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Getting started in ZBrush can be intimidating, but it is a powerful tool for designing and polishing 3D models. We're going to familiarize you with the interface, learn the key tools of the trade, and show you how to complete your first project.
Working closely with the team at Microsoft Design, VFX Studio Tendril conceptualized, designed, and executed a complete refresh of over 1800 smileys, people, animals, objects and symbols. We asked Cofounder and Creative Director Alexander “Xande” Torres, Creative Director Leo Mateus and Lead Modeler Flavio Diniz to tell us about the challenges and rewards of this complex project.
If you want to hear what a real VO session sounds like, then you've come to the right place! In this podcast you'll get to be a fly on the wall for a VO session lead by Jake and Joey. Along the way Joey is going to be dropping some golden nuggets of VO directing advice to help you direct VO like a pro the next time you need to.
If you want to learn a 3D program for design and animation, there are many strong competitors on the market. But if you had to choose, which offers the best experience and the most versatility? We're comparing Cinema 4D to Blender to see which program will work best for you.
What happens when you grab a pen and paper and let your creativity take the wheel? Sofie Lee discusses how free-writing a poem led to her amazing animation, Dream.
Something’s Awry Productions is a family-run animation studio known for creating whimsical, intelligently funny, 3D-animated content from a “slightly awry perspective.” We talked with Kris Theorin, the studio’s lead animation director, about their most recent release, a 3D-animated short film called “Grump in the Night.”
A behind-the-scenes look at how our Creative Director Kyle Hamrick created motion graphics elements for an exciting collaborative film project with Valentina Vee, Ryan Connolly & Jon Brandon Cruz. The team made use of Frame.io for Creative Cloud and the Camera to Cloud feature to create this short film trailer from 4 different locations on a very short deadline.
What does it take to build a legendary career? A LOT of legwork. Director/Illustrator Aaron Ray talks about his work and journey through motion design, and shares his fresh perspective on the industry.
We are witnessing the dawn of computer-generated artwork, but how good is it really? Can Midjourney, Dall-E, and others really affect the industry? Well let's dive in and see what we can create!
What happens when two talented artists turn their passion into a viral fan-fiction video? You get Knights of Ren, a love letter to Star Wars that showcases what's possible with Cinema 4D and Redshift.
Unreal Engine 5 is amazing for far more than just creating video games. From Hollywood to Twitch, look at the incredible versatility of this real-time render engine.
What happens if you take an unpolished render from Cinema 4D and bring it into After Effects? Turns out, you can create some stunning, stylized compositions using common tools. Jordan Bergren has the tips you need to take your work in a new direction.
Creating a title sequence is no easy task. How did Penny Nederlander and Shine combined 2D and 3D to get just the right look for Disney's "The Mysterious Benedict Society?" You'll have to read to find out.
How can a passion project turn into a game changer? Will your pursuit of new skills and talent lead to brand recognition? We talked with Kevin and Theresa from Chromoshphere about Yuki-7 and Unreal Engine.
School of Motion just acquired MoGraph Mentor! What does this mean for you, for the future, and for our amazing community?
Digital artists are gaining international renown in the NFT space, but there are so many new faces to learn. How can you decide which artists you want to support? We asked Emonee LaRussa to share her top ten artists on the NFT scene.
Looking for the best sites to find free and paid 3D models? We did the legwork for you.
Looking to design simple 3D characters in Cinema 4D? Today, we’re going to focus on creating a stylized character in Cinema 4D, and talking about the tools and techniques you can use to enhance the originality of your character!
Learn how Wes Cockx and Nando Costa visualized Microsoft's new Fluent User Interface.
What do NFTs really mean for the future of our industry? We have Buck's Justin Cone here to discuss what's coming next.
Want a sneak peek at an amazing Holdframe Workshop? Echoic X Ident is a jam-packed animation made by Nidia Dias for Echoic Audio. 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.
Join Jesus Suarez as he introduces you to Redshift for Cinema 4D. He'll walk you through essential concepts like how to use node materials, lights and cameras techniques, and covering important render settings that help create beautiful renders.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at Psyop's latest two-minute film, “The Whoopsery.” What can ZBrush do for your next project?
Doing personal projects is a great way to experiment and flex your creative muscles. Personal projects can also be part of a strategy of beefing up your portfolio or reel, especially if you're just starting out in the industry. Our guest today is Nicolaj Larsson, the founder and creative director of the Copenhagen based studio ccccccc.tv.
NAB, the largest media trade show in the world, is back after three years. Whether this is your first time or your fifteenth, we've got an insider guide to make sure your trip is unforgettable.
If you want to step up your 3D animation and design game, you need to learn keyboard shortcuts in Cinema 4D. Knowing your hotkeys speeds up your workflow and allows you to focus on the creative aspect of the program rather than hunting through mentions to find a certain function. In this tutorial, we’re going to take you from beginner to keyboard king.
Running a company requires you to have vision, drive, and just a hint of madness. It also means finding and hiring incredibly talented people.
Do you need a third-party renderer? Tune is as we talk with Chad Ashley from Greyscale Gorilla about all of the third-party rendering options out there!
Need help identifying a font? We have the 5 best tools for tackling typography right here.
Want to add motion to your social media feed? Learn how to create an animated sticker in Procreate in under 5 minutes.
Andy Needham discusses his short film ‘Peace & Turmoil,’ and how feelings self doubt shouldn't stop a person from expressing themselves creatively.
How much money can you make in the creative world? No matter what career you’re aiming for, it can be hard to find a direct answer. So how can you find out the real dollar value of your work? That’s why we reached out to Carole Neal, the Marketing Director at Aquent.
Procreate is a very powerful illustration app which can be loaded up with tons of free brushes to give you more options. Here is a guide to finding and using free brushes in Procreate.
Learn how to design, animate, and export with the free browser-based design app Spline!
What is like working on a mega-blockbuster like Dune? Check out this behind-the-scenes interview with Paul Lambert and Patrick Heinen.
What is the artist / studio relationship really like in 2022? Were we wrong in our end-of-the-year podcast? Jay Grandin from Giant Ant is back to respond.
Adobe Creative Cloud comes with a collection of amazing programs for designers and animators, but what are they all for? We've put together an alphabetical guide for the apps in Creative Cloud.
If you've ever struggled with make your images stand out , we explore the creative possibilities with the amazing Boris FX Optics – a VFX-grade Photoshop plugin that will change the way you work in Photoshop.
What happens when you mix a talented team of 3D artists, Cinema 4D and Unity, and Emmy-winner Tony Hale? You get the new animated film "Carrier!"
Having trouble standing out from the pack when applying for work? We talked with Frank Suarez about how you can standout as a candidate for any position.
There are so many career paths available to digital artists, but do you know them all? What software do you need to know to be a web designer or game developer? How much does it pay? We explore the different options and offer our takes in this guide to pathways and salaries.
Photoshop, Illustrator, and Procreate are 3 of the most widely used design apps on earth. Find out when to use each one, and the strengths & weaknesses of each app.
Having trouble finding work? Perhaps your focus is too limited. There are a ton of gigs out there for designers and animators, and we're going to show you the unique opportunities you might have missed.
Learn about color palettes, how to make color palettes, and tools to help you generate color palettes.
Easily animate your designs for social media using After Effects.
Take a behind the scenes look at Taehoon Park's latest award-winning film “0110”—which was made with Cinema 4D, After Effects, Redshift, Marvelous Designer and ZBrush.
With tools like Webflow and Lottie, creating animation for websites is easier than ever. Check out these 10 killer websites that showcase great uses of animation.
What is it like leading a live commercial event for the biggest name in tech? We spoke with Shane Griffin who directed the Apple M1 Max launch event.
Learn 6 ways to resize an image in Photoshop and when you might use each method.
With over 20,000 fonts to choose, Adobe Fonts is a gluttony of selection. Here's our guide to our favorite typefaces for 2022.
Photoshop is a great place for designing content to animate in After Effects - but knowing how to prep your files and think like an animator is crucial for success!
Digital Domain has worked on Marvel films in the past—“Avengers Endgame” and “Thor Ragnarok”—but handling the visual effects behind the cataclysmic ending of “Black Widow” was an enormous undertaking. Check out this behind the scenes interview with the creative team.
With over 20,000 fonts available, Adobe Fonts is an incredible resource. Here is how to use Adobe Fonts, available with your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.
Many artists don’t take time to develop their personal projects. They worry they can’t find an audience, or that there just isn’t enough time in the day. Today, we want to encourage you to find your passion. What is the story you’ve always wanted to tell, but just never found the time to start?
One of the best features of Adobe’s Creative Cloud is the ability to import layers and elements between programs. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to import layers from Photoshop into After Effects so you're ready to animate your designs.
Are you intimidated by design? It's a foundational element of our industry, and one of the most important pieces in creating strong, evocative art. We sat down with Greg Gunn from Three Legged Legs to discuss his journey into Motion Design, and how you can find your rhythm as a designer.
There are many tools you can use to cut out images in Photoshop. We've compiled the ultimate guide for quick selections, detailed masks, and Sensei-powered tricks to take your Photoshop game to the next level.
It has been an incredible year for designers and animators, but what's coming next? Joey, EJ, and Ryan sit down for a marathon podcast covering everything and anything in the industry from the past year.
Another year, another incredible holiday card from the School of Motion alumni! Check out this collaborative video featuring 50 artists from all around the world.
We surveyed over two thousand artists, designers, and animators from around the world to find out where our industry is headed. What software is most used, what should you be learning, and what kinds of work can you expect to find in 2022?
The motion graphics industry is in a talent crunch, and the problem seems to be a lack of talented producers. We sat down with RevThink, veteran industry consultants and advisors, to show you how you can solve your own in-house issues and thrive as an artist.
It's the holiday season, and School of Motion is giving away seats in our most popular courses! Follow this page for daily giveaways, and launch your career with intense and effective training through School of Motion.
How can you future-proof yourself as an artist? What is the future of motion graphics? How can you train your third eye and ensure a successful career? Jim Geduldick, director of Dimension Studio, is here to share his insights and experience.
Are you a 3D artist looking to take your work on the go? Jump into Procreate with EJ Hassenfratz to paint and polish your 3D objects from anywhere. We'll show you how to prepare your custom asset for export, create a node-based texture, and get started with 3D in Procreate.
Get out your wishlist. We've gathered our favorite Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for motion graphics artists!
Video editors need these simple design tips to create better edits and stronger title sequences. Kyle Hamrick is here with the final part of our series on After Effects Tips for Video Editors.
Elevate your editing with After Effects. Premiere Gal's Kelsey Brannan is here to show you a few secret weapons.
Looking for some tips on title design? Kyle Hamrick has part 2 of this in-depth exploration of why video editors NEED After Effects.
What if you advertised a sneaker based on a completely different footprint? Check out this amazing marketing campaign by Already Been Chewed, and learn how they were able to bring nature to life.
Are you a video editor in need of some After Effects support? We've got a few key design tips to get you covered.
Do you need a fancy degree to become a solid artist? We're sitting down with Reece Parker, freelance director, and learning about his journey toward success.
It's time to unleash the power of multiframe rendering in After Effects. Join Ryan Summers and explore some of the fantastic new abilities in Adobe After Effects.
Adobe MAX is back, but where should you begin? We've got your guide to the 2021 sessions!
Overcoming adversity is just second nature when you make the decision to be unstoppable. Freelance sound designer David Jeffers shares his story, his personal path to MoGraph, and how he maintains his creative spark.
Suffering from Imposter Syndrome? You're not alone. Dr. Dave Landers might have the answers you need.
Climb in through the window, because we're on our last menu for Adobe Premiere Pro.
Climb in through the window, because we're on our last menu for Adobe Premiere Pro.
Need to change your playback or adjust your guides? Sounds like you need the View menu.
Do you have a side hustle? Do you need one? Nick Greenawalt talks about the gig mindset and making it as a freelancer.
Need to add fonts, or replace them, in your Premiere Pro projects? Let's take a look at the Graphics menu!
Maxon just launched Cinema 4D R25, and we can't wait to talk about all the amazing updates.
Improve your Premiere Pro workflow by learning the INs and OUTs of the Markers menu.
Are you ready for a render revolution? Adobe After Effects has a few updates that will stomp down the accelerator.
Mill Designer Dom Han explains why he loves GIFs, and what it takes to make them go viral.
What is the future for 2D animation? We asked an expert: Danni Fisher-Shin.
Want to add some life and motion to your emails? Let's see why GIFs can be your secret marketing weapon.
Get those clips in line and ready for showtime by learning about the Sequence menu in Adobe Premiere Pro!
Check out this exclusive sneak peek at our Holdframe Workshop on radical collaboration!
Welcome to After Effects 101, where we are going to show you some hot tips on Zoom and Scale with your Viewport.
Is it possible to go from MoGraph newbie to Render Rockstar? We think so, and we've got the path to get you there.
Mastering your clips has never been easier with Adobe Premiere Pro. Check out our look at the Clip menu.
What is it like designing the User Interface...for Iron Man?
When modeling in Cinema 4D, it's better to work smarter and not harder. Check out this sneak peek at our Holdframe Workshop!
You're using Adobe Premiere Pro for editing already, but how much do you reallyy know about its Edit menu?
Working in a 2D style with 3D assets? Johan Eriksson has a few tips to maintain the right look!
How hard is it to switch from Mac to PC as a motion designer?
When you're working in sports broadcasting, your design needs to be game ready!
Want a more effective way to tell a story? Try adding a little motion!
Want to be a better editor? Then you have to learn more about the menus in Adobe Premiere Pro!