Animated Micro-Stories with After Effects

A course by Sociedad Fantasma
Animation and illustration study. Madrid, Mexico.
Joined October 2016
, Animation and illustration study

Learn the keys of storytelling, the design of characters and Motion Graphics

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (320)
  • 7087 students

Learn the keys of storytelling, the design of characters and Motion Graphics

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (320)
  • 7087 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 26 Lessons (5h 27m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Sociedad Fantasma is a specialized studio in illustration and 2D animation formed by Carlos Rupit, Gabriel Pichardo and Lizeth Rodríguez. In this course they will teach you the necessary bases to tell a good story with the following ingredients: storytelling, character design and 2D animation with After Effects.

Storytelling is the art of telling a story that is capable of moving. Many brands make use of this technique in order to approach their customers in a different and friendly way. Google, Gatorade, Pepsi or Tequilla José Cuervo are some brands that have relied on the services of Sociedad Fantasma to create visually stunning branded content pieces.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Storytelling
  • U3
    U3. Character design
  • U4
    U4. Animation
  • U5
    U5. Final retouching and exit
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will begin by knowing the work and philosophy of the Ghost Society, as well as their visual influences and the type of projects they receive.

Then, you will enter the pre-production phase of the micro-tale. From a brief, you will define the look & feel of your animated piece through the creation of a moodboard and the structure of the story in three acts. You will also establish the characteristics of the main character and the assets of After Effects that you will need.

Next, you will design the characters that will have action in your story; from the first sketches and the style sheet to the assembly of the file thinking about animation.

Next, you will go to the animation phase of the character. For this, the team of Ghost Society will explain some basic concepts to understand how to do a precomposition, the connection or what are the animation curves for.

You will learn to perform the rigging or anatomical skeleton of your characters, you will establish the keyframes of the movement that you want them to perform and you will discover some tweening tricks or intermediate frames that help to give a greater fluidity to the piece.

Finally, you will create a background where you can fit the scene through composing techniques and you will get the final render.

What is this course's project?

You will create an animated paranormal microhistory.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To animators, designers, illustrators who want to know the creative process of the Ghost Society and give life to their stories.

What you need

You will need pencil and paper to sketch your first ideas, a computer with After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop but above all, a lot of desire to tell different stories.

In addition, you must have basic knowledge of After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


7087 Students
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Sociedad Fantasma

A course by Sociedad Fantasma

Animation and illustration study

Sociedad Fantasma is a collaborative study originally from Mexico City founded by Carlos Rupit, Gabriel "Pich" and Lizeth Rodríguez specialized in telling good stories through 2D illustration and animation.

His work philosophy is based on working together with highly talented creatives, no matter where they live or their time zone, creating memorable projects for their clients.

Among some of its clients is Google, Gatorade, Pepsi, Evian or Tequila José Cuervo.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2


    • Storytelling
    • The history
    • Storyboard
  • U3

    Character design

    • The star
    • A star is born - Part I
    • A star is born - Part II
    • It's Alive - Part I
    • It's alive - Part II
  • U4


    • Plan the animation
    • Basic concepts of animation - Part I
    • Basic concepts of animation - Part II
    • Rigging - Part I
    • Rigging - Part II
    • Rigging - Part III
    • Character animation (Gojira) - Part I
    • Character animation (Gojira) - Part II
    • Character animation (Ultraman) - Part I
    • Character animation (Ultraman + Gojira) - Part II
    • Character animation (Puppy)
  • U5

    Final retouching and exit

    • Composition of the Scene
    • Animated details I
    • Animated details II
    • Adjusting the camera
    • Project output
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Microhistories animated with After Effects

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Animated Micro-Stories with After Effects. A 3D, and Animation course by Sociedad Fantasma

Animated Micro-Stories with After Effects

A course by Sociedad Fantasma
Animation and illustration study. Madrid, Mexico.
Joined October 2016
  • 98% Positive reviews (320)
  • 7087 students