When I was first introduced to After Effects intimidated was an understatement. I have used Premiere before but animating a vector graphic was all so new to me! I was excited to do this project to not only make something new but also to gain experience with After Effects.
As I started to sketch out some ideas I had so many I couldn’t decide what to go with. There were some ideas I had that I knew would take longer than two weeks to finish. I started out with just some Christmas lights that lit up, than I started to add a few things. I tried adding some text but didn’t really like that so I went with one of my other sketches and added a little penguin.
After I finished my design I then had to figure out how to make it move, which was a lot harder than I thought. The more I played with it, the more I got used to After Effects and was able to figure it out more. I added a rotation to the lights and made them light up. I had to picwhip the rotation from the layer of lights to the layer of lights that lit up. I then added some movement to the penguin.
I ended up being really happy with the way it turned out. I am excited to continue using After Effects and making new things. Its always a little hard to learn how to use new software but nothing is more satisfying then learning it and making something new with it!