DM270 Motion Graphics

Course Description

Animation, motion graphics and visual effects have in some cases become as essential an element of the filmmaking process as lighting and cinematography. In non-fiction work, motion graphics are often an integral part of the storytelling, to illustrate concepts, introduce subjects and maintain visual interest. In Fiction, motion graphics are used in title sequences, and visual effects are used to augment real-world locations, remove problem areas, and create sets and/or subjects that do not, or could not exist in real life.


In this Filmmaking class, an introduction to motion graphics and visual effects will be given using Apple’s Motion software. Students will create motion graphics title sequences, lower thirds, green screen composites and animated DVD menus.

Learning Outcomes

  • Motion
  • Keyframing
  • Behaviors
  • Filters
  • Green Screen Compositing
  • Particle Emitters
  • Motion Tracking
  • Blend Modes
  • Keyframes
  • Interpolation
  • Plates
  • Compositing