My Video Interview with John Dickinson

In a high-tech Skype interview, I had the pleasure of sitting down (remotely) with John Dickinson of MotionWorks to talk about Video Copilot and some fun stories from the past few years.

Looking back was fun for me and also reminded that I should also thank everyone here for your dedication and support, none of this would be possible without you. Here is to all the exciting things of the future!

Watch Video Interview Part 1

Part II should be out next week or so, I’ll let everyone know!

September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:27 pm
Awesomeness. Great interview. Think this is the first time I've seen you speak and could put a face to ya!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:29 pm
Sweet...! Lookin good for VC
Rick Morris
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:33 pm
I was waiting for this one!! I just wonder who is going to interview John!?
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:35 pm
Thanks for doing this!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:35 pm
Even though I've seen you talk on video before it's a little weird for me right now to see this. Only about 10 minutes in. Man you talk a lot in this. :p
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
Really great to hear how you got started out as well.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:39 pm
a completely other side of andrew kramer - more earnestly
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:41 pm
Awesome! Maltaannon(last week) and now Andrew in a row!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:44 pm
hey andrew. good informative interview about you and videocopilot. i´ve looked that twice ;)

greez from dresden / germany

September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:49 pm
Interviewer kept cutting you off :S

Anyway, interesting interview :)

Nice to put a face to The Voice.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:51 pm
Thanks for the share Andrew :)
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:56 pm
Thanks for the share Andrew
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:58 pm
Wow! YOu sure are keeping the blog up to date these days! That's what i like to see! Keep it up bud!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:02 pm
Was that a good interview? ABSOLUTELY!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:06 pm
Amazing + epic = VC
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:06 pm
Love the story about JJ contacting you too. I can relate to the part where you were telling your wife who he was, and then naming the shows. lol
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:16 pm
you are the best... >_<
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:16 pm
nice haircut :D
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:17 pm
^^ C'est cool TOP 5/5
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:20 pm
John Dickinson

john dickinsonJohn is currently employed as a Senior Broadcast Designer at Foxtel in Australia where he designs and produces a wide range of broadcast graphics for various channels including National Geographic Channel, The Biography Channel, The Comedy Channel, Main Event Pay-Per-View, Fox Footy Channel and Fox Sports.

Thorough industry-based experience includes a position at the Computer Graphics College as Interactive Video Production course manager and After Effects lecturer. John has a Certificate III in Work-based Training and has been teaching After Effects to individuals and groups for over 6 years. John is dedicated to excellence in motion graphics and is a contributing member of the global online After Effects community.

Check out John's terrific website,
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:27 pm
very cool!
When is the next part coming???
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:30 pm
Thank you andrew ! thank to you Videocopilot i have maden a great Musicvideo on ! go on it ant click watch video.. 100 % chroma key !

i just so freaking love you andrew :D

i ordered your action essentials 2
Josh M
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:32 pm
great interview! cant wait to see the second part!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:33 pm
Very interesting interview especially where you stated you started off with web designing and flash with After Effects cause thats what made me interested in after effects also!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:38 pm
Whoah. I can see why you use Sam as a model!



It's good to see the guy behind the tutorial Andrew.

September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:38 pm
wooow your are buetiful maan
September 3rd, 2009 @ 4:45 pm
I just handed my iPhone to my brother and he thoght you looked in you're eraly 20's, bcant wait to get home and watch it!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 5:48 pm
Great interview Andrew. I'm looking forward to see part 2.
I'm working on a promo video for Poken Song right now and I'm going through some older tutorials to spice it up a bit.
Thanks for everything.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 6:18 pm
Wheres the next part
September 3rd, 2009 @ 6:31 pm
That was great. Can't wait for part 2 but what I really want to see are some of the older projects you did, the shorts from the early days :)
September 3rd, 2009 @ 6:38 pm
I also started with Flash and webdesign and now I'm in After effects.

BTW, amazing interview.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 6:43 pm
That TEDtalk with JJ Abrams is so cool...

I learned everything I know through this site. Well, everything pertaining to After Effects anyway :) (plus a few handy life tips). I never realised till now how famous you actually are within the larger community. Makes me feel special that I've been here almost from the very start. *group hug*
September 3rd, 2009 @ 6:51 pm
awesome interview from my two fav artists!
can't wait the part two.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 6:58 pm
You say absolutely a lot during the interview.
AK: Absolutely!

Just kidding, nice interview, thanks for sharing.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
were can i see the titles online?
September 3rd, 2009 @ 7:04 pm
You're a legend AK :) You won't believe how much you and VC have changed my life!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 7:13 pm
i started AAE at age 11 and now its 5 years later and during those years your tutorials helped so much. good to know more about how you got started
September 3rd, 2009 @ 7:17 pm
Awesome! I can't wait to watch it!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
Great interview.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 7:20 pm
It's funny seeing you in a video man, I thought you might look like an after effects plug-in, or mabey a Control Slider, or a mouse pointer with a face. But i was wrong. lol Keep up the good work andrew, you smash on the industry, and everyone loves it.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 7:23 pm
Hey Andrew, Hope this read.... you would make time for all your comments :P

I'm in Australia, and there is nothing ...or slowing growing. All the stuff you do, I'm Pretty sure our TV Companies are using Action Essentials 2 haha.

I've 15 and i have After Effects, Vegas, and most of your products, Parents lol! And i'm making some pretty good stuff, but Lag with After Effects is a big issue. But yea i'm getting there, trying to understand ur complex expressions haha. Looking forward to going down to my local Tv Station, and showing what you have taught me haha. I would not of got into all of this if this resources was not here, Very Interesting. Come to Australia, You would blow everyone AWAY! Mate

Sweet Interveiw, Plz Reply to my comment. Don't have too, you guys are like super busy with your awesomeness and your friends you can never here, (Awesome Mic) mate

September 3rd, 2009 @ 7:24 pm
With the new Video Blog coming out, Video Copilot is going to become over more of an amazing resource.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 7:52 pm
Heey Andrew!

I really love you're passion for vfx! It was an very intresting, good intervieuw, from what i saw i kinda reconize myself in you haha. Always being busy with the things you love, even in the late nights, trying new stuff, experimentalize, helping people with you're knowledge
, and to have a goal as an proffesional freelancer. Atleast that's my goal.

I really enjoyed it, kinda gives me an extra boost to work even harder to archieve such goals!


Erick J.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 8:05 pm
Thanks Andrew for all the enthusiasm you put to your work. I'm not use to write comments, but i have to recognize your effort.
I'm 18 and i visit the website since 2007, to be more specific since tutorial #20. In the years to come i see VC as success. Thanks for being symbol of inspiration to most of us. I hope i get to be as good as to are. xD

(Sorry for my bad writing, english is my second language)
September 3rd, 2009 @ 8:16 pm
Very nice interview, AK. The Mission Impossible 3 story was great! Ah, the power of innovation.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 8:24 pm
it was cool to hear you talk AND see your face. That doesn't happen often.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 8:25 pm
great interview...
walter perrault
September 3rd, 2009 @ 9:02 pm
Andrew Finally A Face To Match The Voice, I Cant Thank You Enough For Everything You Have Given us. You Are A Inspiration And A Gifted Person.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 9:14 pm
Now I'm not into dudes, but couldn't Andrew be a male model? Seriously.
Clayton Light
September 3rd, 2009 @ 9:25 pm
It was great to hear how you fell into the world of AE. The day the lights turned on for me was when I saw the "Serious FX" tutorial on the cow. I got hooked.
Thanks bro!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 10:17 pm
LOL he kinda looks like you Andrew :D , nice Vid interview btw :) Ive been following your stuff for almost a year :) keep up the great job ! :)
September 3rd, 2009 @ 11:01 pm
You are a good looking man Andrew Kramer!

Thanks for the interview...

You got me into AE! Before I visited your site, I had totally no skills in AE! Now I can do a few things i like to do and i am just a step away from buying your action essentials 2! And i am pretty thankfull that your product isn't awailable as a torrent or where ever. So i can't test your product and say: oh well. nice stuff, but i aspect a little more... ;) just kidding, i am sure it is awesome!

September 3rd, 2009 @ 11:01 pm
I can't wait for the second part :D
September 3rd, 2009 @ 11:07 pm
Great interview - and long overdue. When he showed that screen shot of the first version of, I smiled, recalling that's what it looked like when I first visited the site. It's come a long way. Congratulations on all your success. You've been a creative inspiration for all of us. As an owner of a small design studio myself, your business success story really hits home and motivates. Best of luck in the future!

All the best,
Nick W
September 3rd, 2009 @ 11:36 pm
That was an awesome interview.. cant wait to see part 2... Andrew you are the man... no I mean really.. just sit back for a few secs and really think about it, and Im sure youve done it before but just do it again and bask in the glory of it.
September 3rd, 2009 @ 11:51 pm
Hey mate, good to see and hear you.....the first thing I did when I started watching video co-pilot was to start what I call my A.E cook book , a little book i write all things A.E in..

greeting from Australia
September 3rd, 2009 @ 11:52 pm
Great interview. I love to see it.
Danny C
September 3rd, 2009 @ 11:56 pm
I have to say your face is not what I imagined it would be (I mean that in a good way)! But really, great interview, and keep up the good work - I can't wait for tutorial 96!
September 3rd, 2009 @ 11:56 pm
Great Interview, you are the man.
Tony R
September 3rd, 2009 @ 11:59 pm
Ha! Was on MotionWorks website, watching some tutorials then hop on Copilot and see a new blog about John interviewing Andrew. Such as weird coincidence.
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:31 am
Great interview!
It's awesome to see you started out just like most of us, just a bunch of kids playing with the software!
We all owe you a big thanks for all your hard work, and providing such an awesome resource! So, THANK YOU ANDREW KRAMER!!
can't wait for part 2 :)
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:40 am
Thanks for doing this Andrew. You are the best.
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:48 am
Inspiring interview looking forward to part 2.
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:56 am
Great interview --- nice to hear some of the history behind videocopilot . Can't wait for part 2
September 4th, 2009 @ 1:02 am
Great Interview. Awesome like always, AK you are a great artist. Here in this link there is also a wonderful work of art and it implies all what you have taught us so far. Thanks Kramer for being there for us.
September 4th, 2009 @ 1:15 am
WOW....Andrew is human???!!!??? Great interview....very inspiring! Best Wishes from South Africa!
September 4th, 2009 @ 2:19 am
Happy to put a Face on that Voice!
September 4th, 2009 @ 2:30 am
Thanks nice interview ;) I have a question btw
As an movie editor do you need to be very good at 3DS and Cinema etc? :) AE and AVID is basic ^^
September 4th, 2009 @ 2:38 am
Thank you very much for this interview. I'm big fan of Andrew, never missed a single tutorial. This interview revealed a lot of his personality. Thank you again.
Alby Smith
September 4th, 2009 @ 4:23 am
nice interview...

thanks AK!

Video Copilot is the true FX !!
September 4th, 2009 @ 4:26 am
well... that was.. awesome...
can't wait for part 2.
September 4th, 2009 @ 4:49 am
this is the best interview I ever seen
Andrew Kramer, u're like a Godfather to All After Effects Users
I enjoy it alot,
and get very useful tips,

you’re a Good Man, plz Keep ur Work Going on,
Thank You Andrew for all the Tutorials.
Thx to John too
September 4th, 2009 @ 5:14 am
Enjoyed it a lot. Waiting for part 2!

September 4th, 2009 @ 5:59 am
Thanks for sharing this. Cheers!
September 4th, 2009 @ 6:05 am
Good a see you Andrew
Nice interview
Sean D
September 4th, 2009 @ 6:10 am
It's good to see a interview of how you got started and how you work and come up with your ideas for your new projects.
barry barrera
September 4th, 2009 @ 6:23 am
well well well..what can i say? from a master to another master...we are really lucky to have you guys! great interview!
September 4th, 2009 @ 6:49 am
Wow, you know, that was, you know, kinda cool, you know, to watch, you know...

No, just kidding:P you are a great guy, cool to see you're face while listening. Thanks for the great tutorials!
September 4th, 2009 @ 7:00 am
great interview!!!

Thank AK and Jhon Dickinson
September 4th, 2009 @ 7:14 am
Looks good ;) :D
September 4th, 2009 @ 7:24 am
wow never thought I'd say this but you look really cool, you just ARE cool ;)
September 4th, 2009 @ 7:36 am
So basically Andrew you're using your tutorials to brainwash us into buying your products? I fell used... :)

Great interview, and most of all very encouraging. I also am making my money on websites and webdesign, into which I'm trying to incoporate some AE. More and more I'm being asked to do small VFX or animation projects. I don't expect to reach your level Andrew, but it does give me hope that I really can go on like this and get somewhere. Even more so using you DVDs (such as Action Essentials and Designer SFX).

Looking foward to part 2,
September 4th, 2009 @ 7:39 am
Omg, I finally saw you, Andrew. When I i'm watching your tutorials, I think you look like Sam! I thought you WERE Sam, even when you say "Hey, there's Sam".
Now i know you're a blond man with blue eyes and that's weird.
Simon Steele
September 4th, 2009 @ 7:41 am
Great interview, looking forward to part two. You are and inspiration Mr. Kramer, and once again thank you for all you do.
September 4th, 2009 @ 7:48 am

That was a cool interview. Awesome motion graphics on the stuff from fringe!
September 4th, 2009 @ 7:54 am
Awesomeness Andrew! I didn't know you did the Star Trek credits! Kudos to you good sir.
September 4th, 2009 @ 7:54 am
Makes me wonder when the vlog's coming.

On the other hand: NICE
September 4th, 2009 @ 8:17 am
Hallo Mr. Kramer!
I learnd a lot of the company VC.
But I have a little question: Did you also create the Fringe theme. I saw the theme in the interview and I think "wow" that is amazing.

Move on!
September 4th, 2009 @ 8:25 am
Long time listener, first time caller. Keep the regular blog posts coming, I've got a job doing graphic design and since you've taught me nearly everything I know about After Effects, more updates = better salary. :D Thanks, Andrew.
September 4th, 2009 @ 8:34 am
Awesome interview, looking forward to seeing Part II

Keep up the great work,

September 4th, 2009 @ 8:44 am
man that was really interesting!

i am a student still and would do anything to get into the industry and found this fascinating!

cant wait for part 2!

many thanks
Dan Allen
September 4th, 2009 @ 9:07 am
Hehe.. you will have a new nickname from this epic, historic point in time on:

Andrew "absolutely" Kramer

September 4th, 2009 @ 9:27 am
Nice interview
Thanks for doing this!
September 4th, 2009 @ 9:34 am
I finished my coffee, where is part 2??? :). 25:39 minutes well spent.

Have couple of questions.

1. Would you continue VCP for the years to come in AE or would you foray into Nuke, Fusion etc?

2. Do Adobe contact you for product enhancements to AE?

For people who think they are seeing AK for the first time then should check out this link :-)

God appeared here first!!!!
September 4th, 2009 @ 9:35 am
hmmm strange i thought you where bald :P
Gert Buist
September 4th, 2009 @ 10:02 am
September 4th, 2009 @ 10:10 am
wow! you look handsome!
Jean Haberman
September 4th, 2009 @ 10:22 am
Good interview... No we see you are a real person instead a computer program.

Nice work.. Let's think about a portuguese version hum?
September 4th, 2009 @ 10:23 am
Great interview! Can't wait for part 2!

September 4th, 2009 @ 11:08 am
hey great interview, very inspiring, and it very clear through your work that you love what you do.
Thanks again for all your hard work

P.S i on your site almost every day.
September 4th, 2009 @ 11:11 am
simply the best...
September 4th, 2009 @ 11:23 am
Awesome interview.

Also, Happy first birthday to your daughter!

I remembered that it was the 3rd because my birthday is the 4th, and my best friends is the 2nd!
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:17 pm
Like super interesting interview, i cant wait for the second part.
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:17 pm
Loved this a lot. Looking forward to the next part. Also loving how often the blog is updated with really useful and cool information, awesome!

Thank you Andrew
Johann Torres
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
very cool! Thanks for sharing :D
but when is the next part coming? :)
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:34 pm
watch this interview already and i am going to watch it again... just in case i miss some thing :)
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:43 pm
Thats a big room u've got there (considering echo).......just kidding...........good to see u 2 man! Hope VC is not just another rock band )))))))))
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
I'm in a band, I play the bass.
September 4th, 2009 @ 12:56 pm
_google translate_
When John had an interview with Brian Maffitt and Maltaannon, I thought, that would be COOL to do an interview with Andrew Kramer,
And He did it!.
Great interview!
the HK
September 4th, 2009 @ 1:16 pm
Nice interview :D

I saw the Star Trek movie, and I loved your part, when the text, well, was "resetting", if you like. From shattered to readable. Can you please make a tutorial on how to achieve that? Or is it highly classified :p?

What I am about to write, isn't actually related to the video, but can you include more of Red Giant's products? I really want to learn about them! I've downloaded mostly of their products, and they are awesome (except for the "loved" red cross)!

Greetings from Norway!
September 4th, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

Ive been actively following this site for about a year now and have never blogged before here. I just wanted to say thank you for all you have done. I solely got into vfx due to you and your site. Ive been in the film business for years and found a reason to finally get off set. Haha. The interview was great, Ive also wondered your background and astonished to find out that you didnt go to some major design school and have a Masters at Berkley or Harvard or something. That truely gave me hope, because I didnt have major schooling either. It is my dream to do this for a living and am still aspiring to do so. I feel Im a perfectionist and I want my AE skills to be top notch before I start pulling money in the industry. :Thanks again, words do not express the gratitude I have and everyone here for you offering all this wonderful free training. You deserve every dime you get and I wish you success beyond your dreams.
Adrian Best
September 4th, 2009 @ 5:59 pm
Video Copilot has been the foundation of my inspiration, the confidence I approach projects now through the information gathered within the many tutorials is really appreciated.
It is interesting to know that how I feel is not "weird" in terms of the manner I feel out of it sometimes, hearing that you had your challenges in your first couple of years has given me the confidence that I too can succeed at my passion.

Thank you Andrew, thank u Video Copilot
September 5th, 2009 @ 2:58 am
AWESOME..watched it and hey andrew i dont get it you say you have 3 emplyees but in the company section of VC it has like 12 people
September 5th, 2009 @ 7:25 am
Did Sam set your webcam or something? Can you please teach him how to frame a shot? ;)

Good stuff! Keep it coming!

Oh yeah... and where are the T-Shirts???
September 5th, 2009 @ 9:16 am
Absolutely love this site... Had to get that out of the way.

Watching these types of interviews is very inspiring, learning how things evolved and ended up where they are now. When I came across this site for the first time I was in disbelief that the tutorials were free, was waiting for the pop up saying "to continue watching, enter credit details below".

Wish video Copilot all the best for the future and good luck on any new projects that come your way Andrew.

One of your many fans from Australia.
Tulaga Whitcombe
September 6th, 2009 @ 4:45 am
I now pronounce you King of AE!
September 6th, 2009 @ 11:02 pm
I enjoyed this. I can't wait to see part two. I think the humor is one of the things that makes your tutorials great & not just informative but fun watch. I think you do an awesome job Andrew. I wouldn't know anything about AE if it wasn't for you. Many thanks.
Great work on the JJ's stuff. I hope he hires you to do more work for him. I like most of his work too. Keep up the great work.
September 7th, 2009 @ 2:47 am
Hello Andrew Kramer...
I think your interview is faced fabulous. John Dickinson is such a very big person so i think you was a nervous on behalf of him but you do a great job..
September 7th, 2009 @ 2:56 pm
would you please make Wide screen version of these interviews? i wasn't able to see your right ear until half of the interview passed!
September 7th, 2009 @ 10:22 pm
Andrew Kramer. Great job on all your tuts. you helped me alot i cant thank you enuff. but i have a request. well 2 really, i would love to see you put together a tut. on a smallville super speed, . i looked every where for the knowledge but it not out there in the form of a step by step video voice intructions please hook 1 of those videos up for me, 2nd request, if you think smallville is chessy then could you please show how to do a horror film special FX, with mirrors and people gettin pulled into a mirror or the img doing something other than what the person is really doing. plz i would really appreciated it thanks man i love video copilot
September 7th, 2009 @ 10:23 pm
i love Video Copilot. its the best place to learn after FX for Free. thanks to Andrew Kramer and Krew.
September 13th, 2009 @ 12:21 am
:O a face to the voice! and such a handsome one at that!
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