//  technical direction
tools:  After Effects, Maya, Blender, Cinema 4D, ffmpeg, Processing
Open-source toolkits include:

AEToolbox: Automate After Effects rigging tasks; also a great starting template for any ScriptUI project.

MayaToolbox: Comprehensive intro to Maya Python.

C4DToolbox: Simplifies Cinema 4D's complex Python API, so you can easily move things around and set keyframes.