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Beeple Reveals Everyday Secrets and Shows His Daily C4D Process

July 9, 2019 - By 

Mike Winkelmann, AKA Beeple, shares insight to his daily creative process and offers tips and tricks for 3D artists of all levels.

For the uninitiated, Beeple is a 3D artist and motion designer who has reached legendary status for his daily creations. He helped grow the “everyday” movement which inspires artists to create new pieces of work everyday so they can continue to grow their skills. To date, Beeple has created over 4400 daily renders.

His work has been featured in places like the Louis Vuitton runway and was recently admired on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

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Creating Hyperrealistic Props and Assets in Cinema 4D with Aaron Covrett

June 24, 2019 - By 

Learn how to create realistic objects with high fidelity from one of the best artists working with Cinema 4D and emerging 3D tools.

In this fantastic NAB presentation, freelance 3D artist Aaron Covrett guides you through his personal projects and experimental workflows.

Earlier this year we talked to Aaron Covrett about his remarkable work creating his Harvest still life that was inspired by Renaissance paintings. He share with us his passion in learning about new emerging technologies, experimenting with better workflows and pipelines, and his real passion for 3D.

Creating Hyperrealistic Props and Assets in Cinema 4D with Aaron Covrett - Harvest

Close up of Harvest details via Aaron Covrett.

Now at NAB, Covrett breaks down some of his personal work. He specializes in texturing, which you can really gain a sense of as he walks you through prop development and asset optimization in Cinema 4D. Read More


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Interview: Ash Thorp on Designing a Pro Driver’s Ford Rally Car in C4D

June 19, 2019 - By 

Go under the hood in this breakdown on using Cinema 4D to design a Cossie V2 rally car for driver Ken Block.

Designer/Director Ash Thorp is well known for the visual effects and prop designs he creates for feature films, like Ghost in the Shell and Assassin’s Creed. But he’s also really into designing CGI cars, like the ’64 Ford Fairlane Z and the Hellion, which are artfully featured along with several others in the Auto section of his website.

Thorp considers car design a hobby, but he admits that he was hoping that professional rally driver Ken Block might one day see his cars and want to work with him. He didn’t. But as luck would have it, a friend introduced the two of them and Block did ask Thorp to collaborate on the design of his newest rally car, a ‘90s Ford Escort Cosworth known as Cossie V2.

Interview: Designing a Real Ford Rally Car in Cinema 4D - Details

Using Cinema 4D, Octane and Redshift, Thorp spent nearly four months working on and off with Block and others from Block’s racing company, Hoonigan. Read More


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Creating Super Bowl Spots and Netflix Titles With Cinema 4D

June 10, 2019 - By 

Ken Carlson of Big Machine dives into the studio’s biggest projects and how they use Cinema 4D to produce commercials and title sequences.

In this Maxon presentation from NAB 2019, Ken Carlson from Big Machine demonstrates how his team uses Cinema 4D to create live action spots. Big Machines is an Emmy award-winning production studio based out of Los Angeles, Carlson is the Co-Founder and Creative Director.

Creating Super Bowl Spots and Netflix Titles With Cinema 4D - NFL Network

GIF via NFL Network / Big Machine.

You’ll see how Big Machine created several television spots and titles, including spots for Superbowl LIII and series titles like Netflix’s Prince of Peoria and Atypical. Read More


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Our Thoughts on the New Mac Pro for 3D and Motion Design

June 3, 2019 - By 

The new Mac Pro has finally been revealed. Is it powerful enough to get us to switch back to Mac?

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All images via Apple.

It’s been 6 years since the last Mac Pro redesign, and the “trash can” mac left much to be desired.  You couldn’t upgrade the machine, it was under-powered, and it was overpriced.

We just learned about all the new laptops NVIDIA has planned for the year, but the big question remaining was if Apple would finally announce a new Mac Pro in 2019.

So where do we stand now? Well, the new Mac Pro returns to classic from and has overly embraced the cheese grater design of old. You are once again able to expand and upgrade the machine, but there is a big downside. Still no NVIDIA support. Let’s dive into the details. Read More


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30% Off 24-Hour Spring Sale Has Ended

May 31, 2019 - By 

This sale has come to an end.

The 2019 30% off Spring Sale has ended.


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Choosing the Best Lighting Plugin for Motion Graphics and 3D Renders

May 30, 2019 - By 

Trying to figure out how to get realistic reflections in your 3D renders? Want to add a colorful pop to your mograph? Check out these helpful lighting plugins and tools.

We have always stood by the words, “the best looking 3D always comes down to lighting and texturing.” That has always been part of the Greyscalegorilla mission statement dating back to the original Light Kit Pro plugin.

Lighting with Light Kit Pro 3.

Now with all the lighting options available to you, let’s figure out what tool is best for your own individual workflow. Read More


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New C4D Optimized Laptops, CPU vs GPU, and Minor Apple Updates

May 29, 2019 - By 

Better and faster, a look at the latest computer news to excite motion designers and 3D artists.

As the 2019 Computex conference gets underway, there’s some exciting news out of the technology show already. Read up on the latest laptops for NVIDIA claimed to rival the MacBook Pro, as well as big news from AMD and more.

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First up, NVIDIA has announced a new line of laptops that will run their RTX cards. In total, there will be 17 new NVIDIA laptops from the likes of Acer, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, MSI, and Razer.

In a write up over on TechCrunch,

The 17 laptops will be equipped with Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 or 3000 GPUs or GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs. Nvidia claims they can perform up to seven times faster than the MacBook Pro. Studio laptops with Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs will have 16GB of graphics memory, and some of the devices will also have 4K displays and Nvidia’s Max-Q tech for building thin and lightweight laptops, enabling incredible performance and longer battery life.

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Image via NVIDIA.

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Lighting 3D Products with Area Light Maps for HDRI Link

May 22, 2019 - By 

Learn how to use Area Light Maps with HDRI Link to add texture to area lights in your favorite third-party render engine.

In this tutorial, Chad will show you how to use Area Light Maps and HDRI Link to light up a sleek Rolex watch. You’ll even see how to use Cinema 4D’s lighting tool to pinpoint an area light precisely where you want to.

Lighting 3D Products with Area Light Maps for HDRI Link - Watch Looks

You’ll learn to combine these tools with a few C4D tricks to help you flex your lighting game. You can quickly get creative lighting setups in seconds with this easy workflow. Just position and place your area lights as normal, then learn how to add realistic reflections with Area Light Maps. Read More


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Assembling Avengers: Endgame User Interfaces and Holograms with C4D

May 16, 2019 - By 

Territory Studio Creative Director Marti Romances on working with Marvel Studios on Avengers: Endgame graphics and futuristic UI.

Territory Studio has worked with Marvel production designer Charles Wood’s team to realize aspects of many Marvel blockbusters, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Infinity War. Now with Avengers: Endgame Territory’s San Francisco team once again helped bring directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s vision to life.

Here Territory Creative Director Marti Romances describes the studio’s latest foray into the Marvel Universe, explaining the team’s use of Cinema 4D and other software, as well as what it was like to be embedded with the Marvel team in Atlanta, Georgia. Read More


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Make a 3D Title Card Animation in 10 Minutes + FREE Signal Camera Rig

May 10, 2019 - By 

See how fast you can create 3D title cards and logo animations using Cinema 4D, Redshift, and drag-and-drop materials and assets.

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With this tutorial, you have the choice to watch a real time screen capture of Nick building a 3D title sequence and then adding artist commentary. It’s a real behind-the-scenes look at his workflow, and the look dev that goes into building a full length tutorial.

If you want the full tutorial breakdown, check out the second video which dives into each tool used to make this Dragons and Swords 3D title. Read More


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SALE: 30% Off New 3D Dust Particulate and 4K Dust Elements

May 7, 2019 - By 

Introducing two new assets packs for all your dusty renders and composites. Get them for 30% off until May 10th!

SALE: 30% Off New 3D Dust Particulate and 4K Dust Elements - Bundle

An exciting new type of product just landed in the Greyscalegorilla store. The new 3D Dust Particulate and 4K Dust Elements packs bring a powerful 1-2 punch to your next project. Better yet, you can combine the two packs and save with the Dust Elements BundleRead More