[Edited to note that Steve Forde was not part of the original CoSA team.]
Last night on #MoChat we helped Adobe launch their three month celebration of After Effects’ 20th anniversary. Dave Simons and Dan Wilk—all from the original CoSA team—as well as Steve Forde, Todd Kopriva, and Michelle Gallina joined us to answer questions about the history of After Effects. It was a great discussion on all things AE.
After Effects (code name EGG) was original born out of the Company of Science and Industry in 1992. It eventually transitioned to Adobe by 1995 at version 3.0. Four of the original developers at CoSA are still working on After Effects at Adobe. There’s even some largely unchanged code from the original release—the undo system to name one. Chris & Trish Meyer were among the first beta testers of After Effects (which helps explain their tremendous breadth of knowledge). Over time, After Effects helped define an industry (and countless careers of motion designers, animators, and VFX artists).
After Effects is still going strong. The After Effects blog was recently redesigned and will feature numerous “AE & Me” stories over the next several months. (You can submit your own story, too.) And of course any ideas you have for the next 20 years of After Effects can be submitted to Adobe—directly to Todd Kopriva, I believe. There were so many great stories and questions during the chat, so please take the time to read the transcript below.
Before awarding some After Effects swag to @lasvideo, @MDSienzant, and @rovino, the Adobe team left us with a fun easter egg. No one is quite sure how that went unnoticed for nearly nine months since CS6 shipped.