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GSG State Of The Union 12-30-09

December 30, 2009 - By 

Just wanted to post an update about GSG and what to expect in the next month or so from Greyscalegorilla. This site is all about YOU. Let me know what you want to want to see on GSG by dropping a comment below or sending me an email with your tutorial suggestions. Happy new year.


Happy Holidays from Greyscalegorilla

December 20, 2009 - By 

Wow, this year has been very exciting for me and Greyscalegorilla. I really love the community that has grown. I’m so glad to have all of you as readers of Greyscalegorilla. This community wouldn’t be what it is without you. Thank you!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Greyscalegorilla!


GSG Live Today December 17 at 4PM Central. It’s Over

December 17, 2009 - By 

You missed it! That’s OK though. There will be another GSG live next week. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. I had a blast. Cheers!

Come say hi at 4PM today for GSG Live. Bring your questions about Motion Design, Photography, Business or whatever and I will try to answer them the best I can. Hope to see you there.



5 Rules for Five Second Projects

December 16, 2009 - By 

Official Rules
1. Submissions must be five seconds long!
2. Only animation is accepted. Video only submissions will not.
3. The animations has to do with the theme in some way.
4. Original Work only. Don’t cut out 5 seconds of already made work.
5. Link back to GSG on your Vimeo Post


Five Second Project “Home Sweet Home” Winners

December 16, 2009 - By 

Great work as always from everyone who entered. It is always great to see all the participation. Check out this winning spot by BOUDIER Vincent. Animated in Cinema 4D. Nice work!

The next Project will be announced soon with a few rule changes. HINT: ALL videos will have to be five seconds to be accepted. In the mean time, check out the Five Second Project Archive to see all the videos that have been posted.

Honorable Mentions


Say No To Spec Work on your Demo Reel

December 14, 2009 - By 

I wanted to talk a bit about spec work. It has come up a few times on the Demo Reel Critiques lately and I thought I would share my opinion on it. What is spec work? Spec work is doing work for another company or brand either as a creative exercise or to try to win their attention or money.

The short answer?
Don’t do spec work. And if you do, DONT put it on your demo reel.

Spec work is often done with popular brands, who already have a strong brand image. Apple, Nike, BMW, Gatorade, MTV. Doing something similar to them has no creative merit and doing something off brand looks weird and unprofessional.

Explain Yourself
Keep in mind that there are no “cover letters” with demo reels. Explaining each piece in your reel is not an option. Having work on your reel with other’s brands in it say to the viewer, “I did this piece for this client” Explaining yourself after the fact seems shady and can lead to “what about everything else in the reel?” thoughts.

What to do Instead

  • Channel your time and creative energy into doing your OWN animation.
  • Try entering a Five Second Project where you have more control over the animation.
  • Make up your own brand If you want to work with logos and do something more commercial looking.
  • Make a spot your a friend’s small business or website. (I did one for a local coffee shop that ended up getting me some local attention)
  • Do something abstract. Do something crazy! Screw the popular look and make something totally personal and new. Go nuts!

The Bottom Line
In this business, you will probably be making commercials and animations for other people your entire career. If you do something on your own time, don’t rehash what has been done or do free work… Instead, make something that is truly your own.


Demo Reel Critiques – Episode 5

December 10, 2009 - By 

Today, I have my friend Brad Chmielewski help me out with the next set of reel critiques. Brad is ALL OVER the internet doing some great work. he works at Daily Planet as a Motion Designer. He runs a blog called Digitalhitchhiker. AND, he has a Beer Tasting Podcast called the HopCast. You can follow him on twitter here and you can see his latest spot for Groupon, here. Whew! After all that, click play and watch us critique the following three reels…

Kyle Richtsfeld
Andrew Cornett
Hein Lagerweij

New to the reel critiques? Make sure you check out the Reel Critique Rules and Overview


The Future Is HERE! Ustream Broadcaster – Stream Live From Your iPhone

December 9, 2009 - By 

High Rez: Going for a walk

Low Rez: Making Lunch

I’ve just finished trying out the new Ustream Broadcaster App for the iPhone that allows you to stream LIVE from your iphone though WiFi and 3G and I am impressed! We are officially living in the future. It worked almost flawlessly, letting me sign up quickly with my Ustream account. It allowed me to twitter out a link to let people know I was on and bam… people started showing up. The chat box even shows up in the app so you can read peoples questions. There is also a “Polling” option that allows you to do a quick poll though the app. it even works with 3Gs and 3G phones.

Watch above to see some of the videos that were made with the app. The quality isn’t bad on wifi, but it suffers a bit when using 3G. I tried out the low-rez setting to check out the quality. It’s not that much worse than the hi-rez setting. The bad news though is that it does a center crop to make the video size smaller. This turns the really nice wide angle lens on the 3Gs into a telephoto. Not good for filming yourself at arms length. Lastly, watch your battery! I went out for a walk and it died in about 5 minutes. I only had about 20% battery to begin with, but I can tell that this thing is a battery hog. I should have remembered to bring my new Mophie Juice Pack along with me.

Bravo to Ustream for making a robust, live streaming app that fits in my pocket. I will definitely be using Ustream more often while I’m out and about and traveling this holiday. I just have to make sure I have a full charge.

Get the UStream Broadcaster here.


40% Off Red Giant Software Today Only – It’s Over

December 8, 2009 - By 

UPDATE: It’s all over, folks. Hope you got a good deal on some new software.
Today is the day. You can get 40% off of EVERYTHING from Red Giant. If you were thinking about getting anything from Red Giant including: Trapcode, Knoll, or Magic Bullet, now it the time to do it. Use the code “secretsale40” to get the 40% off. Check here for more details about the sale.


AENY Meet-up tonight. Come say hi!

December 3, 2009 - By 

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who came out to see me. It was great to meet all of you in person, too. I had a blast!!! The tutorial went well and it should be up online early next week. I really want to thank Paul Babb from Maxon, Aharon Rabinowitz, and Jim Geduldick for having me. I really appreciate it. Thanks again!!

If you’re in New York tonight, stop by the AENY meet-up and say hi. I will be doing a tutorial on how to model, animate, prepare and render a quick scene to composite in After Effects. There will also be a quick Q&A afterwords. I would love to meet some of you in NYC. Hope to see you there!


“Start With A Photo” Winners and Honorable Mentions

November 30, 2009 - By 


Congratulations to Daniel Coutinho. He is the winner of the “Start With A Photo” Five Second Project. Thanks to everyone that participated. Great turnout and great work!

Honorable Mentions


Hypa blog moves to helloluxx

November 25, 2009 - By 

Tim Clapham from taught me a TON about Cinema 4D. His training videos and scene files were instrumental in me understanding the program. The bad news? is no more. The great news? He started a NEW C4D blog called HelloLuxx and it looks great. Tim has transfered over all of his posts from the old blog and has already posted some great material and downloads on the new site.

If you don’t know Tim, It’s time you meet. If you do… Head on over to and update your bookmarks.