Posted On:April 2010 | Greyscalegorilla


Vimeo Festival + Awards Title Sequence

April 30, 2010 - By 

I just finished up a title animation for the upcoming Vimeo Festival + Awards. Vimeo asked me to make a sequence to help promote the awards and I said “Heck Yeah!”. I had a few hours free and a concept ready. What surprised me though, was how fast this animation was completed. It made me realize how much power we all have in these tools we use every day to help make things quickly and help make them look sexy.

Here is a breakdown of the workflow, tools and times. The 3D was It was animated, lit and rendered in about 4 hours using Cinema 4D, Mograph Dynamics and the HDRI Light Kit Pro. I then brought the final renders into after effects where I used Magic Bullet Looks, Trapcode Shine, Knoll Light Factory Pro, and Curves to edit and composite the scenes. The audio was made In GarageBand in just about a half hour using pre-made audio samples, loops and effects built into GarageBand (I wish I had more time to make custom sound design for this spot actually). Overall, this whole animation was concepted, animated, rendered, composited and Scored in less than an 8 hour day! The power we have at our fingertips to realize what we dream up is so outstanding.

There is nothing stopping you from making what you want anymore. Only your own skills (which you work on every day anyway, right?), knowledge (which is free. Thanks internet!), and the tools, which are wildly inexpensive considering what they can help you do in such a short amount of time. So, what are you waiting for. Stop reading and start making stuff. In fact, to bring this full circle, why not make something great to enter into the upcoming Vimeo Festival + Awards?


Discovery Channel Rebrand Tutorial Sneak Peak

April 29, 2010 - By 

I wanted to give you guys a sneak peak into the next tutorial based on the latest rebrand for the Discovery Channel. This one took a while to figure out how to do. At first glance, It looked easy enough to pull off. But as I got into it, I quickly found out that there were quite a few tricks needed to make this work. This will be a HUGE tut. I really am excited about this one. Part 1 should be out by Monday. In the mean time, try hopping in Cinema 4D and figuring out how YOU would try to do this effect.


ReelRoulette is updated with Search and Top 20

April 14, 2010 - By 

We just launched two new features on ReelRoulette. Our goal is to make a site that will not only show your work off, but also get you hired. Here are the new features.

We added the ability to search all of the reels for specific artists and talents. For example, you can type in “Chicago Cinema 4D” and get only artists near Chicago that know Cinema. Artists, don’t forget to keep your bio updated with relevant information about your location and talents so that you can be found.
Visit Search Page

Top 20
All that voting you did is finally starting to be seen. Check out the Top 20 for some of the best reels on ReelRoulette. This is the cream of the crop. Voted on by you.
Visit Top 20 Page


What’s New In Adobe After Effects CS5

April 12, 2010 - By 

Check out some of the new features in Adobe After Effects CS5. I can’t wait to see this in action at the adobe booth. I’m really excited to use AE in 64 bit mode and finally do full-rez HD ram previews for longer than a few seconds. Stay tuned to my twitter feed where I will be talking about what I see on the NAB floor and at the Adobe booth as it happens. Oh, and If your at NAB, don’t forget to stop by the Maxon booth in lower south hall and say hi. My presentation schedule is…

Monday: 9:30AM
Tuesday: 1:30PM
Wednesday: 12:30PM
Thursday: 9:30AM

Hope to see you there.


Come Say Hi at NAB – Oh, and Check Out My New Cinema 4D Mograph and MoDynamics Reel

April 9, 2010 - By 

Here are all of my Cinema 4D Mograph Renders over the last few years. I made this to show off at the Maxon Booth at NAB where I will be presenting. Come say hi if you are at NAB, will ya? Don’t worry if you can’t make it. They will be live streaming the events at Cineversity. See you there?

Maxon at NAB Schedule


Just say NO to DVD Demo Reels

April 1, 2010 - By 

I wanted to show you where most of your DVD reels ended up. Please make a simple website to show off your work instead . The internet always always wins over physical media.

Quick note for students: Next time your school “makes” you build DVD demo reels, please slip them a link to this will ya?