Monthly Archives: March 2011

After Effects Expressions with Dariusz Dziala

This Thursday the Adobe Groups bring you Dariusz Dziala talking about After Effects Expressions at OFVM Film Oxford.

He says: Expressions help to simplify post-production work in After Effects by replacing big numbers of keyframes with short lines of code. Expressions can be applied to object properties for example they can be applied to position, scale, opacity, rotation of layer, text, mask, light, camera. They can also be applied to any animatable property of effects.

The code used is simple and easy to learn or find. After Effects offers a lot of pre-defined expressions for different purposes.

Dariusz will use some of his  video work to illustrate how he use expressions to work faster and how to use expressions in a creative way. The video is on his website if you want to have a preview (,

The expressions in his video  are used to synchronise music with video properties (position, scale etc.) and other visual effects (hue, saturation, brightness etc). The aim is to improve the dynamics of the visuals and to give more punch to the overall feel about it.

When: Thursday 17th March
What time: 7:30pm (we usually finish up by 9:30pm with an optional trip to the pub)
Where: OFVM Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH
How much: Free free free
Dress code: Spring season

Call for speakers / performers
Advance notice of our June meeting – are you operating in the fuzzy space between art and programming? Do you want to perform (with clothes on) in front of an audience for about ten minutes? We’re open to offers for our June event entitled ‘Adventures in Meat Space’ which already stars Neil C Smith demonstrating his modular framework for live creative play: Praxis.

Animator shows the work of young Oxfordshire film makers

Iona Fabian at Digital Creatives Oxford

Freelance film-maker and animator Iona Fabian last week demonstrated her work with schools and young people to the monthly meeting of the Digital Creatives Oxford group. Iona, who has been freelancing for 13 years, showed the group of media professionals online video animations created by young pupils of her workshops in Oxfordshire schools using Adobe Premiere Elements and Windows Moviemaker. The many examples of short clips of less than a minute were complemented by more complex animations lasting up to 10 minutes.

Iona pointed out that the young animators use many different materials to create their films, from Wallace and Grommet style plasticine to torn coloured paper, small models to crumpled tissue paper. Working methodically in groups of up to 5 around a camera the children have over many hours brought these materials to life, adding a mixture of music, sound effects, scripts and commentaries to give the animations an extra dimension.

“The students learn not only how to be patient and methodical, they develop team working and problem solving skills as well” said Iona. “Animation skills are becoming increasingly popular with parents now asking for workshops in order to keep pace and to be as creative and absorbed as their children”.

Finally during the evening’s talk and demonstration Iona screened a 10 minute animation created at John Watson School. This was the result of a multi-group activity across the school. One team of young people created the animation whilst another team wrote poetry to accompany the film. A group of young musicians in the schools teamed up to put the poetry to music and the school choir recoded the song as the backing sound track for the animation. “A marvellous experience of team working and creativity” said Iona.

Future meetings of the Digital Creatives Oxford group

March 17th After Effects Expressions with film maker Dariusz Dziala

April 21st Oxford professional photographer Gary Ombler

May 19th Commercial photographer, Mark Sommerville

June 16th – “Adventures in Meat Space”

July 21st Famous animators, Brothers McLeod