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Salt Flats Shoot – Utah Video Production

We recently had a video shoot out at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Here are some behind-the-scenes pics from the shoot.

It had been raining the previous week, so most of the flats were pretty wet and flooded at the time. On our scouting trip the day before we drove all around trying to find a dry spot. Luckily we found one good stretch that wasn’t too wet, and on the day of the shoot it had dried a little more. It was a really fun shoot–everything looks crazy beautiful out at the flats, especially at sunset.

Big thanks to everyone that helped–Ben and Alex with the bikes, and Andy + crew with the Inspire.

Salt Flats Motorcycles

Salt Flats Alex

Salt Flats Drone

Salt Flats Aerial View

Salt Flats Inspire

CREATE. INSPIRE. – Nick Campbell

It was great to sit down with Nick Campbell for this episode of CREATE. INSPIRE. Nick is a genuinely cool guy that enjoys helping, teaching and inspiring others.

Nick Campbell is the founder of Greyscalegorilla, one of the leading sites for Cinema 4D tutorials and tools for motion graphics. Nick previously worked at Digital Kitchen, where he made TV commercials and title sequences for Target, Dexter and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Nick shares how he made the jump into working for himself, as well as some advice about doing what you love.

See more CREATE. INSPIRE. interviews here.

Mythica: The Darkspore VFX Breakdown

We helped do some VFX shots for the feature film Mythica: The Darkspore. The work consisted of keying, compositing, tracking, paint-outs, rotoscoping, matte painting, and a couple of fluid (fire, smoke) sims. Here is a quick breakdown of some of the shots we worked on:

CREATE. INSPIRE. – Rick Ravenell

This is the very first video of a new series we’re producing called CREATE. INSPIRE. In this series we sit down and talk with all different kinds of creative people to hear why they do what they do, how they got their big break in the industry, and what advice they have for others trying to do the same thing.

Rick Ravenell works in the VFX industry as an art director, compositor, and motion graphics artist. Rick has worked in television, commercials and feature film for companies such as Digital Domain, Zoic, Prime Focus, Encore Hollywood, and Technicolor. Some of the projects he’s worked on include feature films such as Avatar and Ender’s Game, and TV shows such as Revenge and Steven Spielberg’s Extant. Rick shares the story of how he broke into the industry, as well as some insights and advice for people just starting out. See more CREATE. INSPIRE. interviews here.

Nick Campbell Q&A

Nick Campbell from Greyscale Gorilla was kind enough to stop by the SLC Motion Graphics Meetup for a Q&A session. Super Giant Ninja was lucky enough to be able to film the session. Watch the video below:

Turbulence FD Ink/Smoke Trail Tutorial Part 2: Fluid Simulation

Part 2 of the ink/smoke trail tutorial is up now. In this tutorial we’ll use Turbulence FD to add an ink/smoke trail to the fish we rigged and animated in part one. Watch Turbulence FD Ink/Smoke Trail Tutorial Part 2: Fluid Simulation.

For the first part of the tutorial go to Turbulence FD Ink/Smoke Trail Tutorial Part 1: Rigging and Animating a Fish.

Turbulence FD Tests

If you guys haven’t seen them yet, these Turbulence FD test videos are really helpful to watch. Michael Szabo goes through some of the settings in Turbulence FD and explains the different effects they have on simulations. For example, how does turbulence differ from vorticity, and how do they each affect a fire simulation? A very nice explanation and great to see the effects visually as well.

Here is a link to the whole album of videos on Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/album/3021586

Turbulence FD Ink/Smoke Trail Tutorial Part 1: Rigging and Animating a Fish

Part 1 of the ink/smoke trail tutorial is up now. In this tutorial we’ll rig and animate a fish in Cinema 4D so that later we can add ink/smoke trails to it using Turbulence FD. Watch Turbulence FD Ink/Smoke Trail Tutorial Part 1: Rigging and Animating a Fish.

Turbulence FD Tutorial Preview: Ink/Smoke Trail

 

Here’s a preview of an¬†upcoming tutorial in Cinema 4D using Turbulence FD to make ink/smoke trails.

 
Watch part 1 of the tutorial here:
Part 1: Rigging and Animating a Fish