After graduating with a design degree back in ’98, I moved to London and was lucky enough to be offered a junior design position at a tiny post-production studio called Blue Source. It was here that I was introduced to Ae for the first time; the only software I had used till then was Photoshop and Quark, so as you can imagine, the learning curve was pretty steep!
However, back then, desktop motion design was still ahead of its time (and very slow) and sadly the studio suffered due to clients’ nervousness using this new, slower technology. I was let go and ended up in publishing, which was fine for a while but eventually found I was missing the excitement and challenges that Ae and motion design had given me.
I’ve never been naturally gifted when it comes to computers and software, but over the years, worked hard to learn Ae through a host of friends, peers, forums, colleagues and the expanse of tutorial sites we’re all so fortunate to have access too. It’s definitely shaped my career and I feel very fortunate to have been introduced to the software.
However, I never really got to say a proper thank you to Simon at Blue Source, so I’d like to say thank you (in case you should ever read this) for introducing me to the world of Ae and Motion Design. 14 years later, I’m a Design Director at Radley Yeldar in London and still very much enjoying After Effects!
My work: http://vimeo.com/estellebaylis/videos