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#mochat 130 – Conferences

This week we talked about everybody’s favorite networking, pumping up, inspirational events — industry conferences! There are so many fantastic conferences out there, and figuring out which to attend, how to secure attendance, and how best to take advantage of them can be difficult. We got some great advice and stories about conferences across the country and throughout the year.

Check out the full transcript below for more!


#mochat 121 – Rates

For this week’s #mochat, we took a look at setting rates, getting what you’re worth, and a host of other issues relating to the business side of working in motion. (Remember to pay your taxes!) There are plenty of ways to figure out how to charge and what rates work for you. Check out the transcript to get some ideas on how to set your rates and things to watch out for. Sponsors #mochat

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Modern Showreel Tropes

Designer and art director Peter Quinn recently put out a really great video showcasing several of the 2D and 3D showreel tropes being used right now. I won’t spoil it by listing them all here, but it’s a great watch. As designers we all follow trends at times. It’s important to know what others are doing and what clients are asking for, but often trends become stereotypes and lose value.

The Illusion of Life

A video on the 12 principles of animation titled “The Illusion of Life” by Cento Lodigiani has been making the rounds this week. It’s a very well down breakdown of the animation principles defined in the 1930s, which are still relevant today. What makes this video work so well is the simplicity of the design. By using a simple shape, it focusses the attention on the principle described and shows just how well it works by bringing life to a square. Cento has also created a Tumblr with handy GIFs of each of the principles.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a traditional animator, or if you think motion design is separate from animation, these principles are worth studying. Apply them to your next motion design piece. You’ll have a stronger result because of it.

To learn more about these principles and get a great foundation on animation, I highly recommend The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams. It’s a great read and reference to have with you at all times.

Week in Motion – Dec. 20th

“Week in Motion” is a series of posts where we will cover a few motion design related events that occurred during the past week. These might be bigger posts/announcements you have heard, or some smaller things that slipped through the cracks. This week:

Krakatoa for Cinema 4D was announced.

ArtSmart v2 was released on Cineversity featuring some nice updates.

Ryan Summers posted Crazy Robo – Animation Test featuring some nice C4D animation and particles created in Photoshop.

Shader Effector for After Effects. SHADER EFFECTOR. AFTER EFFECTS.

Video Copilot released a new model pack for Element 3D: Future City Pack. Oh, it’s free.

Beeple just being awesome again. This time for The Glitch Mob’s Can’t Kill Us music video.

Greyscalegorilla has 40% off everything today only using code “40OFFGSG”

The Mac Pro is finally available for order, though you might have to wait until February or March to actually get one.

Slightly older, but Pantone announced on Dec. 5th that the color of 2014 is officially Radiant Orchid. (You can also view past colors of the year.)

What did you see happen this week?

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