Posted On:2010 | Greyscalegorilla


Belief Pollinate: Nourish The Seeds Of Creativity

December 28, 2010 - By 

This video about creativity really inspired me when it came out around 2003-2004 or so. It really stuck with me and helped make the creative process seem much less intimidating. I came across it again on Vimeo recently and just had to sit and watch it again. It’s just as relevant today as it was when it came out. Take time to check it out and let me know what you think.


Happy Holidays From Greyscalegorilla

December 20, 2010 - By 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone! I made this video card especially for you to say thanks for being a part of the Greyscalegorilla community. I really appreciate every one of you who come watch tutorials, write comments, and hang out here on this little site of mine. This place wouldn’t be what it is without you!

A HUGE thanks to all of you who have helped Greyscalegorilla over this last year. It’s been a fun one. Happy holidays to all of you. Here is to another great year of learning and fun!



My Essential Red Giant After Effects Plugins

December 14, 2010 - By 

UPDATE: Today only, Red Giant is having a 40% off sale. Enter Coupon Code SECRETSALE2011 during checkout to redeem your discount.

People always ask what plugins I use with After Effects. These are what I consider essential plugins for my work including After Effects, Photoshop, Motion Design workflow. What are your favorite plugs?

My Essential Plugins From Red Giant

Trapcode Suite

Trapcode’s plugins are the most used in my compositing and animation tool kit because they are so versatile, easy to use, fast to render, and great looking.

Buy The Trapcode Suite Here

If your bonkers and don’t want to get the entire Trapcode Suite, here are the Trapcode plugins I use the most.

Trapcode Particular
Particular is one of those plugins that always seems to solve a bunch of different problems. It’s made to be a great particular generator, but I’ve used it over the years for everything from bouncing balls, falling leaves, stars, smoke, dust, snow, rain, and ink. Best of all, this thing renders FAST.

Here are some renders where I used Trapcode Particular.

Disco Holiday (Used for tons of snow shots)

Sparkler Preset

Buy Trapcode Particular Here

Trapcode Starglow
You want that final render looking sexy? Run a pass of Trapcode Starglow over that puppy and you’re all set. As with a lot of plugins, a little goes a long way. Starglow adds sparkle to the highlights of your renders to give it that glowing effect. This looks beautiful in 32 bit by the way!

Here are some renders where I used Trapcode Starglow.

Bevel Tutorial

Glass Block Tutorial

Buy Trapcode Starglow Here

Magic Bullet Looks
Magic Bullet Looks is a great way to quickly color correct your project. I have always said “Your renders are never finished straight from Cinema 4D”. Color correction is not an option, folks! Photos, footage, Animations and Renders all must be color corrected to make them look their best. Magic Bullet Looks makes this as quick and beautiful as possible.

Buy Magic Bullet Looks Here

Buy Magic Bullet PhotoLooks Here

Nick Campbell’s Vintage Film For Looks
Yep, I used Magic Bullet enough to make my own preset pack for it. I made it to give your projects a timeless vintage feel inspired by real film looks.

Here are some videos where I used Vintage Film For Looks.

Demo Video

Dunes (Muted Preset)

All The Presets

Buy Vintage Film For Looks Here


Perfect Product Studio Renders – Introducing HDRI Studio Pack

December 10, 2010 - By 

Introducing HDRI Studio Pack
Hi, everyone! I’m really excited to launch my new lighting product called HDRI Studio Pack. It’s made to help you render perfect product shots very quickly. It includes over 50 HDR Images captured from professionally lit 3D studios. you can see examples and more at the product page.

As with all my products, if you try it and you don’t like it. Just send me an email and I will give a full refund. I have a feeling you will love it.

As always, I would love to hear what you think. Please, leave any questions or comments about the product in the comments. I will be sure to answer them.

Check out the HDRI Studio Pack


Sneak Peak At My Upcoming Product: HDRI Studio Pack

December 8, 2010 - By 

If you have been following GSG lately, you may have noticed that I have gone a bit crazy for Global Illumination and image based lighting. IBL is a simple way to light you scene by using pre-made images instead of 3D lights. After playing more and more with this technique, I realized that this would work REALLY great for product shots. So, with all this new knowledge, I set off to make a product that will make it super simple to light your product shots and make them look beautiful. I’m calling it HDRI STUDIO PACK.

It’s made so you can easy bring in a model, add a Seamless Floor and pick an HDRI image to along with it. You then have all the controls you need to make the product look beautiful and hit render.

The best part are the over 50 HDRI images included with the Pack. These HDRI images are images of actual studios that I built in cinema 4D. I set up popular studio setups and baked them into HDRI images so that you could use them too!

I will have much more news about this pack as the week continues. For now though, check out the video above and the examples below and let me know what you think!

Renders Made With The Pack


New Global Illumination Tutorial Preview

December 6, 2010 - By 

I’m getting ready to do a big Global Illumination Tutorial for Cinema 4D and I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek in to what we will be creating. It’s based on this awesome piece called Let There Be Light by Jeff Osborne. His great render shows the power, beauty, and accuracy of using Global Illumination in your still 3D renders. Tutorial coming soon!


Glass Mesh Softbody Tutorial Preview

November 23, 2010 - By 

I wanted to give you a sneak peak at an upcoming Cinema 4D tutorial about making this glass mesh soft-body thing. As always, I encourage you guys a chance to give it a try yourself first. There are quite a few different ways to do this one, so I think the results will be interesting. Drop your experiments in the comments and stay tuned for the full tutorial soon.


Slow Motion 60 fps GoPro HD Footage Test

November 19, 2010 - By 

An experiment at the Dunes with my camera my friends and the dogs.

Filmed with the GoPro HD HERO Camera Naked at 60fps, slowed down and color graded in After Effects with Vintage Film For Looks. The quality of the video is really good for such a little teeny camera. I love that it’s water proof to, so I don’t mind the dogs biting and drooling on it.

Another note. It’s amazing what slowed down footage and a sad song will do to a fun day at the beach. Music is more than 50% of the mood. Just saying.


Five Second Project Winner for “Nightmare”

November 18, 2010 - By 

This animation from Mauro Misiewicz was the scariest entry for me. That sheep freaks me the heck out. Congrats to Mauro, the runners up, and everyone that entered. Stay tuned for another five second project coming soon.


Honorable Mentions

See all the entries here


Fun With Image Based Lighting

November 16, 2010 - By 

I have been playing a ton with image based lighting lately. It’s basically using purely HDRI images and Global Illumination to light your scenes. It’s a bit tricky to use GI with animation. But, for stills, it works wonders. More to come soon.


Upcoming Tutorial: Rounded Metal Logo Type

November 8, 2010 - By 

Getting ready to record a new tutorial based on this cool logo style by BEELD Motion. I wanted to give you a heads up to encourage you to give it a try on your own before the actual tutorial comes out tomorrow. Post what you come up with!

UPDATE: Just Posted the tutorial. You can watch it here.


Questions About Cinema 4D 12 – GSG Live Cast

November 8, 2010 - By 

I wanted to repost this Live Cast from a while back about CInema 4D Version 12. It covers a lot of the new features of Cinema 4D Version 12 and goes over how to use some of them. I know it’s a few months old now, but I thought it would be useful to those of you that missed it. If you haven’t watched GSG Live, you can see all the old episodes over at the UStream Channel. Even better, you can watch them live most Wednesdays at 2pm central, here.