I’m sure you’d like to see more cool and funny Mutant Worm explanimations, but instead I’ll share with you some work of a select group of After Effects people/animators that I admire, and who’s style of work I’d love to match at some point if only I had the time or the budget – brazenly assuming I have the talent.
Each of these videos could lead you to more details on the production process, if you’re interested.
Now, bear in mind, I come from a story background so you don’t have to worry I’m sharing these just for the animating style or visual effects. You’ll enjoy them. If not, feel free to chastise me below. At least someone would finally use the comment option :—)
I’ll also add some random animations at the end that do not involve After Effects. Little productional info can be found on those, except for Thought of You.
First off, there’s Carlos Lascano, who combines gorgeous illustrations with stop motion miniatures, 3D and After Effects. You can immerse yourself in his work and there’s also quite a bit of information about the production process on his site.
A Short Love Story in Stop Motion
Amnesty International – 50 years
The Legend of the Scarecrow
Yes, brilliant name. Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata currently have a residency at the Netherlands Institute of Animation. Basically, they mostly create their props from waste material and animate them in After Effects. Their website has a wealth of information about the production process.
Something Left, Something Taken
They Might Be Giants – Electric Car (music video)
Where did I first come across this guy? I think it was a clever and truly funny tutorial on the Red Giant website spoofing Lost. Yeah, that was it. Besides being a master at motion graphics and visual effect, he has a great sense of humor and his fictional work’s right up my alley. I’ll give you a few samples but you’re gonna have to check out his webseries, like The Time Closet – http://www.thetimecloset.com/. If this guy’s willing, he could be big in Hollywood. He is now one of the preset guru’s at Red Giant, with whom he also created Plot Device. This first one he made with his little kid.
The Three Little Pigs
RANDOM COOL ANIMATIONS
Thought of You by Ryan Woodward
I hope you enjoyed some of that. You may have noticed that I didn’t tap into commercial stuff. There are brilliant examples out there, but I chose to stick to fiction to keep it manageable.
Now, there must be huge amounts of brilliant animations out there that I haven’t seen or plain forgot. I have more in my likes on Vimeo should you be interested. Other than that, got any brilliant tips?
Should you be interested in the technical details for character animation within After Effects, I highly recommend this link which references many amazing animation tutorials.