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After Effects Basics

Starts May 6

5 sessions: Mondays, May 6-June 10 (no class May 27), 6:30-9:30pm

Create cinematic movie titles, intros, and transitions. Start a fire or make it rain. Animate a logo or character. With Adobe After Effects CC, the industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects software, you can take any idea and make it move.

This course introduces you to the basic functions of After Effects through participation in instructor led lessons that build your skills and confidence and help you to delve deeper into compositing and animating. Students are encouraged to gather their own assets and create an original project based on what they learn in class. Bring a backup hard drive or flash drive (at least 32GB). Basic familiarity with Photoshop is helpful but not required.

Topics covered:

  • How to make things move: creating and embedding comps, using the timeline, setting keyframes, adding eases, manipulating properties, and rendering
  • Compositing: Importing assets, creating color keys, cutting masks, and using track mattes
  • File management: how to stay organized, using shy layers, setting up media cache and scratch disks, and planning your project
  • Motion tracking: adding an element to a traveling shot, using null objects, and creating a simple camera shake
  • Creating titles and animating text, lower thirds, and transitions
  • Animating graphics, creating a parallax scrolling composition, and using expressions
  • Animating a 3D spinning globe without using 3D: spherizing, expressions, null objects, and track mattes

Tuition: $270 regular/$205 member/$155 low-income

As a director, producer, editor, sound designer, animator and one-woman film crew, Wendie Owens has been part of creative production and storytelling across multiple mediums for more than 20 years. For nearly a decade as the in-house Media Designer at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Wendie captured images and sounds and created animations to help tell stories for hundreds of theater experiences and games in museums around the country. She worked closely with scientists, archaeologists, historians, and tribal elders to film and create in-gallery documentaries for traveling exhibitions.

Before her time at SMM, Wendie worked extensively in commercial entertainment as an animation director, storyboard artist, media designer and production manager. Her creative and technical versatility led to work in television series, commercials, music videos, feature films, and educational video games for Disney, Warner Brothers, MTV, H-Gun, Cartoon Network, Mattel, and Hasbro.

Wendie is currently in production on a short animated film, publishing a children’s book and continues her role creating content to promote science, culture, and community. Wendie and her partner Mike are in the process of launching WOMO STUDIO to continue developing and producing original content and providing animation production services.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




May 6 @ 6:30 pm
June 10 @ 9:30 pm
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5 sessions: Mondays, May 6-June 10 (no class May 27), 6:30-9:30pm