For the latest Foxtel On Demand Summer Campaign I explored split screen looks in After Effects. It can be a tricky look to use and not look retro so was definitely a challenge. One of the most difficult aspects is choosing hero shots which work well together and are long enough! Below I break down some of the key design aspects. Read more…
Here’s my project file for After Effects Experiment Assignment 5, using Beam, Find Edges and Curves. Check out what other artists have made over on the Experiments page and give it a try yourself! Download Project
Watercolour on paper is a popular motion graphics style and I’ve turned to stock footage on more than one occasion for that look. It is possible though to create this look in After Effects, and for my latest experiment while playing with the Foam and Turbulent Displace effects I started zeroing in on a watercolour look, that while still rough is pretty convincing.
So for Experiment 11 we’re going to concentrate on watercolour looks and this time I’m going to offer my project file as a starting point if you need it. See if you can improve on mine or start from scratch using your own selection of effects. The object here is to make convincing watercolour looks using only standard After Effects tools. Post a JPG or a link to a movie in the comments. We may even collect the best and make them available as a download. Download Project
For Cinema 4D Experiment 4 I used the Explosion Deformer with a Fracture Object, Random Effector, Spline Effector and the Multi Shader. My initial tests were using MoGraph’s Poly FX but after some experimenting and assistance from Brett Morris I went with an Explosion Deformer instead. The Explosion Deformer ended up being more responsive than Poly FX, which become really slow with higher polygon counts. . Thanks also to Craig Whitaker for assistance with using the Color and Multi Shaders.
This time I’m going to supply you with my project file, which you can explore and experiment with, or you can make up your own from scratch. Use the same effectors with different settings and a different spline, or add different Effectors. Try different colours in the Multi Shader. You may want to try out PolyFX for yourself!
Take at least 30 minutes (I was experimenting for a few hours) and see what you can create. When you’re done, save a JPG and post it in the comments. Remember to include a screenshot of your object hierarchy with the image, it’s helping everyone learn from these experiments.
In this walkthrough tutorial I demonstrate how Adobe Illustrator, After Effects and Maxon Cinema 4D were used along with GenArts Sapphire, Boris Continuum and Magic Bullet Mojo to create a promo for the film Warm Bodies. Download the Cinema 4D dead cell material
This simple but useful After Effects preset from my Olympus Has Fallen promo, uses duplicate Turbulent Noise effects animated using the “Time” expression to create fast drifting smoke. Download Preset (CS6)
I presented this Olympus Has Fallen promo recently at After Effects World in Seattle. Tools used include Illustrator, Photoshop, Cinema 4D and After Effects with plug-ins from Red Giant Software. This was my first attempt at a flag in Cinema 4D and it was easier than I expected. Check out the breakdown below: Read more…
The Pixel Lab has released Design Bits, their largest collection of Cinema 4D models yet, with over 180 models in the pack.