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Collage Animation with Adobe After Effects [Virtual]

Starts March 2

Online. 2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3, 9:00 am-12:00 pm CT

Unleash your inner Terry Gilliam or Martha Colburn and learn tools and techniques to animate with mixed media in Adobe After Effects! We’ll explore masks, keying, puppet tools, 2.5D sets, effects and animation presets, and more. You’ll try out a wide variety of techniques to bring your found media and photographs to life in After Effects. Students need a computer with Adobe After Effects CC installed. The workshop is open to all levels.

Session One

  • Introductions
  • Animation basics, techniques, and collage history presentation
  • Adobe After Effects menus and tools
  • Importing images into After Effects
  • Masks and keying
  • Layers, puppet rigging, parenting and pre-comps

Session Two

  • Animating with keyframes and transform properties
  • Puppet pin tool
  • Effects and animation presets
  • Setting up 3D space and animating camera
  • Review, screening, and wrap up

John is such a knowledgeable, passionate, and patient instructor. The project was very well thought out for the length of the course and range of abilities. I especially appreciated that there were several women, POC, and also non-binary artists represented in the survey of collage and collage animation artists. —Spring 2023 student

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: $180 regular | $145 member | $115 low-income

John Akre practices, studies, and lives animation. He is working on his third animated feature and has made over 70 animated shorts using a wide variety of animation techniques. His films have won several awards and have shown around the world in venues that include the Louvre Museum in Paris. He co-owns with filmmaker Beth Peloff Green Jeans Media, a video production and animation company that uses documentary storytelling to showcase the work of nonprofits. Since 2015, John and Beth have co-taught film classes to persons undergoing rehabilitation for a variety of complex medical conditions at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, MN. John features his work on his website www.sloppyfilms.net.

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 needing to cancel a registration at least 7 days prior to the first class session, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received less than 7 days 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 the first class session, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
  • By registering for this FilmNorth class you are agreeing to our Community Values Statement.




March 2 @ 9:00 am
March 3 @ 12:00 pm
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John Akre
Registration Deadline
February 26
Maximum Enrollment
Class count or Info
2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3, 9:00 am-12:00 pm CT