I sat down with lynda.com authors Chris and Trish Meyer, legends in the motion graphics industry, to talk about where they came from, who inspires them, and what the future holds. Here’s what they had to say.
When did you get started in the motion graphics industry? What was the industry like then? What/who inspired you?
We got our start back in the early 1990s, which was when motion graphics started moving to the desktop. We were one of the development sites for After Effects 1.0, and used a lot of “1.0” software back then. This was the era where traditional post production houses charged in the area of $500/hour, one gigabyte hard drives were just starting to appear, and capturing uncompressed standard definition video (one frame at a time) to a computer file required a dedicated Abekas hard disk recorder. Desktop-based tools like After Effects were what we call today a “disruptive technology.” Indeed, the reason we started writing books was to help train other desktop motion graphics artists about the right way to do things, so that clients would have no reason to pick a traditional post house over a desktop-based artist.