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Five Second Project “In Paradise” Winners

July 22, 2014 - By 

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Congratulations to Rickard Bengtsson for winning the “In Paradise” Five Second Project. His entry had buttery smooth animation, a bad word pun, a vibrant color palette, and fantastic complimentary sound design that all came together to create an excellent winning project.

We also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. Look for the next Five Second Project coming up soon.

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Five Second Project “Buttons” Winners

May 29, 2014 - By 

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Congratulations to Julia Reck for winning the Five Second Project for May. Her entry had a really unique visual style that looks straight out of a children’s book. The sound design complimented the animation, and the idea for the video resonated with us – a reminder of how annoying we were as kids.

If you like the aesthetic, our latest watercolor tutorial shows how you can achieve a similar effect in Cinema 4D.

We also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. Look for the next Five Second Project coming up in June.

Honorable Mentions

https://vimeo.com/96441605





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Five Second Project “Bright Lights” Winners

March 21, 2014 - By 

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Congratulations to Michael Rinnan for winning the Five Second Project for March. His entry had a great concept and was outfitted with excellent lighting, atmosphere, camera movements and sound design.

We wanted to know a little bit more about Michael’s entry, so we asked him a few questions regarding his workflow and the process for creating his winning piece.

Where do you work? What is your title? Tell us about what you do at your company.

I am a 3D generalist at NFL films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Working for the NFL brings a variety of different projects from NFL network show titles and graphics, to in stadium crowd prompts and opens, and client commercial work.

How did you come up with your concept for the Bright Lights Five Second Project?

For my concept, my goal was to come up with a quick story I could tell in 5 seconds. I wanted to lead the viewer in one direction and have that twist at the end to make it interesting.

What was the most challenging thing about your project?

The most challenging part of this project was honestly the lighting. I needed to make the scene feel dark so that the lights of the motorcycles would be the main focus, yet still be able to show off the details of the deer and environment.

Tell us a little about how you achieved the zolly (push-pull zoom) effect.

To achieve the zolly, I initially mapped out the motion of the motorcycles with a spline and then dropped a camera onto that motion path. The effect comes when the camera is moving forward towards the subject and the lens zooms out. I animated the field of view (horizontal) parameter in the camera settings.

What renderer was used? Was there anything you needed to do to keep render times down?

For this animation I used Cinema’s standard renderer to save time. Everything was rendered into passes (Beauty, AO, reflection for the road, Object Buffers for deer, bikes, and moon) To keep render times low, I decided not to use GI. Instead I gave the characters and landscape a slight Fresnel look, which gave it a “backlight” feel and an overall style.

How long did your piece take to make?

This project took about 5 nights (after work) to make. It was really fun, so time slipped away from me and I was working from about 6pm to 1am every night.

What do you enjoy most about participating in the Greyscalegorilla five second project?

I think the best thing about participating in 5 Seconds Projects is hands down the community! Everyone shares a passion for the same thing and there is so much support and feedback. You guys give inspiration to people like me in the field and to aspiring 3D artists. It’s a good feeling and it gives me motivation to participate as much as I can in our Cinema 4D community.

We also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. Look for the next Five Second Project coming up in April.

Honorable Mentions








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Five Second Project “Olympic Gold” Winners

February 27, 2014 - By 

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Congratulations to gasta for winning the Five Second Project for February. This entry has a great low-poly environment and models, detailed sound design, clean 3D animation, and it adheres to the theme. All of those elements really brought this piece full-circle.

There were a ton of great entries this month, so we also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. Look for the next Five Second Project starting next week.

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Five Second Project “Bah, Humbug!” Winners

January 13, 2014 - By 

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Congratulations to Dan Wood for winning the Five Second Project for December. We really liked the attention to mechanical details and the animation was super solid. Also, who doesn’t love ornaments equipped with military-grade weapons?

We also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. The next Five Second Project will be announced on the blog soon.

Honorable Mentions






https://vimeo.com/83019654


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Five Second Project “Pots n Pans” Winners

December 9, 2013 - By 

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Congratulations to S77 for winning the Five Second Project for November. A seamless mix of 2D and 3D animation along with some interesting characters made this one really stand out.

We also hand-picked a great group of honorable mentions below. The December Five Second Project will be announced soon, you won’t wanna miss that one.

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Five Second Project “Homework” Winners

September 12, 2013 - By 

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Congratulations to Space Pumpkin for winning the Five Second Project for August. The whimsical artwork and timing really stood out for us in this entry.

Be sure to check out some of the other great entries below. The next Five Second Project will be announced soon.

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Cinema 4D Project Profile: Appliance Repair Guys with Loosekeys

September 5, 2013 - By 

We love seeing learning in action. When the team over at Loosekeys shared a project with us in which they extensively used Cinema 4D, we wanted to find out more about it. We connected with Brad Chmielewski and Jake Williams to get some thoughts about their experience.

Tell us a little about your company.

LooseKeys’ primary focus is creating videos that tell a business’ or company’s story, whether that’s with explainer videos, commercials or interviews. LooseKeys takes the sometimes complicated ideas or services a business offers and simplifies it for the audience. We’ve been around for about 2 and half years.

Does LooseKeys do a lot of 3D work?

We tend to only do full 3D animated videos like this maybe once or twice a year or so. Every so often we get an itch to push what we’re doing and to see how we can tell a simplified story with the flexibility of 3D. We do a lot of 2D character work for our explainers that can be enhanced just by adding in some touches of 3D.

Tell us a little bit about this project.

This video was made for Appliance Repair Guys, they are an appliance repair company located in Canada. Since this was going to be 3D most of the time was spent upfront with the character designs, modeling and set-up. Modeling isn’t a strength of mine, which is why I reached out to Jess Donofrio for help. The animation portion was done over a period of about 4 weeks including revisions.

While Jess was working on modeling, I focused on getting the script and voice over taken care of so we wouldn’t have any delays in the animation. Our first rough cut for the client was in the middle of June which gave Jess about three weeks to model and light. Jake and I took a week and roughed out all the scenes. From there we worked on the overall animation, tweaking and adding what we could. The client feedback was pretty simple but any small change typically took awhile with the rendering.

How were the characters designed and modeled?

Jess Donofrio: I love these characters. This is a style I’ve been wanting to work in for awhile now. The minimal cubist style needs to be as simple as possible. Figuring out which polygons need to be split and tweaked away from the cube and which can be left, was tricky. I needed to find that balance of just enough detail that the models were clear and interesting, but not too much that they lost the clean cubist look. The male character is where I started, and he was pretty easy to keep very square and boxy. The female was more difficult – women are inherently not square, so I had to do a lot of tweaking to carve a feminine form from a cube while staying true to our style. I loved the challenge, modeling characters is like a fun game to me – It is my favorite thing to work on. I also needed to make sure the models and scenes were light and able to render easily. I try to set up the scenes that will make it easy for Brad to take everything and work his animating magic.

Why did you choose Cinema 4D as the tool for this project?

We needed to be up and running in such a short time that we needed a tool that would be familiar. With the amount of knowledge we can tap into from the Cinema 4D community, it went a long way to making Cinema 4D the obvious choice for this project.

What was the most challenging thing about this project?

Simply the undertaking of a 3D project is often a headache for a small team like LooseKeys. You have to plan better because everything takes a little longer. We were worried there would be a learning curve that wouldn’t correlate well with our deadline. However, coming from After Effects, within a day were up and running with Cinema 4D like we had been using it for months.

Did you use any Greyscalegorilla tools in this project?

Jess Donofrio: I looked around a lot to find the best light set up for our piece. Brad wanted the world to be really bright and fresh looking. I wanted to find a solution that Brad and Jake could easily incorporate into every scene with minimal tweaking, that was light to render, and was bright enough to light up our white world we wanted. The Greyscalegorilla DayLight rig was right on for us. The clean user controls made it quick and easy to achieve the look we wanted.

Jake Williams: As Jess mentioned, the Greyscalegorilla DayLight rig went a long way for us on this project. Because I was really digging into the software as I went through this project, having an easily manipulable lighting rig made all the difference. After just messing around with the settings between scenes, I knew quickly which parameters created which results, which made the workflow that much more efficient.

In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently?

I don’t know that I’d change anything about the way we pulled this project together, mainly because it acted as one big learning experiment for us. We kept the style and motion of the piece very basic, light, and fun. It fits nicely in the portfolio of LooseKeys work and really shows that we can put another dimension to our work. We’re really happy with what the three of us were able to put together and I’m happy to have such talented people working with me.

Learn more about how Loosekeys handled the project and the challenges they faced by listening to their Appliance Repair Guys Audio Project Recap


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Five Second Project “Sandcastle” Winners

July 31, 2013 - By 

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Congratulations to ethikdesign for winning the the latest Five Second Project. Some of you may remember Yanis from his great five second project entry for the Nothing But Cubes theme in May of last year. The creativity, sound design and attention to detail here really makes this piece rock solid. Nice work!

Don’t forget to watch all the honorable mentions below. You can also see all the entries over at the Vimeo Channel. The next project will be announced soon!

Honorable Mentions





http://vimeo.com/71219948


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Five Second Project “Harder Better Faster Stronger” Winners

July 2, 2013 - By 

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Congratulations to AND motion for winning the the latest Five Second Project. The combination of impressive keyframing and careful typography made this one a natural choice.

Don’t forget to watch all the honorable mentions below. You can also see all the entries over at the Vimeo Channel. Another Project will be announced soon.

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https://vimeo.com/channels/daftpunk/68480085





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Five Second Project “Eggs Eggs Everywhere” Winners

May 28, 2013 - By 

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There have been SO many great entries to the Five Second Projects lately. Especially the latest Eggs Eggs Everywhere theme. With over 100 entries, I just couldn’t choose only ONE winner this month. So for the first time ever, this month there are two winners. Congrats to Andrew T. and Brancuzi for winning the latest Five Second Project. Great work!

Don’t forget to watch all the honorable mentions below. You can also see all the entries over at the Vimeo Channel. Another Project will be announced soon.

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