Motion Graphics & Video

I've always been interested in animation and stop motion. One of my first video / animation projects as a teenager involved using an antiquated serial (or was it parallel??) port device that would let you take one low resolution photo (640x480?) at a time. Then you would painstakingly move your subjects (in my case clay blobs.. er.. "Characters"), take another photo, move them again and so on. In the end I combined the still frames and ended up with a crude animation. Those early days were great to bolster my creativity, but thankfully these days we have After Effects and can make some truly compelling cat videos. Er, commercials.