After seeing an awesome clip by Nick from Gray Scale Gorilla, I couldn't resist trying something similar. Not only did he provide a tutorial on how he did it, he provided source files as well. (Tons of points in my book for such generosity.) He's also got a couple of great plugins for C4D as well, so although I gain nothing from sending you his way; check out his site and plugins sometime.
Today's project is my take on his moment of Corporate America inspiration. I know tons of people have done it, and although this clip was inspired from a copy of another tutorial mimicking Nick's efforts somewhere along the way, it was started from scratch, and was a fun experiment to see how just THREE simple shape masks could create something so visually stunning.
For this project, although it looks like there's a lot of individual elements, there's just a single PreComp called "Stripes". That PreComp is then just duplicated a number times, offset on the timeline, and each set of stripes offset in 3D space.
The other key is unlocking the Scale property, in order to manipulate only the "X" axis to lengthen or shorten the stripes. It took me a ton of switching between "Active Camera" to "Custom View" and back and forth from the Final Comp, but it's exciting to see the project build as you add each set of stripes along different axis.
This one has a total of 16 sets of stripes. I can only imagine what's possible if 32 or 64 sets were used to create the kind if intricate patterns this project only hints at. I'd love to get links to other people's efforts on this style (once I figure out how to let people comment and send links.)
Well, that's all I've got for today. Yes, my projects might not be art, but my goal, thirty seven days in, hasn't changed: I work in hopes that a personal style will emerge; that I will eventually create some unique motion graphics art that I can truly call my own.
I certainly have no problem standing on the shoulders of giants and crediting them for their inspiration along the way! I'm feeling good for being at this motion graphics thing for only 37 days.
See you in 24.