Using Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Hype, students explore the possibilities of designing motion graphics for video, websites, and web series for online mobile devices. 

 The course will cover three basic areas for Motion Graphics: 

 1)   Students learn to use After Effects to make simple and moderately complex animations for video bumpers (Transition between video breaks station Identification).

 2)   Using After Effects 3D capabilities we’ll build a simple movie title opening animation flying between layered art elements creating a series of fly through and simple 1.5D environments.

 3.)  With HYPE 2 (Tumult Software) we’ll explore creating web ready banner animations that can be used online and on Mobile devices such as iPads and Android devices.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session.  Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging is $100




Chuck Carter

Chuck Carter has been working in the artistic end of the science and entertainment industries for more than 30 years.

In 1988 he explored his passion for computer graphics and started working as a consultant for animation and 3D modeling for the Knight-Ridder: News in Motion Animation service. Since then his work has been utilized by The National Geographic Society for both online and print.

In 1994 Carter was instrumental in helping launch National Geographic Online producing 3D prototype user interface screens and interactive online content. In the more traditional illustration fields, he has worked with Harcourt Education, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and other clients for more than 25 years - co-authoring and illustrating a book on physical geology in 2007. His work spanned multiple subjects, including history, nature, physics, military, geology, and geography. He has produced illustrations and animations for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, and various defense contractors, universities, museums, and
governmental science institutions.

Carter entered the entertainment industry in 1991 when he joined the video game company, Cyan producing graphics for the popular computer game, Myst. The game went on to sell tens of millions of units and spawned 6 subsequent sequels. Other entertainment projects include work on more than 25 other video games, including the popular Westwood Studios properties; Command and Conquer and Red Alert. His roles spanned a diverse set of skills including working as a digital artist, animator, writer, art director, and computer-graphics supervisor.

In the mid 90s Carter worked with Threshold Entertainment as a digital matte painter for popular science fiction shows like Babylon5, Crusade and Mortal Kombat as well art and animation for numerous motion rides like Disney's, Mission to Mars and Paramount's, Star Trek: the Experience.

In the 2000s, Carter continued his worked in video games as an art director. Currently, he is working on numerous iPad and iPhone applications as both a designer and artist as well as illustrating college text books for McGraw-Hill and art for the US Department of Energy. Additional clients include Scientific American, Wired Magazine, Conde´ Nast Traveler, Nissan as well various industry magazines, advertising agencies, corporate clients, and additional book publishers.

He works from his studio in Bangor, Maine.

© Mark Dawson

Course Dates

May 10 to May 16




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