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How to Set Up Your Cinema 4D Projects Like a Pro

Want a Professional Cinema 4D Workflow?

If you don’t set up your projects before you begin, you can find your workflow sluggish and inefficient. A professional pipeline keeps you focused on the end goals of your composition rather than searching for objects or materials or scrounging for references. There are so many different ways to approach your projects, so how would a pro do it?

This is an exclusive look at one of the lessons learned in our Workshop "How to Create Brilliant Shots," featuring freelance Art Director and Designer Nidia Dias. Using her phenomenal project Echoic X Ident, you’ll learn about setting up particle sims, graphic compositions, and bold colors, all while staying true to your voice and vision. This is just a sneak peek at some of the amazing lessons Nidia has in store, so pause that Wordle action. Class is now in session!

How to Create Brilliant Shots

Nidia Dias has always been fascinated with the intersection of 3D design and organic movement, and these curiosities inform much of her work as an Art Director and Designer. One of Nidia’s most renowned pieces is a jam-packed animation made for Echoic Audio, an award-winning music and sound design studio. The 11-second ident is bursting with particle sims, graphic compositions, and bold colors, and is a brilliant display of Nidia’s voice and vision.

Nidia takes a deep dive into the making of her Echoic X Ident and talks about using projects as a way to test out new ideas and tools, collaborating with a partner, and using X-Particles and advanced Cinema 4D techniques to realize her singular vision. In addition to the video walkthroughs, this Workshop includes Nidia’s project files that were used directly in the production of this animation. From initial mood boards and storyboards, down to production project files.


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