Title Sequence Animation in After Effects

A course by Paul McDonnell , Title Sequence Designer

Title Sequence Designer. Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2021

Learn how to create a striking opening sequence for a movie or series by editing images and layouts in Photoshop, then bring it to life in After Effects

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Learn how to create a striking opening sequence for a movie or series by editing images and layouts in Photoshop, then bring it to life in After Effects

A course by Paul McDonnell

Title design for film is an essential part of a movie’s success. It’s the first sixty seconds to get an audience hooked in. For Paul McDonnell, it is also a chance to take part in a wide variety of projects– one month working on a children’s show like The Worst Witch, and the next on a horror series like Intruders.

In this online course, learn the entire process of creating a film title sequence for any genre from scratch. Discover how to source, compile, and edit an engaging scene before tying it together with the perfect soundtrack. By the end of the course, you’ll a deep understanding of title design and animation, as well as a new project to add to your portfolio.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 13 downloads

Creation of Mood Board
9 minutes, 26 seconds
Brainstorming Three Scenes
13 minutes, 46 seconds
Image Sourcing
19 minutes, 34 seconds
Creating the First Two Scenes 1
16 minutes, 38 seconds
Creating the First Two Scenes 2
15 minutes, 58 seconds
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  • 1511 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 23m)
  • 13 additional resources (3 files)
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

Create a short clip for the opening of a film of your choice.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who want to get into the world of motion graphics, as well as for film enthusiasts who want to explore the world of title sequences.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and After Effects is required.


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Paul McDonnell

A course by Paul McDonnell

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Title Sequence Designer

Paul is a title sequence designer, working out of HUGE Designs in London. He was born in Guildford, England in 1979 and grew up in Western New York. Paul has been working in the title industry for over a decade, and has created the opening titles for shows including The Walking Dead, Chucky, The Serpent, Around the World in 80 Days, Das Boot and The Son.

He’s been nominated for BAFTAs multiple times, and won a Primetime Emmy for his work on the show Da Vinci’s Demons. He’s also a three-time recepient of the SXSW Excellence in Title Design for his work in The Shannara Chronicles, Into the Badlands, and Any Human Heart.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Taking a Look at a Few Atmospheric Titles

    • Successful Atmospheric Title Sequences
    • Creation of Mood Board
    • Brainstorming Three Scenes
  • U3

    Designing Two Scenes and Logo Creation

    • Image Sourcing
    • Creating the First Two Scenes 1
    • Creating the First Two Scenes 2
    • Creating the First Two Scenes 3
    • Logo Design
  • U4

    Animating the Sequence

    • Converting the Scene into 2.5D and Managing Files 1
    • Converting the Scene into 2.5D and Managing Files 2
    • Converting the Scene into 2.5D and Managing Files 3
    • Editing to a Sample Score
    • Animating Transitions and Inserting Footage 1
    • Animating Transitions and Inserting Footage 2
  • U5

    Grading and Rendering

    • Compositing and Grading
    • Exporting
  • FP

    Final project

    • Title Sequence Animation in After Effects

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Title Sequence Animation in After Effects. 3D, and Animation course by Paul McDonnell

Title Sequence Animation in After Effects

A course by Paul McDonnell
Title Sequence Designer. Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (55)
  • 1511 students