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Late in December of 2009, my brother in law asked me to send him any old photos that I had of my sister as she was turning 60 in early January of 2010. I emailed him all the pictures that I had of her. I then thought that it would be nice if I could put together a slide show of all the pics that I sent.
I turned to my computer and uploaded them into Windows Movie Maker and made a cute little slide show which I put on a DVD and sent it to her in a birthday card. Her response was enough to encourage me to look deeper into this new hobby that I enjoyed.
My very first editing software that I ever laid hands on was Final Cut Pro. I learned it at school. I never new anything about After Effects until I started watching videos on YouTube.
I was silly enough to think that I can do anything I wanted on Final Cut until my friend turned me towards Adobe software. I was instantly hooked and the amount of tutorials available on YouTube made my life easier.
I’m very happy to see my progress after a year and it’s great to see companies such as Video Copilot and Red Giant create awesome plugins that just make After Effects better. I’m grateful for Adobe and their great business and there is no turning back!
My video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J604oVLBR0
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.
I’m not even sure where to begin or how to put in words what After Effects has meant to me and my career. I’m working towards my 18th year with Adobe and for me After Effects has been such a huge part of the “cool factor” of my job.
I run a senior field team for the Americas dedicated to the pro video space and they are unlike any other team at Adobe. Each week we have a “fire side” chat about the week and the highlight usually involves what a customer or partner is doing with AfterEffects. Stories, range from being on set of a major motion picture like Avatar to being deep in a Department of Defense area that was using AE to show how much one of the twin towers moved on impact using the difference filter.
I’m the owner of HimAnI Productions, Inc., a studio that specializes in the creation of original visual effects for feature films, television projects, and home entertainment releases. In the past 30 years I’ve worked as an animator, visual effects supervisor, roto artist, digital compositor, 3D supervisor, and more. When I look back to where it all began, I remember seeing the COSA team at an expo and asking if the program could emulate a multi-plane animation stand. The answer, of course, was YES!
I was animating electricity and Neutrino wands on Ghostbusters 2 up at ILM and sneaking into The Abyss dailies to see what the computer with Adobe Photoshop was capable of doing. Based what I was seeing in The Abyss, I knew I had to get a computer as fast as possible. I grabbed a Mac Quadra 700, a flatbed scanner and a 1 GB hard drive for about $11,000 and proceeded to break down the need for large facilities, especially in TV work.
Well when I realized being an RAF Pilot really wasn’t my life choice (and more my Dad’s), I decided on looking into 2 things I truly loved: computers and art. Over the years, I developed my Photoshop skills, diving into multiple creative arts till I found somewhere I was comfortable in. Photography/ Digital Art/VFX/ and VJ’ing were what really stuck.
Due to family problems, University hasn’t really been an option for me. So working multiple jobs while I find countless hours of amazement on sites like Video Copilot and magazines like Advanced Photoshop, I’ve managed to teach myself all my creative arts knowledge from scratch and in the little time I had for myself.
My love affair with After Effects began in 1996. I worked as a designer for a large newspaper, and after four years in the print business, I sensed there was nowhere to advance to. I was looking for something that would create movement in my designs. It was an election year in Israel and got a chance to create propaganda broadcasts for one of the parties. After Effects was selected as the main tool, and within a week from the moment we were introduced, I felt quite confident to start working with it.
My career has developed parallel to the software development and I looked for more ways to become better in it. At an early stage I discovered the Total Training VHS package and I watched the whole thing in less than a week. I felt I had found a software that can express the way I think, and I decided to pass on the word to as many as can be.
17 years ago, I had become burnt out from my professional life as a touring musician and found myself exercising my newfound chops in multimedia design, creating interactive presentations for investment bankers at Smith Barney on Wall Street. I got REALLY good at creating animated bar charts . . . one banker even took to calling me the “Bob Ross of Excel.”
I got severely depressed.
In 1999 I installed a demo of After Effects and within two minutes of playing around, I had a huge rush of excitement when I realised I had found the tool by which I could show my imagination to people in a way more direct than I ever thought possible!
Tens of thousands of hours later and I am still playing around in After Effects and have produced work for Elton John, Batman and even projected onto Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Jubilee.
I get nostalgic when I remember how excited I was at the introduction of tools like time-remapping, motion tracking, puppet pinning and the roto-brush!
So Happy Birthday, old friend, here’s to the next twenty!
I’ve worked in broadcast television graphics since the dawn of time. And I choose the word ‘dawn’ deliberately. I used to have to book overnight sessions at an Atlanta production house where I could laboriously create layered animation using video switchers, multiple rolling VTRs, a $140,000 Quantel Paintbox, and a lot of luck. I’d stagger out of the building at dawn, squinting mole-like, tapes clutched in my hand, dying for a little sleep.
When I encountered After Effects 1.1, I remember thinking “boy, this would be a great way of working—IF it could really handle full-resolution, full-frame-rate, interlaced broadcast NTSC digital video.” Turns out that with enough patience and caution on those early CPUs, it sure could.