This is a video clip I directed and animated for the Belgian artist Jonas Winterland, for the title song of his new album (translation: "People are made of thin paper").
I searched for a concept that would be easy to animate and could be produced within a few days time, which is quite a limiting demand given that 2.5 minutes of animation can quickly take weeks if not months to complete.
For more info about the song or the artist, go to jonaswinterland.be
Production wasn't straightforward as the spot does not have a voice-over, which means the visuals alone have to tell the story (along with the sound effects). And on a technical level, the fact that the spot is basically one long sequence didn't make things easier.
- All elements except for the hands are animated in 3D.
- No concept art was used, apart from a few storyboard sketches. The look and feel of the spot was established during production.
- The school cafeteria was originally a market scene with all sorts of food and spices:
- My own artistic skills were used to create the children's drawing
Some technical details:
- The spot was rendered using the new Physical renderer (Cinema 4D R13) . Except for small things like color correction, no post work was applied.
- De growing plants and fluid sim were created using Dpit Plants & Effex. Apart from this, no plugins were used.
- Thanks to a few optimizations and tricks, each frame with Indirect Illumination rendered under 30 minutes a frame, which made it possible to render the spot in-house.
Although most of the work was done by me, I had some great help from Pavel who created a few models and Jean for rotoscoping the hands.
Have a look at the following animation - it's a technical test for volumetric clouds in Cinema 4D.
The setup for this scene is pretty easy. You basically need the following three things:
1. Create a simple 3D volume for the clouds (just using a magnet on a cube is fine, a very rough shape is good enough)
2. Fill the volume with particles (using thinking particles)
3. Add a pyrocluster material to your particles.
That's all there's to it! Of course, the final look heavily relies on how well you manage to tweak the settings. Your 3D volume should have believable cloud-shapes, your particlecount should be correct, and most of all, your pyroclustermaterial requires some tweaking to make it "cloudy" (and remember: lighting and texturing are not two separate things, they go hand in hand). Still, it's not a massive task, I managed to create the entire scene in one evening (okay, and a fair portion of the night - I always lose track of time when tweaking/rendering).
Rendertimes are in the region of 2 minutes per frame.
Keep me posted if you try to create a cloudy scene yourself!
Creating one of the promo-images for the new Cinema 4D release has had a huge impact on my exposure as a Cinema 4D artist, so I decided to dedicate a blogpost to these special grapes. Since the announcement in August 2011, the image has shown up in a lot of places I didn't expect it to, all thanks to the marketing guys at MAXON. It's been featured in publications, magazines, life-size banners, and more. The image below shows some printed examples I currently have in my possession. The calendar was sent to me by MAXON, the flyer and demo-CD on the right were handed out to me during a VFX conference.
I know there have been a few publications in magazines, but I don't have any of these in my possession since most of these magazines are international and therefore not available in Belgium. So if you happen to have anything in your collection and want to send me a picture, feel free to do so! I'll happily included it on the blog.
A little bit about the creation of the render: I wanted to create some sort of vegetable/fruit to test the new SSS functionality. I didn't want to spend a lot of time modelling a complex vegetable/fruit since it was only a simple test, so I decided to stick to the very simple shape of a grape, and just use a cloner and dynamics to create a bowl filled with grapes. After some initial tests, I liked the look of the image, so I developed the grapes shader a bit further, created some variation in the colors, and that was basically it. The total image was created in 1-2 hours, after which I spent probably a full day finetuning the colors and look of the image.
If you want to play around with the C4D scene or want to have a look at the grapes shader: it's available in the Content Browser that comes with R13 Studio.
Some of you may have seen this file in the Content bowser that comes with Cinema 4D R13. I've uploaded an extended version of this scene. This version has five different rendersettings to choose from, for both the Physical and Standard renderer. Feel free to play around with the settings!
It's finally here: Cinema 4D R13! As a beta tester, I've had the privilege to be able to test the new version for a few months now. Over the next couple of days I'll be sharing more and more information regarding the new features. For now, here are some renders that I created while testing. Enjoy!
Here it is - a fresh start for my Cinema 4D blog! To make things a bit more manageable for me, I decided to merge all my web activities into one website. This will also make things more interesting for you as a reader, since there will simply be more Cinema 4D content in one place. What has changed exactly? Here's an overview:
- The Dream in Color blog (which shows progress updates regarding my personal short film project) has been merged with this blog. Dream in Color posts will be specially tagged, so if your only interested in the short film, these posts are easy to find. Note that all blog posts before the post you are currently reading are from the old Dream in Color blog - this is the first posts on the "new" blog.
- My tutorials will be featured on this website as well. I'm still updating this section, so currently it's still a bit empty.
- My online portfolio will also be showcased on this website, but this is also still under construction.
Apart from these mergers, I will update this blog with general Cinema 4D tips and tricks, and other Cinema 4D news or information that could interest Cinema 4D users. So if you're a Cinema 4D user, beginner or veteran, be sure to check in regularly. You can also stay updated using facebook/twitter. Hope to see you soon!