Was wondering if anybody dove into Vucko's new motion design course.
If so, what are your first thoughts?
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I took the class as well. I don't want to be too critical, so I'll start off with the positives.
The course is good in terms of production quality. I really like how much effort and thought went into the actual course. I think Vucko should be proud of the overall quality of the production.
The course covers everything from conception, storyboarding, design and animation. It's essentially a masterclass.
But it's definitely not a full course, you only get a brief insight into each aspect of Vucko's methodology. I think the biggest issue for me with this course is the pricing. It's a bit too much for such a short class.
Hey Andre and John - I did finish it up; I would say I would still stand by my thought that it should cost at most $100, but it feels more like a $50 or $60 mini-course, something that can be digested in very short time.
The tips he gives from a workflow standpoint are helpful, and there were a few things I picked up, but really we just watch him do one of his projects in bite-sized segments, so it's also very personal to him. It's cool to see how people work, because it could either validate your own methods, or could give you an idea for a new thing to try, but at the end of the day, your method is your own, and trying to replicate Andrew Vucko's method wholesale isn't going to work for everyone.
Core concepts are design thinking, planning, strategy, and execution, and it's a good course for an intro to motion design or to any of those concepts. I would be interested to hear if anyone here has taken the JR Canest LearnSquared course https://www.learnsquared.com/courses/motion-design or the Free Mograph Mentor Course: https://campus.mographmentor.com/p/motion-design-101 to see how it compares from a cost/value standpoint.
I'm curious as well. Still debating picking this up ..
Hi Joey! I'm curious: have you finished this course? Do you still have the same opinion or did it get better?
I did purchase the course, and I'm excited to have access to it. I'm about halfway through the content, so I only have a few surface-level thoughts, kinda like a "review in progress," I guess, for whatever that's worth.
To be honest, when I shared my thoughts in the School of Motion Alumni facebook group, I felt a little conscious that Andrew may see my comments, and I feel that here it's even more likely that someone as influential as he is may see or hear secondhand, unless he's already here?
I don't know Andrew, but I've heard he is a great guy, and I'm a huge fan of his work, and I would hate to create some kind of weirdness because I critiqued his course content.
With those things in mind, here are my thoughts:
First thought, I think it feels like a well-produced Skillshare course similar to what Jake Bartlett makes, but it's being marketed and sold for much more, and more of the cut will probably go to Andrew. Teachable isn't cheap though - they take a pretty big cut as well.
Second thought - the concepts especially at the beginning feel very... cliche? Maybe overused lingo and philosophies of motion design that we've all heard a million times, but he says it like it's the first time we're hearing it. Perhaps a little pretentious in tone, but that could just be his style on video not sitting well with me as a viewer - I have heard the same thing about my style on occasion, so I definitely know it's hard to nail down a perfect voice for video content.
Third thought - he is doing things a lot differently than I've seen before, so it feels very Andrew Vucko. He's not the "what's up everybody Andrew Kramer here" tutorial guy, he's creating his own vibe with the content that feels unique to him. Mainly, he says "f*cking" and "sh*t" in his videos, not off the cuff, but literally as part of the script: "Buy some f*cking post-its." Kinda refreshing, and it ties into his early concepts of "Who are you," and finding your unique voice.
Fourth: It definitely feels like I overpaid, but it's really hard to know by how much. I think I'm just used to seeing Mograph Mentor and Learnsquared courses costing around the same, but with multiple hours of useful content. But I can see he has put a lot of work into the production, so I'm sure even with the amount of money he may be making from this, it probably doesn't come close to the value of the time he spent to make it. Maybe that will even out eventually, but I would hope he would sell it for less, considering the relatively low amount of content.
And if you're reading this Andrew, know that even though we've never met, I think you're awesome, and I can see there is a LOT of heart and energy put into this course. At the end of the day, what you think it should cost is what it should cost - it's whatever the value is to you. We're living in a (possibly unfair) world of constant comparison, and unfortunately that means your content will be compared (cost, value, length) with Mograph Mentor, School of Motion, Learnsquared, and even Youtube.
I've just scratched the surface so far. I'm taking it to get more clarity on my path forward. Also, I feel some resistance starting a self-directed project and I'd like to understand my block and overcome that. I think we are tackling the right questions so far in the "Theory" section, but we'll see if something have clicked when I'm done with it.
Maybe some people will say the course is too short, at least I was surprised, but at the same time, I don't think quantity is a good metric for "how good" a course is. It's short but you can tell every word is well considered.
I think in the end you'll get a lot out of the course if you go hard and fully commit to doing the assignments and putting your heart in it.