Developing After Effects is one of the most rewarding things in my life. Coming straight out of college with a background in art, film, animation, and computer science, I was lucky enough to land a position as a computer scientist on the After Effects team.
Five years later and I’m loving the experience more than ever. Not only do I feel an immense sense of pride for the quality and breadth of the product, but I am also humbled by my exceptional coworkers who tirelessly devote themselves to pushing the limits on a tool that has the power to brighten the world through its creative outlets. I love After Effects because at the heart of everyone that uses it is an artist that is waiting to unleash their ideas and voice.
Most everyone I talk to that knows what After Effects is, speaks of it with warmth, fondness and a bit of giddiness–kind of like one would feel if they had a little kitten that never grows older and always wants to play with you. (I’m not exactly sure where that analogy came from, but I like it.) For those that don’t know what it is, its fun to try and explain that its for special effects, animations, and movies and stuff. Just talking about what it can do is so satisfying. It gives me great joy to know that I can have a tiny part in the creation of art.
My personal not-so-secret secret agenda: Make After Effects able to do awesome things, so I can retire, and make awesome things with it. Whoopa!