About Iain Anderson

I do a lot of different things. It can be a little tricky to list them all without sounding like a jack of all trades and implying that I’m a master of none. While I can’t claim to be an expert at all of these things, I’ve done plenty of interesting and unusual things at a pretty high level, and this is my place to talk about them all. There are lots of stories to tell and I can’t show everything, so please ask me in person to see what I can’t put online.

This site covers a whole lot at a shallow level, but if you’re only interested in my video work, head to filmeverywhere.com, and if you’re looking for training, head to trainingbrisbane.com. All that out of the way, here’s a big list of “things I’ve done”, roughly sorted into categories:

Training

Trained hundreds of students since 1998 at university, college, high school and privately

I became TAFE qualified in 1998, and I've taught for QANTM CMC (now part of SAE), lectured and delivered tutorials and workshops at QUT, lectured at Design College Australia, and delivered training courses through smaller private training organisations and Training Brisbane, my own training business. Alongside the written and video training, in-person training is a big part of what I do.

As part of creating training courses, I've written original training manuals on Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver for Web Design, Flash and Director, as well as a rough guide to editing in FCP X.

InDesign User Group

Presented at the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit in California, in 2017

In Cupertino, California, the FCP X Creative Summit is the #1 conference for Final Cut Pro X users, and I delivered two talks there. While at the conference, I was also lucky enough to film (in 360°) the demo room where Apple showed the latest version of FCP X, weeks before release (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWvumlKDuss) and also a video demo of FCP X 10.4 well before release (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFPUYJ8GAgg).

Presenting at the FCP X Creative Summit, October 2017

I appear in the FCP X documentary “Off The Tracks”

I was interviewed for and appear in Bradley Olsen's documentary, "Off The Tracks", about the launch of Final Cut Pro X and what's happened since. I also contributed video and stills (of the Apple campus and behind the scenes at the filming of MacBreak Studio) which appear in the movie. Many other people also appear in the doco, including the original creator of FCP 7/FCP X/iMovie/Premiere, Randy Ubillos. You can buy it now from the official movie website.

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Presented at CreateWorld in Brisbane, in 2017

I presented two talks, on Augmented Reality and 360° Photos and Videos. Both talks are both available to watch on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTUVNOmqam8&t=947s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLK5gBm9sCs&t=500s

 

Written over 200 articles for macProVideo.com

I've written enough articles for The Hub at macProVideo to fill a large book, including a six-part crash course in FCP X. Reviews, tutorials, tips, anything to do with creative gear. It's all completely free, and supports the paid video training courses also on offer.

Created more than 20 online video training courses for macProVideo.com/AskVideo.com

I've written, recorded, voiced and edited many courses, most over an hour in length, for macProVideo.com and AskVideo.com. Everything from Adobe to Apple, from beginner to advanced, and graphic design through video editing and animation. If you're not familiar with it, macProVideo.com is like "Lynda" but better; both streaming and downloading are available, and there are many apps available too.

Apple list just seven providers of online training on their FCP X Resources page and I'm happy to say that I'm now the active trainer behind macProVideo's new FCP X and Motion courses. (Most of the existing courses have been created by Michael Wohl, one of the original creators of FCP, but I'll be re-recording them as the apps are updated.)

Created many video tutorials and promotional videos for CoreMelt’s professional video effects tools

For CoreMelt, I've created many tutorial and promotional videos like this one, as well as helping during development and performing some logo and print design. I continue to work for CoreMelt today, and also write for the fcpxfree.com site, discussing free effects for Final Cut Pro X.

 

Video

I appear in the FCP X documentary “Off The Tracks”

I was interviewed for and appear in Bradley Olsen's documentary, "Off The Tracks", about the launch of Final Cut Pro X and what's happened since. I also contributed video and stills (of the Apple campus and behind the scenes at the filming of MacBreak Studio) which appear in the movie. Many other people also appear in the doco, including the original creator of FCP 7/FCP X/iMovie/Premiere, Randy Ubillos. You can buy it now from the official movie website.

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Created a motion graphics showreel

Here's a quick showcase of some of my motion graphics work over the past few years.

Shot and edited safety, corporate, promotional and documentary videos for many different audiences

Clients have included multinationals, large organisations, government departments, universities, manufacturers and training organisations. Many of these clips are online at filmeverywhere.com, though many more cannot be shared, and I'd have to show you in person.

One I can share is a Fire and Evacuation video that I shot (with a colleague) and edited. It's presented by Bruce Paige, and is part of a training course that's for sale here.

 

Created many video tutorials and promotional videos for CoreMelt’s professional video effects tools

For CoreMelt, I've created many tutorial and promotional videos like this one, as well as helping during development and performing some logo and print design. I continue to work for CoreMelt today, and also write for the fcpxfree.com site, discussing free effects for Final Cut Pro X.

 

Created a series of continuing documentaries on the 48 Hour Game Making Challenge

Every October in Brisbane, many teams of video game makers gather to make games in two days. I've documented the process for three of the last four years (2012, 2014, 2015), and I'll be back again this year. Brisbane has some rockstar devs, and it's great to be allowed to play in their space.

 

Presented video effects software at the NAB show in Las Vegas

In 2015, I flew to Las Vegas to present on the CoreMelt stand on the show floor at NAB, and at the FCPWORKS sessions next door. That session is online here.

Created an animation that played in the Sydney Film Festival, Portable Film Festival and Bitfilm, went viral and was featured in the Graphic Design Referenced book

Airport is an animated film I finished in 2005, then put on my website to no acclaim. It was accepted into the Sydney Film Festival in 2005, where it played in the Oz Digital Shorts program in the Sydney Opera House. Sadly, that just meant that a hundred or so more people saw it.

Down the track in 2006, I volunteered to show Cory Doctorow (sci-fi author, boingboing.net editor and all-round good guy) around Brisbane while he was in town to give a speech, and he accepted. At the end of the day I passed on my showreel, he liked Airport, linked to it, and it became an instant hit. From there, it was invited to the Portable Film Festival in 2006, where it eventually came joint second behind an Oscar nominee (Maestro), and Bitfilm in Germany. Stills from the film have also been featured in the Graphic Design Referenced book.

 

Created a Shakespeare-inspired video with my daughter that was featured on the Daily Mail and Telegraph

With my daughter, I created a short film in which she said a line of the Shakespeare speech "All The World's A Stage" every now and again for eighteen months, mostly using props or settings that reflected the line. It became a minor viral hit in August 2014, featured in the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, but interestingly, Benedict Cumberbatch voiced a very similar piece (the same speech, starting with very similar orchestral music) for a BBC promo that came out a few months later in October. Coincidence? Possibly.

 

Created animation and video for Microsoft on-site in Boston

My short animation Airport, mentioned elsewhere on this page, was seen by someone from Microsoft who was organising Tech·Ed 2006, and who liked the animation style. I was commissioned to create an animation to open the conference, and then to fly to Boston to make another film there (which remains private).

 

Edited and colour-corrected footage for feature films in development

There's a great story about a film called Radio Pirates that I worked on the press kit for, and then another story about another film by the same director, but maybe it's best to ask me about this one in person.

Created a TV game show, including the electronic game board, which went to pilot stage

My art project Identikit was eventually reborn as a 3D project and taught to schoolkids in a workshop. The idea was then taken further, and broadened out to include more than just pictures, to create a game show that went to pilot. Perhaps someday it'll be picked up? (If you'd like to see the video, you'll have to ask me, though.)

Created a video series called Twelve Fives

Take twelve five-second shots, put them together with music at 96 or 192 bpm, and you've got a Twelve Fives video postcard, a great way to show your old footage. Several of the pieces I've made have been shown in exhibition at QUT in Brisbane.

This has now morphed into a way to record a child growing up a year in a minute, and my daughter's life is slowly turning into a 21 minute video to be shown at her 21st birthday party.

Shot and edited the first Senior Video at Brisbane State High School in 1991

Way back in 1991, I shot video all year on a VHS camcorder, then edited on a VHS-Umatic tape-to-tape machine in a tiny utility room to avoid an English assignment, and made the Senior Video. It was a blast, and the tradition continues today.

Animation

Created a motion graphics showreel

Here's a quick showcase of some of my motion graphics work over the past few years.

Created animation reels for high-end jewellery stores and universities

The high-end jeweller AVAKIAN was a client of the company I worked for in the UK, and I created a 20-minute looping animation to play in their Geneva shop window.

Closer to home, I've created several motion graphics animations for QUT which can be seen playing on display boards around the campuses.

QUT animation sample

Created an animation that played in the Sydney Film Festival, Portable Film Festival and Bitfilm, went viral and was featured in the Graphic Design Referenced book

Airport is an animated film I finished in 2005, then put on my website to no acclaim. It was accepted into the Sydney Film Festival in 2005, where it played in the Oz Digital Shorts program in the Sydney Opera House. Sadly, that just meant that a hundred or so more people saw it.

Down the track in 2006, I volunteered to show Cory Doctorow (sci-fi author, boingboing.net editor and all-round good guy) around Brisbane while he was in town to give a speech, and he accepted. At the end of the day I passed on my showreel, he liked Airport, linked to it, and it became an instant hit. From there, it was invited to the Portable Film Festival in 2006, where it eventually came joint second behind an Oscar nominee (Maestro), and Bitfilm in Germany. Stills from the film have also been featured in the Graphic Design Referenced book.

 

Created animation and video for Microsoft on-site in Boston

My short animation Airport, mentioned elsewhere on this page, was seen by someone from Microsoft who was organising Tech·Ed 2006, and who liked the animation style. I was commissioned to create an animation to open the conference, and then to fly to Boston to make another film there (which remains private).

 

Created animation and video work for non-profits

Here in Brisbane, I've created a series of animations for RAILS, a local community legal centre for refugees, on family violence, how law and government works, and others. I've also created a series of videos explaining concepts in simple English for MDA, and done print design work to support these and other projects too.

 

Created original animated transition, effect and title templates for video editors

A great joy of the FCP X & Motion workflow is the ease with which you can create custom titles, effects and transitions that can be shared with and sold to other editors. I've created (and written tutorials about) many, many of these custom plug-ins, for clients and for myself. While I have created a site to sell some of the templates I've designed, it's due for a revamp. Ask me if you want to see it.

Created animations for broadcast TV

I've worked on animations for The Medicine Woman (no, not Dr Quinn) a Visionquest production sold internationally, as well as creating the Viewer Video of the Week, Should Drugs Be Legal? for Hungry Beast in their house style.

 

Design

Created many websites since the mid 1990s

I've had a website for a long, long time, and currently I host about 20 websites for myself and for clients. While the first sites I built were hand-coded HTML (and I still work that way from time to time) I normally build with Wordpress these days. This is a pretty good strategy, as long as you're aware of the security measures you'll need to take.

If you're considering hiring me for web design, take a look at trainingbrisbane.com (my own design and implementation by hand), orchardtherapies.co.uk (an adapted Wordpress theme), ianwaldie.com (hand-coded, custom scripting), aaf.edu.au (my design by hand-coding, re-implemented by AAF staff).

(Fun fact: as far as I know, I was the only person in the Southern Hemisphere to enter a competition held in 1994 by Netscape, to design a replacement for the pulsing N logo that used to indicate loading. My entry was bad, and the comets flying over the N was a worthy winner. Still, they sent me a t-shirt.)

Written, illustrated, animated and voiced my own children’s books for iPad and iPhone

Lefty and Ron was one of the first iPhone apps made with Flash, and was on the App Store before Flash was banned. I've since re-jigged it for iPad and for the iBooks Store with more animation and higher resolution, and it remains popular today. I also wrote, illustrated and voiced What Was That Noise? (free in Australian and New Zealand) and the visual picture dictionary Alphazed for iPad. Grab all my apps here.

 

Lefty and RonWhat Was That Noise?Alphazed, a picture dictionary

Designed 600+ page books and more for print and electronic delivery

For a client, I designed a complex 600 page book for electronic delivery, and condensed it to a print edition around 1/3 the size. I've also designed more smaller books, annual reports, flyers, DVD covers, business cards, logos and billboards than I can remember.

Here's the cover (of a real book!) that I designed for my mother, and which you can buy here:

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Created animation and video work for non-profits

Here in Brisbane, I've created a series of animations for RAILS, a local community legal centre for refugees, on family violence, how law and government works, and others. I've also created a series of videos explaining concepts in simple English for MDA, and done print design work to support these and other projects too.

 

Retouching for magazines, packaging and high-end catalogues in the UK

From 2001 to 2004, I worked at a reprographics house in London, in the spot between designers and printers that's less and less occupied now. I did design and retouching, while others shot stills, created film and plates, created Cromalin proofs, and handled short run test printing.

Some of the jobs I got to handle included retouching on lingerie product packaging for M&S,  high-end jewellery photography and retouching, low-end junk photography and retouching, and occasionally fashion shots. Still, nothing beats the magazine cover I worked on with a headline "My Diet Secret" next to retouching instructions to remove the celeb's belly.

So yes, I've faked cleavage, smoothed skin, and generally made many women feel worse about their own bodies. I am sorry.

Started, but have not yet finished, a website offering background wallpaper images for 5K Retina iMacs

Because there aren't enough high-resolution desktop images for Apple's biggest screen, I decided to make a few. I've got lots more images ready to go, and I'm still deciding on the best way to make it happen. Grab some of the images now, over at pic5k.com.

Created original animated transition, effect and title templates for video editors

A great joy of the FCP X & Motion workflow is the ease with which you can create custom titles, effects and transitions that can be shared with and sold to other editors. I've created (and written tutorials about) many, many of these custom plug-ins, for clients and for myself. While I have created a site to sell some of the templates I've designed, it's due for a revamp. Ask me if you want to see it.

Built Queensland Island in Second Life for the Queensland Government

This was a great job, building an island in the shape of Queensland, populating it with appropriate greenery and signage, then making sure it was suitable for the Minister for Youth to host a meeting of young people from all over Queensland. It was a blast, but all that remains now is a video and several screenshots. The video is private, but if you want to see it, ask me for the password and click here.

Development

Written, illustrated, animated and voiced my own children’s books for iPad and iPhone

Lefty and Ron was one of the first iPhone apps made with Flash, and was on the App Store before Flash was banned. I've since re-jigged it for iPad and for the iBooks Store with more animation and higher resolution, and it remains popular today. I also wrote, illustrated and voiced What Was That Noise? (free in Australian and New Zealand) and the visual picture dictionary Alphazed for iPad. Grab all my apps here.

 

Lefty and RonWhat Was That Noise?Alphazed, a picture dictionary

Designed and implemented an add-on for the Apple Watch

Roughly is an add-on for the Apple Watch called a "complication" which adds a feature to the watch face. This one tells you the approximate time to the nearest five minutes, which is mostly just for fun but which does have some practical uses. You can read more about it at my blog.

 

Roughly

Created original screen savers using Quartz Composer

A visual programming language, Quartz Composer is a fantastic way to create original interactive, generative art, and I've created many pieces you can download and then put into a Mac's Screen Savers folder. Looking forward to the next projected art festival to show them off.

a still from my Quartz Composer artwork

Created a TV game show, including the electronic game board, which went to pilot stage

My art project Identikit was eventually reborn as a 3D project and taught to schoolkids in a workshop. The idea was then taken further, and broadened out to include more than just pictures, to create a game show that went to pilot. Perhaps someday it'll be picked up? (If you'd like to see the video, you'll have to ask me, though.)

Other

Created concept artwork for William Gibson

I'll let the picture tell the story here, but I do love how small social media has made the world.

A Twitter story with William Gibson

I appear in the FCP X documentary “Off The Tracks”

I was interviewed for and appear in Bradley Olsen's documentary, "Off The Tracks", about the launch of Final Cut Pro X and what's happened since. I also contributed video and stills (of the Apple campus and behind the scenes at the filming of MacBreak Studio) which appear in the movie. Many other people also appear in the doco, including the original creator of FCP 7/FCP X/iMovie/Premiere, Randy Ubillos. You can buy it now from the official movie website.

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Created a Shakespeare-inspired video with my daughter that was featured on the Daily Mail and Telegraph

With my daughter, I created a short film in which she said a line of the Shakespeare speech "All The World's A Stage" every now and again for eighteen months, mostly using props or settings that reflected the line. It became a minor viral hit in August 2014, featured in the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, but interestingly, Benedict Cumberbatch voiced a very similar piece (the same speech, starting with very similar orchestral music) for a BBC promo that came out a few months later in October. Coincidence? Possibly.

 

Won a national art grant to create an art piece called Identikit, then talked about it on TV

Way back in 1998, I applied for a grant to create a piece of multimedia art in a project called Stuff-Art, which had to fit on a floppy disk (that's 1.4MB or less). I got one of the eight grants, then created Identikit, a fun way to rearrange your friends faces, and then got to travel to Melbourne to be interviewed on Recovery, an awesome Saturday morning TV show. Here's the part of the show with me on it. [LINK] (Fun fact: co-host Leigh Whannel went on to write and appear in horror film Saw.)

Identikit was later reborn in 3D and exhibited as art (seen below) which then formed the basis of a TV game show that went to pilot stage. (You'll have to ask me in person about that one.)

Identikit

Created original icon sets distributed on CD-ROMs in Japan

In the early 1990s, I created a set of manilla folder icons for Mac OS (pre OS X). They proved popular, and were distributed in Japan on a DVD-ROM with other work from around the world.

Yes, I’m on IMDB

As I'm in Off The Tracks, I'm listed twice, once as myself, and once for graphic design on All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane, for a book cover that only appears in a deleted scene.

Built Queensland Island in Second Life for the Queensland Government

This was a great job, building an island in the shape of Queensland, populating it with appropriate greenery and signage, then making sure it was suitable for the Minister for Youth to host a meeting of young people from all over Queensland. It was a blast, but all that remains now is a video and several screenshots. The video is private, but if you want to see it, ask me for the password and click here.