“You’re awfully quiet lately” a friend of mine asked me the other day. True, have not been writing anything for a long time.
I did the Tour de Ski early January and was scheduled to do the EC of skating, but Kiira got an injury in her leg and that was the end of that. Thus: I was left with three weeks to fill in January. Which was a very welcomed pause actually as the Feb-March is going to kill me (first Biathlon WC in Czech and then cross-country WC in Italy) and after that an intensive teaching period coming up in Lahti (LAMK with Aalto University).
One thing which has been on my list for a long time is digging deep into After Effects and I spent a good portion of my days in January in front of lynda.com and AE Apprentice. Now that I am back on the road… I don’t know do I classify as a nerd or what… but this is what I do: i.e. continue to spend quite a lot of time in front of the computer, trying to learn new things.
Being stuck in a hotelroom is actually a very good environment, as there are very little distractions. Presently I am in Czech Republic in a small village covering the biathlon WC competions (which are taking place mainly at nights) and I have spent long hours each day learning the program further.
I was very impressed during our MediaStorm workshop in New York when I saw the work Joe Fuller was doing. And then yesterday, as I was ploughing thru some AE exercises, I noticed MediaStorm published the “Angola” piece we saw in December during its post process stage – as well as the showreel of (mainly, I guess?) Joe’s work (the opening of this post).
Impressive in many respects, but see for yourself. Personally, when I saw these in NY in December, it was definitely a major boost for me to dig more deeply into motion graphics/design and AE.
Orinally I got into learning AE after seeing this piece below by Greg Solenström. Shot with only one camera and two lenses – and consisting totally of still images. Still amazes me the way he accomplished this…
Definitely great sources of inspiration and something to aim for.