For your reading list

One of the things I love about people in the After Effects community is their willingness to share knowledge. A number of them go so far as to write an entire book. In the past few months, a couple noteworthy books have come on the scene.

If you’re new to After Effects, check out After Effects Apprentice by Chris and Trish Meyer. This book is an essential primer for anyone looking to get started with After Effects. The authors are collectively half artist, half teacher and make a perfect team to create a book like this. It’s exceptionally well illustrated and does a great job of revealing the essential features you need to get your started using After Effects.

Visual effects ace Stu Maschwitz brings us a very cool new book. Stu is co-founder of The Orphanage, the visual effects studio that has brought us amazing effects for films such as Harry Potter, Sin City, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Stu’s book, The DV Rebel’s Guide: An All Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap, will help you shed the idea that you need big budgets to create killer visual effects. It covers the full workflow of creating a movie, including editing and sound effects. Of course, it’s full of techniques for making effects like gunfire, aircraft, and treating your video footage look like film. If you’ve always wanted to make an action movie, this book is for you.