This question is based on a previous inquiry into how to animate a rotating string of text, the original question can be found here: Animation (Adobe After Effects): Text rotating without cylindric wrapping of text
The final result of this research looks like this:
As Cai (who answered my initial question) suggested, this is done by creating an oval-shaped masked for the text layer, turning off the
Perpendicular To Path option under
Path Options and using the
First/Last Margin value to animate the rotation.
Now, I would like to place another shape inside the rotating text, that is, let the text rotate around it. So far, I don't see any way to do so, as the shape can either sit on top or underneath the text layer. Is there any way (possibly by masking the text when it moves "behind" the shape which is supposed to like rotating around?) to create this animation properly in After Effects?