Some time in the Spring I saw a transition in a project that I liked -- honestly I don't remember what -- and of course I wanted to copy it. Well, more precisely, I wanted to know how to do it so that I could copy it. But, you know, in my own way.
So I did what any self-respecting motion designer would do: think about it for five minutes and then ask a talented friend on Slack. In this case, I asked my buddy and Motion Corpse co-Founder Frank Suarez, and he said something like "I think they just painted it frame by frame in Photoshop and used it as a matte."
This was a moment of clarity for me, and it set me off on a frenzy of experimenting and playing around with different methods of making textured transitions for my own work. As a bonus, I had just won a Cintiq 13HD tablet -- thank you School Of Motion! -- a few months prior and had discovered the insane life-changing beauty of Kyle T Webster's Photoshop brush sets. So I was set.
And from that humble beginning arose a large, sprawling, disorganized mess of a folder on my drive named Wipers. On the jobs when I had time, I made more of them and stuck 'em in Wipers. And on those other jobs when the pressure was on to turn something around quickly, well who could resist a folder named Wipers? I mean, come on! It's right there.
And then, of course, it was only a matter of time before I realized ... these might be useful for other people too! People with tight deadlines, or people who didn't want to hand-make their own transitions, or even worse -- the unfortunate souls who didn't win a HD Cintiq in an animation contest against a bunch of other ridiculously talented motion designers like I had (sorry, hard for me to resist the humble-brag).
And thus I realized I could potentially make money from all this stuff I was already doing for myself. And, even better, it could actually really benefit some folks!
If I have enough time in January, I really want to make a tutorial that will go into some detail about how I made these, in case there are enterprising souls who want to make their very own Wipers one day, and don't have a Frank Suarez to ask.