I just finished up a title animation for the upcoming Vimeo Festival + Awards. Vimeo asked me to make a sequence to help promote the awards and I said “Heck Yeah!”. I had a few hours free and a concept ready. What surprised me though, was how fast this animation was completed. It made me realize how much power we all have in these tools we use every day to help make things quickly and help make them look sexy.
Here is a breakdown of the workflow, tools and times. The 3D was It was animated, lit and rendered in about 4 hours using Cinema 4D, Mograph Dynamics and the HDRI Light Kit Pro. I then brought the final renders into after effects where I used Magic Bullet Looks, Trapcode Shine, Knoll Light Factory Pro, and Curves to edit and composite the scenes. The audio was made In GarageBand in just about a half hour using pre-made audio samples, loops and effects built into GarageBand (I wish I had more time to make custom sound design for this spot actually). Overall, this whole animation was concepted, animated, rendered, composited and Scored in less than an 8 hour day! The power we have at our fingertips to realize what we dream up is so outstanding.
There is nothing stopping you from making what you want anymore. Only your own skills (which you work on every day anyway, right?), knowledge (which is free. Thanks internet!), and the tools, which are wildly inexpensive considering what they can help you do in such a short amount of time. So, what are you waiting for. Stop reading and start making stuff. In fact, to bring this full circle, why not make something great to enter into the upcoming Vimeo Festival + Awards?