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Cinema4d Advanced Production Techniques

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So I’m super excited to share this amazing Cinema 4D tutorial series with you. Cinema4D Advanced Production Techniques covers an extensive workshop done in Copenhagen at the end of February 2014. It features amazing tutorials and insights from some of the world’s best C4D gurus including Simon Fiedler, Paul Everett, Simon Holmedal, Yader, Raphael Rau and Douwe. The content is advanced, however, if you plan on taking C4D seriously, then this is a must.

Pingo van der Brinkloev has been awesome enough to record the workshops, and make it available on Vimeo on Demand. For only $99 you can immerse yourself in over 10 hours of detailed C4D techniques.

Be sure to watch the trailer and sign up, it’s priceless knowledge and will only benefit you!!!

More information can be found here!

Accepting the Everyday Challenge from Beeple

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On the 1st of January 2014, I took up a challenge from @Beeple to post an Everyday for one full year. The purpose of the Everydays is to continually better oneself by experimenting with different concepts and ideas each and every day.

Each month I’ll change the theme to keep my attention going, but I’m going to strive each and every day to spend a minimum of 30minutes in futuring my knowledge of Cinema 4D, illustration, Vray, modelling and sculpting.

I’ll keep a gallery here for you to follow my progress, and if you have any comments or queries, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

A massive thanks to Beeple for setting up this challenge, I encourage everyone to start your very own Everyday, even if you start with an Everyweek or Everymonth, let 2014 be the year you exceed your own expectations!

Inspiration | PTEROIS

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Here is a perfect example of what can be achieved if you’re determined and want to learn something new.
PTEROIS is a personal project from a good friend of mine NEEKOE. He was also kind enough to include a breakdown video where he goes through some of the techniques to achieve the final product. There’s so much to be learnt from the video so if there’s anything you SHOULD be doing today, it’s this…

What I enjoy most about the breakdown:

  • Firstly, you get an immediate sense of how Neekoe designs with purpose. Thorough research was done on every aspect of the video and what needed to be achieved.
  • A cool tip I’ve never considered while modelling, is to model with guide splines, usually I jump straight in with a back plate loaded and just model, but I really enjoy the idea of incorporating some guide splines to keep your process on track.
  • Attention to detail. The amazing focus and attention to such small elements in the video, really catch your eye and transcend the boundary of what is real and what isn’t.
  • The Memory Node. Who knew what that node was ever used for, I know I didn’t. I’ve already done some experiments since watching the video and a proper setup of the Memory Node allows you to achieve a very natural and organic movement so be sure to try that one out!
  • Doing just enough for the shot. In the creation of the crevasse, Neekoe, didn’t waste time in creating unnecessary assets but just focused on the final shot and what was going to be in frame.
  • Another thing that always impresses me about Neekoe’s work is the use of combining very simple movements and effects to achieve very complex animations, such as when he built the eye. The clever use of cloners and animations really bring a great level of complexity to the scene.
  • A great use of Cinema 4D was using the effectors, shapes and cloners to create the texture for the Lion Fish, usually people jump into After Effects or their favourite compositing program and bash away there, but just knowing how to use Cinema 4D’s tools properly will open your eyes on the endless uses for them, not just to create cubes and spheres.
  • Final touches are everything. You can see the amount of detail put into the post work and it really shines. Spending the extra time in crafting your grades and post effects really take your animations into a whole new level.

Be sure to check out more of Neekoe’s great work on his site and follow him on Twitter.

The Process

V-Ray Animation Showreel 2013

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I’ve just starting to explore V-Ray for C4D and it’s possibilities, and if there’s any of you out there wanting to push your Cinema 4D renders into a whole new world, I urge you to explore some alternative render engines, like V-Ray, Arnold or Octane, they’ll take some learning but once you learn to master it, you’ll never look back.

Until then, here’s some inspiration from the V-Ray Animation Showreel 2013.



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One of my favourite creative agencies ever SEHSUCHT have developed another beautiful motion graphic piece for the 19th annual MTV European Music Awards 2012.

The piece revolves around a huge Zoetrope, a fast-moving carousel which takes you on a music journey through time. It’s flawless, beautifully animated sequences and amazing art direction make it one of my favourite Cinema 4D animations this year.

Check out the video and the making of below.





Ferrofluids | Inspiration in Nature

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It’s amazing when something is so life-like, you cant tell what is CG and what is real. In this case, it’s all real.

Introducing Ferrofluids, The black liquid mixture made up of nano-sized, iron-containing particles suspended in water or an organic solvent. When a magnetic field is applied, the ferrofluid puffs out, creating some alien-looking shapes and formations.

It’s officially on my Xmas wishlist!

Headphones | Paul Clement

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Every so often, a piece of motion graphic art is created which breaks the mold and sets a new benchmark.

Paul Clement recently created “Headphones” for Ministry of Sound with the help of Cinema 4D, which totally blew me away. He was kind enough to also create a breakdown of the piece in which he shows just how much effort it takes to be great.

I invite everyone interested in motion graphics to download the breakdown and play it frame by frame to understand just how small movement, detail in design and how a great masterpiece is created procedurally – using small instances of an object to build a greater animation.

Be sure to check out Paul’s website and twitter to view some more of his magical work.

Check out Headphones here.

And here’s the breakdown.


Inspiration | Inspired Visions Animation Competition

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I’ve always found that even the tiniest inspiration can go a long way in fueling the creative process. Nemetschek Vectorworks and MAXON recently held a rendering competition based on three categories: rendering with CINEMA 4D, animation with CINEMA 4D and rendering with Renderworks® 2011. Above is  “Modern uboot-kitchen” by Sina Grage which won in the Cinema 4D Animation Category. Congrats to Sina and the rest of the winners. For the full story, click here<