’ll be able to create your own synthetic stop-motion films quickly and easily, with a range of different techniques ranging from dead-simple to highly detailed.

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