Posted On:September 2010 | Greyscalegorilla


How Beginners Get Better: Ira Glass Explains

September 29, 2010 - By 

Ira sums up in a five minute video what took me years to figure out. Follow these four rules and you will become better at what you do. Period.

1. Have good taste.
2. it’s OK to suck. You will get better over time.
3. Set project deadlines to practice and get better!
4. Be patient and don’t quit. It takes a while.


Five Second Project Winner – “Retro”

September 23, 2010 - By 


Wow, the Five Second Projects entires are getting better and better. This theme brought out the fun retro old school in everyone. With so many different retro themes and techniques, it made it hard to pick a winner. In the end, this spot by Brett Morris won my heart and reminded me of the days when my cousin would make Beastie Boys and Ozzy Osbourne mix tapes.

As always, there are no losers when it comes to the Five Second Projects. Hopefully you have a new chunk of awesome five second animation to add to your reel or portfolio. Hey, even if not, hopefully you learned something in the process. Thanks again for entering the Five Second Projects. Hope to get a new theme out for you Monday. Stay tuned!

Honorable Mentions


Motion Graphics Music Video: Gettin’ Money With a Mouse and a Wacom Pen

September 22, 2010 - By 

Entirely too nerdy and self referential not to post this one. Check out this video made by my buddies over at Daily Planet. It’s one motion graphic inside joke after another. With lines like “I’ve seen your reel pal, Rippin off moves from Creative Cow” and “My lens flare is so bright I need shades”, how can you go wrong? Let the inside joke, nerd-fest begin!


New HDRI Light Kit Pro Version 1.5

September 17, 2010 - By 

Free Upgrade For Existing Users
Hi everyone. I just launched HDRI Light Kit Pro Version 1.5 today and I’m really pumped to show you all the new stuff. It’s a free update for anyone who has purchased the light kit already. Check your Email Inbox for the update. And, if you buy the kit after today, you automatically get the new version for immediate download.

Optimized for Speed and Sexy Renders
Version 1.5 is now fully compatible with Cinema 4D 12. Of course, it still works great with version 11 and above, but the lights now are compatible with the new Linear Workflow that was introduced in version 12. What does this really mean? It means that the lights look better and render even faster (up to 40% faster) than previous versions of the kit.

Perfect DayLight
The new HDRI Light Kit Pro also features the new Daylight Rig. I have been using this non stop in so many renders lately and I’m really excited to share it with you. It’s made to instantly add perfect daylight lighting to your scene.

But Wait… There’s More
New rigs like the Bounce Card and new Studios like the “Golden Hour Studio” and the “Black Reflective Studio” round out the package and make this the best Light Kit Pro update yet. I built this Light Kit to help turn Cinema 4D into a professional lighting studio and to make your renders shine. I hope you check it out.


Learn More about HDRI Light Kit Pro


Do you take iPhone Photos? Introducing Banana Camera Company

September 14, 2010 - By 

The Video Digest

I had a few announcements about my iPhone apps. If you’re not interested in taking awesome photos with your iPhone or iPod touch, feel free to skip this one. No hard feelings.

You may know that I dabble in iPhone apps. Would you believe all that dabbling actually worked? So, I had to go and make it a real business. How was I supposed to know that people would actually BUY these things? Anyway, from now on, ShakeItPhoto and CrossProcess is now part of Banana Camera Company. I started a new blog at that will feature users of our apps and show off great shots taken with ShakeItPhoto, CrossProcess and upcoming apps.

Win an iPod Touch
We are running our first photo contest for BananaCameraCo and the winner gets a new iPod Touch! The theme of the contest is “Self portrait”. We already got some really great entries and would love to see a shot from you. Check out the blog for more info on the contest. The deadline is Wednesday night!

What’s New In CrossProcess 1.6/1.7

We also just released a new version of CrossProcess. It features the new “Extreme” filter, full resolution processing and direct uploading to Facebook and Email. People really seem to love it. We have gotten great feedback and a ton of great shots at the Flickr group. Also, if you are a user, we would love it if you left a review.

The future of BananaCameraCo?
Yep, there will be more. We of course have an update planned for ShakeItPhoto. But there will be much more. Many more simple camera apps to make your photos look awesome. Stay tuned to for much much more simple camera fun.

BananaCameraCo Links
Visit the BananaCameraCo Blog
Follow BananaCameraCo on twitter
Follow BananaCameraCo on Facebook
Win a free iPod Touch
Learn About ShakeItPhoto
Learn About CrossProcess
Best Of ShakeItPhoto Flickr Group
Best of CrossProcess Flickr Group