Exercise 10.09: Primary Motion


To explore how con­ti­nu­ity of edit­ing can cre­ate a log­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tion of space.


Con­struct and edit three ani­mated sequences of mov­ing objects from mul­ti­ple perspectives.



Using After Effects cre­ate a main, ten (10) sec­ond ani­ma­tion of a shape or let­ter mov­ing in three dimen­sional space. Next, nest the ani­ma­tion into three (3) five (5) sec­ond ani­ma­tion. Incor­po­rate a cam­era into each new comp. Adjust the cam­er­a’s posi­tion and set­tings in each to show a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive of the orig­i­nal, main animation.

Finally, nest these three “cam­era” ani­ma­tions into a fourth, five (5) sec­ond com­po­si­tion. Vary the in and out points of each ani­ma­tion to show only a por­tion if each. Edit these shots using straight cuts to con­serve time.

Pay atten­tion to how spa­tial con­ti­nu­ity is pre­served from on screen to off screen by main­tain­ing the direc­tion that the ele­ments moves between seg­ments. Con­sider using the 180-degree rule with cam­era posi­tions and the fol­low­ing basic shot types from pre­vi­ous exercises.

  • Wide Shot
  • Medium
  • Close Up
  • Cut in or away
  • Birds eye
  • Cross­ing the line
  • Point of View

Technical Specifications

Cre­ate the ani­ma­tions at the fol­low­ing settings:

  • File Size/Export Set­tings: HDTV 1080, 29.97fps
  • Ren­der Set­tings: Best and Out­put Mod­ule: H.264
  • 44.1kHz, 16 bit, 2 chan­nel audio
  • File name: xyz_art378_exer00_part00.mp4


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine exer­cise score: Exer­cise Grading


sto­ry­board, sketch­ing, shoot­ing, editing


paper, pen­cil, cam­era. edit­ing software


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