Years of working with Adobe After Effects for numerous clients leaves me with just one thought. Whoa, I did all that? I have only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to working with After Effects. I agree that plug-ins help create a more impressive flash to many projects but it's the layering and pic whip usage that impressed me the most. Learning code to increase layer collaboration and the ability of lights and internal camera's inside After Effects takes the Adobe product to an extreme limit that many editors can get lost in.
"I consider it a fun place to be lost" -Ward Mankin
Add that to your minds imagination and there is no stopping the talents of creation within the confines of the boxed media we call video. How do we think outside the box? We do and we don't. We think outside the box in our minds eye but we place it all inside the box for our viewers to consume. The human mind will take your visual medium in a box and expound outside those limits- and that is where dreams reside.
Here is just a sample of the tip of my iceberg and I have so much more to learn. -Ward