So, managing to finally tackle my class project :)
I have chosen "The Imitation Game" movie because I remembered how the machine he builds is very geometric and the process methodical. I like the patterns and the irregular lines and knew that I could build it using shape layers in After Effects.
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I started drawing my design in Illustrator anyway, as I like using my reference images here and building a rough template from which to work.