Retro Movement in After Effects

A course by Joseba Elorza
Animator and illustrator. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
Joined May 2006
, Animator and illustrator

Learn to create an animated trailer with old photos and videos

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (408)
  • 7023 students

Learn to create an animated trailer with old photos and videos

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (408)
  • 7023 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 lessons (2h 37m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Goodbye to static projects. In this course, the illustrator and animator Joseba Elorza (MiraRuido) will teach you how to create the trailer of an imaginary film with the video collage technique, showing you the methodology and tricks necessary to take your cuts to a new dimension, that of time. You will learn more about the anachronistic and surrealist style that Joseba uses in his work and will practice from the first row the entire creative process of animation, from the compilation of the material to the publication of the final video. Without having to have previous knowledge of After Effects, you will be amazed with the fantastic result that you will achieve giving life to vintage photos and videos. The movement is cool, cheer up and you'll see!

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. In search of the right material
  • U3
    U3. "Mise en place" we prepare the material
  • U4
    U4. Cheering up
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get ready to learn step by step how to make a brief animated teaser for a movie. To begin, you will know some references and influences of the genre and you will learn where to look for the audiovisual and photographic material that will make up your animation. Once the documentation is compiled, you will create your own storyboard and begin to cut out the photos and videos with rotoscoping.

When you have all the material ready, you will go on to mount the animation in After Effects. Quiet, there will be a review of the bases of the program for first-timers. With After Effects you will learn how to perform layered animation. Finally, you will finish your collage video by applying the texture, some final touches and rendering. And you will almost be there, you just need to see how to upload the video and show off your animation on the internet!

What is this course's project?

The objective of this course is to make a teaser or trailer of an imaginary film using the colllage video technique.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at all those who want to try to animate their photocompositions. If you are thinking of entering the world of animation, or add this format to some of your projects or presentations, this course of MiraRuido will go hand in hand. It is also ideal if you are already an animator but you want to experiment with a different, attractive and original approach such as video collage.

What you need

To complete this course you will only need a computer with Photoshop (basic knowledge required) and After Effects. There will be a brief review of the bases of this animation program 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.


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Joseba Elorza

A course by Joseba Elorza

Animator and illustrator

Hello, my name is Joseba Elorza and I was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz. I studied to become a sound technician, then I spent a couple of fruitful years in art school. It was among all this synesthetic hodgepodge where MiraRuido emerged: I used to spend the morning wrapped in sound on a radio station and the night working on my collages. Little by little, the visual part gained the audio and now I earn my living as an illustrator specialized in collage and also as a digital animator, a new field that has filled my work with possibilities.

My illustrations have been seen in publications such as Esquire, New Scientist or the Wall Street Journal, and the videos that I am now doing are basically online consumption, as a promotion for music groups, although some have made the leap to the silly box.


  • 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. A 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 (408)
  • 7023 students