Greyscalegorilla Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:06:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Greyscalegorilla no Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Greyscalegorilla Casey Explains It All – Tutorial Ideas Needed Below Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:06:57 +0000 Nick caseyexplains
I was talking with the Super-Great-And-Talented™ Casey Hupke at NAB this year and he mentioned in his enthusiastic way that he had an idea for a video series on Greyscalegorilla. This guy Casey is so talented and a great teacher so of course I was all “Heck Yes!!”. He calls it “Casey Explains It All” and here is the idea he came up with.

Post your Cinema 4D questions in the comments below. Then, Casey will pick his favorite one and make a quick, helpful video about the topic. It’s that simple. So, can you help us get this going? Check out his reel below to get and idea of the type of crazy cool stuff Casey makes. I’m so excited to have such a talented, helpful guy want to give back to the community. Stay tuned for the result.

Casey’s Reel

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New Plug-Ins, Prizes, And Tons of Cinema 4D Presentations All This Week at C4DLive Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:39:48 +0000 Nick 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.

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NAB Pinball Party 2014 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:56:04 +0000 Nick NABPinballParty2014
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

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Five Second Project “Bright Lights” Winners Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:25:13 +0000 Dave Kiss Winner

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

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Movecraft Open Source Demo Reel And Walkthrough Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:49:42 +0000 Nick

Motion artist and teacher, Colin Evoy Sebestyen has done something I have never seen before. He has posted his entire demo reel (shown above) as an open source project for anyone to download, play with, and learn from. Everything you see in his reel and in this post is available in a huge download of scene files, vector objects, and videos. So cool! I have learned a ton by opening up others’ scene files, and Colin gives us a ton of great ones to play with.

Colin also sent Greyscalegorilla this exclusive video (posted below) of him going through some of the project files to show you how they were put together and some of the thought that went behind making them. Thanks so much to Colin for putting this out for the community. Colin mentioned that you can thank him by following him on twitter, or liking his Facebook page.

Colin’s Video Walkthrough

Animated GIF Examples



Just as a painting you may own does you no good sitting in your basement unseen, your source files don’t do much backed up on a hard drive. – Colin





Visit Movecraft and Download The Project Files

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Five Second Project “Olympic Gold” Winners Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:32:41 +0000 Dave Kiss Winner

Congratulations to gasta for winning the Five Second Project for February. This entry has a great low-poly environment and models, detailed sound design, clean 3D animation, and it adheres to the theme. All of those elements really brought this piece full-circle.

There were a ton of great entries this month, so we also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. Look for the next Five Second Project starting next week.

Honorable Mentions

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NEW: HDRI Studio Pack V1.9 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:24:29 +0000 Nick TwoTeapots3_Camera
Perfect lighting and reflections in seconds. That’s what HDRI Studio Pack is all about. We just launched the latest version of HDRI Studio Pack today. It includes new still and animation presets specifically designed for Version R15 of Cinema 4D.

HDRI Studio Pack presets give you ready-to-render scenes that are perfectly optimized for speed and performance with Global Illumination. Watch the “What’s New” video below or visit the HDRI Studio Pack Page to learn more about HDRI Studio Pack and what’s new in this latest version.

What’s New In Version 1.9

Some Example Renders and Animations from HDRI Studio Pack


This is a free update. Current HDRI Studio Pack owners will get an email with a link to the new version.

Learn More About HDRI Studio Pack

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Pasquale D’Silva – Designing With Animation Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:17:45 +0000 Nick PasWaveAnimation3

Computers are jerks and love to fill in the gaps linearly because they are lazy sacks of wires. A great animator/motion designer spends most of their days fighting computers to make sure they don’t mess this up.

In this presentation about designing with animation, Pasquale D’Silva goes through some great examples of how animation can be used to help design software interfaces. It’s a great talk about how animation can help make software easier to use. He also wrote this article that includes some great visual examples of these animation concepts in action. The best part… These concepts are great for ALL motion design. Not just software.


Also See… Guide To Keyframes In After Effects

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Five Second Project “Bah, Humbug!” Winners Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:47:21 +0000 Dave Kiss Winner

Congratulations to Dan Wood for winning the Five Second Project for December. We really liked the attention to mechanical details and the animation was super solid. Also, who doesn’t love ornaments equipped with military-grade weapons?

We also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. The next Five Second Project will be announced on the blog soon.

Honorable Mentions

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Happy Holidays from Greyscalegorilla 2013 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:45:21 +0000 Nick
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Greyscalegorilla. Thank you so much for joining us this year to learn and play and create. To celebrate, I wanted to re-render an old scene file from 2009 using some higher quality render techniques like GI for animation, blurry reflections, and also finally render it HD.

From all of us here at Greyscalegorilla, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Original Low Rez Render

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