Animated Micro-Stories with After Effects

A course by Sociedad Fantasma
Animation and Illustration Studio. Madrid, Mexico.
Joined October 2016
, Animation and Illustration Studio

Learn the secrets to storytelling, character design, and motion graphics

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (362)
  • 8604 students

Learn the secrets to storytelling, character design, and motion graphics

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (362)
  • 8604 students
  • 26 lessons (5h 27m)
  • 17 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Want to captivate your audience with a compelling story? Learn how alongside Sociedad Fantasma, a studio specialized in illustration and 2D animation founded by Carlos Rupit, Gabriel Pichardo, and Lizeth Rodríguez. The trio has created visually stunning branded content for the likes of Google, Gatorade, Pepsi, Jose Cuervo, and more.

In this online course, they teach you the fundamentals of storytelling, character design, and 2D animation with After Effects to bring your ideas to life. Discover the art of visual storytelling and how you can use it to connect with your audience on multiple levels.

If you want to learn more with Sociedad Fantasma, check out their course Design of Animated Stickers for Social Networks, where they show you how to create a set of original stickers for Instagram Stories using Adobe Animate.

What will you learn in this online 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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Begin by getting to know the members of Sociedad Fantasma as they tell you about who they are and their philosophy as a studio. They also share how some of their biggest influences have shaped their work.

Continue by laying the groundwork for your micro-story. Extract key concepts from the client brief and put together a mood board to define the look and feel of your animated piece before mapping out its structure in three acts. Develop the concept for your main character and determine what After Effects assets you need.

Next, your teachers guide you through the character design process, from the first sketches and the style sheet to their final form ready for animation.

Now it's time to set your characters in motion! The Sociedad Fantasma team teaches you some basic concepts such as precomposing, parenting, and what animation curves are used for.

Then, learn all about rigging your character, setting keyframes for their movements, and how to make your animation flow seamlessly with tweening tricks.

Wrap up the course by creating a background for your scene, followed by the final render.

What is this course's project?

Create and animate a micro-story from your imagination.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Animators, designers, and illustrators who want to learn Sociedad Fantasma's creative process and bring their stories to life.

Requirements and materials

Basic notions of Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop are necessary for this course.

In terms of materials, you need a pencil and paper to sketch your ideas, a computer with After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop, and, most importantly, a story you can't wait to tell the world.

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.


8604 Students
362 Reviews
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Sociedad Fantasma

A course by Sociedad Fantasma

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Animation and Illustration Studio

Sociedad Fantasma is a collaborative studio founded in Mexico City by Carlos Rupit, Gabriel "Pich," and Lizeth Rodríguez, experts in storytelling through illustration and 2D animation.

Their work philosophy revolves around collaboration with talented creatives, regardless of where they are in the world, to design unforgettable projects for their clients, which include PayPal, Google, Powerade, Nike, Gatorade, Pepsi, Evian, and Jose 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 course by Sociedad Fantasma
Animation and Illustration Studio. Madrid, Mexico.
Joined October 2016
  • 98% positive reviews (362)
  • 8604 students