If you do any logo or illustrator extrusion in C4D get this. It’s FREE! No excuses.

Flying Lotus "Tiny Tortures" Process montage from dlew on Vimeo.

Once again, great to see C4D being heavily used to create VFX that you would expect to be done in MAYA, Softimage or Houdini.  Of course it wasn’t the only app used but it looks like it was the central app that the various elements were collected and animated in.

Link the music video.  (VIMEO)

Keep your eye on David Lewandowski.  He does some fun stuff utilizing C4D.

James Bond 007 in "Cat & Mouse" from Navarro Parker on Vimeo.

Always great to see cool-ass work being done with Cinema4D. Here is a short video showing some of the stuff that was done in C4D. Art Directed by GMUNK.—more visuals from this project on his site.

Learn the basics and start making coolio animations in Cinema 4D. Below we have some cool examples and we even have the files to download as well. Have fun.

L-Systems and MoSpline in Turtle Mode example 3

L-Systems and MoSpline in Turtle Mode example 2

L-Systems MoSpline in Turtle Mode example 1

We recently had a meetup where we went through some of the basics of building animations using L systems. L-Systems (Lindenmayer) build coolanimation based on a algorithmic formulas. All it’s doing is building a path or spline that can be used with Sweep Nurbs or anything else that uses a spline. 

Sounds scary, but its not too bad. Usually people use it to build trees and plants but I think its just a starting point. The system is crazy powerful and quite flexible. The MoSpline object is the where L systems are used. Under the Object tab of moSpline switch the mode from Simple to Turtle and BAMM!You’re in L system mode.

The simplest way I’ve been able to understand:

1. Make a formula: A

2. Define your variable: A = A + 1

That’s really it.

You can make it as deep and complicated as you want, the only difference is syntax. 

For example: 

Formulas are called a “Premise” 

Variables are called “Rules”. 

1. Premise (formula): FA

2. Rules (variables): A=F

Important: L-Systems use characters to represent different procedures or commands, example:

"F" is move one step forward. So in the above example, all it says is ‘hey, more one step  forward "F" then do "A" which is also equal to "F". So more forward again.’ 

Example below shows a simple formula: F++F++F , “+” means turn right. Also, you define how much right is in your values tab, here right equals 60 degrees. 

Great basic commands to learn:

F forward one unit

+ rotate right

- rotate left

& rotate y axis

^ rotate y axis opposite

\ rotate z axis

/ rotate z axis opposite

[ ] branch

With these commands you can do some really neat animations quickly.


Any equation can be repeated as well, that’s represented in the “growth” variable (vales tab). 

Using growth, you can start seeing some cool animations happen.

Creating a Branch:

Using the “[ ]” or brackets you can start creating branches. These branches will inherit the formula you made in the rules section or you can just write out the whole formula in the premise field (above). The brackets tell the animation to start a new branch with the commands you place within the brackets. 

Above 4 new branches were made (1) 60 degrees right then forward (2) 60 left and forward, branch left forward, and another forward (3) forward THEN one branch left and right 60 degrees. 

Tell the animation to repeat over and over using the growth function. These are some cool animations.

Remember: You can also do things in all three dimensions as well.

Growth in all three axis:

Premise: ^(90)F

Rules: F=F^[-F]/[+F]F

default angle: 20 degrees

Clones on MoSpline:

What we didn’t show is how you can use the cloner with the L systems. You can place clones on top of a m-spline as well. But that’s another paper.

Learning functions:

The following are a list of pretty important functions, try not to get to freaked though. Just start with the basics to get things going.

examples: http://pixelmachinists.tumblr.com/

the files: http://pixelmachinists.tumblr.com/post/34807522964/l-systems-and-mospline-in-turtle-mode-files

We have a few events we’ve heard about and wanted to share with everyone, including one in Chicago!

When: Sept 19, 2012
Where: Revolution Brewing, Chicago IL
Price: Free
Info: www.grayscalegorilla.com

When: Sept 21-28, 2012
Where: DigiPen, Redmond WA
Price: $40 Full day pass/$65 Week-long pass
Info: www.digitalartfestival.com

When: Oct 29-30, 2012
Where: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle WA
Price: $99 Networking pass/ $399 Gold Conference Pass/ $499 Platinum Conference Pass
Info: www.seattleinteractive.com