i registered for a class at ucla extension that starts next month. i took a class years ago that taught final cut pro and after effects, and i used it to do the effects for edit>love, but i really need to learn it in depth. if you haven’t used it before, after effects is like photoshop with a timeline, and there are so many things you can do with it.
not only can it be used for motion design for commercials, film titles, and dvd menus, it can also be used for special effects compositing. the new version even has tools for character animation. there are other programs like shake, motion, inferno, etc, but after effects has just the right combination of being versatile and deep.
meanwhile, i want to start storyboarding my next project so i can experiment and do test runs of my effects shots.