Greyscalegorilla Blog Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:29:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Greyscalegorilla Blog no Cinema 4D Tutorials and Tools for Motion Graphic Designers Greyscalegorilla Blog Five Second Project “Mini Golf” Winners Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:56:59 +0000 Jacqueline Mueller Winner

The votes have been tallied and we have our winner! Congratulations to Sam Turner for taking the cake!! Your creative and clever take on mini golf went over quite well with our judges!

There was a plethora of awesome entries, so check out the Honorable Mentions section, as well. What a strong start to this season of Five Second Projects!

Special thanks to our amazing sponsor TarDisk. Make sure to check out how they can help you get extra space on your hard drive!

Never done a five second project? Not sure what it is? Check out this page and we will see you back here soon.

Honorable Mentions

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Q&A With Beeple About His Latest Animation, ZERO-DAY Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:27:04 +0000 Nick

Beeple has been posting his creative work every day for over 3000 days straight. If that wasn’t enough, he recently posted ZERO-DAY, the most recent animation in his “instrumental video” series.

We asked him a few questions about his process for ZERO-DAY and about how in the heck he continues to stay so prolific?

Thanks for answering some questions about your new project, Mike. You seem like such a motivated and hard working guy. What keeps you going with all these great projects?

Hahaha, honestly I really don’t feel like that. I feel like it’s a constant struggle to stay focused and productive each day. Damn you interwebz and your engaging content!! :)

No, I think the main thing that motivates me is seeing all the amazing work out there and wanting to try to make something like it. The main motivations for this piece were people who do amazing robot and mech designs like Vitaly Bulgorov, Aaron Beck, Greg Broadmore, Mike Nash etc.

What inspired you to make Zero-Day?

Well this is part of a larger “instrumental video” series that I’ve been working on for the last 10+ years. If you look at “IV.10” and “instrumental video nine” it’s the pretty clear next step. I really like making audio and video super tightly synced as I think it illicits some sort of visceral response.


Based on the themes from Transparent Machines and Zero Day, you seem to have some thoughts on the way technology is changing society. Would you say you are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of a tech connected world?

I would say I am cautiously optimistic. I think technology is doing a huge amount of good and will continue to. I do think there are some potential pitfalls but I think things are changing so fast that there really isn’t gonna be a lot of time to stop and realize if things are getting fucked until it’s too late.

I think these videos might come across as paranoid or very pessimistic but they are really more sort of exaggerations of a worst case sci-fi scenario. There is plenty of technologies like AR, VR, self-driving cars, etc. that I am BEYOND jacked up for. I think these things have the *potential* to be extremely positive for society.

ZERO-DAY Process Video

What was the most difficult part about this project?

Hmmm, I think just sort of defining the scope of the project. I really never have a clear idea about where these things are going when I start. I shit you not, at one point the second half of the film was gonna have a bunch of snippets of 70’s porn on the walls and the film was gonna be more about like how we have this weird machine fetish culture. I even downloaded a bunch of old porn and edit it in to see how it would look. HAHAHA. So this shit is really all over the place until the very end. At best i have a loose grasp on where the hell this shit is going.


The audio is so great and very integrated to the animation for Zero Day. What was the process like with working with Standingwave?

I’ve known Kyle for a very long time and he did the sound design on Transparent Machines, Subprime, etc. This was the first time though that I’ve had someone else do the music for an “instrumental video”. Which was a bit of a learning curve but Kyle does amazing work and he killed it. Never ceases to come up with great ideas or push things in directions I never thought of.

I’ve noticed you using Octane more. How has Octane Changed your Design or Animation Process?

Honestly it’s very hard for me to imagine going back to the standard renderer. Not until the put in a live viewer at least. Can’t overstate how amazing and helpful that is. Really changes everything for someone like me who has no idea what they’re doing and is just pushing buttons until something looks cool.


One last thing. What is your favorite artist to listen to when working?

Oh god, I could sit here and be like, I love all this super obscure cool crap (which i usually do) but lately I’ve been listening to just fucking horrible shitty like 90’s rap music like puff daddy and like nelly and shit. HHAHAH, so fucking random and weird. I’m this fucking nerdy ass middle aged white dude all dressed up sitting in his basement alone making robot animations listening to DMX… LOLOL. WTFFFF.

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AskGSG Season One Recap And A Preview Of Season Two Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:16:03 +0000 Chris Schmidt

Thanks to everyone for making season one of ASKGSG amazing. From the great questions, the generous support on Patreon, and the incredibly helpful chatroom we were able to create dozens of episodes.

Season Two Starts This Week!

We’re gearing up for season two beginning on Wednesday the 23rd of September. Mark your calendar, get those questions ready and ask Nick and Chris LIVE. We have so much more in store including special guests and special tutorials only for people who watch live. See you then!

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Half Rez Hangover Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:11:26 +0000 Nick I woke up this morning and thought back at last night’s Half Rez with a huge smile on my face and a full heart. What a great night!

I wish I had more time to talk to each and every one of you that were able to join us. I met people from all over the world that traveled to hang out and say hi. Amazing!

It’s truly humbling to see an event like this happen. The Chicago motion graphics community has always been an inviting and warm place to share and talk about what we love to do, but last night was something else entirely.

Thank You

Thank you to EVERYONE who came to Half Rez. It wouldn’t be the same without you there.

Thank you to our sponsors! Without them, the night could not happen. A big shout out to MaxonUSA and Insydium for their huge support. Please let them know we appreciate them!

Half Rez Sponsors

Thank you to everyone who helped out last night. Your generosity and talent helped make Half Rez a top class event.

It’s so great to see this event grow into what it has. I’m honored and lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community.

Nick Campbell

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Half Rez 2015 Bumpers Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:57:16 +0000 Chris Schmidt Welcome to Half Rez

This year we reached out to David Brodeur to create some bumpers for Half Rez 4. We wanted to share these with everyone who couldn’t join us in person. Thanks also to Zelig Sound for doing the sound design.

Half Rez Looping Animation

Sponsor Animation

David was nice enough to put together a breakdown of his process.

Scene Breakdown

Audio by Zelig Sound

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Five Second Project “Emoji” Winners Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:56:47 +0000 Jacqueline Mueller Winner

Holy moly! It took a year, but we finally picked the winners for the last Five Second Project from LAST september. Sorry for the wait everyone! Congratulations to SioPio for winning!! You successfully got us all to laugh with your “Eww” humor and oh so clever title!

There were so many great entries, that we have to give credit to a few others that caught our eye below in the Honorable Mentions section.

Big News

OK, I’m pretty excited about this. We are bringing the Five Second Projects back for another season! We have a lot of surprises and new things this year so stay tuned to our Twitter or Facebook for announcements when the new Five Second Project come out.

Never done a five second project? Not sure what it is? Check out this page and we will see you back here soon.

Honorable Mentions

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Greyscalegorilla at Siggraph 2015 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 22:10:57 +0000 Jacqueline Mueller SpritzCan

It’s time for Siggraph 2015 in LA. Chris and Nick will be there presenting at the Maxon Booth again this year. So be sure to stop by if you are in town for the big event.

Chris will be talking about unique ways to use the Hair system in Cinema 4D, and Nick will be talking about how to use X-Particles and HDRI Studio Pack to make a realistic thirst quenching render.


Can’t make it to LA? Don’t worry, Cineversity will be streaming our presentations and all the other great presenters over at C4DLive. Check C4DLive for the full schedule.

Hope to see you there or in the chat on C4D Live!

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Houdini Bridge: July 1st Chicago C4D Meet Up at Protokulture with Tyler Scheitlin Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:31:38 +0000 Chris Schmidt Watch the Video

Tyler Scheitlin of Protokulture demonstrates some of the capabilities of the Houdini Bridge beta at the most recent ChicagoC4D meet up.

ChicagoC4D is a user group that meets every other month to network and tour various studios in the Chicagoland area.

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I recently had a great discussion with Andrew Price on the Blender Guru Podcast. During the interview we talk about how to learn faster by having more focus, why everyone should make at least one tutorial, why you don’t need to be an expert in all aspects of 3D, and how to get free ice cream. Give it a listen and let me know if you think I should do more podcast interviews?

Listen to The Interview Here

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Half Rez 4 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:32:16 +0000 Chris Schmidt HalfRez4_Announcement

Greyscalegorilla, Chicago C4D, and Maxon US are proud to present Half Rez 2015. Yep, it is that time again in Chicago. This is our Fourth Half Rez event and it will be by far our biggest one yet.

To make sure this year tops all the others we’ve upgraded our venue to Lincoln Hall. Half Rez is the place meet, greet, learn, and party. Visit for more details and to register.

What Is Half Rez?

We started Half Rez to bring together 3D and 2D artists, animators and designers for a night of learning, drinking and hanging out.

We have presentations planned from designers and tons of fun games and prizes to give away. Come hang out with like minded folks and let’s us celebrate our craft and learn from each other the fun way. Check out the videos below from the last three years to get a vibe of what Half Rez will be like.

Head on over to our official HalfRez page to register. There you will find the details for the show and by signing up, it will let everyone know who is coming and also help us out to make sure we have enough food there for everyone. Did I mention there will be free food to soak up the beer?

OK, so who’s coming?

Visit to Sign Up

Video From Half Rez 1

Video From Half Rez 2

Video From Half Rez 3

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