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Explainer Camp

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DESCRIPTION

This project-based course throws you into the deep-end, giving you the training and tools to create a fully-realized piece from bid to final render.

Classes Start

Apr 4, 2022

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HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES
Over 25 Hours of Video Instruction
In-Depth Feedback from Professional Designers
Verified Credential Upon Course Completion

Student Testimonial

"It was like destiny, I'd just finished Explainer Camp and everything fell into place — proposal, contracts, production schedule, time estimates, boards, style frames, boardomatic, animatic, and delivery all could have been a project taken straight from the class itself. The project went off without a hitch — EVERYTHING went down perfectly. None of it would've happened so smoothly, and my business would not have looked so professional, without School of Motion." - Joe Walker, Spring 2019

Course Instructor

Jake Bartlett

Jake Bartlett is a motion designer and online instructor based in Denver Colorado. After working at a production company in Los Angeles for nearly five years he decided to quit his day job to pursue the freelancer’s life, teaching animation online. His creativity runs on coffee, lego bricks and “Weird Al” Yankovic. Throughout his career he’s had the opportunity to work for clients like Coca-Cola, Twitter, Skype, Evernote, HGTV, NatGeo Wild and Norah Jones.

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Course Overview

WEEK NUMBER

Meet your classmates, get comfy with the course format, dive right in with an Evaluation exercise designed to get your creative juices flowing.

What you’ll Learn
  • Familiarize yourself with the course
  • Develop Good Taste
  • Thinking Visually
week start

Apr 4

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assignments

1 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

What happens when a client actually has a project for you? In this week, you’ll learn about the initial phase of a project. You’ll bid, schedule, and begin to concept the project for your client. You want to get this part right.

What you’ll Learn
  • Creating a Bid
  • Scheduling Time for a Project
  • Creating a Solid Concept
week start

Apr 11

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

You generally don’t want to just hop into After Effects and start keyframing. You need to build a strong foundation for your work, so this week will see you storyboarding your idea and creating an animatic.

What you’ll Learn
  • Storyboarding and Sketching
  • Recording Scratch VO
  • Cutting an Animatic
week start

Apr 18

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

This week gives you a breather to let you really finesse your concept and animatics, but the learning won’t stop. You'll take a deep dive into breaking down client briefs, and learn why it's important to start a project out with a solid foundation.

What you’ll Learn
  • Dissecting Client Briefs
  • Why Previz and Bids are Important
week start

Apr 25

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

It’s time to bust out those Design skills! You’ll create Style Frames and Design Boards to show the client what the final product will look like. You'll also get to see how to handle a surprise client change.

What you’ll Learn
  • Creating Style Frames
  • Presenting to a Client
  • Dealing with Client Changes
week start

May 2

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

It's time to start animating. With a strong foundation and buy-in from the client, you’ll begin crafting the final :30 piece.

What you’ll Learn
  • Workflow Tips for Complex Projects
  • Animating from Storyboards
  • After Effects Best-Practices
week start

May 9

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assignments

1 Project

run time

6 Hrs

This week is another light one meant to give you time to focus on animating your final piece. We'll give you a bit of bonus content with some insights and techniques to be more persuasive in your work.

What you’ll Learn
  • Using Design & Animation for Good
  • The Art of Script Writing
week start

May 16

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

Animating a full :30 spot takes time, and this week is another opportunity for you to keep animating. You’ll also learn how to navigate client comments, how to best present your work to ensure that your project goes smoothly, and how to direct VO talent.

What you’ll Learn
  • Navigating Client Comments During Animation
  • Presenting Your Work to a Client
  • Directing VO Talent
week start

May 16

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

This last week sees you finishing up your project and learning how to apply those final touches that can bring the extra 10% to your work. You’ll also learn about sound design, simple mixing techniques, and how to bring a big project to the finish line.

What you’ll Learn
  • Adding Polish to your Project
  • Doing Sound Design
  • Presenting your Final Piece
week start

May 30

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

You’ve got an additional 3 weeks to finish your project and to get target feedback from your Teaching Assistant. This piece should be a great one for your reel, so take advantage of the resources available to you in Explainer Camp!

What you’ll Learn
  • Extended Critique Period
week start

Jun 6

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assignments

2 Projects

run time

6 Hrs

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FAQs

What is the course format?

Our flexible course format makes it possible to be engaged from anywhere in the world on your own schedule. All of our courses are taught completely online through pre-recorded lesson videos, podcasts, and handouts. Students typically receive homework assignments twice per week, which have soft deadlines. All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional motion designers with real life experience in the industry. They will be there for you throughout the entire session to critique your work in our proprietary critique portal. Our TA's are able to critique as many versions of your work as you would like to submit during the duration of the session; so you get the feedback you need to sharpen your skills. During the course you will be invited to a private classroom that contains all of the Teaching Assistants and students in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!

What is the required software?

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 (18.1.1 or Higher) Adobe Illustrator CC 2017.1 (21.1.0 or Higher) Adobe After Effects CC 2017 (14.2.1 or Higher)ad on over to the After Effects Kickstart page and see when you can get started!

What are the prerequisites?

This course brings you from Script to Final Render of a motion design project and assumes that you have a strong foundation in animation and design skills, and a very strong grasp on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects. If you do not meet this criteria, we strongly suggest that you take Animation Bootcamp and Design Bootcamp before enrolling in Explainer Camp. Although it is not required, taking Advanced Motion Methods may be beneficial before taking this course

How much time do I need to commit?

You can expect to commit at least 15-20 hours per week on coursework. The video lessons are 1-2 hours in length. There are 10 assignments total. Typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated weeks with no new lessons or assignments built into the course schedule to allow students to keep with the pace of the course.

Schedule and Course Length

12 Weeks of Explainer Camp

  • Week 1: Orientation week
  • Weeks 2 - 3: Lessons and Assignments
  • Week 4: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
  • Weeks 5 - 6: Lessons and Assignments
  • Week 7: Focus Week (no new assignments or lessons this week)
  • Weeks 8 - 9: Lessons and Assignments
  • Weeks 10 - 12: Extended critique (no new assignments or lessons this week)

What can I expect in Explainer Camp?

In this fast paced 12 week course you'll learn to master one of the staples of the MoGraph Industry, the Explainer Video, AKA a visual essay. This course covers every aspect of tackling a MoGraph project by yourself. You'll learn about creating bids and project schedules, coming up with concepts, doing pre-production, animatics, design and art direction, and finally putting it all together into a polished Motion Graphics piece. At the end of this course you'll have a piece that's created entirely by you and ready for your portfolio.