Posted On:June 2009 | Greyscalegorilla


New Site For Motion Designers And Photographers to Show Off Their Work

June 30, 2009 - By 

Check out my friend’s new site Creative League. It’s a place to post your best photography, motion design and reels to get noticed and to get work. The site was started to help connect students and freelancers to potential clients and jobs. Upload your best photos or videos and get noticed.

He is also looking for some feedback on the site. Do you have any ideas that would make it easier for potential clients to find you? Drop some feedback in the comments.


Five Second Project – “Old Video Games”

June 29, 2009 - By 

Welcome to an all new five second projects. This week’s theme is “Old Video Games.” Atari, NES, SEGA, Arcade. It doesn’t matter really. Just help us remember the good old days when Mario ruled the world and first person shooters weren’t around. Create a short project based on the theme and post it in the comments to be entered into the contest.

Why Should You Enter? Check out the video…

How Do I Enter?

  • 1. Create a five second animation based on the theme.
  • 2. Upload your video to Vimeo. Don’t forget to add a link back to this blog post.
  • 3. Post a link to this posts comment thread and I will add it to the Channel.
  • 4. Deadline is July 13th

What Are Five Second Projects?
We all want to make cool shit for our reel right? Sometimes you just need a theme to get you started… Some rules to fight against. Use the theme “Old Video Games” to make a five second motion piece and link it in the comments of this blog post. “Shout Box” submissions will not be found and will not be added to the channel. Please be sure to post a link in this post’s comments to ensure me seeing it.

It’s really great to see so much participation. Tell a friend about the five second projects and get them involved too. Don’t forget to push yourself to try something new every week. What about a new piece of software or technique you have wanted to try? Take control of your creative output and Make Cool Shit!

Check out the entries at the Vimeo Channel


AE + Simple Shapes + 1000 Keyframes = CRAZY ENOUGH

June 25, 2009 - By 

Proof that all you need are simple shapes (and some great animation chops) to make an incredible animation. Check out this Student-made Title Sequence. It was animated in After Effects using thousands of keyframes. Notice how the shapes look alive. It’s like a Bugs Bunny cartoon with squares and circles! Great work.

Jr Canest was nice enough to share some screenshots of his AE comp with us. Check out all those keyframes! That’s what it takes to get that level of animation. It’s not scripts, nor expressions, nor plugins. It’s raw keyframe talent.


Nolan On Doing It… NOW

June 24, 2009 - By 

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today.

– Nolan Bushnell


Six Reasons Why YOU should join the Five Second Projects

June 24, 2009 - By 

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The Five Second Projects were created to give you an opportunity to make cool shit for your animation portfolio every week. I wanted to post six more reasons why YOU should make a Five Second Project at any skill level… Watch the video to see all six reasons.


Five Second Project “Kick The Bucket” MidPoint

June 22, 2009 - By 

The deadline for “Kick The Bucket” is Monday, June 29th. Enter your Five Second Project and you could win a copy of Making It Look Great 6 from Motionworks and Tim Clapham. This is a great training series that goes though an entire project workflow from Cinema 4D to After Effects. Post your animation to Vimeo and post a link in the comments here to enter.

Here are a few great entries from last week…


How I Became a Photographer. My Interview With Michael from PetaPixel

June 18, 2009 - By 

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In this interview. Michael Zhang from asks me about my journey into photography and how I got started with my first photoblog.

Other questions include…

  • Could you tell me a little about yourself and your background in photography?
  • When did you first become interested in visual arts?
  • Why did you pick the name greyscalegorilla?
  • In what ways has your photoblog changed your life?
  • What was your first camera?
  • What equipment do you use?
  • Why Nikon instead of Canon?
  • If you had to pick only one body and one lens, what combination would you choose and why?
  • Can you describe your workflow? (from camera to web)
  • What is one thing you’ve learned that has had the biggest positive impact on your photography?
  • What would you most like the opportunity to photograph?
  • What is the question you’re asked most regarding photography?
  • Who are your favorite photographers?
  • If you could choose one photographer to be interviewed by PetaPixel, who would it be and why?

Want to read instead? Here is the full transcribed interview over at PetaPixel.


Five Best Cinema 4D Training Sites

June 17, 2009 - By 


I have been taking courses at FXPHD for over a year now, and I must say that they are by far, the best and most comprehensive way to learn Cinema 4D! Tim Clapham shows you how he makes everything look so great in a straightforward, step by step way. Yeah, FXPHD is one of the more pricy options, but It’s way worth it. Sign up for one semester and you will be hooked. Their AE training is great too.


Speaking of Tim, his site HelloLuxx has been pivitol in my understanding of Cinema 4D over the years. His site is one of the only “Designer Based” Cinema 4D sites out there. If you need Cinema 4D training for broadcast graphics work, this is your place. No spinning 3D monsters here.
Visit Hello Luxx


Have a specific problem or question about Cinema 4D? Head over to Mograph.Net to ask a question and search their forum. The “Mograph Central” section has become a Cinema 4D Q&A orgy lately. Everyone is really helpful.
Some of them can be a bit snarky, but its all part of the fun. Chris Smith from CSTools fame frequents and is super great about helping people problem solve. He may just write a tool for your problem.

4. BASE80

While not really project based, the tutorials and tips at Base80 really start to teach you the more advanced features of Cinema 4D. These little tutorials are really helpful when you are trying to widen your 3D horizons and try out new features that you didn’t even know Cinema 4D had.
Visit BASE80


Sure it’s a shameless plug, but we have been growing with over Three Hundred Cinema 4D tutorials over the last seven years. Check out my collection of growing tutorials about motion graphics and lighting or or watch some of my large tutorials where I show how to go from Cinema 4D to After Effects.
Visit Greyscalegorilla Tutorials

I want to hear from you. Did I miss any sites that you use to learn Cinema 4D? Is there a training series that you really loved? Tell me about it in the comments.


State of the Union – GSG Schedule And My Commitment to You

June 15, 2009 - By 

Hi Everyone! If you have been following GreyscaleGorilla, you may have seen some changes in the last six months or so. GSG has gone from a photo blog, to a fully fledged inspiration, productivity, review and tutorial blog. You may have also noticed that posts can be intermittent or non existent at times. Today’s video is all about setting a schedule for posting to the GSG blog and to committing to a certain number of posts each and every week. I also wanted to narrow down the focus of the site to make it more clear to new and veteran readers. Ok, Here we go.

What will GreyscaleGorilla do for me?
I want to help you how to make cool shit. You have stuff that you want to make and I want to help make it happen. I want this site to be a place where you not only learn the techinical stuff, but more importantly, I want to inspire you to create and give you the tools, tips and techniques to make it happen.

What exactly will the posts be about?

  • Techincal Knoledge – Photoshop, Cinema 4D, After Effects and general workflow skills will be taught though project based and tip based video tutorials. You know the drill by know. Ask me how to do something, and I will show you how I do it. It’s that easy.
  • Inspiration – I will post work, quotes, video, tips and design from other creatives and creators to inspire you to create cool shit. Hey, I can’t do this alone you know 🙂
  • Create Situations for you to Make Cool Shit – I made the Five Second Projects to help give you a reason to make something for your own portfolio. It is also a great place to get feedback on your work. Don’t worry if your not a Motion Designer. I will have a place for all creatives and creators to share their work soon.
  • Personal Tips – I’ve made a million mistakes and I want to share with you everything I have gone though to get to where I am. Of course, I will also share new information as I learn it along the way.

OK, Get to the schedule already… Geez

  • Mondays Five Second Projects – New theme announcements and midpoints
  • Tuesdays Tutorial Tuesdays – At least one quality tutorial. Gotta learn them tools.
  • Wednesdays Written Wednesdays – Written posts about all things creative.
  • Thursdays Q and A – I will answer questions from you in a video or in written form. These could be questions in comments that I read or from emails that I get from you. Keep the questions coming, and I will answer them.
  • Fridays: Fuck It Friday – Let’s be honest, it’s friday you’re are all watching Layer Tennis or drinking beer. But, if there is a post that doesn’t fit into the other days, you will see it here.

What do you think, this site is about learning from you too. I’d love to hear your comments!


Five Steps to a Better Motion Demo Reel – Instant Demo Reel Critique

June 8, 2009 - By 

I have been doing a ton of reel critiques lately and the same few comments keep coming up over and over. So, I took the five most popular comments from almost every reel critique i’ve done and made a poster. Follow these five steps for a better demo reel will ya?


It’s All About The Extras

June 5, 2009 - By 

Whether in your creative work or your business, it’s all about the extras. If you deliver MORE that what people expect, you win! Zappos has free standard two day shipping on their shoes, but those shoes usually get to your house in less than one day. That’s the extra. Sure, you could shoot a wedding full of photos for someone but add a free portrait session before their big day and watch them tell all their friends about you.

Take this car wash photo above as an example. I give my keys to the gentleman and they start to vacuum my car out and clean my windows. As I head down the hallway to pay, I am confronted with a big red button and a sign that says, “FREE CHASSIS UNDERWASH.” First of all, who doesen’t want to press a big red button? Second, I just got something for free that I didn’t expect. I just got a MORE CLEAN CAR for free! What’s even better is that this single button (that may or may not ACTUALLY do something, or is something that they were already going to do) keeps people busy as they wait for their car to get though the wash. Think about how many parents hold their kids up to smack this button at just the right time.

It seems so simple, but the distraction from the fact that they are doing a errand, and the sense of EXTRA that their customers feel, and the joy of it adds value to their business and makes people remember what could have been just another boring day at the car wash. Add this sense of EXTRA to what you do instead of stopping at the minimum and see what happens.


Five Second Project Deadline Extended and Roller Coaster Surprises

June 5, 2009 - By 

The “Something Good, Something Bad” Five second projects deadline has been moved until Friday June 12th. We have had some great entries so far. Don’t forget to give a critique to the entries. This theme is all about constructive criticism. I will be out of town this weekend with limited internet. I will make sure to get everyone’s video in the channel. It just might be sunday night before I am around a computer.

OK, now for the really fun part. The reason that I’ll be out of town is… I’m going on a secret roller coaster trip to Cedar Point for their yearly Coater Mania and I’m taking my buddy Benny who just got married. Should be a blast! They keep the park open just for roller coaster nerds like us to let us ride the coasters with practically no line! If you want to follow my trip, follow my ShakeItPhoto Blog where I will be posting shots from all over the park and shots of benny’s face when I surprise him with the trip. Also, follow @shakeitphoto to see all the shots streamed right in to your twitter feed. If there is one thing that gets me pumped about the summer, it’s roller coasters!