Peder Norrby

Peder Norrby is the mastermind behind Trapcode. A gentle genius with a passion for art, music and programming. In this rare video interview, Peder reveals how this passion lead him to create arguably the most popular plug-ins for Adobe After Effects in the world today, including Shine, Particular and Form. Peder also reveals where the ideas for many of these plug-ins  evolved and speaks honestly about his influence on the motion graphics industry today and the pressures that come with success.

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  1. Peder Norrby
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    I just wanted to add one thing: THANK YOU ALL MY USERS!! It’s you that make this possible. I’m very thankful.

    Peder Norrby / Trapcode

    • illd
      Reply

      We thank you, man!

    • Twari
      Reply

      I just want you to know that i really am amazed with the plugins, i will have to agree that trapcode is a must for after effects. I am glad i got a chance to meet the creater of such a great code. When i become reconized for my work i will be sure to reach out to you. Also you such catch up with Andrew Kramer at video copilet.

  2. Simon Bronson
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    Thanks for all of your plugins Peder! Really insightful interview John.
    You were spot on about trapcode shaping the industry style, I can’t imagine what we’d be doing without particular, starglow and form.
    Personally they’ve become staple tools that have brought me alot of joy, helped me on creative and commercial projects and allowed me to make a career out of something I love to do.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Simon, I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. I really felt that people should see the man behind the software, which is basically what Unplugged is all about! Best wished, John.

  3. Splasz
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    Thanx 4 this interview. great stuff.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      You’re welcome Splasz. Best wishes, John.

  4. Gyula - Final Cut Pro User Group, Hungary
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    Great plugin, thanks for the interview!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      You’re welcome Gyula. Regards, John.

  5. Youssef Sarhan
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    Keep up the good work peder! you the man

  6. Frank Busch
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    Hi John,

    again a very entertaining Interview. You asked the right questions, very nice.
    And on the other hand you have great guests. Peder Norrby is a cool guy, who knows that he is happening… And he is enjoying his life…

    That ´s great… What a fantasic Community we AE Guys are 😉

    Hi from Berlin, Frank

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Frank, I’m glad you liked it. It’s nice to be giving a human face to our industry in these chats. Thanks for dropping into Motionworks and best wishes, John.

  7. Ivar
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    Thanks for this unique interview guys! A true story of amazing success, to say the least!

    Peder: satt du och slickade pÃ¥ en rizzla där?? 🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      You’re welcome Ivar.

  8. Satya Meka
    Reply

    You are an inspiration Peder!

  9. William
    Reply

    John, thanks so much for getting this series on iTunes! I’ve been waiting for the Peder interview since Unplugged began, and here it is! Thanks, man.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hey William, thanks, it took a little work to set up on iTunes but is rockin’ now. Best wishes, John.

  10. Craig Wall
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    Great interview! Thanks John!

    And thanks Peder. You are such a prodigious talent but I am most impressed with your humble and gracious spirit.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Craig, I’m so glad that everyone can see what a great guy Peder is in person! Best wishes, John.

  11. Jim Hines
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    Another feather in your cap John, bravo.

    I love that this guy found his passion at such an early age and has maintained a calm, zen like steadiness in his appraoch to business and life. The admission that his major stress resulted from a desire to provide quality support for his product is admirable.

    Interesting moment at 19:31

    Rock on John.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Jim, it’s truly inspiring to be able to reveal the people behind the technology, and what a great bunch of people we have in this industry! Best wishes, John.

  12. Grischa Theissen
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    What a nice guy behind these great plugins. He really deserves his successes.
    Good luck with all the upcoming plugins!

    And thanks for the interview, John.
    Crazy when you think about what’s possible these days: Video interview around the world with a free piece of software.

    • John Dickinson
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      For sure Grishca. I’m always blown away by how close Skype brings us together. Best, John.

  13. Lucas Maciel
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    Maaaaaannnn… i use internet 10 years now, i am still surprise how the web make everything connected, im really amazing how i can see the creator of blowminds thinks like Peter and see him like a normal people!

    We are luck to be this generation, not everyone can see, but we are change the world literaly (in dance, arts, politics, computers, etc).

    He deserve the sucess for sure and u too John to have this website.

    But, now i have sure that everyone smoke : )!
    lol!

    this little touch of Peter on the end of this video make me laught a lot!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Lucas, it is amazing how we can connect with one another. Thanks for your support and connecting with us here on Motionworks. Best wishes, John.

  14. andy.
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    I enjoyed this interview immensely! Makes me love these plugins THAT much more!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Good to hear Andy, thanks for your comment. Regards, John

  15. LD
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    Awesome interview with a true game-changer. Thanks!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi LD, thanks for the feedback. Best wishes, John.

  16. stefano
    Reply

    this man is a genius!!!
    thank you very very much for all your work!
    🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      A true genius for sure. Thanks Stefano.

  17. Josh Johnson
    Reply

    Wonderful interview John!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thanks Josh.

  18. harry
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    a true genius indeed he is ! thank you so much for the much needed insight.

    • John Dickinson
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      You’re welcome Harry.

  19. Cracchus
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    I just wanted to thank both of you for being such amazing creative talents and for your abillity to explain and teach and share your knowledge. It is people like you that make our creative communities such a great place.

    Peder, fortsett ditt fantastiske arbeid, det må være utrolig kjekt for deg å se hva andre mennesker kan gjøre og lage på grunn av deg.

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks Cracchus, it’s alway nice to be appreciated! Best wishes, John.

  20. Liam
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    Nice interview John, your a Pro. Fantastic guest list. Peder is a very chilled cat.

    Trapcode is awesome, I use the plug-ins for loads of projects, still learning my
    way around them. Peder’s face kept morphing? My mobile phone does that when
    I take photos of myself. Maybe I’m not the only alien hybrid using After Effects.

    Looking forward to the 10th offspring. Cheers guys.

    • John Dickinson
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      Thank Liam for your support. I’m glad you are enjoying the series. Best, John.

  21. Samael D
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    Hey John D.!

    When are you going to interview me? Im a swedish VFX genius too 😉

  22. Slobodan Todorovic
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    Great plugins! Thanks Peder! You change the world!

    Great interview! Unique interview! Thanks John!

  23. Péter
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    Thank you John to showing us the mastermind behind the industry!
    You have great sense to make interviews like this.
    Hilarious moment at 19:31 😀

    Thumbs up!

  24. Christer Furubrand
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    A very interesting interview. Unfortenately it stopped at about 9 minutes ( it should be 21 minutes). Is it me or you?

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Christer, seems to be loading okay here. Perhaps try again later. Best wishes, John.

  25. Brett Morris
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    whats next? whats next? love your work guys

    Brett

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hey Brett, next up is Mark Coleran. Cheers, JD.

  26. Terri
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    What a guy ! Amazing …. great interview really enjoyed viewing it. ! So excited with Trapcode ,something like a little kid with their favorite Christmas toy .
    Peace/T

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Terri, the Trapcode effects certainly are like toys… very powerful toys! Best, John.

  27. Wes Kandel
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    Great interview guys! And thanks for the mention Peder!

  28. Hafeez
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    How do you get the most interesting people to talk the most interesting? 🙂 Great Interview.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Hafeez, it’s easy to get people to talk when they are your friends 😉 Best, John.

  29. leonardo
    Reply

    muito bom

  30. Andre
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    Liked an interview a lot,such a decent guy

  31. Shannon Wilkerson
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    YO JD! Great interview. Very inspirational. The awesome sauce of this website never ceases to amaze me. Please keep up the good work. And thanks to Peter. I rarely find a project where I am not using one of the trapcode plugins.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thanks Shannon, I’ll keep the “sauce” coming 😉 Best, John.

  32. Klas
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    To John: Super interview
    To Peder: Dina pluggar är grymma!!

    //Klas

  33. Murat Erozturk
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    Great interview John, thank you for introducing us to the man that changed the motion graphic industry forever.
    Keep the interviews coming!

    Best regards

  34. John Dickinson
    Reply

    You’re welcome Andy, thanks for your comment.

  35. Adeolu
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    this is a ground breaking interview john, unveiling the man behind the awesome plugins, great work and insight, he deserves to be celebrated, its about time we have awards for people working behind the scenes, making Television Broadcast interesting and attractive. Cheers

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thanks Adeolu.

  36. blair massey
    Reply

    thanx you guys are awesome!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      You’re welcome Blair.

  37. fabuch
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    Peder Thanks! TRAPCODE SHINE, is mi first plug in, 10 years ago,
    I caught him looking a tutorial on the internet, never
    stop using the products TRAPCODE, the arrival of TRAPCODE particular was a real
    party. I am truly grateful. Thanks to you and the entire team Trapcode. Thanks to
    John Dickinson for providing this interesting interview. Love!

  38. Joel
    Reply

    Thanks for re uploading the video John.

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