3d Jellyfish

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Working from a GSG tutorial, I created this beautiful 3D Jellyfish in Cinema 4D. It took a lot of tweaking to the model and color/lighting, plus a little bit of Photoshop post production, but I’m happy with how this quick one day challenge turned out. Below is a brief progression of the model. Enjoy!

3d JellyfishJellyfish Progression

Animation Tests

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Every project goes through stages, and as an animator the biggest challenge can be finding the right visuals to tell the story most effectively. This means that for every final design, there are a couple earlier renditions that didn’t make the cut. Here are a few test animations that for various reasons didn’t make the cut, but that I think are cool enough to share.

Enjoy!

National Geographic Show Reel

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I had the pleasure of working with National Geographic, and helped put together all the graphics for a TV show they produced. The show is called “The Big Picture with Kal Penn”, and in its first season it aired 12 episodes about looking at the data around us, and showing how that data tells a story. The show was fun, quirky, and full of fascinating facts.

This reel only features graphics that I created from start to finish. In totally I contributed over 7 minutes of on-air graphics, but this is just a sample of some of the more interesting ones. For those interested, this show reel features the full range of animation styles, including 2D, 2.5D, Photo manipulation, illustrations, iconograph, mograph, and 3D animation.

Learn more about the show here:
channel.nationalgeographic.com/the-big-picture-with-kal-penn/

Data Animation

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This video started out as a learning challenge to myself, to see if I could replicate a portion of a video by VeracityColab. The video heavily used the plugin Plexus 2, and it used it in a way that I really loved. So, after half a day of trial and error, I successfully re-created the “sea of data” scene from the video. I then took it a step further by adding in my own design and flavor.

The result is this short data animation, and it asks the question, “Is your data safe?”.

Enjoy!

Render Post Production

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I was recently asked to create a 45 second preview for a luxury car event happening in Las Vegas (See finished video here: Click Me!). The challenge was I only had 36 hours to create and deliver the video. This time constraint meant that I couldn’t afford long render times. I had to create everything as quick and dirty as possible, but still have the final product look good.

What I ended up doing was creating some simple base 3D scenes, and then relying on post production to make the renders come to life. The key was that the base scenes rendered really quick, and that allowed me to spend more time in post production. I’m going to post the finished video in a later post, but take a look at how I was able to take a boring flat image and bring it to life. A lot of quick work went into this particular scene, and you can see all 10-11 elements I’ve added on top and how drastically they make a difference.

Programs used:

  • Cinema 4D and Dem Earth 2 for base land models
  • Google 3D Model Warehouse for model of racetrack
  • After effects for post production
  • Plexus for grid points

Enjoy!

Render Post Production

2014 Video Reel

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It’s finally here! My 2014 video show reel!

2014 was un-doutably was of the best years to date. I took my self-taught hobby and turned it into my full-time job, I took on projects that challenged and pushed myself in countless ways, I created the opportunity to work with brands all over the world, and most importantly, I had a ton of fun helping businesses both large and small tell their stories.

As 2015 already has me strapped for time, I’ve somewhat slapped this 2014 show reel together. That said, I had a lot of fun looking back at all these animated projects and seeing how much I’ve improved in only a year. With over 28 videos to cram into 90 seconds, I wasn’t able to fit them all in, but I think it turned out alright. : )

As always, I hope you enjoy, and I can’t wait to share what’s ahead in 2015!

Rotating 3D Ribbons

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While working on a big project for a client, I came up with this rotating 3D ribbon animation that I really like. It’s super simple but very eye catching and mesmerizing. So I started to play with it. I added in a rotating platonic, some color, depth of field, and simple camera movement, and all of a sudden I had a really fun piece. The below image is a little test still from what I hope will be an awesome just-for-fun animation. Short video to come soon!

rotating 3d ribbons

Marble Statue Crumble

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Marble Statue CrumblingInspired by some awesome Call of Duty promo animations that had crumbling marble sequences, I created this a while back in Cinema 4D but never used it… so I figured I’d post it and maybe someone else might be able to use it. I always thought this would be a good anti-smoking or anti-bullying promo image. You could slap some big bold text on the left that said something like: “Bullying effects 3 out of 5 of teens.” or “Smoking destroys your body” and then you would have a link to some website underneath.

 

So feel free to download and use this image for whatever you want. I think it’s a really neat render, so hopefully someone will be able to put it to good use. Enjoy!