Posted On:September 2009 | Greyscalegorilla

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My First Day With the Wacom Intuos 4

September 30, 2009 - By 

Here are some observations and a quick overview of the new features of the Wacom Intuos 4. I really love the new look and the scroll wheel. The new texture takes some getting used to, but it only takes a day. Check out the video to see it in action. If you get one. Get it at Amazon.com will ya?


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5SP “Circles and Spheres” Midpoint

September 29, 2009 - By 

Here are just a few of the great entries in the “Circles and Spheres” Five Second Project so far. Don’t forget to submit your own five second project here.


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Why I Switched from Apple Aperture to Adobe Bridge

September 29, 2009 - By 

You may have noticed during my most recent tutorials and in my new Photoshop training, I have been using Bridge instead of my old standby, Aperture. Many of you have asked why I made the switch. Well, here are the top 11 reasons I switched from Apple Aperture to Adobe Bridge along with a video to explain it all.




  • 1. Workflow: Aperture is an island.
  • 2. Backup: Confusing and untrustworthy backup solution.
  • 3. Other Apps: I use photoshop for everything.
  • 4. Version Control: Aperture saves too many versions when going back and forth to Photoshop.
  • 5. Organization: My old way of organizing (by folders) made more sense to me.
  • 6. Cluttered: Too easy to get Filled up with old projects.
  • 7. Performance: Slow to launch and hangs often
  • 8. Cost: Bridge is free with Photoshop. Aperture is $199
  • 9. Batch Processing: Bridge allows me to use Actions from Photoshop when preforming batch processing.
  • 10. Versitility. Bridge works with more than just photos.
  • 11. Color Correction: CURVES!!!

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Where is Nikon’s answer to the Canon 7D?

September 25, 2009 - By 

I came across this wonderful short over at Prolost that was shot with the new Canon 7D. It got me wondering, Where is Nikon’s version of a camera that shoots 1080P? Full frame and a mic input would be nice too.



They are starting to try out video with the new D5000 and the D90, but those don’t shoot 1080P and have very limited video and audio capabilities (11 kHz, Mono? come on!). Seems like Canon realized that video on a DSLR isn’t just a gimmick. When will Nikon do the same?


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GSG Live Today at 2PM Central

September 24, 2009 - By 

Come stop by the GSG Live page at 2PM Central today for a Q&A session. Bring your questions and say hi.


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Perfect Career advice from Aharon Rabinowitz

September 24, 2009 - By 

Just finished watching a great interview from Aharon Rabinowitz on AETutsPlus. He offered up three pieces of advice that he gives to people wanting to get into the business. In fact, I think though that these tips work with ANY career. Great stuff.



Three Tips From Aharon Rabinowitz

  1. Shy People get nothing, and that’s what they deserve.
  2. Act like the ‘person’ you want to be, not who you are.
  3. Wake up every day and ask “What is it I really want to do?”



Make sure to watch the full interview.


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Cinema 4D Marble Machine (Proof of Concept)

September 22, 2009 - By 

Not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works! I’ve always been obsessed with marble machines, mousetrap machines and rube goldberg devices. Now with Mograph 2 Physics, I figured I could finally build one. The only animated part is the screw lift. Now that I know it’s possible, I’m going to try to build a more complicated one.


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GSG Reel Critique Episode 1

September 21, 2009 - By 

Reels Critiqued

Barton Damer

Paul Conigliaro

Mike Erla


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Reel Critique Rules and Overview

September 21, 2009 - By 

Just a few words about the Reel critiques before we get started.

  1. 1. Comments depend on what your goals are. I assume you want to freelance or get a job in the motion design biz. If you want to be an abstract video guy or whatev, then my critique won’t apply.
  2. 2. There will be no “Thats good for how long you have been doing it” comments. I will judge your work against working pros and others getting jobs in the industry.
  3. 3. There are “Reel comments and “Specific comments.” Decide what to do, either spend time fixing or learn from what your mistakes and move on.
  4. 4. These comments are to help, not to make fun or put down.
  5. 5. Im not the only opinion. Please leave your comments.

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Hardcore Reel Critiques

September 17, 2009 - By 

One of the most popular requests I get on the GSG Live Cast and in email is “Can you critique my reel?” or “Do you like my new site?” I love doing them and people seem to get a lot out of it, but it just doesn’t work too well in a live format. So, instead, how about we try this…?

Post a link in the comments below to your site or reel. I will pick a few per week and do a full video critique of the site and reel. Keep in mind, these critiques will be public and I will be ruthless. However it’s all in the name of getting better. I really think this will be helpful for the people who submit their reel AND others that can watch and learn by what they are doing wrong or well.

So, if you dare, drop your website or reel in the comments and you may be chosen for a hardcore reel critique.



UPDATE: Holy crap, I didn’t expect this many people to volunteer to be publicly critiqued. That’s awesome! I will probably only pick 3 or 4 for the first set, but be sure that I will revisit this list when I do more critiques. Keep em coming.


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Mograph 2 Test Render with GI

September 16, 2009 - By 

Playing around with GI settings today with the new Mograph 2. Really fast render. This scene took 40 minutes to render on my MacPro 8 core. All with low settings, there isn’t much artifacting. It came out a little soft. Not sure what that’s about. I’ll keep testing. Stay tuned.


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Latest After Effects Project – 2016 Chicago Olympic Bid

September 14, 2009 - By 

I wanted to share with you a project that I just finished up for the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid. Digital Kitchen and IDEO wanted to build a presentation for the bid that would showcase the future of how technology can help connect people to the Olympics. The animation was made using After Effects and the style was inspired by Photosynth. We wanted to use this style to present the information in the presentation by taking photos of the brainstorming room and building a “fake” Photosynth environment in AE. I then Animated the camera to fly around to each slide in the presentation.

When preformed live, the presentation was make into an Interactive Quicktime using Apple Keynote so that the transitions would happen on the speaker’s command. It was a really fun and simple project to be a part of.

Working with IDEO was fantastic as well. They were very collaborative, helpful, and extremely smart though the whole process. I love these types of projects. Short, sweet and effective… I hope. Good luck on the bid, Chicago!