Posted On:October 2009 | Greyscalegorilla


Demo Reel Critiques: Episode 4

October 26, 2009 - By 

Chad Ashley from Digital Kitchen and joins me to help critique four more reels for episode 4 of GSG reel critiques.

In this episode we critique the following reels…

Also, the critique shouldn’t stop here. I would love to hear what you think about the reels or about my critique. If you want your reel reviewed, head on over to the Original Hardcore Reel Critique post and drop a link to your reel in the comments.


Mograph 2 Attractor Project File Download

October 23, 2009 - By 

There have been a lot of questions about how Mathieu Martel did this awesome animation for the “Circle and Spheres” Five Second Project. He actually did this animation with ndynamics in Maya. But, I wanted to replicate it in Cinema4D to show you how to set a scene like this up and make it available for download so that you can play around with it. So, download it below, pick it apart and have fun.

Cinema 4D Mograph 2 Attractor Scene File

Requires Cinema 4D 11.5 and Mograph 2


GSG Speaks at SAIC Chicago about getting a Job in a Creative Industry.

October 22, 2009 - By 

Here is the speech I gave at SAIC Chicago about what to learn and how to get a job in a creative field. I do focus some of the presentation on Motion Designers, but most of it is relevant to most creative industries. The main idea is to think of yourself as a business. You need to turn yourself into a great product and then learn how to sell yourself.

The speech gets cut off toward the end, but I only cut off one question. As always, let me know what you think.


GSG Live Chat: Off Air Now.

October 22, 2009 - By 

UPDATE: If you missed the live chat, check out the recordings here.

Stop by GSG Live today and say hi at 3PM Central. If you have missed any of the last live events, they are available to watch over at as well. See you there!


Five Second Project “Fast Food” Winners!

October 21, 2009 - By 

I have chosen a winner for the latest Five Second Project, “Fast Food”. This was one of the hardest decisions yet for a Five Second Winner. There were a ton of great entries. Over 50 people entered! Congratulations to Greg Balint for winning fifty bucks to spend at This piece really tells a quick story, has a great sense of speed and features great, handmade animation. All in five seconds! Congrats to you sir!

Overall Winner

Raffle Prize
The winner of another fifty bucks to spend at was randomly picked from of ALL of the entries. And, that winner is… Michael Kane! Check out his animation here.

Congrats to both of our winners. And, a big thanks to for being a sponsor. Everyone go check out what they have to offer. Don’t forget to thank our sponsors! Also, I want to personally thank EVERYONE who entered their animations. I love watching them, seeing people learn from each other and taking the time to create such great work. Don’t forget about the latest theme, “Spooky Scary“. Cheers!

Honorable Mentions


Digital Kitchen quick studio tour

October 21, 2009 - By 

I visited Digital kitchen Chicago yesterday to visit with some friends and do some interviews. While I was there, I made this make video to give you a quick tour of the studio. It’s not the best looking video (it’s dark in there) but I wanted to give you and idea what the vibe is like there. I caught them during Call of Duty time:) I may be back soon with a better camera to shoot some more interior shots and get more interviews.


Best Of “Circles and Spheres”

October 20, 2009 - By 

It’s been a while, But I wanted to give a shout out to some of the best animations from the “Circles and Spheres” theme from two weeks ago. Quick questions while we are all here… Should I pick winners for the projects that don’t have an prizes? Or, should I just do the “best of” posts? Stay tuned tomorrow to see the winners for the latest project, “Fast Food“.


Making money. How much to expect and how to make more of it.

October 19, 2009 - By 

So many people want to know what they can expect to get paid in this industry. It’s always a difficult question to answer because it depends on so many things. In short, you need to ask yourself three questions to start to figure out what your salary range or day rates should be.

Ask yourself:

  • How good are you?
  • Where do you live?
  • How connected are you?

Check out the video for more specifics.

here are a few more great suggestions from the comments:


GSG Live Cast today at 3PM Central

October 15, 2009 - By 

Join me at 3pm central time to talk about the motion design industry, photography, iPhone apps, design, and business at the GSG Live page.. Look for a link on twitter to click though and join me a few minutes before the cast to see me eat a sandwich or something. Bring your questions and let’s chat eh? See you there.


Cinema 4D to After Effects Workflow Tutorial

October 15, 2009 - By 

John from Motionworks put out a great tutorial about a recently finished project where he uses Illustrator, Cinema 4D, and After Effects to composite a scene. What I love about this tutorial is that John doesn’t bog the video down with specifics or details about settings and button clicks. Instead, he opts for a more workflow-based style showing you the general steps it takes and the decisions made throughout the process of designing the animation. This, I believe, is what the training community needs more of. Not just more tips and tricks, but an entire breakdown of a project from conception to final render.

It’s so easy today to get stuck on a technique and not learn how to make decisions. Tutorials like these show that it’s problem solving that makes great work, not button-pushing.

Watch the tutorial here.


Demo Reel Critiques: Episode 3

October 14, 2009 - By 

In the third episode of Reel Smackdown I critique the following reels…

Also, the critique shouldn’t stop here. I would love to hear what you think about the reels or about my critique. If you want your reel reviewed, head on over to the Original Hardcore Reel Critique post and drop a link to your reel in the comments.


The Science of Global Illumination in Cinema 4D

October 7, 2009 - By 

This article has been a great resource for learning the details and specifics of rendering with Global Illumination in Cinema 4D. It explains all of the new features in R11 and R11.5 as well.

It gets rather scientific at times, but it’s an essential read for knowing exactly what is going on under the hood during GI renders.