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A guide to happy

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The wonderful people over at Panoply London have created a well crafted piece entitled “A guide to happy”

A little insight (for the nerds)

The video was rendered entirely in Arnold for Cinema 4D, making extensive use of the alShaders and the JF Nested Dielectric (so beautiful, but some frames took up to 8hrs per frame on a 20core machine to render). Most of the animation was done in Cinema 4D with all of the heavy effects stuff done in Houdini and then brought back across using alembics and procedurals.

Nearly all the shots make use of in camera DOF (minus the heavy liquid shots) which we managed to get out in a very reasonable render time using AA samples of 7 (a few used AA 8 that used fine wires). Although this still held a little noise we were about clean it up easily in Fusion.

Panoply made good use of the volume rendering for the “disposable money” scene which also used custom attributes created in Houdini what we then took to C4DtoA to help with the shading (burnt edges).

 

Overall, a fantastic animation, with so much to learn from and drool over.

Be sure to check out the Panoply site for more inspiring creative and show them some love over on twitter.

 

Semi-Permanent Video and Breakdown

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Every now and then in the motion graphics world, a piece comes along and sets a new benchmark for every one out there. For me, the latest one to do that is the Semi-Permanent opening sequence. From the second it starts, you’re immediately drawn in by the intensity and epic scale of the universe thats been created by Raoul Marks.

Another thing which is truly outstanding is Raoul has taken the time to do a breakdown video, giving you a sneak peak into his thought process and workflow as well as making the Astronaut 3d model for C4D available to the public.

It’s amazing to see how the motion graphics and 3D community are developing a culture of giving and sharing and it’s my hope that this will continue to grow and we will continue to push each other to do greater things.

The original video and breakdown are below together with the links and credits. Be sure to visit raoulmarks.com and thank him for his generosity.

Semi Permanent Opening Titles

Breakdown

FILE NOW UP!
mediafire.com/download/qfclufbbh3bhpqk/ASTRONAUT.zip
Try turning off the displacement in the suit and other materials for a quicker update.
Theres and FBX and two C4D files. one for Octane and one adapted for C4D native render.

Song: Moderat – A new error

CREDITS
Designed and Produced by
Raoul Marks.com

Titles kindly supported by
Maxon
maxon.net

Iceland photography kindly provided by
Jake Sergeant
mn8studio.com

Music and SFX arranged by
Raoul Marks

Additional artwork by
Stanley Donwood & Noah Taylor

Reaffirming Everyday Projects

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I came across this cool talk by Ji Lee from a Creative Mornings (New York) keynote held in March 2011. Ji Lee, at the time Creative Director Google Labs, now Creative Director at Facebook.

The main takeout for me in this video is the importance of Everyday Projects and how creatives should start incorporating their personal projects into work projects.

Enjoy the keynote and I’m happy to keep the conversation going with comments so share your favourite takeout of this keynote.

Original source 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!

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!

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<