FEBRUARY 25, 2019

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DAY 1 | PRE CONFERENCE
DAY 1 | PRE CONFERENCE
Getting Started with After Effects Scripting
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#mohl" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Mathias Möhl</a>
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You want to work more efficiently with After Effects and automate tedious, repeating tasks? This session gets you started with After Effects scripting - even if you didn’t ever do any programming before. Scripting allows you to automate almost everything in After Effects - from importing footage, over manipulating comps and layers to rendering. As an example, we use a sports template, which shows some player stats and images. We write a script that customizes and renders the template once for each player, based on data in an external file.

LUNCH
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Introduction to Cinema 4D. From Lite to Studio in a Blink
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
<a href="/speakers/#pozantzis" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Athanasios Pozantzis</a>
Trip to Universal Studios
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ride Universal’s world class attractions, and then meet fellow attendees and speakers at a bar for a drink and networking.

FEBRUARY 26, 2019

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DAY 2
DAY 2
After Effects & Animation

C4D & Business

Plugins & Labs

KEYNOTE: The Keyframes of My Life
9:00 am - 10:00 am
<a href="/speakers/#rabinowitz" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Aharon Rabinowitz</a>
Ae Secret handshakes
10:15 am - 11:30 am
<a href="/speakers/#stern" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Eran Stern</a>
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During the last few years, After Effects has grown from a simple software program into an ever-evolving motion graphics ecosystem. New features are being added each quarter and it's getting hard to keep up. In this session I’ll share a handful of tricks and techniques that will help to catch up and reveal undocumented tools, effects and shortcuts that will blow you away.

Character Animation Made Simple in Cinema 4D
10:15 am - 11:30 am
<a href="/speakers/#hassenfratz" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">E.J. Hassenfratz</a>
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Design Hacks for Non-Designers
10:15 am - 11:30 am
<a href="/speakers/#korenman" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Joey Korenman</a>
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Using Master Properties for Generative Art
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#clay" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Joe Clay</a>
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Master properties is a huge addition to After Effects. Being able to have one comp that can spit out variations for things like lower thirds is amazing, especially if you don’t like a cluttered file. But this also means something else. In this session, we’ll discover how we can use code to generate an infinite number of comps and open up a whole new world for mograph artists.

The Business of Mograph
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#chris" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Chris Do</a>
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Priceless Extensions for After Effects
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#mohl" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Mathias Möhl</a>
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In this session Mathias shows his favorite little helpers - some developed by him and some by other authors. And the best part of it: All scripts, extensions and plugins shown in this session are either “name your own price” or free! The After Effects community has created a huge amount of scripts and other tools to make your life easier. But the more of them show up, the harder it is to separate the wheat from the chaff. Join us for a treasure hunt around the wold wide web and discover the priceless scripts that will make a difference in your next motion graphics or compositing project.

Lunch Break
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Motion Tracking Workshop
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
<a href="/speakers/#borup" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Mikey Borup</a>
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There are several motion trackers built into AE, let alone the third party apps. This session will go over each of the free/built in trackers, what they do, how to use them and what situations they work best in. Then we will do some tracking and show off what they can do, which tracker to use for which situation, and some more difficult footage and how to solve for that.

Cinema 4D MoGraph in R20. Fields Overview
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
<a href="/speakers/#pozantzis" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Athanasios Pozantzis</a>
Better Compositing in After Effects
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
<a href="/speakers/#stern" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Eran Stern</a>
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Learn how to overcome problems when compositing layers and matching shots. Discover how to work with z-depth, motion blur and 3d texture in post. Preserve transparency, match color and add light warp effects to create realistic melts between live footage and CGI renders. Learn about useful plug-ins and overlooked tools that will help you to create better comps and will save tons of time.

Adding Character to Animation
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#embury" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Andrew Embury</a>
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Let's dive into the divine divination that is "character" for animation by learning the governing processes that enable you to repeat, hone and grow your skill as an animator. Like all the great masters from DaVinci and Michaelangelo to Frank and Ollie, we learn what the "broad strokes to fine details" mean and how they can apply to you, an animator. Learn my 'process' that has enabled me, and pushed me to my creative heights.

The Power of Collaboration
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#hamrick" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Kyle Hamrick</a>
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Unless we're a permanent part of a larger team, too many of us can often feel like we have to do it all alone - often to the detriment of our projects and ourselves. In this session, we'll explore project case studies and lessons learned from my years as a freelancer to discuss the benefits (and yes, pitfalls) of collaborating with other artists; including tips for coordination and communication, sharing projects, leveraging one another's strengths, and helpful tools that can help make remote/online collaborations run more smoothly.

LAB: Be a Guerilla
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#clay" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Joe Clay</a>
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The most interesting discoveries can be made by using tools in unintentional ways. In this lab, we’ll work together to find ways to take our tools—phones, computers, apps, and maybe even ourselves—and repurpose them to add interest to our animations inside of After Effects.

EXPO NIGHT
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us for an evening event featuring vendors of hardware, software and services related to VFX. Discover new industry solutions and expand your professional network. Exhibitors include Dell, Maxon, FMC, Mandy, and many more great industry names.

FEBRUARY 27, 2019

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DAY 3
DAY 3
After Effects & Animation

C4D & Business

Plugins & Labs

KEYNOTE: Get more clients using your unique skills and passions
9:00 am - 10:00 am
<a href="/speakers/#akins" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Hayley Akins</a>

As the motion design industry continues to grow rapidly, it’s becoming harder to stand out from the crowd and get clients. Focusing on my own skills and passions has completely transformed my career as a motion designer. I’ll show you how to reframe the way you think about your career and business - to attract the clients that are right for you!

Data-Driven Animation
10:15 am - 11:30 am
<a href="/speakers/#mohl" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Mathias Möhl</a>

Data-Driven Animation
10:15 am - 11:30 am
<a href="/speakers/#mohl" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Mathias Möhl</a>
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With the new features of After Effects CC for data-driven animation, you can include data from external files like JSON files or spreadsheets directly in your After Effects project. As an example, we will create a weather forecast using the Yahoo Weather API. We link the texts of our After Effects project directly to the weather data, such that you can render the latest forecast for any place in the world within seconds. You will also learn about a free tool that assists you in working with data-driven animations and writes the necessary expressions for you. Finally, we will also cover how to generate graphs - like a temperature curve for the weather forecast - based on the data.

Amazing Animations Made Easy in Cinema 4D
10:15 am - 11:30 am
<a href="/speakers/#hassenfratz" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">E.J. Hassenfratz</a>

LAB: The Best Plugin for After Effects is... Cinema 4D!
10:15 am - 11:30 am
<a href="/speakers/#summers" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Ryan Summers</a>

Scripts, expression libraries, hacks and hidden features—learning After Effects can be daunting. But did you know the best plugin for After Effects is already included with the program? That's right, Maxon's Cinema 4D has a Lite version built right into After Effects, and if you've never fired it up, you're missing out on a tool that will quickly become essential to you – and it may just become your gateway to learning 3D production. Check out everything that C4D has to offer you as an After Effects artist.

Building Movie Trailer Titles
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#borup" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Mikey Borup</a>

Showing off your product or video in an epic movie trailer is an eye catcher. Learn several techniques, tips and tricks to make your text title pop. Add depth to 2D layers and integrate 3D layers using the new 3D workflows in After Effects.

Design Therapy
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#chris" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Chris Do</a>

Working with Real 3D Objects Inside After Effects
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#eran" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Eran Stern</a>

Beyond simply moving 2D layers in 3D space, there are now numerous ways to animate real 3D objects inside After Effects. In this session we’ll cover the built-in options and 3rd party plugins for 3D modeling, lighting and animation. Adding 3D elements is becoming a mandatory component in every mograph piece, so whether you’re animating a logo or building a full environment, you’ll be amazed how much you can achieve without leaving the Ae interface.

Lunch Break
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Animation Principles Crash Course
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
<a href="/speakers/#korenman" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Joey Korenman</a>

Cinema 4D R20 Volumes: Organic Motion Graphics Setups
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
<a href="/speakers/#pozantzis" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Athanasios Pozantzis</a>
LAB: Expressing Yourself: Mastering Expressions in After Effects
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
<a href="/speakers/#hamrick" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Kyle Hamrick</a>

After Effects expressions can feel intimidating, but can make a HUGE difference in your everyday workflow. We'll cover the basics of how expressions actually work, and explore several common functions that will make your (AE-related) life so much easier. This lab session is intended for users who know their way around After Effects, but have been hesitant to dive into expressions.

Kinetic Typography: Tips, Tricks, Methods and Ideas
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#borup" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Mikey Borup</a>

This session will go over some tips and tricks i’ve learned over the years to not only make great kinetic typography, but to make it quickly, and ideas to make them more interesting. I’ll also cover various resources and scripts to help out as well.

Career Trajectory
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#embury" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Andrew Embury</a>

Who are you? What are you? Where are you going? Are you stuck? Lost? Feeling empty? Feeling full? I want to know what you want to know, and I will share my career path -- the highs and the lows. Where do I find myself now, where do I find myself tomorrow. Let's chart this magical mystery tour together and let's learn what it means to have a career in animation and art.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Particular
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
<a href="/speakers/#summers" target="_blank" class="speakerlink">Ryan Summers</a>

Sometimes you just need particles for your project, and that stack of stock footage that sitting on your hard drive is getting tired pretty quick. What's your go-to answer when you run into a situation like that? Trapcode Particular. One of the deepest and most versatile solutions in your After Effects toolkit — Particular can go a lot further than the presets would have you imagine. Coupled with off-the-shelf After Effects effects mixed together in unique recipes, Particular can be transformed beyond your expectations. Smoke, fire, and lightning that can be integrated within Cinema 4D's 3D are within reach, along with so much more. Find out how to unlock the mysteries of Trapcode Particular.