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Recreating the Velcro Effect In Cinema 4D

July 20, 2018 - By 

Watch us figure out how to approach, test, and recreate this incredible effect from a VELCRO commercial, all in Cinema 4D.

In this tutorial form AskGSG Season 4Chris tackles from scratch the technical aspects of a shot from the amazing VELCRO® Brand Hook & Loop spot from Alexa Sirbu and Lukas Vojir. (We previously interviewed them about this specific piece that was created in Houdini. You can read the interview here.)

The goal was to recreate the effect in Cinema 4d, and using Mograph, softbody dynamics, and bunch of springs we actually manage to pull it off. This video covers the entire process of trying to figure out the best approach and testing each aspect to make sure the techniques will scale to the overall shot.

It was a really fun project to tackle, hope you have as much fun following along.


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Interview: From Experiments to a 3D Career with Zachary Corzine

July 18, 2018 - By 

We talk to designer turned 3D artist Zachary Corzine about his career path, the tools he uses, and his desire to keep learning.

Zachary Corzine, or as Instagram users may recognize him as @zachdarren, is a designer turned 3D artist living in California. He has worked for a variety of companies and found success as a freelancer for the past few years.

Zach is currently moving to Los Angeles to join the incredibly talented team at ManVsMachine.

Take a glimpse at his work here in his latest reel.

I had the pleasure of meeting Zach earlier this year and learned a ton about his work. It was fascinating to learn about his experimentation and his persistent work ethic to figuring out ways to create things in new ways.

I wanted to learn more about him and his work, and the following is our conversation with some incredible art for you to check out.

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Mac Users Get a Boost of Speed with New Blackmagic eGPU

July 12, 2018 - By 

Get up to 8-times faster graphics performance on MacBook Pros with the new eGPU from Blackmagic Design.

Apple has been struggling to meet the demands on 3D artists and post-production professionals for quite a few years now. As you’ve increasingly heard the debate on this site on the benefits of switching to PC, the truth is many motion designers (especially freelancers) are still using Macs.

Now that debate will continue, but there is some good news for Mac users with the announcement of a new external GPU. Apple teamed up with Blackmagic Design (makers of Fusion, Resolve, URSA Mini, and countless other video production tools) to create an eGPU for increased processing speeds.

Image via Blackmagic.

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Create 3D Text in After Effects Without Any Plugins

July 12, 2018 - By 

Learn how to create and animate 3D text in After Effects without any plugins! Follow along with this tutorial and download the free project file.

In this video, learn how to make great looking 3D text using just After Effects. Make any After Effects text 3D with this easy intro tutorial to After Effects’ built in 3D engine.

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5-Second Project “Treasure” Winners

July 11, 2018 - By 

Watch the winning Treasure 5-second project submissions, and join in on the next theme.

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Image via Guilherme Vasconcellos.

We’ve got more great submissions for the latest 5-second project. Thanks to everyone who participated. Be sure to join us for next month’s theme. Click here for all the details on participating.

Now, let’s get to the Treasure winners. Read More


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Create Animated 3D Text in Cinema 4D (No Plugins Required)

July 9, 2018 - By 

Learn how to make a 3D text animation with this Cinema 4D tutorial. You don’t need any plugins, so anyone can follow along!

Looking to create animated 3D text like this?

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create this 3D type in Cinema 4D without any plugins. We’ll also bring our animation into After Effects for some color grading and final adjustments.

Ready to get started? Let’s hop in.

Want to learn Cinema 4D? Take our FREE Intro to C4D course.

Want more tutorials like this? Let us know in the comments below.


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Cineversity Tutorial: Commercial Production Workflows for Freelancers

June 29, 2018 - By 

Master your Cinema 4D workflow with these great tips and tools that designer Zachary Corzine uses on his projects for Audi, Odwalla, and Del Taco.

After talking about tips and tricks for freelancers working remotely with the The Freelancer’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving When Working At Home, let’s hop into this great presentation on the commercial production workflow for freelancers from Zach Corzine.

You may recall Corzine’s fantastic presentation Learning Cinema 4D Through Experimentation. (If you haven’t seen it, it’s really a must-watch.) In this follow-up presentation, he talks about creating an efficient workflow for production, including some of the tools he uses with Cinema 4D.

Corzine with show you how he approached four different projects, and the techniques he used to get the job done. For his Odwalla campaign, you’ll see him use the MoGraph toolset and Cloner object extensively, then using Signal to fill in the scene.

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The Freelancer’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving When Working At Home

June 27, 2018 - By 

Transitioning into a freelance or remote work-from-home position? This is a guide to surviving and thriving in a home office.

Multiple times in my career, I’ve worked from home. After many mistakes over the years, I finally figured out how to get work done and still live a normal life. I put together this list of to-do’s and not to-do’s based on my experience, while debunking many of the other work from home articles I’ve read.

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Image via Domenico Loia.

As someone having worked in the creative industry for over a decade, I’ve worked in every type of environment. I have worked on set, lived the cubicle life (driving a beige sedan, ugh), worked in an open-plan office, inside a theater tech booth, and now I am in my element, working remotely from home.

If you have the fortune to transfer into a full-time freelance career or remote position, there are upsides and downsides. I’m going to offer some advice and tips I’ve learned on working from home. Read More


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Interview: Behind the Stunning Ad for VELCRO® Brand

June 25, 2018 - By 

See how this surprising piece for VELCRO® Brand had the entire design community enthralled with its beauty and technical wizardry.

Designers Lukas Vojir and Alexa Sirbu recently released their latest collaboration, a stunning piece created on hook and loop technology.

The video was quickly shared among design circles, not only for the video’s beautiful renders, but also its technical achievements. How did they get that shot? It was a question I kept asking myself, so I reached out to Lukas and Alexa to learn more.

Here’s what I learned in our conversation.  Read More


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Cineversity Tutorial: Modeling and Animating a Main Title Sequence

June 18, 2018 - By 

Discover the creative process behind Mike Judge’s Tales from the Tour Bus title sequence from storyboard to completion.

Penelope Nederlander is a two-time Emmy-nominated art director and digital artist. She’s been using Cinema 4D for 16 years, and has worked freelance, as a creative director, and now works at Austin-based Rooster Teeth.

In addition to her animation and motion design work, Nederlander has worked in VFX departments for films like Iron Man, The Aviator, and Superman Returns, as well as music videos for Dolly Parton and The Killers. She also worked on the stereoscopic version of the MGM lion logo.

She has frequently collaborated with L.A. studio Shine on several main title sequences for films and shows like Kung Fu Panda, Pitch Perfect, and more. In this presentation, she will go behind her work on the main titles for Mike Judge’s Cinemax show, Tales from the Tour Bus.

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Thanks to Our 100,000 YouTube Subscribers and GSG Community

June 12, 2018 - By 

A special thank you to our community for helping the Greyscalegorilla YouTube channel hit 100,000 subscribers.

We just wanted to say thank you to everyone who continues to follow and support us. We just hit a major milestone, 100,000 YouTube subscribers! We promise to keep putting out great new tutorials and tips on our channel.

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Special thanks to you, no matter where you follow us. Whether it’s on YouTube for tutorials, Twitch for AskGSG and our live streams, or on all our various social media accounts like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

This community continues to grow, and we are so grateful for your support.

Seeing that we also recently hit 100 podcast episodes, alongside some other GSG milestones, keep an eye out for a special summer announcement soon.

Thanks everyone!

Much Love,

The Greyscalegorilla team


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Cineversity Tutorial: 3D Design for Non-Technical Artists

June 11, 2018 - By 

A 2D artist’s guide to 3D design and using Cinema 4D for commercial projects.

In this Cineversity presentation with Nate Rodriguez-Vera, you’ll see easy ways to get started with 3D design. You’ll hear about his personal journey from music to design, all leading to his commercial 3D work.

He offers advice for artists transitioning into 3D work and then dives into some of his commercial projects. Rodriguez-Vera shows you how to arrange simple shapes with Booleans to make geometric designs, and also breakdowns a Trident spot.

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GIF via Nate Rodriguez-Vera / Cineversity.

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