The definitive Online Course teaching Motion Designers & 3D Artists to freelance flawlessly with clients. The entire collaborative process. Brief to delivery. Kit and caboodle.

This Motion Graphic Design course is not about pushing pixels or buttons.
It’s about pushing the quality of your creative, collaborative and business skills.

A COURSE LIKE NO OTHER

Unlike most training and online courses for us Motion Designers,The Process of Motion doesn’t focus on software or techniques. There’s a lot of that out there already, online and offline, and much of it is very good.

Instead, this course focusses on more general and fundamental skills. It’s about the hard business skills, soft creative skills and necessary management skills you need to transform everything you know about techniques and software into a profitable career, or even a proper business.

That’s the secret sauce that turns a good Designer into a great one. It’s what sets their motion apart, and keeps their clients coming back.

By the end of the course you’ll have the tools and confidence to work directly with clients and agencies remotely. To repeatably and reliably get great results from it, portfolio-wise, cash-wise, and pleasure-wise.

This class falls into freaky genius category for me. I was impressed by the Process of Motion section, but the case study really tied all the conceptual stuff from the first half together for me and took it to an insane level. The amount of work you put into these classes and the project is just overwhelming. Anyway man, I can’t thank you enough for this masterpiece and I really hope the sales on this start to go crazy because it’s unlike any other motion course I’ve ever seen.

David Ariew - AE, C4D Artist & Octane Jesus - California, US

The Process of Motion covered a lot that can make a project a hundred times smoother and more efficient. I have previously taken courses in creating motion, but not really the process of it. I knew how to sit at home and do shit in After Effects and Cinema 4D. But not how to properly set up a project the different stages. This course is so detailed that I can’t compare to any course I’ve taken before.This is a must before taking on any serious projects if you don’t want it to go to shit. Honestly!

Angelica Öberg - Digital Designer - Stockholm, Sweden

This is truly the material that Motion Designers don’t know that they need. It is an essential step in furthering their career! As far as I can tell, it’s an original concept that deserves as much attention as it can get from those looking to accelerate their Motion Design wisdom as oppose to the ubiquitous technical classes available.

John Roche - Visual Artist - Atlanta, US

I used to be a chaotic designer. I try to start with a clean sheet, keep stuff organised. But in a week or so I tend to just focus on the project and lose my assets, can’t find feedback or e-mail, overwrite video’s etc. This course taught me how to keep the shizzle organised. It gave useful tips on project management and lots of ideas on how to tackle the communication part with clients. Anyone that is a creative, might that be a Video, 3D, Script, or Producing kinda guy or gal, should take this course, also because it helps them dealing with creatives.

Remco van der Meer - Pixel Lab OG and Modelling Master - Rumpt, Netherlands

A decade of knowledge

In this extreme sport version of an online Motion Design course I’ll take you through every step of a tight Motion Graphic Design Process.

In 50+ lectures and 19 breakdown videos you will learn how to:

  • Lead Motion Design projects of any scale
  • Break down and respond to briefs
  • Quote jobs and create proposals for Motion Design (not the wedding kind)
  • Overcome cost objections
  • Project planning & management
  • Create concepts clients love
  • Create a clear vision for projects
  • Create treatments / concept decks / presentations
  • Motion Design pre-production (styleframes, motion scripts, storyboards, animatics)
  • Manage production (previs, roughcut and proofs)
  • Handle and respond to feedback
  • Put an end to endless revisions and shifting goal posts
  • Invoice and chase payments (you know how it can be…)

In a matter of weeks you’ll learn things that took me a decade, hundreds of projects, lots of mistakes, luck & help to figure out.

Is it for you?

If you have a decent set of Design or Animation skills and want to work with agencies, studios or clients, this online course is right up your street.

If any of the peeps below sound like you, this course will be a perfect fit.

Freelancer

Ready to go freelance? If the same old studio life is starting to get boring, this course will turn you into a Titan. Go anywhere, lead any project, and make producers tremble with delight.

Graduate

Welcome to the real world jackass. Did your University properly prepare you for the harsh reality of Motion Design life? Fear not. After this course you’ll be the most Senior Junior in the industry.

SOLO STUDIO

You’ve forgotten more about animation than the brats in the studio will ever learn. But things ain’t what they used to be. The rat-race just isn’t worth winning. You’d rather work from the comfort of your own home (or the beach) than spend your life in the stress of a studio.

Career Crusher

You’ve got a decent job, but that’s not enough. You want more responsibility, more pay, and maybe a title with the word “Director”. I see names like Buck, The Mill, and Savage & Civil in your future.

WHO THE F*CK?

Greetings! I’m Daniel Danielsson.

I started my very first Design and Animation company in 2010. The showreel featured me getting hit by a car (VideoCopilot tutorial style), the world exploding (twice) and my friend’s skull imploding. I sincerely hope no one ever finds it.

But since then I’ve worked with industry heavyweights like The Mill, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Leo Burnett. And now co-founded the creative studio Savage & Civil.

In 2016 I started spreading the love for Motion Design through my YouTube channel. I’ve now got over 42,000 glorious subscribers there that I neglect on the regular. Sorry.

If you know my channel, you know my vibe. The Process of Motion has the same flow, lame jokes and bad language. But the knowledge is from a whole other dimension.

See you there.​

(The brands and agencies I’ve worked with that I think will impress you the most. Sorry to those I left out. Logos got mighty small on mobile.)

PART 1:
CORE COURSE

There are 5 main chapters in the core course. They follow the process of a typical Motion Graphic Design project. Lemme break it down for you.

01: Brief & Response

  • Understanding & breaking down client briefs
  • Responding to briefs
  • Estimating & quoting projects
  • Overcoming cost objections
  • Preventing scope creep
  • Creating Project Plans

12 Video Lectures

37 minutes

02: Management

  • Keeping your shit organised
    (Shit = files, deadlines, deliveries, feedback, etc.)
  • Job naming & numbering
  • Folder structuring
  • Tracking time, deliveries & feedback
  • Creating online project hubs
  • Avoiding cold sweats

8 Video Lectures

26 minutes

03: Creative

  • The neuroscience of ideas
  • Ideation tools & techniques
  • Evaluating ideas
  • Developing concepts
  • Creating treatments / pitch decks / presentations
  • Developing story & flow
  • Analysing intensity arcs
  • Creating Visual Scripts, Storyboards, Styleframes and Animatics

20 Video Lectures

69 minutes (nice)

04: Production

  • Workflow from pre-production to final
  • Previs and Roughcut
  • Sending proofs
  • Responding to feedback
  • The feedback filtering effect
  • Final deliveries

5 Video Lectures

20 minutes

05: AFTERGLOW

  • Final deliveries
  • Invoicing
  • Debriefing
  • Chasing payments
  • Getting more work
  • Publishing and promoting your project

6 Video Lectures

24 minutes


Plus: Every chapter has a lecture on common issues and how to solve them. As well as a set of links to references and assets for further reading on the subjects covered.

PART 2:
CASE STUDY

What’s a good process without a good project?

The imaginary watch brand NORR is about to release their flagship smartwatch carved from genuine Icelandic volcanic rock and simply titled “ROCK ”. Now they need some Motion Design magic to launch it...

It’s an impossibly big brief, a tight budget, and ridonculous requirements. And you’ve got front row tickets to the whole thing. From brief to delivery.

Trial by fire

The theory from the lectures is about to get real. The NORR case study shows you exactly how to apply that theory in the chaotic and unpredictable tempest of a client project.

How do you flex your process muscles to deal with assets that are never supplied, changing directions, shortened deadlines or day-of-deadline changes?

The case study gives you 100% insight into my thoughts and choices during the project and why I make them. Yes, including mistakes and embarrassment.

It’s the Motion Design version of "Being John Malkovich" .

Finances

All the hard numbers. The estimate, quote and invoice are created before your eyes.

Calls

Listen in on calls with the client. Awkwardness, fledgling friendships and all.

Feedback

Join me in suffering from feedback and changes throughout the project.

THOUGHT PROCESS

Peep into my brain-office and see my gears turn as I come up with solutions and ideas on the fly.

Proofs

From ugly duckling to beautiful swan. All stages of the project are there to point and laugh at.

Trial & Error

This isn’t just the sunny side. Even pros make mistakes and my pain is your gain.


The case study contains 299 minutes of painfully honest breakdown videos.

All-in-all the course contains:

  • 50+ video lectures teaching the theory of process in Motion Design
  • 200 page E-Book for for an easy search & find overview of everything from the lectures
  • 19 case study videos of the NORR Watches project including Quotes, Concept Decks, Client Calls, Feedback, Mental Breakdowns, etc.
  • 17 Documents & Templates to save you time with your projects
  • 150GB+ of Source Files (C4D, EXR, WM, AEP, PDF) from the NORR Watches case study
  • 20+ hours of time-lapses* from the NORR Watches case study (from 500+ hours of footage)

Don’t mind me, I’m just a spacer.


The whole kit and caboodle is 478 minutes of video content.
(1,678+ if you count the time-lapses.)

This goes way (WAY) beyond education that plainly focuses on the technical side of things. You, single handedly, taught me more about being a Motion Designer than 2 years of "official" education. This course will help you focus more on the areas that most Motion Designers lack; the actual directing of the piece as well as how to keep a client happy (which no one ever talks about).

Alex Pyrenis - Senior Motion Designer at Isobar - Athens, Greece

Most courses I’ve taken focus on the button pushing and mouse clicking. It wasn’t until I got into the industry that I started learning about pitches, contract negotiations, etc. For someone getting their start into the field a newbie, or a seasoned vet going off on their own for the first time without experience outside of production, the information you provided is gold! I will gladly recommend it to other freelancers in my field!

Eric Small - Technical Director at Nucleus Medical Media - Georgia, US

Most of the stuff in your course are things that I learned on the job (20 years in the agency life)... but my formal education covered none of this! I wish I had this when I was starting out. I would definitely recommend your course.

Gustaf Fjelstrom - Recovering Creative Director at Botched - California, US

HOW TO BUY

Buy once, access forever. Choose your version of the course below, pick your payment method and boom! All the knowledge is yours to keep forever. Unlimited lifetime access.

Accepted payment methods include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Paypal, Stripe, Apple Pay and Google Pay

BARE-BONES BASIC

 
 
$400

or 12 monthly payments of $35 USD

+ VAT if applicable

No fuss, just knowledge. If you’re self-motivated and don’t give a toss about 3D, but still want to work with clients in Motion, this is for you.
I’m BASIC

Core course:

  • 54 Lectures teaching the theory of Motion Design Process
  • 200 page E-Book of everything in the lectures

Certificate of Completion

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Dedicated Designer

 
 
$500

or 12 monthly payments of $45 USD

+ VAT if applicable

All of the knowledge, examples, breakdowns and templates. If you’re interested in professional 3D and Motion Design, this is the one for you.
I’m Dedicated

Core course:

  • 54 Lectures teaching the theory of Motion Design Process
  • 200 page E-Book of everything in the lectures

Certificate of Completion

NORR Case Study:

  • 19 breakdown videos
  • 13 concept and process documents
  • 40+ client proofs

Guides:

  • Client Brief Guide
  • Self-critique Guide
  • Final Delivery QC Checklist

Assets, templates and trackers:

  • Quote & Terms (Google Sheets)
  • Project Plan (Google Sheets)
  • Treatment / Concept Deck (Google Slides)
  • Visual Script (Google Docs)
  • Storyboard (Google Slides)
  • Feedback Tracker (Google Sheets)
  • Deliveries Tracker (Google Sheets)
  • VT Countdown Clock Asset (After Effects)
  • Folder Structure Preset
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Master Motionographer

$1,150
Temporary WIP Price*
$900*

or 12 monthly payments of $85 USD

+ VAT if applicable

For the ultimate connoisseur. If you’re into both Cinema 4D and spending money, this is the clear choice for you.
I’M A Master

Core course:

  • 54 Lectures teaching the theory of Motion Design Process
  • 200 page E-Book of everything in the lectures

Certificate of Completion

NORR Case Study:

  • 19 breakdown videos
  • 13 concept and process documents
  • 40+ client proofs

Guides:

  • Client Brief Guide
  • Self-critique Guide
  • Final Delivery QC Checklist

Assets, templates and trackers:

  • Quote & Terms (Google Sheets)
  • Project Plan (Google Sheets)
  • Treatment / Concept Deck (Google Slides)
  • Visual Script (Google Docs)
  • Storyboard (Google Slides)
  • Feedback Tracker (Google Sheets)
  • Deliveries Tracker (Google Sheets)
  • VT Countdown Clock Asset (After Effects)
  • Folder Structure Preset

NORR Master Source Files:

  • 17 Cinema 4D scene files
  • 100+ Textures
  • 67GB+ Turbulence FD and X-Particles volcanic fluid sims
  • 5 World Machine scenes
  • 90GB+ CG Renders
  • After Effects compositing files

20+ hours of time-lapses from the NORR project (from 500+ hours of footage)*

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Accepted payment methods include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Paypal, Stripe, Apple Pay and Google Pay


*
Anything marked with a red asterisk is still in progress. The price will remain reduced until they’re completed. If you buy a course at the reduced price, any remaining content will be added to your account for free when it’s ready.

Still not sure?

Well, shit. How does 30 day polite money back guarantee sound?

If you’ve made it all the way down to this part of the page, I really think you’ll love this course. But just in case, there’s a 30 day polite money back guarantee.

That means you get 30 days to dig through as much of the course as you can. If it’s not absolutely everything you hoped it would be, you’ll promptly get all the money back. Every last penny, cent, or yen will be returned to you, together with a personal apology from me. That’s the polite part.

FAQs

Have a question that’s not on here? Send me an email [email protected] or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter @MotionViking .

What software do I need?

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This course is not about software; it’s about collaborating with clients on real projects. It’s useful whatever your weapon of choice: Cinema 4D, Blender, After Effects, Maya, Houdini, 3DS Max, Lightwave. The process is still the process.

Any software I teach in the course is freely available online as part of the Google Suite. The only exception is a tutorial on creating Intensity Arcs in After Effects. But I do my best to translate that to other software while going through it.

And, only get the “Master Motionographer” version if you’re a fan of Cinema 4D. All the extras in that version revolve around that. And to get full use out of the source files, you’ll also need Turbulence FD, X-Particles and Arnold Renderer.

I’m not a Motion Designer. What will I get out of the course?

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If you work with any type of moving pictures that involves a client this course will be absolute gold for you. Especially if you work with animation, and especially 3D. There are a lot of parallels with filmmaking and many other creative professions. A lot of the principles are the same. That’s why I called it “Process of Motion” and not “Process of 3D Animation”.

Only get the “Master Motionographer” version if you’re a fan of Cinema 4D. All the extras in that version revolve around that.

I use Blender or something, should I still get the course?

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I would recommend the “Dedicated Designer” version of the course. It’s all about the process, and with a focus on working with clients and 3D. But nothing in there is specific to a certain 3D software.

All the extras in the “Master Motionographer” version are about C4D however. So if you’re curious about Cinema 4D it’s worth considering, but if not, I wouldn’t bother with that one.

How long is the course?

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It’s actually up to you. This is an on-demand course, so you set the pace. The total runtime of all 73 videos is almost exactly 8 hours. If you watch 5 lectures per day, it’ll take about 2 weeks. But you could smash through it all in a workday if you don’t eat or take bathroom breaks. But I’m not sure that’s the best way to learn...

When does it start?

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I’m ready when you are. This is an on-demand course. As soon as you enroll you’ll get access all the lessons and you'll be able to request access to the assets and templates.

How long do I have access?

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Until death do us part. You’ve got lifetime access. Pay once, learn and use forever. You can take as long as you like, come back as often as you want.
Actually, I can do better. I guarantee you afterlife access too. If you come back as a ghost you’re welcome to keep watching the lectures and refreshing your memory.

What are the lectures like?

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Some of the lectures are available as free previews in the full curriculum below. So you can have a look for yourself and see what you can expect.

What if I don’t like it?

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I really think you will. But if you don’t, it’s okay to change your mind. I don’t want anyone to feel ripped off. See above for the 30 day polite money back guarantee. I stand by that. Even if you just don’t like the font I picked.

How will the assets and NORR source files be delivered?

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Part of your course bundle will be a link to a Google Drive folder where you can request access.

Then you can browse, look at and pick files to download. It’s split into folders and not just a single megachonk of a 170gb download. But you can grab the whole thing at once if that’s how you roll.

What am I allowed to do with the NORR source files? What’s the license?

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The source files from the NORR case study are licensed as CC BY-NC . This means you can do whatever you want with them for personal use . Use that shit in everyday renders, personal projects, artwork and other cool shit. Just don't use it in client work, and don't share the files themselves. And, if it’s reasonable, please credit “Assets from the Process of Motion by Daniel Danielsson” or something similar and link back to processofmotion.com or danieldanielsson.com

If you do use them for some cool shit, I’d like to see it too. Tag me (@MotionViking in most places) or sling a link my way.

Is NORR a real company? :O

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They are a 100% real fake client. So no. They are an artificial client designed in a super-lab. Their only purpose in life? To show the best and worst sides of a client and give the process of motion a good run for its money.

Will this teach me how to find clients?

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The course focuses mostly on keeping them. But there is a section on positioning yourself as a Motion Designer to attract clients.

How are the payments handled?

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All payments are handled through the payment method you choose. They hold the payment for the duration of the 30 day polite money back guarantee. Only once those 30 days are up does the payment reach me.

Can I have a discount?

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If you don’t think this course is worth the full price, I doubt a reduced price would help. Maybe the course isn’t right for you. Hang on to your dough and spend it on something you feel is more worth it.

Will this course work on mobile or tablet?

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Oh heckers yea. This course is built with Teachable and is fully responsive. Androids, iPhones, Tablets, maybe even your 'smart' TV should be no problemo. Teachable even provide a free iOS app so you can learn “on the go” as advertisers love to say.

FULL CURRICULUM

Course Curriculum


  CHAPTER 00 / Prologue
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  NORR Breakdowns / CHAPTER 05
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  CHAPTER 06 – The Epilogue
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SPONSORS & Credits

MAJOR PROPS

I’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to PixelPlow and Arnold Renderer who have sponsored the making of this course. Honestly, without them I don’t know know if it would’ve ever been finished.



ON-PAGE Icons from the Noun Project

Phone Icon by Adrien Coquet – Money by Adrien Coquet – Unlike by Sewon Park – Cogs by Rflor – Evolution by HeadsOfBirds

Daniel Danielsson, known to some as Tutoman, trading as Still Motion Limited.
Still Motion Limited is registered in England and Wales. Company number 10175035. VAT Number GB 246 5639 80