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Chris was born a geek, and was lucky enough to own a Commodore 64 at a time when the number of students at his primary school who owned a computer could be counted on one hand. Upgrading to an Amiga with the onset of the desktop video revolution, Chris began experimenting with digital graphics and animation in his bedroom, and incorporating them into his high-school video productions.

With a keen interest in Film & Television, Chris studied Media Arts at Deakin University in Melbourne. When the faculty bought a brand spanking new Media 100...

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Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects - Part 2

Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects - Part 2

Deconstructing a complex transition

By ChrisZwar | August 14, 2013

Over 3 years ago, in a rare moment when I had some spare time, I attempted to create an After Effects project that revealed an image as if it were a watercolour painting.  I posted the result on my website and since then it has proved immensley popular, and I've always been meaning to... Read More

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Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects - Part 1

Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects - Part 1

Deconstructing a complex transition

By ChrisZwar | August 14, 2013

Over 3 years ago, in a rare moment when I had some spare time, I attempted to create an After Effects project that revealed an image as if it were a watercolour painting.  I posted the result on my website and since then it has proved immensley popular, and I've always been meaning to... Read More

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Vegas Visits Vivid - Part 2

Animating over 10,000 neon lights in After Effects for the Sydney Vivid Festival

By ChrisZwar | July 02, 2013

Earlier this year, Sydney design company Spinifex headlined the Vivid Festival with a striking building projection on the iconic Sydney Opera House.  Attracting huge crowds and critical acclaim, the fifteen minute sequence was comprised of a number of distinctly themed sections, designed... Read More

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Vegas Visits Vivid - Part 1

Animating over 10,000 neon lights in After Effects for the Sydney Vivid Festival

By ChrisZwar | July 02, 2013

Earlier this year, Sydney design company Spinifex headlined the Vivid Festival with a striking building projection on the iconic Sydney Opera House.  Attracting huge crowds and critical acclaim, the fifteen minute sequence was comprised of a number of distinctly themed sections, designed... Read More

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Waving a flag in After Effects

Looking at a real-life project that creates a 3D flag effect using standard After Effects plugins

By ChrisZwar | June 29, 2013

This video tutorial takes an old project, originally created in After Effects CS3, and explains all of the stages involved to create the final result.  It doesn't just explain HOW to do it, but it explains WHY everything has been done the way it is.

Although there are... Read More

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After Effects - Leftover Plugins (part 2)

13 plugins and effects you probably forgot you had

By ChrisZwar | June 17, 2013

In amongst the 400+ plugins that come with a native installation of After Effects are a few rough gems.  These are plugins that are useful and valueable tools but are too often neglected, or forgotten completely.

In part 2 we examine the following plugins: remove colour matting... Read More

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After Effects - Leftover Plugins (part 1)

13 plugins and effects you probably forgot you had

By ChrisZwar | June 17, 2013

Have you ever checked to see how many plugins you've got?  You might be surprised to know it's almost certainly well over 400, and it only takes a few purchases to clock up the 500 mark.

While some plugins get used every day, others sit in the dark, dusty corners of your... Read More

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The Zwarchives - Oldies but goodies

After Effects video tutorials from 2009 - 2012

By ChrisZwar | June 16, 2013

Welcome to After Effects Anecdotes, the new home for all of my presentations for the ProVideo Coalition.

As an After Effects specialist with over 15 years of industry experience, I aim to produce video tutorials that look at all aspects of production and include insights into areas such as... Read More

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