• DAY 040 – Spiro Space Thing

    DAY 040 – Spiro Space Thing

    Day 040’s effort was back to After Effects to see what kind of 3D space I could create, in an effort to continue working towards the visuals that represent some of what might be experienced in a Shamanic vision.  My “DAY 040 – Spiro Space Thing” is the first result of that effort, and I’m sure many more are to come. This one will have project files as well as a tutorial.

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  • DAY 039 – Fire + Mask Transform

    DAY 039 – Fire + Mask Transform

    This is where “DAY 039 – Fire + Mask Transform” will be.  It was an exercise in After Effects involving more advanced techniques with Trapcode Form and Trapcode Particular from Red Giant Software.  Many more details to follow, as well as the project files.

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  • DAY 038 – Many Faces of Morph

    DAY 038 – Many Faces of Morph

    This is one directly related to my documentary on Shamanism, and it’s an abbreviated version of a much longer sequence.  The idea is there as well as some of the key images.  Although it looks like there’s a lot of effort involved, I actually did little masking work, and instead let a plugin from Boris FX called, quite simply; “Morph.” The tutorial should be helpful either way, whenever I get around to posting it, that is.

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  • DAY 037 – The Nick Stripes

    DAY 037 – The Nick Stripes

    Thanks to GrayScaleGorilla for this simple, but awesome idea.  This is my take on what’s everywhere on the web now, called everything from “The Three Stripes” to “Racing Stripes” and a zillion other names.  In honor of the guy who first thought of it, I’ve decided to call this “DAY 037 – The Nick Stripes.” Full tutorial and project files to follow, although Nick’s got a great tutorial that’s better than mine on his site.

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  • DAY 036 – Artaud Poem Excerpt

    DAY 036 – Artaud Poem Excerpt

    Trying to alleviate the daily grind and intensity of working to cram as much into my pea brain as possible, I worked from one of those elusive thousands of tutorials I’ve seen along the way, and created a project, from scratch, using Expressions in After Effects as well as Trapcode Particular.  My “DAY 036 – Artaud Poem Excerpt” is the result. And, as I posted on Vimeo, today’s effort is a personal piece:  It’s a comment on a largely unrequited […]

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  • DAY 034 – Turbulence Fluid Dynamics

    DAY 034 – Turbulence Fluid Dynamics

    Today’s project was all about an amazing plugin for C4D called “Turbulence Fluid Dynamics.”  Now, although the name implies fluid simulations, it actually only does smoke simulations.  I’ll have an extensive tutorial on this one sometime in the future, as well as my lame attempt at making dynamics happen via keyframes instead of by using the built-in Dynamics Engine inside of Cinema 4D.

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  • DAY 032 – C4D Cloner Object Wall

    DAY 032 – C4D Cloner Object Wall

    Today, I decided to move back to Cinema 4D and work more with the Cloner Object.  I’m so fascinated with Trapcode Form in After Effects, I wanted to see if there was anything similar I could do in Cinema 4D.  Today’s “DAY 032 – C4D Cloner Object Wall” is the result. Both the project file and the tutorial on Cloner Objects in Cinema 4D to follow.

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  • DAY 031 – Convert 2D to 3D Fail

    DAY 031 – Convert 2D to 3D Fail

    In today’s effort, I went back to After Effects.  I wanted to work more on this converting of 2D images to 3D.  After many tedious and grueling hours later, it’s somewhat of a failure. The idea is there but it’s not nearly as interesting or dynamic as I had hoped.  Also, dissecting famous, public domain paintings wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I’ll have a tutorial on this up sometime in the near-future.  I hope to vastly […]

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  • DAY 022 – Cinema 4D Love Story

    DAY 022 – Cinema 4D Love Story

    Today is DAY 022 of my intensive motion graphics training, and “DAY 022 – Cinema 4D Love Story” is the result.  It uses stock images and textures, and even making something like this happen on my first day is more than I expected.  Soon, I will post the project files as well as a tutorial, minus all my errors, in order to help you, newbie-hacker like myself, along your path of motion graphics wonderment.

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  • DAY 021 – Human to Bird Dissolve Effect

    DAY 021 – Human to Bird Dissolve Effect

    This is the continuation of DAY 019 and DAY 020’s efforts.  I still don’t have “DAY 021 – Human to Bird Dissolve Effect” where I want it, but for my 3 week anniversary of motion graphics training, I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish.  Tutorial to follow once I reach DAY 100 on Vimeo.

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