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Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey When You Can’t Show the Mouse

November 7, 2018 - By 
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How can you make a commercial celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday, without being able to feature the legendary character himself? You get clever.

We talk to Already Been Chewed‘s Barton Damer about their newest Nixon watch commercial featuring Disney’s Mickey Mouse.

Image via Disney / Nixon / Already Been Chewed.

Now you may remember Nixon’s 3D watch commercials from our previous interview and tour of the Already Been Chewed (ABC) studio in Texas. If not, check out or interview with founder Barton Damer here.

ABC had just launched the latest in their series of spots for Nixon watches, this one celebrating the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. It proved to be no easy task, as the team did not have the rights to use the character himself. Read More


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The Rise of Redshift: An Interview With Trevor Kerr of MANVSMACHINE

October 30, 2018 - By 

We chat with Trevor Kerr from MANVSMACHINE about 3D workflows, third-party rendering, and the new Greyscalegorilla Guide to Redshift.

Trevor Kerr, the Technical Director at MANVSMACHINE, chats with Chad Ashley about all things rendering. They talk about the strengths and weaknesses of Arnold, Octane, and Redshift, and also dive into the many topics covered in the new Greyscalegorilla Guide to Redshift.

In this informal discussion Trevor Kerr and Chad Ashley discuss the meteoric rise of Redshift in production as well as an in-depth Redshift training product the two recently teamed up on.

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3D World Magazine Gives Light Kit Pro 3 a Perfect 5-Star Review

October 23, 2018 - By 

See why 3D World Magazine calls Light Kit Pro 3 an “essential” plugin for Cinema 4D, and gives the new tool a Best in Class 5-star review.

The latest edition of 3D World Magazine is on newsstands now. (You can purchase a physical or digital copy here.)

Featured among the greatest new things and trends in 3D are both a Light Kit Pro 3 review and tutorial.

Freelance journalist and CG artist Steve Jarratt tested the new Light Kit Pro 3, and came back with a stellar review and the magazine’s highest honors, a Best in Class 5/5 review.

“With a huge library of preset studios on offer, some really clever functionality and general ease of use, Light Kit Pro 3.0 comes highly recommended — hell, if your work is primarily product shots, it’s pretty much essential.” Read More


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Animating 6 PayPal Commercials Using Cinema 4D and Redshift

October 22, 2018 - By 
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See how Run, Kick, Shout and Calabash Animation used Cinema 4D and Redshift to create a series of animated spots for PayPal.

Did you know that over 19 million sites use PayPal? That’s the fun fact I learned in these new animated spots from Run, Kick, Shout. Then I realized that this campaign was 100% effective on me. I learned facts about the client, I enjoyed the animation, and now here I am sharing my thoughts. I consider that a well executed campaign.

Take a look at the PayPal videos here to see what I fell in love with.

I wanted to learn more about this project, and the team behind, so I reached out to Chicago’s Run, Kick, Shout for more. Read More


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Using Cinema 4D to Create a Real-Life Fortnite Shootout

October 17, 2018 - By 

The Corridor Crew walks you through their latest Corridor Digital short Foam Fortnite. Go behind the scenes of the shoot, edit, VFX, and more.

If you don’t recognize the name Corridor Digital, I’d guarantee you would have at least seen one of their most popular YouTube videos like The GlitchNerf John Wick, Real GTA, or Nerf Team Fortress.

As entertaining as the short films on the Corridor Digital channel are, you can find equally entertaining and educational videos on the Corridor Crew channel (formerly the Sam and Niko channel). Its a series of videos that take you behind the scenes of the office life, as well as tutorials on their biggest sequences, shoots, and general post-production madness.

Image via Corridor Digital.

We had a chance to hang out with the crew at the Maxon + Greyscalegorilla pinball party at NAB this year. It was there that a giant group on Cinema 4D enthusiasts likely finally convinced Wren Weichman to make the jump to C4D, which he talks about in this video.

We are a few months into the teams transition, and the Corridor Crew channel has been a blast to watch as Wren and Clint Jones learn Cinema 4D.

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GSG at Adobe Max, Ideas in Motion, and Other Events

October 15, 2018 - By 

Join Nick Campbell in person or streaming at these upcoming events in Los Angeles, Toronto, and YouTube live.

NAB and SIGGRAPH have concluded, but there are still a few more big events rounding out the end of 2018. Here’s what’s coming up on our schedules.


Adobe Max

Image via Adobe.

Adobe Max is an annual creativity conference held in Los Angeles hosted by Adobe. This year’s keynote speakers include Ron Howard and Questlove, and a performance by Beck. You can also preview upcoming new features to the Adobe CC with special host Tiffany Haddish. Read More


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The Legendary 12 Principles of Animation

October 9, 2018 - By 

A wonderful look into Disney’s Twelve Principles of Animation, and how to apply these techniques to your motion design work.

Ollie and Frank via Neville Marriner / Daily Mail / Shutterstock.

When it comes to deep dives into what makes animation great, I am a sucker for books, video essays, and breakdowns. I’ve devoured countless hours on the history of animation, as well as VFX and filmmaking in general.

While I may enjoy a read through Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc. or deep studies of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects (both on the shelf next to me), I just absolutely love watching a well paced and extensive video essay. One of the best at the video essay genre is the great kaptainkristian.

Disney’s 12 Principles of Animation

Though often credited to Walt Disney himself, the 12 principles are actually the brain child of Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. They were two of Disney’s Nine Old Men.

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All GSG Plugins are Now Cinema 4D R20 Compatible

September 24, 2018 - By 
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All Greyscalegorilla Plugins are now R20 compatible, including Signal with a limited-time patch. Here’s what you need to know about these updates.

We’ve been working hard to get all of our plugins R20 compatible, and the last Greyscalegorilla plugin is now ready.

Previously, we covered that Cinema 4D R20 features an all core, breaking all existing plugins, requiring plugin creators to build new versions of their plugins.

Signal was the last Greyscalegorilla plugin to be updated due to some existing limitations with R20. Here’s the fix. Read More


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What We Know About X-Particles and Cinema 4D R20

September 21, 2018 - By 

The X-Particles 4 beta for Cinema 4D R20 is available now from INSYDIUM, and a full release is scheduled for November.

INSYDIUM Ltd, the makers of X-Particles and Cycles 4D, have released the beta of X-Particles 4 for Cinema 4D R20. Here’s what you need to know.

Image via INDSYDIUM Ltd.

Will X-Particles be compatible with Cinema 4D R20?

Yes, X-Particles 4 (and only XP4) will be R20 compatible. A beta (Build 623) is currently available through INSYDIUM’s Early Access Programme and a public released is slated for November 1st, 2018. Read More


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Everything You Need to Know About Cinema 4D R20

September 18, 2018 - By 
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MAXON’s Cinema 4D R20 is officially out. Are you already using R20? Here’s what you need to know.

The much-anticipated release 20 of Cinema 4D had users salivating over all the big new features, and now you can start experimenting with Fields, node-based materials, and much more!

Already downloaded R20 and have a few questions? Here’s what you need to know.  Read More


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The Top Ten New Features in Light Kit Pro 3

August 29, 2018 - By 

Want to learn more about the Light Kit Pro 3 plugin for Cinema 4D? Here are our top ten new features in action.

Did you know Light Kit Pro 3 is the biggest plugin ever built by Greyscalegorilla? It’s so much more than just lights! Packed into the over 13,000 lines of code are tons of new features, tools, presets, and more.

Sure, Light Kit Pro 3 introduces some nice new things, like customizable studio presets, a searchable Light Kit Browser, dockable palette icons, and a PC and Mac installer so you can get up and running in no time, but there are ten standout new features that we think you have to know about.  Read More


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GSG Events: Siggraph 2018 and Half Rez 7

August 8, 2018 - By 

We’ve got a few major events and announcements headed your way. Join us in Vancouver, Chicago, or streaming online for Siggraph and Half Rez 7.

It’s an absolutely full few weeks of news, events, and live presentations, all on top of our regularly scheduled new tutorials and training. Here are the big events coming up.

Siggraph 2018

This year’s SIGGRAPH will be held in Vancouver August 12-16th. Join Nick Campbell, Chris Schmidt, Chad Ashley, and some more incredibly talented C4D artists at the Maxon booth presenting the new Cinema 4D R20.

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