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After Effects
Learning Resources
Self-Initiated

Tasks: Concept, Design
I've been working on refined basic After Effects learning resources that I can use during my work as a sessional teacher at Swinburne University. Students are supplied with an already created After Effects project and each composition in it defines a simple task.

This is designed to simplify each concept to its core so that the student can more easily understand what the technique is achieving and progress at a pace appropriate to them.


Many concepts in tasks reoccur in later tasks with diminishing explanation to reinforce learning. Visuals are also designed with metaphors or other carefully chosen examples to increase understanding.

Of the two examples above, the one on the left asks the student to move existing animation to a different position (revisiting parenting), and the one on the right asks them to negate the rotation at the wrist as the arm sways (forcing them to consider parenting's effect on rotation).