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OUR MISSION: To explore innovative ideas, to seek out creative minds and new inspirations, to boldly go where no creative has gone before!

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Cinema 4D + KRAKATOA Cinema 4D + Viz Artist

One of my favorite things at NAB are the sneak peaks – the opportunity to learn first hand what’s coming down the pike. And today at the MAXON press luncheon I did that that. So what’s in store for CINEMA 4D?

Happy 20th Birthday Adobe After Effects!

Happy Birthday After Effects! It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years.

While I didn’t know you from birth, you came into my life when you were a couple of years old – just before your new family at Adobe adopted you.

Why do you do what you do?

Simon Sinek presented a TEDx session in which he said, “People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it…”. Later, motion 2011 speaker Joel Pilger, Creative Director at Impossible took this a step further in an interview with the The Denver Egotist, where he asked each of us as creatives to ask ourselves: “WHY do you do what you do?”

about me…


I love to create. Whether it’s creating motion graphics for broadcast, sharing my thoughts on, or curating our annual show, being a creative is what fuels me.


As the producer of motion, I where many hats. Creative director, production designer, web developer, graphic designer – whatever it takes. The outcome? An amazing annual show.


I’m known for being a creative technologist. A unique blend of left & right brain. When in left-brain mode, I program in PHP, Javascript, and build our servers from the ground up on AWS.

elaine montoya
  • right brain 50%
  • left brain 50%

the details…

I’ve been described as a “right-down-the-middle-left-brain/right-brain creative technologist”. But since the right-brain/left-brain myth has been debunked, I prefer to think of myself simply as a creative. Someone who needs to feed both the stereotypical left brain and the stereotypical right brain.

Have I always been this way? It would seem so. I started my college career at the University of NM with a NASA scholarship in computer science and electrical engineering – satiating my left brain with logical, precise, and structured skill sets. But after graduating, my right brain screamed ‘what about me!’ Not one to ignore the whole-brain, I earned a second degree in graphic design from The Art Institute of Colorado.

Next chapter: Art Director for ad agencies. Founder of the visual design firm zocoloco studios. Won numerous awards. Was published in HOW Magazine. Taught at The Art Center.

Now, almost 3 decades later, life is filled with a wide range of seemingly juxtaposed experiences ranging from After Effects to AWS, PHP to print design, MySQL to motion graphics and video post-production.

Up until 10 years ago, I thought I was an anomaly. But I’ve since found out I am not alone. I am a creative. It is who I am.

Thus began the voyage of the network. Its mission: to explore innovative thoughts, to seek out creative minds and new inspirations, to boldly go where no creative has gone before. And for the past seven years, we’ve done just that – providing online content for creatives in the motion picture and broadcast industries on, streaming live shows like the annual Made with After Effects Awards, and most importantly, giving birth to motion…a place where people – not unlike myself – can come together each October and celebrate who we are: creatives.

Teacher. Speaker. Writer. Adobe Community Professional. I am happiest when I can truly create – and equally as delighted when other creatives remember what that experience is like, and are inspired to do the same.

On – and one more thing…in my spare time, I enjoy cycling, art, reading – and day spas. And, as a breast cancer survivor, I’m committed to advancing survivorship issues.

I am elaine montoya. I am a creative.