This assignment used the Droste Filter tutorial on Creative Cow by Carl someone. Basically you take a photo of a clock face, animate the hands and then use the Droste filter to animate it in vaguely fractal terms. I know nothing about the recursive maths, but I thought the filter had more possibilities than were demonstrated. I took Big Ben as my clock - hence the name. This was my first effort.
This was another version of the Droste Filter used on Big Ben. This time I started with the integrated clock face just to see what the spiralling process looks like. Most times, people start with the image already filtered to some extent. It's not entirely elegant, but I was thinking it might make an interesting transition tool.
This is based on the AETutes tutorial by that young Russian guy, I forget his tag but it sounds Indian. He most definitely doesn't. Anyway, the radio wave filter works like a particle emitter and you can adjust shape, frequency and position to create sort of rippling animations. By animating the shape path it can make transitions between text, which was the main point of the tutorial.
I also used it to create a backdrop for my flowing 'text' - and to see if I could make a radio wave sexy. Not entirely a success.
This assignment involved taking our own photograph or digital studio photography of a given object. I chose an energy-saver lightbulb. One the photo was cleaned up in Photoshop (maker's name removed, string holding the lightbulb upright removed, etc) we then had to animate it in After Effects in some way, making for a small ad.
This was the first time I'd used a DSLR and I also got to photograph the forest used in the background.
This one was based on an AETuts tutorial by a French guy called Michael using a Ford Mustang. Basically you cut up a photo and animate its assembly with sound effects. Michael cut his up into a lot more parts than I had time or patience for and had Trapcode Flares for his headlights. I had to make do with the AE versions, and switched to a local custom car - a 1976 Torana, lovingly maintained by my brother, Howard. The car has its own website - Lite 8.com - I think. Google lite 8 anyway.