Retro Movement in After Effects

A course by Joseba Elorza , Animator and Illustrator

Animator and Illustrator. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
Joined May 2006

Learn to create an animated trailer with old photos and videos

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (485)
  • 8627 students

Learn to create an animated trailer with old photos and videos

A course by Joseba Elorza

Say goodbye to lifeless projects! In this online course, illustrator and animator Joseba Elorza, better known as MiraRuido, teaches you how to create an imaginary movie trailer with the video collage technique, sharing his methodology and tricks to take your cutouts to a new dimension.

Draw inspiration from your teacher's anachronistic and surrealist style, and practice the entire creative process of animation, from compiling material to publishing your final video. Learn to use After Effects from scratch to bring vintage photos and videos to life. Discover the huge difference adding retro movement can make!

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 13 downloads

Looking for old photographs
8 minutes, 38 seconds
Looking for old videos
6 minutes, 54 seconds
Crop and prepare photos
10 minutes, 18 seconds
Trim videos (rotoscopy) 1
16 minutes, 46 seconds
Trim videos (rotoscopy) 2
13 minutes, 45 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (485)
  • 8627 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 37m)
  • 13 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Make a teaser or trailer of an imaginary film using the video collage technique.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to try animating their photo compositions. It's also great for anyone who's thinking of entering the world of animation, or adding this format to projects or presentations. Similarly, there's a lot to learn for animators who want to experiment with a different, attractive, and original approach such as video collage.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you only need a computer with Photoshop and basic knowledge of how to use it. You also need After Effects; your teacher provides a brief review of the basics in case you have never used it.

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.


8627 Students
485 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Joseba Elorza

A course by Joseba Elorza

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Animator and Illustrator

Joseba Elorza is originally from Vitoria-Gasteiz. He studied to become a sound technician, then spent a few lackluster years in art school. It was among all of this synesthetic jumble that MiraRuido emerged: He used to spend the morning immersed in sound at a radio station and at night working on his collages. Little by little, the visual part triumphed and he currently makes a living as an illustrator specialized in collage and also as a digital animator, a new field that has filled his work with possibilities.

His illustrations have been seen in publications like Esquire, New Scientist, and the Wall Street Journal, and the videos he makes are for online consumption, promotion for music groups, although some have made it to television.


  • U1


    • Who I am and what we are going to do
    • My influences and references
  • U2

    In search of the right material

    • Looking for old photographs
    • Looking for old videos
    • Storyboard or simple structure of the video
  • U3

    "Mise en place" we prepare the material

    • Crop and prepare photos
    • Trim videos (rotoscopy) 1
    • Trim videos (rotoscopy) 2
    • Import the material to After Effects
  • U4

    Cheering up

    • Basics of After Effects
    • Animating the layers 1
    • Animating layers 2
    • Final touches
    • Render, upload it to the internet and share it with your grandmother
  • FP

    Final project

    • Old-fashioned digital animation

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Retro Movement in After Effects. 3D, and Animation course by Joseba Elorza

Retro Movement in After Effects

A course by Joseba Elorza
Animator and Illustrator. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
Joined May 2006
  • 99% positive reviews (485)
  • 8627 students