When I first heard about Nick Campbell’s (GreyScaleGorilla) new product City Kit for Cinema 4D, I thought great, but how useful is a City Kit to a motion designer? Well as I’m about to show you… pretty darn useful!
City Kit comes as a Cinema 4D library file, with all the goodness in an easy-to-find and usable format within the Cinema 4d content browser. Upon first inspection of the City Kit you will see a City Rig Day, City Rig Night, Cement Ground and a Daylight and Presets folder.
The Presets are a great way to get started fast. They include City On The Water, City Text and MoGraph City.
City On The Water instantly presents you with a surprisingly convincing scene of a city surrounded by water.
City Text is a top-down view of text positioned amongst buildings, with an “Inception” feel.
and Mograph city is a more graphical looking city, with a single colour material on the building, ambient occlusion and a gradient as the background.
If you prefer to start without a preset, it’s as simple as choosing City Rig Day or Night, Cement Ground (a floor object with cement texture) and a Lighting preset and hitting render.
City Kit ships with a range of tutorials, presented by Nick and co-developer Chris Schmidt, covering everything you need to know to fully maximize your City Kit use. Nick covers the basics of the day and night cities and how to get the most out of them by customizing the size and density of your city, the lighting presets to give your city the richness and life, and some tips and tricks for visually pushing it to the next level.
City Kit will have many more uses to you than you may think
Nick has put a lot of thought into the City Kit, keeping all the settings to a minimum, while allowing for advanced customisation, which gives users the flexibility to create their own individual looks.
As a motion designer, to have this in my tool kit will be a great help. Every now and again that job comes around where you know if you had a city you would use it, whether by placing a logo in the city as shown above, creating a custom skyline as a silhouette, or even working out some storyboards for a shoot. The City Kit will have many more uses to you than you may think.