Posted On:January 2011 | Greyscalegorilla


Hooray! Cinema Update for 4D 12 Adds Control Click for Right Click

January 31, 2011 - By 

Wacom users, rejoice.
Mouse users, yawn.


GSG Live Cast: Q&A and City Kit Preview

January 27, 2011 - By 

You can watch and ask questions live for GSG Live Casts every Wednesday at 2pm CST over on

Mentioned in the Cast
Cactus Dan


Inspiration: Make It Better

January 20, 2011 - By 

Brilliant keyframing and sound design in this piece by Clim. It also makes for a great mantra when creating your own projects. “I’m Gonna Make It Better!”


Motion Graphic Design Census 2010 Results

January 19, 2011 - By 

The long awaited, first ever Motion Graphic Design Census just came out, and it’s full of interesting facts and numbers about the motion design industry. Bran Dougherty-Johnson and Jake Sargeant did a great job crunching the numbers and designing this excellent PDF.

I’m surprised by quite a few of the findings. Specifically about how much people charge and get paid to perform their craft. Either the survey is skewed young, and therefore inexperienced, or there is a real trend toward lower salaries in this industry. Let’s talk about the money.

Self-employed: Hourly Rate

Wow. The largest bracket for a self employed hourly rate is $35?! This is much lower than I would have imagined. I would love to see the break down below $35 as well. This isn’t for intro level Jr positions either. We are talking about freelancers that choose their own prices. While we are at it, let’s also take a look at the average annual income from all of those surveyed.

25th Percentile: $30,000
Median: $50,000
75th Percentile: $80,000

Better, but still a bit lower than I expected. As the tools and training become less expensive and easier to use, the average salary goes down. This is true for any job, especially creative ones. There is nothing you can do to stop this trend. Well, almost nothing… These numbers are called the average because they are just that, average. You can make any amount above this number without any special training, schooling or certificate. How?

Don’t be Average
The average salary is for average workers doing average work. Be better than average and ask for what you’re worth and your pay goes up. It’s really the best part about being in a creative industry. Be better than average at what you do, learn more stuff, solve more problems, make more beautiful work, be fun to work with. In short, don’t be average.

Don’t forget to take the new 2011 Census. It’s only a few short questions. More data equals more accurate results. Do your part.
Take the 2011 Census Here
Download the 2010 Motion Graphic Design Census Here


My Favorite Guru Packs

January 14, 2011 - By 

Vintage Film For Looks

Buy Vintage Film For Looks

Harry Frank’s Looping Backgrounds for Trapcode Suite

Buy Harry Frank’s Looping Backgrounds for Trapcode Suite

Stu Maschwitz’s Rebel Epic for Looks

Buy Stu Maschwitz’s Rebel Epic for Looks


Winner of “Best Present Ever” Five Second Project

January 13, 2011 - By 

Congratulations to Alex Mamontov for winning the latest five second project. The spot heaps a TON of really nice tricks, texture, and animation in only five seconds and tells a complete story without reverting to text for clarity. Great work!!


Honorable Mentions


Striped Text Tutorial Preview

January 10, 2011 - By 

As always, feel free to give this one a try on your own before the tutorial is out. Post your results in the comments.


30 Motion Tests in 30 Seconds Plus Interview

January 7, 2011 - By 

I recently had a chance to interview Steffen Knoesgaard about his excellent 30 Motion Tests in 30 Seconds project he posted on Behance. His excellent project is EXACTLY the thing I love to see and recommend to people who are trying to get better at their craft. Steffen set strict restrictions and made one second of animation a day, all with his logo front and center. The end result is a ton of great promotional work all related to a similar theme and color palate. What a great way to learn and get his name out.

The Interview

Download His Scene Files
Steffen graciously included a few of his scenes for download so that you can pick them apart and see how he pulled off some of his techniques. You will need the free plugin noisedeformer to open many of his scenes. You can get it here. I love how graphic and minimal some of these renders are. it really shows that 3D design isn’t all about shiny reflective objects. Great work!

Download His Scene Files Here


Greyscalegorilla Presenting at Chicago C4D This Wednesday January 5th

January 3, 2011 - By 

UPDATE: Thanks for everyone who came out to the meet-up! It was really fun to meet you guys. I especially loved all the great questions and feedback. See you at the next meet-up! Also, thanks again to Brad and Daily Planet for hosting! Cheers.

I will be presenting this Wednesday at the Chicago C4D Meet-up at Daily Planet in downtown Chicago. If you are in the Chicago Area, come stop by, say hi, and meet a bunch of other awesome Cinema 4D users.

I will be talking about how to create great lighting in Cinema 4D. Bring examples of great lighting you like and I will try to break them down and show you how to set them up in your scenes.

I will also be a sneak peek of the upcoming City Kit that will hopefully be out early this year.

RSVP at the Facebook Event Page and visit ChicagoC4D for more info. Hope to see you there!