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Plumb the depths of core motion design fundamentals and harness the essential techniques of this diverse and innovative medium. Combine basic art and design principles with creative storytelling to create compelling style frames, design boards, and motion design projects.

Here, in one volume, Austin Shaw covers all the principles any serious motion designer needs to know in order to make their artistic visions a reality and confidently produce compositions for clients, including:

  • Illustration techniques
  • Typography
  • Compositing
  • Cinematography
  • Incorporating 3D elements
  • Matte painting
  • Concept development, and much more

Lessons are augmented by illustrious full-color imagery and practical exercises, allowing you to put the techniques covered into immediate practical context. Industry leaders and pioneers, including Karin Fong, Bradley G Munkowitz (GMUNK), Will Hyde, Erin Sarofsky, Danny Yount, and many more, contribute their professional perspectives, share personal stories, and provide visual examples of their work.

The resources on this companion website include video tutorials, bonus PDFs, and rolling updates to keep you informed on the latest developments in the field.

Author Bio

Austin Shaw is a full-time Professor of motion media design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has also taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. For the past 12 years, Austin has worked as a motion designer for clients including Target, Ferrari, Fedex, McGraw Hill, Ralph Lauren, and VH1, and as a Creative Director, Designer, and Animator for companies such as Superfad, Digital Kitchen, Brand New School, and Curious Pictures.

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