3D Modeling

ManvsMachine “Versus” and The Making Of with Cinema 4D.

I am a huge fan of Cinema 4D, and it is pretty insane just how much the tool has grown with each new generation. I mean if you think about it, When Cinema 4D was released in 1993 for the Amiga it was a solid tool, but there is no way the software on an Amiga system could have produced anything like what is in the video below. Frankly, there were no real desktop tools that could have produced this, which just goes to show how far computer graphics have come, and how we take their power for granted most of the time. I have been working with graphic design, animation, and editing software for more than 20 years, and if someone had asked me to produce this back in 93 I would have laughed.

This video was created by ManvsMachine to showcase the new tools and functionality in Maxon’s latest release of Cinema4D. “Versus” is a CG short inspired by the dualities suggested in the studio’s own name. This is a visual stunner that not only features great CG animation, but some really solid sound design which helped inspire the video. If you have them, put on your headphones. If you don’t turn up the sound on your speakers. I’ve also include the making of video to show you how it was done.

 

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OLO, 3D printing From Your Phone for 99 bucks.

When the iPhone came out back in 2007, the idea of using it as part of a 3D printer would have probably been laughed at. Roll the clock forward 9 years and it’s pretty amazing just how far technology has come. I have had an email sitting in my in box for over a week for OLO, and had yet to open it. Today over lunch I decided to see what OLO was about and I have to admit, I’m pretty impressed. Apparently others are too, because these guys are way past their goal on Kickstarter. The video below shows how it works, so I’m not going to go into any deep details, but basically it uses the light from your phone and special polymers to print an object. The retail price is 99 bucks so it makes it a mass market item, and the fact that it works with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone makes it pretty universal. I could see myself using this on a regular basis, and I can see a huge market for prebuilt 3D models emerging specifically for this printer.

Fine Living, Animated by BDA and Studio Hansa.

When BDA Creative won the pitch to develop the rebrand for the factual lifestyle channel Fine Living, they had strict budgetary constraints. The result is a series of idents that are totally CGI. By going with full CGI instead of shooting live in a multitude of locations they were able to develop  smartly designed spaces that could be international and aspirational.

Working with London’s Studio Hansa, BDA used distinct colors that reflect the five key areas of interest that Fine Living embodies. Red for Cuisine, yellow for Well-being, blue for Travel, pink for Style and green for Home. Each ident focuses attention on both the Fine Living logo as well as the animated components that reinforce the brand and place them squarely at the center of the Fine Living universe. The result is a series of fluid animations where it is hard to believe that everything in each shot is an animated 3D model. This is really nice work from both teams.

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SculptGL. Cloud Based 3D Modeling.

As internet speeds become faster, and computers become more powerful more and more software is moving to the cloud. Less than 5 years ago SculptGL would have been almost impossible, but in todays world Fully functional, 3d workflow is coming to your browser. Right now this software runs at peak performance in Chrome, and with limited vertices limited to 65536 in Firefox 22. In Firefox 24 that limit will be gone though.

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SculptGL is a web sculpting application, powered by WebGL and JavaScript. It features dynamic and adaptive topological tools for sculpting. Adaptive sculpting enables changes in the topological genus which allows the user to create holes and merges on the model. The software looks promising, and it looks like this is the wave of the future. Even 3D giant Autodesk is jumping on the band wagon.

“Hands” and “Cogs”.

Want a video to go viral? Well there is no magic formula. It helps though if you have very compelling content that is executed with extremely high production values. It also helps if you are using a similar formula to an online video that was off the charts about 10 years ago. One of the first viral video darlings. This is the case for Honda’s new spot titled “Hands”. Since it was published on July 3rd, it has grabbed 2,715,000+ views on YouTube alone. Not bad at all. Like I said it helps when your spot is well produced, and well thought out. This spot is. Along with the new “Hands” spot I have added the original “The Cog” below it incase you need a visual refresher.

“Fat” an Amazing Student Film from Supinfocom.

Every time I see a graduate project from the students at Supinfocom in Arles France, it makes me want to take a sabbatical and go back to school. This animated short film came out a couple of years ago, but I just found it this morning on Vimeo. Great story telling, character design, 3D modeling, animation, sound design and post production work. This is why this is one of the top schools in the world for learning this kind of thing.

Direction // Gary Fouchy – Yohann Auroux Bernard – Sebastien De Oliveira Bispo
Help // Bastien Letoile – Lucas Morandi – Danyang Wang
Music // Noah Sacre

Autodesk 123D Creature.

God I love living in an age when advances in technology are completely reshaping the way we create. As little as five years ago people would have laughed if you had told them you were going to create a 3D model on a hand held computer. They would have laughed more if you told them you were going to print a physical 3D object from the same device. Thanks to Autodesk you can actually do this.

I am completely blown away by 123 Creature, and just how powerful this tool is. Seriously, this software is pretty damn amazing. The results it produces are very good, and the fact that you can send your creations to a 3D printer… amazing.

“Now, for the first time, 123D Creature makes it easy for anyone to create a sophisticated creature on an iPad, and then have a 3D print delivered to their doorstep with a few swipes of their finger,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “With our 123D family of apps, we strive to put powerful 3D technology into the hands of anyone who wants to be creative, and we look forward to seeing the original creatures people will create and share with the community.”