C4D Live SIGGRAPH 2018 Rewind – Round 5

C4D Live SIGGRAPH 2018 Rewind – Round 5

Bhakti Patel: A Three Year Journey in C4D

Bhakti Patel is a 3D Animator and Motion Designer. Her work includes the Emmy-nominated main titles for Vinyl, UI design, and animation for Black Panther, the main-on-end titles for Thor Ragnarok, the Opening Ceremony for the UEFA Champions League Finals and over a dozen commercials and titles. She also happens to be addicted to Netflix, bookstores, and nachos.

During her presentation, Bhakti breaks down a teaser she created for American Horror Story, an ad for El Silencio Mezcal and one of her “every day” projects. Bhakti quickly and easily animates a snake using SplineWrap and Displacement and uses Depth of Field to add a bit of drama. For one of her “everyday” pieces, she goes step-by-step through the creation of using primitives, deformations, MoGraph Cloner, GI, Booleans and more.

01:27 Demo Reel
02:24 Creating an American Horror Story Teaser
04:29 Animating a Snake
08:45 Creating the Texture for the Snake
17:15 Creating Drama with Depth of Field
22:37 El Silencio Mezcal Commercial
24:19 Modeling the Mezcal Bottle
29:37 Overview of Bhakti’s “Everydays” Work
30:57 Step by Step Creative Process of a Bhakti “Everyday”

Brett Morris: Managing the Carnage of Carmageddon

Brett is Creative Director and founding partner of the motion design studio – Ranger & Fox based in Los Angeles. In this presentation, Brett takes a technical director approach to the creation of “Carmageddon” – a motion graphics project created by and for the studio. His approach to the project illustrates how you can create a project file that provides a lot of parametric control for creative freedom and workflow efficiency.

Brett assembles a freeway rig with simple splines, CV-Chamfer and Xpresso to create a complex freeway rig which can be controlled by a few simple sliders. He adds low-poly elements as a basis for the freeway structure. He then shows how to replace these proxy elements at render time with high density, detailed models using instances.

The end of the Carmageddon short features a tangled web of a freeway, undulating upon itself. Brett walks you through his process of creating this cluster of turbulent splines which were generated in Houdini and exported as an Alembic model. He then uses MoSpline to simplify this source spline, while maintaining the point level animation of the Alembic file. Lastly, Brett uses Redshift Proxies to create a variety of colors on cloned cars.

00:49 Demo Reel
03:51 Carmageddon – Studio Project
04:25 The Creative Process Behind Carmageddon
05:59 Creating the Freeway Rig
19:15 Using Instances for the High-Density Elements
21:02 Variations on the Instances
27:34 Cluster Spline
37:01 Creating Redshift Proxies to Render Cars of Varying Colors

Dean Giffin: Tactile Design with C4D

Dean Giffin explores visual communication through a hybrid of mediums. His unique sense of style and experience attempts to unify the design, technology, and tangible experience. He is both the Director at Swivet Studio while also freelancing to various design and motion studios around the world.

Dean’s presentation covers tactile design and simulating fabric in a promo he created for the Nike Zoom Airbag. Dean models the plastic shell of the heel and sole of Nike shoes with splines and the Loft generator. He then uses splines, spline dynamics, and constraints in conjunction with the hair system to create a springy fabric effect. The effect is incredibly real and flexible. He finishes the presentation with an overview of the materials and lighting, done with Illustrator, CV-ArtSmart, and Octane.

00:42 Demo Reel
03:02 Nike Zoom Airbag Promo
03:28 Creating the Nike Plastic Shell Sole Element
21:04 Creating the Springy Fabric Effect
34:14 Adding the Springy Fabric Elements to the Plastic Framework
40:18 Setting up Materials using Illustrator, CV-ArtSmart and Octane

Thanks to Maxon US and Cineversity.com, for recording and publishing the 2018 Siggraph Live Cinema 4D Presentations.

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