June 6, 2011
Considering I often here people saying the internet is in fact quite big, sometimes it can be a bit hard to know where to go as a creative professional.
This, the first bookmark rundown, will look at what’s in my easy access bookmark bar here in Google Chrome; majority of which relates to motion graphics and visual effects.
In alphabetical order (as that’s how they appear in my Windows Explorer ordered list)…
Aharon Rabinowitz is a guy who knows his Red Giant Products. As any motion graphics designer knows, to be in this industry Red Giant has the plugins for After Effects that you need. Aharon’s tutorials are sub-categorized for ease of access and his quick tips make for a great resource to teach you techniques that can be added to your work.
If there was ever a site more dedicated to just the title sequences of everything we view, I haven’t found it. The Art of the Title Sequence is a great inspirational resource showcasing an in-depth look to various title sequences. Thoroughly researched each title generally comes attached with interviews, development sketches and various other remnants of the creative process that goes in to making each title unique and eclectic.
Probably one of the only ones that isn’t about motion graphics, Da Font is where everyone goes for fonts. With expansive categories and great searching capabilities it’s definitely worth frequenting if to just check out what the latest styles are out.
Nick Campbell’s Greyscale Gorilla is a cool little blog featuring a lot of After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials, as well a lot of other awesome stuff. Nick Campbell’s videos are easy to watch, as you are learning along with him. The Five Second Projects are also a great place to check out a diverse range of styles as Greyscale Gorilla followers enter competitions relating to specific words or topics.
Jerzy Drozda Jr (aka. Maltaannon) from Poland has some sweet After Effects tutorials looking at a range of different techniques, many of which feature using CustomEffects with downloads available. There’s also a sweet series looking at different film looks through mimicking camera techniques.
Shoaib Khan’s Max After features a number of cheap templates for After Effects, and an interesting array of After Effects and 3D Studio Max tutorials. While on their own some of the tutorial results may not seem as impressive, however they teach techniques that could quickly add depth and class to any composition you are working on.
Media Militia is a site you’ll find yourself constantly frequenting from now on. Featuring a number of Photoshop tutorials, there’s also a section dedicated to inspiration to help get the creativity flowing, and a Freebies section where all your resource and texture desires are fulfilled. A fantastic site.
Motion Graphics Served is one of the Served sites powered by Behance. The Served sites feature projects from specific categories of the Behance Network. Although basically serving as just inspiration, with sections for everything from Fashion, Branding and Typography; to Web, Toy, and Industrial Design; you’ll struggle to be without inspiration for a long time to come.
Motionographer is a simple blog site featuring the best of work from studios, freelancers and students. Inspirational with interviews and articles about creative works, tutorial links on the left and a “Quickies” section on the right for a quick look at what’s hot and recently posted. The variety found here can lead on to some very interesting tangents.
Motionworks is a sweet motion graphics resource from Foxtel Senior Broadcast Designer John Dickinson. Most notably Motionworks features an After Effects : Effects A-Z series looking at every stock effect in After Effects and how they can be applied in the real world. The Breakdowns section is great as well, looking at how certain looks were achieved and what techniques were used.
Template P2P would be the most elusive and difficult to access sites in this list. As exclusive as Fight Club it feels like I’m breaking some cardinal rule just by mentioning it, as really the only way to actually gain access is by having some already inside invite you, and even that is limited. However if you are able to register (there’s a few rare days each week that registration is opened) you’ll find a useful forum giving access to templates and resources that otherwise may be lost in the abyss of file sharing sites. Also a great place to pose questions and get support in regards to projects you may be working on.
The Trapcode site has recently been revamped. The blog is a great place to see what you can do with Trapcode products, and also keep up-to-date with any bug fixes. The training section also lists many external sources that provide tutorials on After Effects and Trapcode plugins.
The Tuts+ Network is very much a one-stop shop if you’re using a professional creative program in any capacity. Categorized into sites relating to either specific styles (CG work, Photography), specific focuses, or specific software; it’s where you can find most of what you’re looking for when after a tutorial. With contributors across the globe it’s well respected and currently sits as the very first link on my bookmark bar.
Last on this list but certainly not least is Andrew Kramer’s Video Copilot, a smorgasbord of After Effects and Cinema 4D know-how. With a vast and impressive product range Video Copilot will teach you what you need in order to make it in the Motion Graphics world.