Greyscalegorilla Podcast: Episode 12: Q&A

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  • That’s crazy, im not digging the negativity. Good response man.

  • If it wasn’t for greyscale i would have learned or taken motion graphics up as a serious hobby and pursuit of a career in that field. Thank you.

  • thanks 4 all your work…i think is easier make negative comments tham do the kind of work you do for all us…i started in 3d animation with your help…make negative coments is an option that all we have to respect..(just for tolerance)…but is not the best option…BUILT NOT DESTROY

  • SIGRAPH in Vancouver Canada?

  • can’t imagine why would someone be negative on your blog. Maybe people should learn something with you and be less ceptical.
    great podcast! Keep up the good blog.

  • Dude, you’re like a hero to me! Just by saying things like that it’s possible to grab your hobbies and make them into a carreer.. It just gives me the energy to actually act upon my dreams. Great job keep it up!

  • Hi Nick:

    Your blog is one of the best I have found on the web. I started to learn Cinema around February so as to ace my Product Design Module. You are able to explain processes very well. Basically as I said, the site is top quality with top tutorials. Couldn’t ask for more to be honest..

    Keep up the great work man.


  • I really dig your view on comments/critique, it’s really not helping to say mean/agressiv stuff just for the sake of it.

    But i must say i like the fact that some people start to criticize more heavily than before. I think i never seen one negative comment or real critique before you launched the city kit.

    It kinda felt like fine art school where nobody ever tell you what you do is shit (or boring, deja-vu, whatever). In that way, i like some negative/critique in the comments, we even saw people posting video that were not copy pasta of your tut in the “Intro to Hair in Cinema 4D” comments.

    And that’s really great, we see people helping each other in the comments or telling other people what they think of their render, etc…

    This is the way a community work, by helping each other, even if it’s mean telling someone that what he did wasn’t that great for x or y reasons.

    It’s a lot less boring that 150 posts of fan boy telling how great the gorilla is and posting copy pasta of his work.

    Nice podcast anyway!

  • Hey Monkeyboy =)

    First of all, I love your site and your tutorials. Im brand new to Cinema 4D, so watching your tuts really help alot, even the more advanced is easy to follow, and I learn alot from each and everyone of them, so thank you for that =)

    I have a question and didnt know where to ask, so here goes… – I want to model, starting from scratch, so making very basic stuff like tables etc. Im modelling furniture from my own place, and I really wanted to make them the right dimensions. The problem is, as you probably already know, doing so will result in very small objects inside of C4D. Whats the best way around this? Is it possible to scale up the measurements in some way, so i can still work in cm, but the cm is just bigger inside the program? Cause i tried changing the units, and its either way too small, or way too big. Hope you can help me.

    Oh, if you know a great supported forum where newbies as myself can ask these silly questions, i’d love to know. Finding good websites can be hard, specially when you dont exactly know what youre looking for when youre new to the program 🙂

    Thanks in advance

    • For the forums you can try c4dcafe, or creative cows!

      • U can use a camera and make a close up of the furniture! (The camara is on the light menu… if u dont find some bottom look en windows-layout -command manager… and search for it: type camera). Sorry if im not clear… i dont have cinema on this computer… :S

        u can switch on and off the camera. hope its helpfull.

      • is not for people new to mograph at all.

        the creative cow forums have a poorly implemented 90s style messageboard.

        c4dcafe is very awesome though.

        A GSG forum would become a hugely successful community and would help fill the gaps of other design related forums.

        Please implement a forum Nick. Long comment postings are not a great way to interact for GSG readers to interact.

  • people should appreciate your effort for all your great tutorials

  • First 15 minutes were really interesting, I like your personal approach and opinions.

  • well about negativity, you’re right nick. you said you are liberal about comments and normally don’t delete comments. i did a comment in the hair tutorial that was maybe a bit ironic or sarcastic or whatever. actually it never appeared and i thought by myself ….uhm!?
    someone said this is a site full of professionals and i just lol’d about it, don’t you get the irony? i mean this site is aimed mainly for beginners to advanced users, of course some pro’s pop up now and then. i felt a bit aggrieved to see myself censored. cmon where’s the fun….


  • Great blog..great Q&A session. I’m really impressed with your inspiring approach to education. We see lots of tut stuff that shows the technical aspects of an element in C4D. But the examples used are about as uninspiring as they can possibly get. Your approach gives great technical but also the visual inspiration to try some really cool looking stuff. And the ‘Hey! I can do this!” comes through when you’re done trying the tutorials. You’re right on the money with the way you do your tuts. (you can lose the self doubt). Dont change a thing…and btw, your wave and your nose scratching is what makes you you. Be yourself..everyone else is already taken. G

  • i love your podcasts but i always sleep in to long and miss them XD

  • As in any human group, you will have nice people and dumb people. I guess its your right to moderate comments that are offensive or have nothing to add to the mix. The good thing is that one of the greatest asets this blog has, beside Nick´s creative intuition and formative energy, is a great user base that like to share and promote good vibe. Lets just ignore dumb/hateful comments as the noise they are.

    • ok but who decides what is dumb/hateful. sometimes people who doesn’t speak native english are misunderstood. other culture, sense of humor and so on. I’ve seen it in many forums. imho ignorance leads to indifference and i think that shouldn’t be the goal.


      • I think its a binary desision: If the comment is hateful, it doesnt contribute to the discussion at hand or makes fun by being offensive, it will stand out for deletion. I just say not to make a big thing of dumb people´s coments, as some of them might become trolls.

        • yeah i know what you mean, but even if someone did a hateful or stupid comment it’s imho wrong to call him just dumb. shouldn’t we try to understand each other? maybe the “hater” just had a bad day or whatever. people act weird from time to time. it’s not kind to punish them with despite.
          i work in school and have a little experience with haters and offensive kids. and if you ignore them, it won’t get better.
          the same counts for mature people, imho.

          my 2 cent

          • 2 things-

            1-In school, you are face to face, and dealing with people is easier when you can talk straight to them and not hiding behind a computer.

            2- if you are having a bad day, what the hell are you doing taking it out on someone elses blog? Go get a latte and chill out. You are right, everyone has bad days. The difference is the people who know how to handle themselves when this happens and those who don’t.

            I don’t take it out on others (face to face or on the computer) when I have a crappy day.

            It never helps to respond to trolls on blogs.

  • Hey..guess I’m not done yet. Your technical on the podcasts and on the tutorials..great. Well, ok, super fantastic platinum level times three. We’ve all seen tuts where the guy is barely understandable (not necc because of accent, but usually due to very poor miking, looking away from the mike during speaking, getting up to take a washroom break without stoping the tut (yes, I’ve seen that done, and not for the sake of humor), etc). Other guys do their tuts looking as though they just got up and havent brushed their teeth yet. That attitude of ‘Here I am doing you a favor by creating another tut”..anyway…
    YOUR stuff is a model of technical excellence, enthusiastic personality, educational value, coherent discussion, positive philosophy, good humor and great pacing with an end result that is visually stunning and doable successfully by your viewers.
    NO, this is not your Dad trying out blog commenting..your work is benchmark level terrific.

  • Love having a beer and listening to this. Thanks again Nick!

  • I thought the comments were pretty nasty and over the top. People were being really harsh on you, I think people need to realise how helpful you are to the community and people wanting to learn, I mean you give away tutorials for free and then people hate on you for selling something they don’t deem worth it. If you don’t like it; dont buy it.

  • Thanks for another great (soul-searching) podcast! I gotta say I was nice to know that other people question their paths. Thanks for the conviction!

  • That’s America for you, always complaining about free or helpful things. Folks like that will never get too far in life.

  • WOW Nick!! Great podcast… you said so many great things that I wanted to address, I don’t know where to start (re-tweeted and FB’d).

    First, from my personal experiences, there is no place for negativity in a creative environment. Especially when so many truly talented people have enough trouble with their own creative road blocks. Once the negative is out there, it can’t be taken back and that negativity does nothing but contribute to the self doubt all creative persons deal with. In my book, self doubt is the insidious little creativity killer and I can’t imagine why any artist in any venue would want to be a part of that.

    DON”T DOUBT GORILLA!! I know that nature of comment is impossible to ignore, but never doubt that what you are doing with the site and blog is noble and worth while. You share where most do not and give of yourself when you don’t have to. You teach and inspire and the good karma will rain down on you for this regardless of others opinions.

    I say good for you!!

    All your advice on the blog questions was great and I couldn’t agree more.

    Finally, in response to the exhausted off day question (I have plenty of those in the television industry). On my off or super tired days when I still have to get something accomplished, I do archiving. I go back over old project files on my backup drives or go into my overloaded current project folders and clean and organize to externals or DVDs. This is great for staying organized, it gets you a refresher with projects you may have forgotten about and its a low energy activity. Great way to stay productive and give your gray matter a break.

    Huge thanks Nick!!! Keep up the great work!!

  • I need your podcast and tutorials as motivation and fuel to get better at my own pace, my own time and on my own dime. I support you, brother. Keep it going and if you ever question your impact, just remember me. Yep! This guy here who will lose out on what you are doing to grow the design community.

    Keep up the great work.

  • Thank you. Honestly, thank you for saying it out about self doubt and why you do what you do. From time to time, I keep thinking of doing what I love and not be able to get a living out of it, or even worse like going hungry for days because I don’t have a job to buy food for myself… All these Fear, you know, fear…

  • Thank you Nick for everything you do. Working in Cinema is a hobby for me and if I never found your site I would no a ton less than I do now. Keep up the excellent and quality work.

    Thanks man,


  • Hey Nick,
    Are you okay?
    I just saw Transformers 3-3D.

    Did your neighborhood survive the battle?
    What was it like living in the middle of a war zone?
    What’s that you say?
    It was only a movie? You mean, all that damage was CG?
    Whew! I was worried there for a moment.


  • Hi Nick,

    I’ve been following your blog for quite a while now but this is the first time that I comment.

    Your blog and tutorials are really great!

    They have been much help for me in mastering Cinema4D.
    It’s nice to see how you struggle with the same technical stuff I do.

    Your blog (or should I say you?) is (are) very inspiring to me trying always new things and experimenting with new stuff.
    Your ambition to always grow and get better than most is also inspiring (wich was a very interesting lecture!). Nourish the seed of creativity, remember (wich was a very good reference!)?

    Everything begins with good taste. Some people have to learn, others just know.

    I think it’s the same with the negativity on the blogs.
    (It’s one of the reasons why I stopped reading online comments.)

    Your “openknowledge” approach is amazing. It reminds me of Joshua Davis who uses the same approach with Flash.

    So, keep doing what you’re doing, I’m a big fan!

    Best regards from Belgium,


  • GSG or BUST

  • “youtube idiot comments” that was so dead on Nick.

  • Respect! Great post!

  • Nice job addressing the issue with distasteful bloggers on your forum. Not only does it upset everyone but it’s a turn off for someone who is not involved trying to read through it.
    Thanks also for talking about self doubt. Very good topics!
    Maybe I missed it.. but did you say what say what day and time your live podcast is? I have questions too. Thanks!

  • So pumped that you’re going to be in Vancouver! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to head down to SIGGRAPH and say hi!

  • I’ve been a long time lurker. I grasp what you say about tightening the community to a more respectful vibe.

    I started animating / designing when I was 13 and opened my business at 15. Since I had started pretty young I had to do about 6 to 9 months of courses before getting into the good stuff so I decided to self teach myself.

    People who do what you do is one the major reasons why I’ve gotten to where I am today, so I have a lot of respect for that. I remember trying to get into C4D around 18 and there was almost nothing out there, and when GSG came along it opened the flood gates, so thanks for bringing to a ho… nutha… levo.

    I am a firm believer of the law of attraction, and a positive mental attitude is the most important factor in achieving success. Hopefully your message comes across and will help the GSG community develop the way you had intended.

  • GSG and VCP, my favorite learning sites. God Bless both of you.

  • all this negativity sucks

  • Hi Nick,

    I love your blog, one thing I am disappointed in finding with c4d is the lack of modeling tutorials. I am a member of cineversity and I am finding very little modeling tutorials!

    Is there a place you could suggest to look or have more tutorials in the future dealing with modeling?

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • Hi Nick, I never posted on your blog but I’m a true fan of your work. Your tutorials but also your podcasts are very insightful and full of sensible advice that helps me keep up faith in my dreams of becoming a designer after 7 years of duty in Marketing (yep…).

    I could hear a bit of frustration and even sadness in your latest podcast so I simply wanted to cheer you up and let you know that some people in this community do praise your contribution. Thanks for everything!

  • Just listened to your Q&A, and it really spoke to me directly.

    I think what you, and others similar to you, provide the creative community is wonderful. For those of us who work in this field, and those hobbyists or trying to get into the field, have an unheard of amount of information and teaching available…and for FREE. Even for us who are familiar with the programs there is still a lot to learn. As you have mentioned, there are a million different ways to achieve similar outcomes just in the C4D for example. Myself, I enjoy seeing how others achieve those results, learn new or different angles of approach on projects.

    The internet is an amazing resource, and tool (social and otherwise), but like anything else there are downsides. The worst of which, in my opinion, is what I call “digital courage”. Through anonymity people say things on the internet that they would never say sitting at a table for a creative meeting, nitpicking every small detail. We’re are all familiar with the process, and should know that while being behind the camera / in post / etc. has it’s own very unique set of challenges, being in front of the camera – presenting information or entertainment – is no different. If someone’s delivery bothers you… don’t watch. It’s free, it’s informative, even entertaining, but the ket thing to remember is it’s FREE. What people need to keep in mind is that these tutorials (as far as I know) are not scripted. Yes, there are talking points, steps to take, or an outline of sorts, but you or I try to flow through those without a hiccup, fill dead time while kindly showing each step, and keep the audience engaged. If you think you can do better, PLEASE do, and I’ll be the first one to check your site frequently to watch and learn.

    For those that think because they’ve purchased a Light Kit, or texture pack, or any plugin and think that inside that download is a paying gig… I WISH it worked that way. The add-on are just tools to streamline the creative process, save you time, and let you concentrate on the big picture of the overall project.

    It is a competitive market out there, and you have to not only put forth the effort, you have to deliver. That’s why sites, and plugins like these are so valuable to all of us. You sharpen your skills, find ways to be as efficient as possible with your time, and create the best possible deliverable to your client.

    I dig what you’re doing, I do my best to support your efforts, and I always stay tuned for what’s next from my favorite primate!

    Of course that’s just my opinion… I could be wrong!

    P.S. Heck yeah, I borrowed that! Guess I’m trying to “rip off” everybody too 🙂

  • Keep up the great work. I truly enjoy the podcast and the tutorials. I actually used one of them when I was in a jam last fall. It’s the first time I ever blatantly copied a tutorial in a project. I never had a good way of making ‘infinite’ white in C4D and I openly admit to stealing your technique. Some of the other ones are nice because it’s nice to see how other people do things compared to how I would approach them. Always picking up little tips and tricks here and there.

  • Hey Nick,

    Just wanted to let you know that you are doing a good job with your tutorials and talks. I will admit that I am not big into leaving comments or being in the chat rooms but I DO listen and learn a lot from the stuff on your site and after hearing you talk about all the hate comments just wanted to show some love. Keep it up!


  • Dude,
    I just had the chance to listen to this episode of your podcast. Are you kidding me about reading losers and haters comments???
    Listen, since we, at the Best of the Bay have been using your lighting kit, textures, and using your tutorials and tips and tricks for productivity, we have been doing better work. I personally have been getting better clients at home with my side projects who pay me more, and hire me for my creativity. So, I just wanted to thank you for being out there, and really help people who want to be really super turbo great designers. As you can see from the comments you are making a difference. You are an idol for many of us nerds. Thank you Nick.

    Nicolas Nami

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