If you’ve ever seen one of those wonderful toy pin sculptures that kids love to press their hands into, you’ll enjoy today’s 20-second animation. I used Cinema 4D to build, texture, light, and animate the sculpture. Adobe After Effects and Element 3D provided the tools to produce moving depth maps that pushed the pins […]View Post
Thanks to a fabulous tutorial from David Brodeur of GreyscaleGorilla, I learned how to sculpt geometry in Cinema 4D. To practice this technique, I created melting cubes and other fun shapes, then animated a camera sweeping through a maze of spinning objects. Cinema 4D is full of so many surprising creative possibilities!
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As a child of the 80’s arcade scene, I occasionally flash back to the days of saving up quarters so I could steal away to the local bowling alley and get lost in the sights and sounds of video games. Today’s 20-second animation for a fictional arcade called PressPlay represents two things for me…an opportunity […]View Post
In my quest to learn as many fascinating visual effects techniques as humanly possible, this week I focused on electrical fx. Thanks to a brilliant tutorial from Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot, I was able to produce the Shock Squad movie title animation you see here entirely in After Effects and Element 3D without […]View Post
Thanks to Allegorithmic (makers of Substance Painter) for providing the base, untextured 3D model for today’s groovy animation. After adding materials and decals to Mat, I lit and animated him in Cinema 4D. The shining headlight effect was accomplished using a combination of the Lux plug-in from Red Giant and the Optical Flares plug-in […]View Post
Today’s featured animation is an 8-second promo ID for a design studio called Creative Co. It was modeled, textured, lit, animated, and rendered using Cinema 4D. Color correction, motion blur, and vibration finishing touches were added with After Effects.
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The idea of dropping a 3D model with moving elements into live-action footage seemed daunting to me, so I decided to face the challenge and create an animation featuring a flight along a rugged coastline past a lighthouse with a rotating beam of light. Thanks to a pair of wonderful tutorials by Sean Frangella, […]View Post
I’ve always enjoyed watching classic movies in vintage theaters. With today’s animation, my hope is to convey the nostalgic feeling of cinema’s Golden Age through a short trailer for a gangster film night marathon. A variety of elements in this animation challenged me. Most notably, I enjoyed discovering how to produce a realistic beam […]View Post
I’ve been learning all kinds of fun tricks for applying cinematic lens flare effects to motion graphics. Today’s 12-second animation exhibits a sun rapidly arcing across a time-lapse sky (captured by my friend Dale Nichols) with glints of light peeking through gaps in 3D text advertising an imaginary event called the Celestial Festival. To […]View Post
In this marvelous age of technological advances, it’s now possible to create complex particle animations on a home computer using nothing more than a $200 After Effects plug-in called Element 3D. I created the 15-second animation you see here using Element’s mind-blowing 3D Replicator feature. I’m predicting that Video Copilot (the makers of Element […]View Post
Last week while hiking, the part of my brain that conjures visual effects imagined a scene of a 747 nearly colliding with another aircraft during an intense thunderstorm viewed from the perspective of a passenger shooting iPhone footage through a rain-soaked window. In my mind’s eye, the scene looked like a shot from a […]View Post
One of the things I’m most grateful for in this world is people who inspire me. Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot is one of these people. His creativity, sense of humor, and ability to clearly convey complex ideas makes Andrew a joy to learn from. Thank you, my friend! Today’s animation is a compilation […]View Post