Posted On:March 2013 | Greyscalegorilla


Chicago C4D Presents Aaron Becker

March 29, 2013 - By 

Designer, main title director, and Cinema 4D artist, Aaron Becker presented at the latest Chicago C4D Meetup. We recorded his presentation and it’s now up for viewing. In the presentation, he talks about concept development and creative process for feature film title design and shows some of his recent work for TV and film.

I worked with Aaron at Digital Kitchen back in 2008-2009. He was a great guy to work with; always ready with an honest critique and an incredible sense of design and purpose. Now I’m lucky enough to still work near him at Bomkamp where the GSG offices are located. What a guy. Hope you love the talk.


Limited Edition Greyscalegorilla T-Shirt

March 26, 2013 - By 

T-shirts? YES! We made our first T-Shirt to celebrate the excellent new Greyscalegorilla logo and branding from Jeremiah and Danny. It’s a soft, slim-fit, comfy, dark grey shirt with our new brand logo front and center. Finally a logo to love and wear.

The T-Shirt Sale Has Ended

Thank you to everyone who bought a limited edition shirt. We will begin to ship them during the week of April 15.


Cinema 4D Mograph Breakdowns From Guillaume Combeaud

March 19, 2013 - By 

Québec artist Guillaume Combeaud has recently shared some excellent video breakdowns of two commercials he has worked on. Great use of Mograph and and fantastic animation timing.

V Mobile

V Mobile Breakdown

Vidéotron – Club à Volonté

Vidéotron Breakdown


Motion Magnification Technology

March 19, 2013 - By 

I saw this video recently and I can’t get it out of my mind. Like a lot of technology, it looks like it was originally built for science, but I can see this filtering down pretty quickly. I can imagine some pretty cool things being done with this tech for VFX/Motion Graphics. What is amazing, is that it works on existing footage. No need for a special camera. For some reason, it seems like this would be right up Michel Gondry’s wheel house.

How could this new technology be applied to VFX or Motion graphics?


A Look Forward at Greyscalegorilla

March 17, 2013 - By 

Greyscalegorilla got hacked yesterday. Somebody got in through an old author account on my blog and wrote some silly things about how I’m done making tutorials and how I shouldn’t be doing this site in the first place. It was a bummer. I deleted it from the site, but it still shows up on some RSS feeds. So, I decided to talk about it here so you can hear this directly from me.

What was written in that post is the opposite of how I feel. Let me be clear. I LOVE Greyscalegorilla and everything this site has turned out to be. I LOVE making tutorials, giving talks, and writing posts to help people learn all this fun stuff. We also LOVE making useful tools and plugins to help make your job easier and more beautiful. Expect much more of all of this.

The best thing that came out of this though, were the comments written below the fake post that said how much Greyscalegorilla helped them and encouraging me to make more tutorials and not to give up. These comments alone were worth the hack. It was wonderful to read such nice and supportive comments from you guys. Thank you so much for your support yesterday and though the years.

MUCH more Greyscalegorilla to come…

Thank you!


Come Flip, Drink and Tilt In Vegas With Us: NAB Pinball Party

March 15, 2013 - By 

It’s a night full of pinball, drinking, and fun sponsored by Maxon and Red Giant and hosted by Greyscalegorilla and Harry Frank.

Come join us during NAB at the Las Vegas Pinball Hall Of Fame. Hang out, drink some free drinks, eat some ice cream and even participate in the Pinball Tournament to win some prizes. Mostly, come hang out with other artists and professionals that will be in town during NAB. All the details are over at the event page. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP early. Hope to see you there. Party!



Behind The Scenes: Greyscalegorilla Redesign

March 13, 2013 - By 

You’ve probably seen our new design for Greyscalegorilla by now, but I wanted to show you some of the ideas and thoughts we put in to it. We thought a lot about how people use the site, and how to best make GSG more usable, beautiful, simple, and discoverable.


The main goal for this design was to make the site more discoverable. With 222 tutorials over five years, it was getting hard to find everything. There were dozens of relevant tutorials and posts that could help, but they were buried in a blog structure. Blogs are great for seeing what’s new on the site, but not for finding and discovering some of its hidden gems. We concentrated a lot of our effort on the new tutorial page that allows you to filter and find what you’re looking for on one dynamic page, without pagination or a ton of scrolling.

New Branding

The blog has grown over the last few years. Greyscalegorilla is now a real company with five employees. It’s not just me anymore. This heavily fueled the updated look. I wanted a site that we all could be proud of and that represented the entire company. Mostly, it was the logo and branding. I’m admittedly not the best designer, so until now the site brand guide consisted of “Use Gotham or Helvetica for everything!” and “Maybe we should try adding orange?” I wanted something more sophisticated, recognizable, and fun to represent the site.

I looked around for help and ended up hiring Jeremiah and Danny to brand the site and help establish a look that would represent the entire company and give Greyscalegorilla the brand it deserves. My main rule was, “I want a logo that I would be proud to wear on a t-shirt,” and they definitely delivered with their beautiful, new custom logo and mark (pictured above).

We Want To Help

Overall, I hope the site is more useful for you. I want the site to get out of your way when you’re reading or learning, and then offer help when you need it. We still have a few more things planned for this new look, but I sure am glad to get this out and see people use it. Thanks so much to everyone who helped including Dave who worked hard to get this new design up and working.


The Scene File from the “Candy Hearts” Winner

March 12, 2013 - By 

The winner of the last Five Second Project was nice enough to share his scene file with us. Colin Toupé posted his scene file and a few notes about how he made the textures from his winning render.

To texturize the two types of hearts, I started from a sponge photo for the round one and some noise for the reflective one, with a bit of tweak to add some randomness.

Thanks to Colin for sharing this file. It’s great to see the behind the scenes from the winning animation. Great work!

Download the Scene File


Shader Selections and Audio Waveforms

March 7, 2013 - By 

Chris and I are hard at work on a few new tutorials that are coming soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a few things I found this week that I thought could be helpful. First, a quick tutorial from Nicholas Brave on how to make specific mograph selections. Then, a cool demo of an audio rig that Jeremy Cox made for Cinema 4D. You can download his rig at the link below. Have fun!

Color Shader and Mograph Selections

Jeremy’s Audio Waveform Rig

Download it Here


Greyscalegorilla on the Alt Animation Podcast

March 6, 2013 - By 

I was interviewed a while back for the Alt Animation podcast while at SXSW last year. We talk about teaching, technology, and making real relationships. My interview starts at about one hour and six minutes.

Listen to The Podcast


Candy Heart Winners

March 4, 2013 - By 


Congrats to Colin Toupé for winning the February Five Second Project with his well textured and animated anti-love story. Thanks to everyone who entered. Be sure to check out all the entries here. Stay tuned for the March project announcement soon.

Honorable Mentions

Learn more about Five Second Projects