Step by Step: Simon Appel

One of the things that makes motion design so much fun is its limitless potential. There are constantly new techniques to try, old ones to mashup, and new tools and programs being invented daily. In this Step by Step profile, we are thrilled to bring you something new, a recording from Simon Appel of Part One which features the process behind how he made his new film Waveforms (embedded below). The catch here is that the majority of the film wasn’t animated in After Effects, Cinema4D, or even Photoshop but on an iPad!




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About the author

Joe Donaldson

Joe Donaldson is a director, designer, and animator who worked on Motionograpgher from 2014-2020. Previously, he was an art director at Buck. Over the past decade, he's lived and worked in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles and has directed work for clients such as Apple, Google, Instagram, The New York Times, Unicef, Etsy, and The New Yorker. In addition to his creative work, in 2018 he started Holdframe. He's now working as a professor at Ringling College of Art and Design and when not teaching he can be found spending time with his family or out running.