Chris and Trish Meyer

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Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, HBO, PBS, and TLC; in opening titles for several movies including Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley; at trade shows and press events for corporate clients ranging from Apple to Xerox; and in special venues encompassing IMAX, CircleVision, the NBC AstroVision sign in Times Square, and the four-block-long Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. They were among the original users of CoSA (now Adobe) After Effects, and have written the numerous books including “Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects” and “After Effects Apprentice” both published by Focal Press. Both Chris and Trish have backgrounds as musicians, and are currently fascinated with exploring fine art and mixed media in addition to their normal commercial design work. They have recently relocated from Los Angeles to the mountains near Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

How TV Opening Titles Got to Be So Damn Good

How TV Opening Titles Got to Be So Damn Good

Wired magazine (in conjunction with The Art of the Title) recently collaborated on a video article titled How TV Opening Titles Got to Be So Damn Good. The premise is…

King Crimson’s Radical Action: A Fresh Approach to Live Concert Videos

King Crimson’s Radical Action: A Fresh Approach to Live Concert Videos

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Learning to be Creative

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After Effects CC 2015.1 Update

After Effects CC 2015.1 Update

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After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Roving Keyframes

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Roving Keyframes

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After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Layer Styles

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Layer Styles

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After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Wiggle Behaviors

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Wiggle Behaviors

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After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Automatic Fades

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Automatic Fades

As we’ve said many times, After Effects is not an NLE – but often, it’s easier to keep everything inside After Effects instead of splitting a project across…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Basic Behaviors

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Basic Behaviors

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After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: the Transform effect

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: the Transform effect

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