Part of our mission here at Daily Fuel has been to illuminate life and early career insights for our readers, and we're thrilled to announce that Sam Mooradian will be joining our current blogger, Christian Zilko, debuting Wednesday September 18th. We hope the sharing of their successes, failures, insights, and adventures will continue to inspire others on their journeys toward personal and professional fulfillment. Enjoy!

Animating Ash

This week I want to share with you a peek into an animation technique.

After Effects is an industry standard animation program, and a program I use a great deal when making videos, both professionally and for my personal YouTube channel. This week I was tasked with simulating a fire-scape for a friend’s project. As with many animation projects (and creative projects in general) I started looking for inspiration online. YouTube has yet again proven itself a valuable source, as I easily found this tutorial for generating cinders and ash particles in a simulated breeze.

I’m not sharing this because you might want to animate it; I’m sharing because it’s fascinating to me how simple and accessible these tools can be. I’m constantly floored by how much information is out there. Tutorials exist for every look, motion, and sound – to not take advantage of them is almost certainly a means of working harder, not smarter.

Sam Mooradian

Guest Blogger:

Sam Mooradian

Creative and Ash Animator
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Work smarter, not harder.
— Carl Barks
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