We are back with the After Effects Essentials Series and in today’s post and video we will be discussing the Basics of Animation.

It’s not too long ago when I remember starting out as a DTP artist. If you are old enough, you will remember this as being a right of passage for the unlucky few towards a more creative Graphics Design career. I was studying web design in the evenings and part of the course was based on Flash Animation. Previous to this I was just amazed at seeing my work go from idea to design, and then this amazing transition to actual product, be it a book, packaging, business cards or even shirt designs.

But now I had come across what would become a lifelong passion of mine, the ability to make graphics move and come to life – Animation!

It would be years before I actually became an animator, so long in fact that I had given up on the pursuit of it.

But life has a funny way of pushing you into situations which force you to become the person you truly want to be. The one thing that remains true is that in these situations we choose to go on the adventure or not.
In the book The Heroes Journey by Joseph Campbell, he talks about the call to adventure, and in that moment we can choose to stay in our comfort zone or dive into the unknown in pursuit of our passions.

So, what happened in my life that the opportunity presented itself?

I was applying for a Graphic Design position at a company which would be a big step up from my current job and I had a call from their HR department informing me that the position was already filled. She went on to ask if she could put me forward for a Flash position as she had noticed that on my CV I mentioned that I had done a course on it.

It had been about 6 years since I had touched the application, but deep down inside me I was not happy in my job any longer, and what did I have to lose? The company set the interview and evaluation test for the following week.

There was no YouTube Channel at the time, no Udemy or similar webistes, so I quickly downloaded the Adobe Flash manual, and decided that the most important things I could do is get to grips with the Interface and learn the Basics of Animation in Flash.

Needless to say, this was the start of my journey as an animator.

I mention all this because sometimes we find the basics boring, but they are the foundation on which we build our skills.

I hope you enjoy the video.

Until next time…