Tag Archives: Modeling

MoGraph: What I Discovered this Week

Update: By the way, the posts here are a month or so planned and written in advance. So, just to let you know, since the posting of this I have been in MoGraph A LOT! So, just to spark your interest, the head banner and footer of this site as of right now were done in MoGraph (and 5 hours of rendering) and I am recording the tutorial on how to reproduce the same thing right now! The post will be up this Friday! So be sure to reTweet this and come back Friday, and Subscribe!

Well, I will still say that I am VERY new to Cinema 4D. I am constantly amazed at it’s power and features every day!

So this week I was looking at what else C4D can do, and I found the module called MoGraph. This is the system that adds real-ish physics and density. Like I said, I am still new at this whole application, so I know there are TONS of other things MoGraph can do, but this is just showing my initial projects I played around with.

This is just a short video with me playing around in MoGraph. No frills, but a nice ending to make it not so boring.

Anyways, for you who like this, or want to see how it works, or just want this as  a starting point for your own dominoes video, here are the source files, and the non-YouTube video file for you to enjoy!

Remember to right click and “Save As”

Cinema 4D Source File


And if you have any input, comments, or suggestions, let me know in the comments!

And feel free to share this with anyone!

Cinema 4D Global Illumination Lighting Presets

In my so far… short… experience with Cinema 4D, I have found that one of the hardest things to do for a scene is to light it properly. So I discovered the Advanced render module and Global Illumination. This made lighting more realistic, and easier. But, it adds sometimes HOURS to the render time. But it is usually worth it.

But, there are always people out there who will make things easier for you…. (Please don’t take this in all ways)

For example, the guy over at Hello Luxx has provided everyone with some amazing GI presets!

So, I have copied the download here. And below are some screenshots of a basic cube with cut outs using the presets… Amazing!

GI Presets Screenshots


3D Church Model: Update 2

Well, after a few more days of working, we have a few more things finished, and being worked on. We now have more options and un-decided design questions than we had before.

Foyer? Yes. Balcony? Yes. Chairs or Pews? Chairs.

How to get to the balcony? What shape is the foyer? Backstage? Sound booth placement? Type of ceiling? Light placement? What is the stage layout? Projectors? What goes on the walls? How high should the walls be? Even have an outside? Parking lot and lights?

Yeah, I stopped there. I’m keeping these updates/previews short. So, on to the current screenshots.

Basic Finished Sanctuary

Basic Finished Sanctuary

Another of Chris' Light Structures, with actual lenses in the cans.

Another of Chris' Light Structures, with actual lenses in the cans.

3D Church Model: Update 1

Well, I guess this is the intro to my newest project. My room mate Chris and I were at cheap tacos night and talking about what we have always wanted to do- design a church! We were talking about how we would deck it out with the coolest, modern style everything, and it hit us…. We should get some good experience in Cinema 4D with modeling structures, and also do something we have always wanted to do! So, this week we have made a good start on this MASSIVE project: Modeling a semi-realistic 3D Church!

So… I have decided to keep my readers informed on our progress. I’ll be posting a small article¬†every so often on our progress and some screenshots. Also, we would like ideas on what else we should put in our church model. I might be able to include some polls to get some accurate results for decisions. So please leave feedback on what you like and what you don’t!

We also intend to have this project on SermonSpice.com for sale with some good things in it! Maybe a “Welcome to Church” countdown, or a looping background? We are still brainstorming how we could actually use this for the actual ministry. If you have any ideas, let us know! If we use your idea, there will probably be some $$ coming your way!

So anyways, after a whole day of work, We got a few things finished/almost-finished:

Stage and Stairs

Stage and Stairs

Glass Door into Sanctuary

Glass Door into Sanctuary

Light Bar- and Chris' unique attention to detail

Light Bar- and Chris' unique attention to detail