Inspiration: Plexus, Newton, & Cinema 4D

Inspiration Plexus Newton Cinema 4D Tom Clancys The Division
It’s been quiet lately here at the Dojo because I’ve been occupied with all the great content and new learning material out there. A lot of you guys have shown great interest in inspirational posts as well as more blog posts in general, so I thought I’d round up some of the great stuff I’ve been looking at the past couple of weeks and give you folks a brief update.

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Something I found very interesting this week was a piece done by Antibody called Tom Clancy’s The Division. The work was done for Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment, shown at E3. I found the futuristic sound design very fresh, which matched beautifully with the sci-fi design of the whole work. The grunge stuff seemed very organic and fluid, something I’ve always wanted to achieve. The simple 3D models allowed for a better focus on the actual story, which is actually very interesting to listen to. My favorite part about this piece is the lighting and color grading, it’s very desaturated and dark, really setting the tone and mood for the whole work. Overall, I dig the whole piece, it was fluid, the story was interesting, and the visuals were very cool.

The studio used a lot of Cinema 4D, After Effects, and even Element 3D to create this piece. It’s also very interesting that Tim Clapham played a part in this piece as he is a great instructor whom I enjoy learning Cinema 4D from. You can check out more info about this piece and an interview with Antibody’s creative director, Patrick Clair, here.

Inspiration Plexus Newton Cinema 4D Wikileaks
This piece here called We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks was featured on Art of the Title. This piece used a lot of particle work including extensive use of Plexus, which I found very inspiring. Plexus is something that I’ve been meaning to get to for the past year, but never found the time to experiment and play with. This piece’s design really portrayed a spy/government feel to it, matching it perfectly to the subject. I found displaying footage/images using particles looked very interesting and loved the transitions. View and read more about the making of this piece here.

Inspiration Plexus Newton Cinema 4D Apple Intention
The last piece I’d like to share is called Designed by Apple: Intention by Buck, which was featured by Apple at their WWDC this year. The simplicity is beautiful, the physics is interesting, the simple shapes and colors go well with the style, and overall the piece is just clean and elegant. Although I don’t think the simplicity of this animation matches Apple’s style of simplicity, the work is great nevertheless. They also used Newton for the simulations, which is something I’ve been meaning to learn and use as well. You can watch a brief tutorial on how to achieve something like this here. You can also watch the animation here.

So that rounds up some of the great work I’ve been watching the past few weeks. I’ve also been trying to play around and experiment with Newton and Plexus, hopefully I’ll be showing you guys some of that stuff soon here on the blog. With the release of Cineware for After Effects CC, I’ve also been trying to step up my game with 3D work in Cinema 4D. I hope to bring you guys more 3D content and tutorials in the nearby future, so stay tuned! If you guys enjoyed this post and want to see more like it, let me know in the comments below! What do you guys think of these awesome pieces of work?

  • Nick

    Great find, that Tom Clancy piece was incredible.

    • VinhSon Nguyen

      Thanks for the feedback Nick, I completely agree!

  • http://www.digicom.co.tz fred adam

    VinhSon, its a very inspirational post, i learned a lot from this post, very short and clear not boring….. nice work

    • VinhSon Nguyen

      Thanks for the awesome feedback Fred, I may do more of these since I’ve been getting such great comments on them!

  • http://www.brick-productions.com Jeremiah Justice

    Now that top video seems real and VERY creepy. We are doomed!

  • http://owlbrainwave.wordpress.com/ José Campos

    Great stuff, really inspired me. And I sure need that! Been learning a lot from you, thanks :)

    • VinhSon Nguyen

      Glad I could help you out, thanks for your support and feedback!

  • http://www.ramworksmedia.com/ Robert Ramirez

    Great examples. Great website. Looking at these makes me want to look into animation and visual effects. I shall be a returning visitor; and all I wanted was some really cool light leaks. (also really great).

    • VinhSon Nguyen

      Hey Robert,

      Thanks for the kind words, greatly appreciate your support! Hope you’ll visit often :)