Mo-Graph Mentor

Student Experience : FAQ

I have no previous experience. Is that ok?

Yes. MoGraph Mentor is built to serve students at the most novice level.  Class 1 will begin with an introduction to the foundational concepts of visual communication.  If you are technically novice, thats ok too.  Our online library of tutorials will walk you through the basics of each of the relevant programs.

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How much time will I have to devote to the program each week?

10-25 hours per week.  Why such a wide range? Your workload will be heavily project driven and the amount of time you devote to your assignments is up to your discretion.  We encourage you to work as hard and long as you can, but ultimately its up to you.

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Can I test into classes 2 or 3 if i’m more advanced?

No. This program was designed for individuals to take all 3 classes.  We do not have an advanced placement program.  Although this will likely evolve over time, we don’t currently offer advanced placement.

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Are scholarships available to help pay my tuition?

No. We do not have any financial aid available at this time.  We have made each class as affordable as we possibly can.  We are attempting to locate corporate partners who can offer scholarships to students, but at this time it is not available.

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What software do i need?

Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop & Maxon’s Cinema 4d. For a full description of software and hardware requirements please see our post devoted to this topic: Link

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If I graduate the program, does the Job Placement Program guarantee me a job? 

No. It only serves to get your work in front of our network partners. The hardest part of starting out in this industry is getting your work in front of people who have the need and resources to hire you.  It’s our goal to assist in this process. But there are no guarantees.

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If I have a 9-5 job, can i still participate? 

Yes. We have asked all our mentors to conduct their live class sessions in the evening hours.  This allows students who are working day jobs to attend class each week.

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Are international students welcome?

Yes! In fact we encourage it.  Just a few things to consider if your checking us out from outside the US.

Classes will be taught in English. So a firm grasp on the language is necessary to get the most of this experience.

Classes will be held in the evening hours of US time zones.  Exactly what time zone will be determined by which mentor you have.  So if you are an international student just make sure you would be available to attend your weekly class.

For more information about our motion graphics courses, contact us today! www.mographmentor.com/contact

Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses, Learn Motion Graphics

Software & Hardware Minimum Requirements

Because we are an online school, you must have a computer with an Internet Connection and web cam. The web cam allows you to participate in class with your mentor and other students. Detailed computer minimum requirements include:

  • Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit or Mac OS X with an intel processor
  • Hardware no older than 2-3 years (recommended)
  • Web cam

 

Additional requirements include:

  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • A graphics card with at least 512 MB of video memory
  • Latest Chrome, Safari, or Firefox
  • Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Maxon Cinema 4d (free student version is fine)

 

These are minimum requirements in order to fully participate in the program.  Anything above and beyond these specs will serve to make your experience even better.

For any specific questions, please use the Contact Page.

For more information about our motion graphics courses, contact us today! www.mographmentor.com/contact

Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses, Learn Motion Graphics

Studio Life : Battle Axe Inc.

Atlanta native, Adam Plouff, runs a botique post-production shop called Battle Axe inc.  Adam serves a high end roster of broadcast clients, creating work Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS & Disney.   Adam is married and has one son and runs his shop out of StudioPlex in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward.

Adam was kind enough to sit down for an interview and answer some questions.

Video Outline

  • Introduction – 0:00 – 0:57
  • How did you get into mo-graph? – 0:58 – 1:42
  • Tell us about your shop – 1:43 – 2:15
  • What was it like going freelance? – 2:16 – 2:55
  • Tell us about, “5 Years,” the video you made for your wife – 2:55 -3:45
  • How does editing experience help a motion designer? – 3:46 – 4:37
  • How did you learn design? 4:38 – 5:55
  • What role does drawing in play in your process? – 5:56 – 7:41
  • What was your reaction to MoGraph Mentor? – 7:42 – 8:41
  • Whats the one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring motion designer? 8:42 – end

 

A big thanks to Adam for his willingness to share.

BattleAxe Inc 

Adam on Twitter

Adam on Vimeo

For more information about our motion graphics courses, contact us today! www.mographmentor.com/contact

Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses, Learn Motion Graphics

Motion GFX Lab Presentation

Had the opportunity to present to the Atlanta based Mo-Graph user group.  I spoke on the Business of Motion Design, specifically as it pertains to freelancing. Really, it was a very simple microeconomic breakdown for freelancers and independent artists to consider.

I started off my presentation by making everyone pose for an instagram. Also snagged a couple of pics from the event.

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Big thanks to Magick Lantern studios and Dean Velez for bringing everyone together. All told, we had about 130 people come out for the event.

Here is the presentation in its entirety.

For more information about our motion graphics courses, contact us today! www.mographmentor.com/contact

Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses, Learn Motion Graphics

My Online Education Experience

A few years ago I attended 3 semesters of an online school called AnimationMentor.com.  The school was led by a team of character animators who had worked at Pixar. They were leveraging the internet to bring education and mentoring directly to students who were interested in character animation.  The courses were fantastic!  We had weekly lectures and corresponding assignments.  The tasks were simple but were meant to teach us the foundational principles of animation.  Most importantly we had direct access to industry professionals   Our mentors were all guys who had success in the field and could speak directly about how the industry worked.

Although I ended up moving more into motion design, the investment was 100% worth it.  I probably spent around 10K in classes with them, but I would do it over again in a heartbeat.  Compare that with the 40K I spent on traditional education.  I would absolutely do that differently.

Online education, especially based around a mentoring model, is such a valuable alternative to traditional education.  Of course a 4 year degree is very important, but not necessarily for those wanting to enter the creative services industry. It’s impossible to say what is right for anyone else.  But for me, choosing online education and mentoring impacted my life and my career in a very profound way.

Obviously MoGraph Mentor draws a lot of inspiration from Animation Mentor, and I don’t ever want to hide that fact.  Animation Mentor showed us a model of education & mentorship that works for teaching a creative craft.  We are applying (loosely) the same structure to focus on motion design.  Using the internet to bring people more affordable, educational options is a great trend and we’re pleased as punch to throw our hat into the ring.

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For more information about our motion graphics courses, contact us today! www.mographmentor.com/contact

Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses, Learn Motion Graphics

My First Mentor

When I was just starting out in media communications, I took an unpaid internship with a production team in Cooper City, FL. I knew I needed work experience and to build a portfolio if I had any chance to make a living doing production or design work. I’m incredibly grateful to the individuals who made that internship possible, because the truth about internships is, you create more work for them, than you give them in value.

With the amount of time it took them to teach me how to use software or how to approach project workflow, they could have simply done those things themselves. They weren’t cashing in on unpaid labor, they were investing in each of us, so that one day we could bring value to productions and hopefully make a living doing what we enjoyed. And they did this, knowing full well, that most of us would probably end up somewhere else, with some other production team cashing in on our skills and knowledge. The time and effort they put into growing our skill set could only be categorized as a gift.

One guy on the team, Phil Lashley , really took it upon himself to invest in me. I went into the internship with a specific focus on video production, but quickly began to find an interest in design and animation.

Phil didn’t speak to me about software or how to go out and get clients. He spoke to me about concepts. How to think about creative work. How to dream about ideas and evaluate the execution of those concepts. He would let me sit on an exercise ball just behind him, while he created show openers and bumpers, in After Effects and Cinema 4d.

Phil encouraged me, and was more concerned about who I was as a young man, than my specific knowledge. And thats the beauty of a mentor. It’s not about learning a specific technique or strategy, it’s far more holistic.

It assumes that success in life is about becoming someone instead of something. He wasn’t concerned if I would call myself a motion designer and take up after him, he was concerned that I was honoring my commitments and relationships in life.

Then there’s the encouragement. I was pretty intimidated the first time I saw someone use After Effects. It’s almost funny to think about now, but I was terrified by the complexity of the interface. I would see their motion designers placing graphics in 3d space and use null objects to create camera rigs. It all seemed so foreign, and although I wanted desperately to understand how it worked, I had some pretty serious doubts. Phil continued to encourage me, day by day, tearing down the 100 mile wall I had built up in my mind. With each little successful render my confidence and understanding grew.  Phil would take time and talk to me about how to make small improvements, but mostly he acted as a cheerleader. Here was this guy, who I had tremendous respect for, telling me I could do it. It made all the difference and it spurred me on to continue to learn and grow.

Success in anything requires time and hard work.  But having people in your life who are willing to openly share their experiences and encourage you along the way, can make a huge difference. Phil was my first mentor, but he wasn’t my last. I’m so grateful for the people who encouraged me and mentored me every step.

Just to name a few (it’s therapeutic to be openly grateful to the people who’ve built you up, i suggest you do the same):

  • Brandon Stall & Chris Fletcher
  • Ken Wilson & Nick Charalambous
  • Cooper & Alicia Johnson
  • Dylan Leeds

I obviously believe very strongly in the power of a mentor. I started this program for that very reason. I encourage each of you to join this program, or find a mentor somewhere in your life. It’s a fantastic position to put yourself in, to admit that you need to learn from and be encouraged by others.

For more information about our motion graphics courses, contact us today! www.mographmentor.com/contact

Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses, Learn Motion Graphics
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