Easy Flock/Swarm Cheat

The client is calling and the deadline is quickly approaching! You need a bunch of random chaos and you don’t have the time to set up complicated particle simulations and dynamics calculations. What are you gonna do?! You reach into your bag of tricks and you CHEAT! Continue reading

Kickstarter Video Gone Horribly Wrong

I was asked by filmmaker/director Kyle Rankin (Nuclear Family, Infestation, Project Greenlight) to have a hand in planning, shooting, editing and creating visual effects for a very unique and original Kickstarter promotional video for a feature film entitled Night of the Living Deb. I jumped at the chance to work with him on this project, and the legendary bad-ass Ray Wise from Twin Peaks, Robocop and Reaper! Also featured in the Kickstarter video is actor Michael Cassidy from Argo, Smallville and the TBS sitcom Men at Work.

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VFX Breakdown: Night of the Living Deb Promo

I was asked by filmmaker/director Kyle Rankin (Nuclear Family, Infestation, Project Greenlight) to have a hand in planning, shooting, editing and creating visual effects for a very unique and original Kickstarter promotional video. I jumped at the chance to work with him on this project, and the legendary Ray Wise!

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Cinema 4D Orb Tests (experimental)

Test renders from Cinema 4D using MoGraph Cloner, Sound Effector, Volumetric Lighting, Matrix Extrude, Z-Depth Multipass, etc.

(This video is also hosted on Vimeo as well as YouTube. Be sure to visit both comment sections for feedback from other viewers like yourself)

It’s Alive!

A while back I posted a render of a simple low-poly model I had been working on based off of a charming little cartoon character I developed years earlier. The idea was to one day learn Character Pose Morphs in Cinema 4D and breathe some life into this little guy. Well that day has finally arrived… sort of.

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Cinema 4D Tutorial – 3D Chattering Toy Teeth

Happy New Year everybody! We’re kicking off 2014 with a brand-new super-long tutorial using version R15 of C4D. Pretty much everything in this demo should be possible in R14 and R13. The tools I use here just have new names and new shortcuts, so don’t let that scare you.

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Cinema 4D Tutorial – Alternative Random Effector Trick

Here’s a short tutorial showing a unique way to use the Random Effector to distort a standard primitive object without using a MoGraph Cloner. This trick could be a great addition to any medical or science animators out there, and it does an amazing job at distorting large planes into smooth flowing ocean swells.

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Animation Fans

Hey gang. Just wanted to post a link for a fun project I did for our friends over at Animation Insider.

They invited me to guest-host a three-part interview with the filmmakers at Reel FX Animation Studios in Dallas, TX about the new animated feature film “Free Birds” starring the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler in theaters November 2013.

Part One: Head of Story – Jeff Biancalana
Part Two: Supervising Animator – Rich McKain
Part Three: Assistant Director – Chris DiGiovanni

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Digital Speed Paint – Self Portrait

It’s too easy to get caught up in 3D and After Effects and forget that I like to paint to relax. Looking back at the last blog post, I see it’s been forever since I took a break from the rat race and got lost in some illustration-time. I felt the tug almost like a hunger pang. I didn’t feel like making a mess though, so I stayed seated at my desk and just started sketching in Photoshop CC on my tablet and thought, “Hey I should record this and see how it turns out!”

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