1. New Plug-Ins, Prizes, And Tons of Cinema 4D Presentations All This Week at C4DLive 13 Comments

    You don’t need to be in Las Vegas to be a part of NAB. Watch all of the Cinema 4D presentations live from the Maxon booth all this week at This is the biggest year for the Maxon booth with twenty different presenters. Join us over the next four days of presentations and tutorials from leading Cinema 4D artists and designers. Check out the full schedule and watch live at


    I’m so excited to be presenting Greyscalegorilla’s upcoming animation plugin, Signal on Monday Morning at 9:30AM PST and on Wednesday at 3:30PM PST. Watch Chris Schmidt close out the show on Thursday at 12:30 with another amazing set of Cinema 4D Quick Tips. Learn a bit more about Signal over at our new Signal sign up page.


    Also, sign up for the ongoing raffle at to win prizes from Red Giant, Videocopilot, Lynda, Greyscalegorilla and more great sponsors. See you on the live-stream.

    13 Comments Posted 1 week ago
  2. NAB Pinball Party 2014 7 Comments

    Join us for more pinball and free beer in Las Vegas during NAB for another pinball party sponsored by Maxon. Come by the Maxon booth this year to get a wristband for the party on Tuesday night. Space is limited, so get your wristband early.


    This event is NOT at the Pinball Hall of Fame where it was last year. It’s at their satellite location in the Riviera Hotel and Casino.

    Drinks AND Tournament

    Greyscalegorilla will be hosting a Pinball tournament, so bring your flipper skills to win some prizes.

    Visit the Eventbrite page to learn more and RSVP. In addition to the RSVP, you will also need the wrist band to get in. Hope to see you there.


    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)


    Pinball Museum “Greatest Hits” Annex at the Riviera Hotel and Casino
    2901 S Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89109

    7 Comments Posted 2 weeks ago
  3. Sketch & Toon Style 3: Stippled Dino 21 Comments

    The third part in the Sketch & Toon tutorial series. Working from the base model and animation of a T-rex from S├ębastien Florand found in the Studio examples folder we’ll create a dotted material procedurally for the shading. Then we’ll create a darker outline with Sketch & Toon.

    Drop a link in the comments below of a Sketch & Toon Style you may want to see in future tutorials.


    21 Comments Posted 2 weeks ago
  4. Cinema 4D Quick Tip 5 – Make A Custom Viewport For Rendering 12 Comments

    In this C4D Quick Tip, I will show you how to set up a custom viewport in your C4D interface that is only for rendering the current view. I use this viewport to easily light scenes and to quickly see the effect my lighting has by using the Interactive Render Region.

    Watch More Quick Tips

    12 Comments Posted 3 weeks ago
  5. Five Second Project “Bright Lights” Winners 11 Comments


    Congratulations to Michael Rinnan for winning the Five Second Project for March. His entry had a great concept and was outfitted with excellent lighting, atmosphere, camera movements and sound design.

    We wanted to know a little bit more about Michael’s entry, so we asked him a few questions regarding his workflow and the process for creating his winning piece.

    Where do you work? What is your title? Tell us about what you do at your company.

    I am a 3D generalist at NFL films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Working for the NFL brings a variety of different projects from NFL network show titles and graphics, to in stadium crowd prompts and opens, and client commercial work.

    How did you come up with your concept for the Bright Lights Five Second Project?

    For my concept, my goal was to come up with a quick story I could tell in 5 seconds. I wanted to lead the viewer in one direction and have that twist at the end to make it interesting.

    What was the most challenging thing about your project?

    The most challenging part of this project was honestly the lighting. I needed to make the scene feel dark so that the lights of the motorcycles would be the main focus, yet still be able to show off the details of the deer and environment.

    Tell us a little about how you achieved the zolly (push-pull zoom) effect.

    To achieve the zolly, I initially mapped out the motion of the motorcycles with a spline and then dropped a camera onto that motion path. The effect comes when the camera is moving forward towards the subject and the lens zooms out. I animated the field of view (horizontal) parameter in the camera settings.

    What renderer was used? Was there anything you needed to do to keep render times down?

    For this animation I used Cinema’s standard renderer to save time. Everything was rendered into passes (Beauty, AO, reflection for the road, Object Buffers for deer, bikes, and moon) To keep render times low, I decided not to use GI. Instead I gave the characters and landscape a slight Fresnel look, which gave it a “backlight” feel and an overall style.

    How long did your piece take to make?

    This project took about 5 nights (after work) to make. It was really fun, so time slipped away from me and I was working from about 6pm to 1am every night.

    What do you enjoy most about participating in the Greyscalegorilla five second project?

    I think the best thing about participating in 5 Seconds Projects is hands down the community! Everyone shares a passion for the same thing and there is so much support and feedback. You guys give inspiration to people like me in the field and to aspiring 3D artists. It’s a good feeling and it gives me motivation to participate as much as I can in our Cinema 4D community.

    We also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. Look for the next Five Second Project coming up in April.

    Honorable Mentions

    11 Comments Posted 3 weeks ago