I'm going to be studying animation and digital film production at university next year, but I wanted to have a little go at doing some work before hand so that I don't begin the course completely from scratch. That being said, I have never animated anything before and I'm extremely lost about where to start.
I see a lot of freelance animators talking about how they begin in Flipbook, cleanup in Photoshop, and finish things with After Effects. I have all three programs, but I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to do to begin.
Any advice for a complete novice?