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.
Those just starting with motion graphics are lucky to have so many wonderful resources at their fingertips. There are several top quality training sites that make the process of going from raw nube to polished expert relatively easy. The following list is a compilation of the best training site online.
Creating a realistic pendulum effect can be challenging, especially if you are trying to do it with just keyframes. Luckily there is a handy dandy plug-in that creates the pendulum effect for you. It’s called, of course, Pendulum and you can download it here.
AE Tuts+ has a wonderfully detailed tutorial video that explains how to use Pendulum. Watch it here.
The students in the Advanced Motion Design class have produced a video for the Vancouver Zoo’s Adopt an Animal Program. Working in teams, the students were asked to create an animated character to act as a “spokesperson” as well as to integrate live video footage into one 3o to 60 second spot. Take a look at the original brief here.