Hello. I'm called Andy.

I'm a freelance motion designer, editor and compositor based in London, available for commissions both remotely and on location.


Creative Process

3 July, 2012

I wanted to record a very quick tutorial this morning to show how the Proportional Grid in After Effects can be changed to a 3 x 3 configuration to aid the process of designing within the Rule of Thirds.

The problem was I had nothing setup to show this, so I thought I’d create a strap (/ aston / lower third) and then show the tip… however I just kept refining the strap until I’d created something entirely different to what I started out. I guess this is the creative process and I was pleased I’d kept the screen capture going because you can see the start point and end result.

I’m not entirely happy with the end result; I’m glad it has developed a lot from its beginnings but it is by no means a finished product in my opinion and I’d spend more time refining it if it was a real job. However, it was nice to play and experiment in After Effects and just try ideas out.

Below is the screen capture of the entire process. There may even be a few tips in here if you look closely. No Audio.

Incidentally, in AE go to Preferences > Grids and Guides and change your Proportional Grid to 3×3 so you can work within the ‘Rule of Thirds’.


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