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Animating with Adobe Creative Cloud [Virtual]

Starts October 29

Online. 2 sessions: Saturday, October 29, 9am-1pm CT & Sunday, October 30, 9-11am CT

Award-winning animation filmmaker John Akre gives you a taste of three Adobe Creative Cloud applications (Photoshop, Animate, and After Effects), which help you create animation in a wide variety of forms, including traditional frame-by-frame hand-drawn animation, and animating with 2D puppets. The workshop covers basic animation techniques—using examples from masters of the form—and guides you through Photoshop, Animate, and After Effects to create a short animated film. This online course is interactive and hands-on; students should have access to a computer with Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, Animate, and After Effects.

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. We’ll e-mail you a course reminder and Zoom link a few days prior to the first session. Click here for a Zoom tutorial.

Tuition: $185 regular | $140 member | $105 low-income

John Akre practices, studies, teaches, and lives animation. He is working on his fifth animated feature and has made over 100 animated shorts using a wide variety of animation techniques. His films have won several awards and have shown around the world. Working with his partner Beth Peloff, he has also created animation for several Minnesota-made documentaries. He is always on the look-out for interesting things he can appear to bring to life.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




October 29, 2022 @ 9:00 am
October 30, 2022 @ 11:00 am
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2 sessions: Saturday, October 29, 9am-1pm CT & Sunday, October 30, 9-11am CT