If the idea of creating millions of tiny flowing particles that can be shaped into smoke, clouds, fairy dust, or flames excites you, Trapcode Particular by Red Giant is the go-to After Effects plug-in. When Red Giant released their latest version of the Trapcode Suite last month, I fell in love with the promo […]View Post
During a recent visit to Crested Butte, Colorado, my family experienced homemade ice cream and donut bliss at the Third Bowl Homemade Ice Cream shop. Since Crested Butte is a mountain biker’s paradise, a wonderful painting of a bike with fat donut tires was on display. The whimsy and creativity of the painting inspired […]View Post
Inspiration has a way of peeking out from the most unlikely places. While flipping through the pages of a paper art book called Push Paper, I was struck by an image of a paper car made entirely from maps. The image set my wheels in motion and I came up with the idea of […]View Post
If magical portals get your pulse racing, you’ll appreciate today’s 10-second fantasy-based animation. Thanks to the always-inspiring After Effects tutorials of Andrew Kramer, I learned how to create two portals (one for a beautiful enchantress and one for a sinister sorceress) using turbulent particles crafted from a single smoke element. Which gateway strikes your […]View Post
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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Have you ever noticed that the words HOPE and LOVE share an identically placed “O” and “E?” This simple observation inspired today’s simple animation. I cherish these words and what they represent, so I decided to incorporate them into an animation that provided an opportunity for me to continue learning new motion design techniques. […]View Post
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