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Mike The Monkey HalfRez 2015: Deconstructing Sound

October 30, 2015 - By 

Mike Senften joined us at HalfRez this year to blow everybody’s mind once again. Animators, musicians, engineers, doctors, stock traders and countless other professions rely on waveforms to describe the behavior of data over time. In this presentation Mike shares a visual approach to understanding the construction and deconstruction of waveforms. It’s a short and sweet introduction to basic trigonometry as well as Fourier Synthesis and Fourier Analysis (which were first developed over 200 years ago by French mathematician Joseph Fourier). It requires little to no prior experience in mathematics, but a passion for nerdery and a glass of bourbon are always helpful.

Deconstructing Sound

What is HalfRez? Check it out.


How to Animate a Page Turn with Cinema 4D and Planesmart with Mike the Monkey

January 24, 2011 - By 

I’m so excited to have Mike “The Monkey” Senften back for another tutorial on Greyscalegorilla. In this video, Mike shows you how to set up a page turn animation in Cinema 4D using several different techniques including cloth and the bend deformer. Then, he shows you how to texture each page with a unique texture using the excellent Planesmart Plugin by Rick Barrett and Cineversity.


Spiral Growth in Cinema 4D Part 2 With The Monkey

July 20, 2010 - By 

After finishing the last tutorial I received several emails from other people showing how they approached spiral growth. This time I run through a variety of new ways to do the same thing and describe the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Methods Discussed

• Bend Deformer
• Extrusion Deformer
• Formula Object
• MoSpline
• CS_Recursive Spline
• FK/IK Joint Chain


Py4d Python for C4D

Chris Smith’s Python Cheat Sheet

Recursive Spline by Chris Smith

Golden Formula by The Monkey

IK Spirals by The Monkey

Watch Spiral Growth Part One


How to build Joint Chains for Spiral Growth with Cinema 4D and Xpresso

June 23, 2010 - By 

I’m so excited to present the first tutorial from the hyper-talented Mike “The Monkey” Senften. Well, not a tutorial exactly, but 45 minutes of pure knowledge about how to use joints, hierarchies, and Xpresso to build natural structures that are great for spirals, curls and golden section goodness. This is definitely a bit more advanced then most of my tutorials, but you should be able to follow along. This is the first of what I’m hoping to be many more tutorials from Mike. The way that his work blends science heavy technical thinking and dead-sexy design chops makes him so perfect for this sort of thing. Plus, he is so passionate about this stuff isn’t he? Please leave any feedback you have about his presentation style or his hair cut or anything really in the comments.

Some words from Mike
“It’s 45mins of me geeking out on spiral growth. If that interests you then grab a whiskey and come along for the ride. The purpose of this video is not only to share some of the methods I use in my work, but also to gauge people’s reactions to the pace, focus, content, and style of the presentation… so please, feel free to comment.”

Joint Chain Examples From The Monkey

Update: Adam Swaab’s Batch Rename Plugins
Batch Rename Objects
Batch Rename Tags
Batch Rename Materials


Cineversity 2010 NAB Cinema 4D Tutorials

April 26, 2010 - By 

Cineversity just posted two Cinema 4D demo presentations from NAB 2010 and will be posting more by the end of the month. I was lucky enough to be one of the presenters and one of the first videos available to watch.

I highly recommend that you watch the other presentation from Mike “The Monkey” Senften. His presentation of using sound tracks in Cinema really opened my eyes to ways of controlling animation with sound. I really love his presentation style too. Really energetic and passionate. You can tell he loves what he does and loves explaining the process. I’m hoping to get Mike on Greyscalegorilla to talk more about his incredible work. Check out his presentation below.

Watch GreyscaleGorilla’s NAB Demo
Watch Mike “The Monkey” Senften’s Demo

The videos at Cineversity are large and take a while to download. But, be patient. It’s worth it.

UPDATE: Cineversity posted the videos on LiveStream where they should play much faster.


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