Natsu!

I know summer started a while back, but, inspired by the looping gifs around the web, such as the ones you can see on FFFFOUND, I decided to make a summer themed animation.

I gave this project three basic rules:

All had to be done in Cinema 4D

I wanted to try to make something not very typical straight inside Cinema. Usually the “3D with ambient occlusion and GI” look is good, but why not emulating some vector illustration and turn them into animation? I thought this kind of limitation is a good chance to experiment with the software and create unexpected results.

Every animation had to be an infinite loop

Now, not all loops are perfect, but I learned how to smoothly reset the position of a physic object and the logic behind a loop with several moving objects in it. Good way to learn how to keep the scene clean.

Two colors only and one of which white

that seems easy, but in some scenes it was really hard to explain a situation without the help of at least one more color.

I modeled and animated everything straight in Cinema 4D, with basic objects and my little modeling and materials knowledge.It’s been a lot of fun and sometimes a bit challenging, as it has been for the umbrella one, or the fan with the sticking pieces, but I’ve learnt a lot about Cinema and about the cloth engine as well (wich I partially hate :) ).
The Kanji you see at the end, is the japanese for summer: Natsu.

All the sound design was kindly done by Wesley Slover, a talented sound designer I met on Vimeo.
The work with him has been quite cool, as it was the first time for me to work so closely with a sound designer, there was a lot of back and forth.
Check his Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/sonosanctus and don’t hesitate to contact him!

Kids screaming “Natsu” kindly provided by @studioardesign :)

I am also thinking about releasing the Cinema 4D project files as well.
So, apart from the animation you can find at the top of this page, here’s the full gifs set!
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13 Comments

  1. Lan

    These are great! Good job!!! Do you think you could create the same effect in After Effects? I still have yet to really get to know Cinema 4D. This was so cool Thanks for sharing!

    • Ricky (Author)

      hey mate! Well, bi colored stuff is even easier in After Effects, the only difference here is that everything is in 3D :)

  2. Love the attention to detail in these. And Wesley did a great job on the sound design! The flat duotone look works really well, and even though everything seems really clear, I could understand having trouble getting everything across in two colors. How much time would you say you invested in this, concept to completion?

    • Ricky (Author)

      Thanks Conigs, much appreciated!
      Wes is a great person and has a lot of talent, people should pay more attention to sound amnd music design and… hire him! :)
      Yup, about the two colors, I had to make some decisions, although things are still pretty easy to understand was a bit worried about the final result.
      About the time… I think it took me a couple of weeks of two or three hours work on it, per day, so, not so much in the end!

  3. Stop throwing away all that ice cream you monster! :P
    No seriously good work, mr Panda!

    • Ricky (Author)

      Whoops! Sorry! :) I’ll take care of the mess ;)
      Thank you!!!

  4. Great work man! Made my morning :D Natsu is also the name of the main character from one of my favorite anime’s – Fairy Tail.

    • Ricky (Author)

      Ahah! :D cheers mate!

  5. myopi

    I was trying to figure out which were 3D and which were just AE, then i read the post :p
    Really good job, looks great
    The Swing is my favorite, excellent animation and perfect loop!

    • Ricky (Author)

      Hah, I knew people would think some of theme were 2D, if you look closely it’s quite easy to tell all of them are 3D ;)
      Thank you, by far most people loved the swing one!

  6. molto bello, complimeti

  7. Ray

    Wow! This is great! How did you get the two color look? Using toon and sketch?

    • therocketpandaicky (Author)

      hi mate!
      it’s material with no other parameter than the illumination channel turned on.
      Pick a color and put it in the illum. channel and you’re done :)

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