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Introduction to Adobe After Effects

Starts April 20

In person. 4 sessions: Thursdays, April 20-May 11, 6:30-9:30 pm

After Effects is the leading software for producing cutting-edge motion graphics and visual effects. In this course you’ll learn the basics of navigating the After Effects user interface and how to organize files to create a great production flow. Class projects will take us through: animating titles and objects, compositing elements into a scene, creating 3D projects from 2D assets, and the basics of visual effects. iMacs provided; students with PC laptops are welcome. Bring headphones or earbuds for lab time, plus a hard drive or 32GB USB flash drive to back up course files.

Course Outline

Session 1

  • Introductions and tour of user interface setup
  • Layers
  • Titles
  • Rendering and exporting
  • File-saving structure

Session 2

  • Basics of animation
  • Animating objects with easing and interpolation
  • Simple masking and layers

Session 3

  • Parenting and precomposing
  • Adding simple effects to a scene

Session 4

  • Motion tracking for visual effects
  • Compositing assets
  • Removing unwanted items from footage

NOTE: this in-person course is held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. FilmNorth is following CDC’s current COVID-19 variant guidance for Ramsey County:

  • People may choose to mask at any time. Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or at high-risk for complications associated with COVID-19 variants.
  • People with any COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay home.
  • Masks are available for students who need them (one per student per class).

Tuition: $245 regular | $185 member | $140 low-income

Ryan Ouradnik moved from Fargo, ND to Minneapolis to study computer graphics. He earned his degree at Academy College in Bloomington and then studied video and screenwriting at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Ryan went on to teach computer animation and programming at the Science Museum of Minnesota for 9 years. His work in graphics and animation has been used at The Onion, Strayer University, Carnegie Melon University, and the MN Charter School Board. He has previously taught Adobe design classes at the St. Paul Public Library. In his spare time, Ryan loves to work with computer programing, papercraft, and 3D modeling. He also bakes and is involved in the theatre community.

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.




April 20, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
May 11, 2023 @ 9:30 pm
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4 sessions: Thursdays, April 20-May 11, 6:30-9:30 pm