Tuesday, June 8, 2010

AETUTS+ & Zaxwerks Challenge

I am ecstatic that I'm able to say that I've taken first place in the AETUTS+ and Zaxwerks Challenge.  Combined with my recent win in Motionworks' Digieffects Challenge, that makes two major motion graphics competitions in a row.  (You can view my Digieffects entry in my playlist by clicking this link)

AETUTS+ and Zaxwerks got together to do a promotional contest to show off what can be done with the ProAnimator software inside of Adobe After Effects.  As a way to open the contest up to everyone they allowed the for ProAnimator to be used for a month with out limitations for free.  I've been a fan of ProAnimator for a long while so I decided to take part.  Here's what I came up with:



Make sure to click this link to check out the other fantastic entries.

The challenge I gave myself in this one was to come up with a technique to have the text write itself on in 3D space. This effect is common to do with 2D text to simulate a hand written effect using the "stroke" or "write on" effects in AE. It's a lot more time consuming to do in 3D though. I'm working on a better method to automate some of the process and once it's perfect I may do some tutorials about it.  I also experimented with Trapcode Particular 2 and Video Copilot's Optical Flares to create this look.

I was honored to find out that the animation became a featured video over at Harry Frank's Motion Exchange motion graphics network.  I put a lot into this piece from the timing, feel and appearance to composing to music to give it the edge I was looking for, so it was nice to get that nod of approval from the motion graphics community.

Thanks to everyone who's supported by voting or showing love in the comments section or Vimeo page!  I truly appreciate it.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Under Construction

Thanks for stopping by.  This is the new site and it is still under construction.  For now please feel free to check out my reel.