Posted By: Dave KissGreyscalegorilla
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.