Graphic Design Student Documentary

You have been asked to produce some video to be included as part of a short documentary about graphic design students. Work in groups of at least three. Everyone will pool their shots.

Shot Requests

Shot 1: Student working at a computer. Must include a wide shot (establishing shot), a medium shot, and a close up. Consider the storytelling potential of details such as using a wacom tablet.

Shot 2: Two students discussing a project over a piece of paper or at a white board. Be sure to capture the wide, medium and tight shots. As well try to capture some over the shoulder shots. Keep in mind the 180 degree rule.

Shot 3: Student Interview – Using lights and a microphone, shoot an interview with a student. Questions to ask:

  • What is your dream job/position/project?
  • What did you learn about graphic design that you didn’t know before coming to GDD?
  • Who is your biggest design inspiration (Muse)?

Shot 4: Students walking down hallway entering a classroom.



After Effects Kinetic Typography Tutorials

In this series of tutorials we’ll go through the entire process of creating a kinetic typography video in After Effects. We’ll start by creating a storyboard in Photoshop and then creating graphic assets in Illustrator. We’ll then look at the best way to import those assets into After Effects. From there we’ll complete the animation in AE, where we’ll discuss workflow and important concepts like syncing audio and nesting animations. Download the source files and follow along.

There a many tutorials online as well. Here is just one of the better ones.

After Effects Online Tutorials

There are so many great After Effects tutorials online that its a real challenge to edit them down to just a short list. The following are just a few of my favourites.

Video Copilot

The grand-daddy of motion graphics and visual effects tutorials, Video Copilot has written the book on how do things with After Effects.
Their beginner tutorial series is a great place to start.

Envato Tuts+

For the novice to intermediate After Effects user. These guys have been around for a long time. High quality video instruction makes these tutorials easy to follow.

Mt. Mograph

Mt. Mograph is a Youtube channel that covers some big concepts. It is also the source of one of the best AE plugins, Motion2. Here is a tutorial about how to use the Motion2.


This Youtube channel includes a 4 part series that shows how to use easing to create dynamic and expressive kinetic typography.


Skillshare has many After Effects tutorials series that go into some detail about how to achieve many different effects. This is a paid site, however I think it’s worth every penny.

Okay Samurai

This is Adobe’s Character Animator tutorial Youtube channel.

I will be adding to this list. As well please send me your suggestions for great tutorials.


Freddie Wong and Rocket Jump

Freddie Wong is the granddaddy of Youtube creators. Almost from Youtube’s beginning Freddie Wong has been creating short form comedic action movies that have garnered millions of views and counting. Check out his youtube channel to see the great quality of his work. These videos turned into a film/production studio called Rocket Jump. Below is an interview Freddie did at the Vancouver Film School, where he discusses how he started.

Recently Rocket Jump has added a free online film school to their productions. Below is just one of the great videos created by Rocket Jump Film School.

Kyle Cooper – Master Movie Title Designer

Kyle Cooper is a movie title designer and director. With his companies, Imaginary Forces and later Prologue, Cooper has created some of the most memorable movie titles in cinema history. Although designing titles since the 80’s, it wasn’t until 1995 when he produced the title sequence for the movie Seven that Kyle Cooper became a design icon.

His moody and disturbing sequence was inspired by the post modern graphic design of 90’s print media. It was a wake up call for all future motion designers. Soon edgy, video sequencing was the default style for anyone trying to be relevant.

But Kyle Cooper’s strength isn’t his ability to wield the editor’s cutting blade faster than anyone else, it’s his ability to convey the emotional story of the movie without a stitch of dialogue or exposition. Take a look at some of his later work.

City Farms Poster – GD157 ’17

The students in GD157 – Digital Media I were asked to create a poster for the City Farms Society’s monthly farmers markets. Read the project brief here.