Episode 16: Affecting Visual Effects

David Simons ’86 talks computing at Andover, start-ups, and collaborating with The Simpsons.

Adobe After Effects is a staple in the visual effects post-production world. It is used in large-scale Hollywood productions, network television, and even by the Office of Communication here at Andover. The software’s co-founder, David Simons, is a member of Andover’s class of 1986.

On this episode of Every Quarter, Simons sits down with Neil Evans to discuss his career path to Adobe, the struggles of having one of the first personal computers at Andover, and his advice for aspiring coders.

Simons’ new project, Character Animator, combines elements of After Effects with live action puppetry technology and has been featured recently on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert [embedded below] and a live episode of The Simpsons.