What’s it like?
Working as a Junior Motion Designer, you will be interacting with many parts of the production process including putting pitch decks together from others artists' work, contributing designs to both pitches and awarded work, as well as animation assignments that will see you collaborate with other junior motion designers – under the guidance of the Art Director assigned to the work.
You’ll get to be part of the daily creative stand-up and can expect to be working on one or two jobs within the same work day. You will often be executing on a style or technique established by the project’s Creative Director and should understand how to keep projects organized and neat so that another member of the team may continue from your work.
Good Example Projects
2015 MTV Video Music Awards (2D-focused)
In a case like this, a broadcast graphics package contains a multitude of assets, where a Creative Director sets the tone and style while the Art Director works up examples and techniques for the team to execute against. As Junior Motion Designer, you will be expected to take on these tasks – based on pre-established work and deliver assets ready for broadcast with help from your Senior Motion Designer or Art Director.
Lower-thirds, full-screen transitions, animated text, and hand-drawn animation over selected videos are examples of the kind of work you’ll be assigned – and if you excel at these in both the amount of time you spend and the quality of the work, you may be assigned an additional shorter shot or two to own the entire production process.
2014 MTV Video Music Awards 3D-focused
Need To Know Skills
To start your career as a Junior Motion Designer you’ll need to be able to do the following, below. We’ve also broken these down by the courses that you can take here, at School of Motion, in which you can read further down.
Visualization: must be able to communicate ideas visually.
Asset Creation: must be able to create assets ready for production from supplied designer’s files.
After Effects: must have command of the main tool for motion design, ie. understand the basics of animation, Shape Layers, and how to take design elements into production and out for client delivery.
Design Fundamentals: must have a command of color, type, composition and understand contrast, texture, and visual hierarchy.
Animation Principles: must have a command of the Graph Editor, Timing, and Spacing regardless of animation software. Mastery of these skills are essential to being more independent as a Motion Designer.
In addition to the skills above, you may want to sharpen your skills in the following areas:
3D Workflow: should understand the intricacies of how to work in 3D, ie. user interface, navigation, lights, shaders, and camera – as well as how to use the curve editor and how to export for use within After Effects.
Concept Development: should be able to take concepts and ideas and create presentation-ready designs for pitching and use by animators in production.
What Course should I take?
Start Your Journey
Photoshop & Illustrator Unleashed - Learn the basics of visualization and asset creation in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Design Kickstart - If you have a solid understanding of Photoshop and Illustrator it’s time for you to learn Design Fundamentals like contrast, hierarchy, creating strong compositions, and a bit of color theory.
After Effects Kickstart - If you’re new to After Effects this is where you’ll want to start. You’ll learn all of the most important tools and techniques to get you started on your path as a Motion Designer.
Grow Your Skills
Animation Bootcamp - Knowing the tool is not enough, so once you’ve learned the basics of using After Effects you’ll want to dive deep into learning the Principles of Animation.
Cinema 4D Basecamp - If you’re interested in adding a 3D software package to your list of skills check out our comprehensive introduction to Cinema 4D in this course.
Illustration for Motion - Once you have a good grasp on the principles of Design adding the ability to create unique story boards with strong concepts and an illustrative style can help you get to the next level.
To advance to the next level in your career check out the article(s) below that take you through what you’ll need to know to advance.
Not sure where to go next? Check out our free Level Up! course for more information on where you can go in your Motion Design Career.