A little over a year ago I became fascinated with motion graphics. I thought motion was an awesome art and got super inspired to create some of my own motion pieces.
I started with YouTube tutorials. I knew very little about After Effects, so this helped me learn the basics. I’ve found YouTube to be great for learning at an extremely rapid pace. Doing tutorials helped me quickly learn and retain things like effects, tools, keyboard shortcuts, and fast ways of doing things.
Here’s an example of a tutorial I did successfully.
I also enjoyed playing around with some branding, incorporating motion graphics with film and time lapse footage I had. Stuff like this, while super basic at the time, would pave the way for me to apply these concepts in bigger things later on.
After a while, I started incorporating these into my school projects. My process for projects has always been 2 steps:
- Decide what I want to do
- Figure out how to do it
This is simple on the surface, but since the first step isn’t dependent on my knowledge, this process makes me extremely motivated to learn certain things (because I have to use them in the project). This is similar to the idea of forcing functions, something I use a lot in my life.
So I would find relevant tutorials for things I needed for my projects. This exposed me to a lot of different areas of motion graphics. For example, in the following video, I wanted to use a time counter (at 1:23), so I figured out how to animate one in After Effects.
My Applications for Motion Graphics
As I learned more about motion graphics, I knew I didn’t want to simply create explainer videos or animated ads. That wasn’t my goal. Rather, the knowledge and experience I’ve gathered has allowed me to use motion graphics as part of other projects. Being able to use motion graphics has proven extremely useful in multiple instances for projects that I’ve been a part of.
For example: here’s one instance where I used motion graphics to support my video footage and to convey the relevant information in an aesthetic way (1:54):
I plan on continuing to use motion graphics in my work. This skill set has been extremely helpful so far, and definitely worth the time I put into it. It’s also given me confidence to learn other things – to approach other areas of digital media and tackle new creative challenges and projects in whatever form they come in.