Thursday, July 29, 2004

BroadcastGEMs Animated Backdrops

BroadcastGEMs(GEMs being a stylized acronym for Graphic Elements in Motion) has developed high-quality Customizable Royalty-free Animated Backdrops. The company was founded by Creative Cow AE Forum Leader, Roland Kahlenberg, who was also the co-founder of the AE FreeMart.

Pretty nice stuff and very useful, especially to those who are really busy and need to crank out "art" at warp speed. The BroadcastGEMs website isn't ready for the world yet, so consider this a sneak peek.

If you have questions or want to know how to purchase them, please contact Roland.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Bonjour, je suis retourné! (Hello, I'm back!)

We had an incredible time in Quebéc - a wonderful and charming place with friendly people... It's strange to use American dollars and not have to ask Parlez-vous anglais ? (That's - Do you speak English). I love those $2 Canadian coins. Brilliant.

There will be some big updates in the coming weeks, after I get settled back into a routine and do some laundry .

I would like to thank Matt for doing an incredible job updating the news for me. Merci beaucoup, mathewsean! Je l'apprécie vraiment. (Thank you very much, I appreciate it!)

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Free Animation Loop and AE Favorite

Graphic Designer Scott Frizzle is offering a free looping animation background(called BlubblePlex), and an AE Effects Favorite "Quaker," for a shaking camera effect. It is all in celebration of the opening of his new company, Scott Frizzle + Associates. He's formerly of Artifact Design in Atlanta (co-founder).

Free Stuff is at:


Friday, July 09, 2004

New After Effects Books

After Effects and Photoshop: Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film is a great book from Jeff Foster and Sybex that has some cool tutorials and a chapter that I really enjoyed about adding some photo-realistic touches to your animations.

After Effects On the Spot: Time-Saving Tips and Shortcuts from the Pros is by Richard Harrington, Rachel Max, and Marcus Geduld. I've chatted with Rachel Max over email a few times over the past couple of years and she is a really talented artist with an impressive resume. I haven't had a chance to check this book out quite yet, but CMP books are always excellent. You may be familiar with Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, Volume 1: The Essentials, Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects: Volume 2: Advanced Techniques and After Effects in Production by Trish and Chris Meyer, all published by CMP.

Man, do these books have long names, or what!

Thursday, July 08, 2004

The Decibel Collective

Check out the The Decibel Collective, aka DBC. We have worked out a trade where I will get to use some of their fine music for an upcoming tutorial. Their stuff is great and really targeted to motion graphics artists. I've been working on the tutorial for a while, but it's not close to ready. I've posted an ad for them to the right, beneath the Total Training ad.

I've had the flu or something, my baby has been sick, as is my husband, and two grandmothers who babysit for us are also sick. Hence, not much as been done lately, as you can probably tell by the lack of updates. Flu in July!?!?

Thursday, July 01, 2004 is Dan Ebberts' resource for AE Scripting and expressions. This is the new home of the AE Expressions Lab with new stuff. I'm ready to dig in!