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Chat and Cinema 4D Quick Tips by EJ Hassenfratz from Eyedesyn.com

We sat down with Emmy award winning motion designer EJ Hassenfratz, a well-known member of the online Cinema 4D community who has extensive and varied experience in the motion graphics industry.

EJ runs his own freelance business, eyedesyn. In addition to being a Lynda.com Cinema 4D course author, he frequently works for MAXON, representing them at trade shows, user groups, and beta testing CINEMA 4D.

Thanks again EJ for providing us with some useful C4D quick tips on Vine and for patiently answering our many questions!

Renderfeed: EJ, how did you start out in motion graphics? Was this your childhood dream or did you decide to go into motion graphics later in life?

(EJ) Thanks for having me! My background in motion graphics is unique I’d say. I know a lot of designers who wanted to become a designer after being inspired by an artist or seeing some amazing graphics piece in a movie or on TV. My main inspiration to become a motion graphics artist was mainly through my dad and my uncle. Both are amazing graphic designers and art directors, so growing up my dad would take me to his work in the graphics department and I’d be sitting there messing around drawing on the Quantel Paintbox. I would draw a ton and never really got into Photoshop or After Effects until college, really. My dad gave me my first internship at his TV station he worked for and I just tried to soak up all the knowledge I could considering my major was in Fine Arts, I never learned After Effects or any 3D in college so I’m 100% self taught in motion graphics.

Renderfeed: Your background is primarily in broadcasting – how is this helping you […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Design, Articles, Portfolio, Advanced Render, Rendering, Tutorials|0 Comments

The Art of Rendering

Check out THIS comprehensive and extremely informative article about all things rendering written by Mike Seymour over at www.fxguide.com

In the words of Mike: “Once considered a commodity item in the whole CG / VFX world – rendering is now a hot topic. CG supervisor Scott Metzger jokes that one can’t talk about renderers without annoying someone. “Renderers are like religion (laughs). Rendering is a religion! Especially now in this era, which is really really exciting, there is so much going on and there are so many renderers, so much happening. To me it is the most exciting part of being in our industry right now.”

By |May 11th, 2012|Categories: Rendering, Workflow, Linear Workflow, Tutorials|0 Comments

Muse Creative – Modeling a Pin Art Impression Toy

Check out this great tutorial by Eugene Opperman over at www.musecreative.com! In Eugene’s words: “The inner creative and explorer in each and any one of us has a rule when it comes to pin art impression toys. The rule is, you have to pick it up and see what your hand (or any other object near by) looks like extruded in pins.

A recent project of mine lead me to modeling one of these awesome gadgets and in the process I had a few learning curves which I thought it best to share with you guys.”

By |May 10th, 2012|Categories: Rendering, Workflow, Tutorials|0 Comments

VRayStudioTools

Joseph has made his VRayStudioTools available as a free download!

He says of his new development: “VRayStudioTools are set of light rigs & studio setups & tools in a c4d library that can help you to render your objects or products without having to worry about some complex light setups & render settings in vray or cinema 4d .”

He has also gone to the lengths to make a video tutorial showing how it is used and the great results that can come of it HERE.

By |August 2nd, 2011|Categories: Rendering, Workflow, V-Ray, Linear Workflow, Tutorials|0 Comments

ENVY CINEMA 4D TUTORIALS: C4D V-Ray Interiors – From the Ground Up

Another great Interior Lighting Tutorial from Envy. This time using V-Ray to get some great results.

“Aimed at beginner to intermediate users this course will go through the entire process of creating a highly realistic interior scene using Cinema 4D and VRay. We will model the environment, furniture and accessories and then move on to exploring materials, light and camera parameters, colour mapping, VRay’s various GI engines, its Image Sampler and antialiasing techniques, as well as IES lights, HDRI and Depth of Field. We will finish up by taking our final image into Photoshop for some post production techniques. The tutorial culminates in the exploration of other lighting methods including the creation of an alternative evening mood.” -Envy

By |April 1st, 2011|Categories: Rendering, V-Ray, Global Illumination, Linear Workflow, Tutorials|0 Comments

4x Faster Rendering with AR3 – Video Tutorial

Found THIS great tutorial by C4D Cafe user Marjin. “Here’s a much requested video tutorial on the new AR3 GI. I used the petals scene (which can be found in the content browser) to show how to reduce rendertimes drasticly without quality loss.” Check it out and get those pretty renders out the door 4 times faster than before!

By |May 11th, 2011|Categories: Advanced Render, Rendering, Workflow, Global Illumination, Tutorials|0 Comments

CMI VFX Cinema4D Training

CMI VFX has made some great Cinema4D tutorials for all disciplines. Pryocluster, UV mapping, Rendering, Thinking Particles, XPresso and much more. Check them out HERE. At CMI VFX you can sign up for an annual membership or buy individual courses as you want. There are some really great courses that extend well beyond Cinema4D training. Some of the newest tutorials include “Houdini Fractals” and Tracking in Fusion.

By |April 1st, 2011|Categories: Advanced Render, Rendering, Workflow, Global Illumination, Tutorials|0 Comments

Digital Tutors: Cinema4D Rendering Resources

Digital Tutors has a huge collection on rendering tutorials (96 it says) for Cinema4D users. These tutorials range from beginner to advanced. Check them out HERE. Courses include a free introduction to rendering in Cinema4D, Rendering for Product Visualization in CINEMA 4D, Creating caustic light patterns in CINEMA 4D, Creating Shadow Caster lights within CINEMA 4D, and Using subsurface scattering in CINEMA 4D.

ENVY CINEMA 4D TUTORIALS: C4D AR3 Interiors – From the Ground Up

Check out this great interior lighting tutorial from Envy Cinema 4D Tutorials.

“During the course of these training movies we will go through the entire process of modelling, texturing, lighting, rendering and even post production of a highly realistic interior scene using Cinema 4D and its Advanced Render module. Compatible with version 11, 11.5 & R12 Visualize and R12 Studio.” –

By |April 1st, 2011|Categories: Advanced Render, Rendering, Workflow, Global Illumination, Linear Workflow, Tutorials|1 Comment