An introduction to the premier software for motion graphics.

Adobe After Effects continues to be the industry standard for creating motion graphics. Students create dynamic content for logo treatments and commercials and understand visual effects features such as keying and compositing for film, video or multimedia. Through daily hands-on assignments, the class explores the tools of After Effects including layers, blending modes, masks and alpha channels. Core animation concepts such as key frames and parenting are covered in-depth, as well as kinetic typography. Students also learn how 3D cameras and lights are used to create natural, organic animations. Students gain a solid understanding of After Effects and an appreciation for the possibilities of creating motion graphics. 

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $450. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session.


Matt Morin

Matt has honed his production skills with over 15 years of video and motion graphics experience. In the early 90s, he helped pioneer interactive media in the Providence, RI area working as an animator and interactive designer at the prestigous Spot Interactive. Currently, Matt is owner and creative director of Johnny Animation Inc, a full-service motion graphics, animation and video production company. Since it’s inception in 1996, he has worked with such varied clients as 20th Century Fox, Brown University, Sharp Electronics, Swiss Army, American Power Conversion, The Discovery Channel, and AARP. Most recently, he has produced interactive HD animations for Schneider Electric, animated cartoon spots for Cardi's Furniture, and animated marketing materials for Two Guys Garage and Truck U on the Speed channel.

Matt is the former co-host of the MassMUG podcast, the current host of the Suite202Cast podcast, and is a 3-year veteran filmmaker in the 48 Hour Film Project competition, whose film Xaeptactrophorp won "Best Visual Effects" and "Best Sound Design", in 2010. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Mac Users Group, the National Association of Broadcasters, and the Providence Geeks, and has written for Movie Maker Magazine.

As an instructor, he has designed, created, and instructed courses in Photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Video Streaming, Flash, and Digital Filmmaking. He has also provided on-site corporate training in Flash and Photoshop, and conducts week- long workshops in Adobe After Effects.

photo by Mark Dawson

Course Dates

Mar 5 to Mar 11




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