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 Cinematic Landscapes [Online Edition]

2 sessions of 3 hours each ⠀
September 05th – September 06th, 2020⠀
3 - 6 PM BST 



Learn to make abstract generative art and animations using After Effects. 

Adobe After Effects is a potent digital visual effects and compositing software by Adobe Systems that is used in film making, different media production, and Motion Graphics. 

During the two sessions, you will learn new digital tools for application in your creative projects. You will develop an understanding of mapping, animation, and compositing to form a foundation for learning a new visual effect language.⠀

This course is aimed at advanced beginners and intermediates. Previous experience in AE and other editing tools is not fundamental for this course.

We will go step by step into drafting an abstract landscape and edit the pattern using After Effects and Trapcode MIR.

We will then develop the pattern and render each simulation in order to have a set of animations to build our storytelling before we compile and edit the final outcome.

Each online live session will be interactive and practical, with lots of opportunities to ask questions and discuss with your tutor and classmates. Class sizes will be limited to allow for each participant to receive individual feedback and assistance during class.

The final outcome of the session will be short animation of your work.


Tutor Description

Chantal Matar is an architect and visual artist, born in Beirut and based in London. Her work explores liminal margins between abstract and conjecture generative art where spatial understanding is continuously changing.

Since 2018 Chantal has been working at Zaha Hadid Architects as a Senior Architect on various high-end international projects in different stages.

Blending her long experience in architectural design and knowledge of digital tools, Chantal aims her exploration at alien landscapes, linear formations, and digital strata that lie on the threshold of spatial chaos and structural continuum.

The session includes:

Live online sessions with Chantal via Zoom
Exclusive access to Session Recordings



To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet. Cellular will not be sufficient
A desktop or laptop computer


Software needed:

Adobe After Effects Full License

Adobe After Effects Plugin:
Trapcode MIR Full License

Editing Tools:
Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (Free Trials available for a limited period of time)

Adobe Premiere:

Final Cut Pro:


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