Designer of effects and experiences, author at LinkedIn Learning (lynda.com) and Adobe Press (After Effects Studio Techniques).

Adobe’s Magic 3D Lens

Check out this video in which Adobe engineers debut some much rumored hardware designed to interface with a future version of Photoshop (and, perhaps, other of our favorite Adobe apps…

WGA Strike to End Next Week?

Although the striking writers haven’t yet seen the deal, writers will receive terms tonight or tomorrow and vote next week. If Michael Eisner on CNBC is correct, &#8220…

Recreating 1970’s San Francisco: Contrasting Approaches

Recreating 1970’s San Francisco: Contrasting Approaches

Every day that I cycle from my home into the Presidio I pass through the intersection of Washington and Cherry streets, site of a murder that is the centerpiece of…

Adobe Hacker Effects

Adobe Hacker Effects

The After Effects development team is surprisingly small, especially given how much innovation has gone into each revision in the app’s 15 year lifespan (as of this past…

Flat Earth VFX

Flat Earth VFX

Some new (to me at least) and interesting info in this morning’s seven and a half minute NPR story about the Rhythm & Hues studio in Mumbai that…

This Revolution Will (by definition) Be Televised

This Revolution Will (by definition) Be Televised

To paraphrase Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore, this writer’s strike will end someday. Amid more and more speculation as to the irreperable damage being done to the Hollywood studio system…

Fun with Gamma, Quicktime and After Effects

Fun with Gamma, Quicktime and After Effects

Here’s a scenario being replayed at studios around the globe: The decision is made to upgrade to After Effects CS3. A big project comes in. All proceeds quite…

Mythbusting

This post is prompted by the following questions and comments from a reader: Was AE used for Davey Jones in Pirates 2? Is it capable of those kinds of effects…