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Result of “Win Remco for a Day 2.0” Contest!

We had another great round of entries and I’m excited to announce our random winner:

E.J. Hassenfratz is our winner! E.J. is an awesome motion designer who you should be following on Twitter: @eyedesyn. The model he submitted was a stop light like this one.

Now we’ll turn Remco loose and see how he does! The free C4D model will be posted in the upcoming few days, so make sure to check back for that.

Thanks for entering the contest everyone! Have a great week.

-Joren

Pixel Lab Contest

Win Remco for a Day: 2.0 Contest!

Ok folks, it’s time for another contest! Remco has volunteered again to grace us with his modeling skills in the second ever “Win Remco for a Day” contest!

This time the contest has two steps to enter:

1. Think of a model you would like created and send an e-mail to [email protected] with a description or images.

2. Think of the most useful 3D model pack you can imagine. Something that would be useful to you in the work you do. Post that idea in the comments of this post

The winner will be picked randomly on Thursday and then Remco will model away. The free model will be posted on the blog for everyone to download.

The reason we’re doing the two pronged entry is that if we continue to make model packs we want to make sure we are helping you guys out in a big way. We want to create something that will be an incredible deal but also be a really valuable tool for you guys. So, throw your best suggestions out there and we’ll see what we can do!

Can’t wait to see how this contest goes, should be tons of fun. Let’s do this thing!

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Industrial Pack Contest Winner Announced!

I used a website called “random.org” to input the number of comments, then hit generate. The number was 35. Looking at the list of comments, it looks like Chris Churchill is number #35!!

Congrats on winning the free pack Chris! And a big thanks to everyone for participating in the contest, helping spread the word, and for your positive feedback on the Industrial Pack. It’s been a really fun week!

Check back soon, I have lots of content in the works, and I think Remco and I will be doing the second ever “Win Remco for a Day Contest” soon!!

Until then, keep on cranking folks. Cheers, Joren

Contest

Win an Industrial Pack Contest

We’re going to do a 2 day contest and the winner will get a free Industrial Pack. The rules are simple:

1. Post on twitter, facebook or your personal blog about the Industrial pack. You can write whatever you want, and you can snag images from my blog to use if you want, but it has to include this link: www.thepixellab.net/industrial-pack

2. After posting, simply drop a comment under this post saying “DONE” and I will choose the winner randomly this Friday, September 2.

3. If you want the Industrial Pack, go ahead and purchase it, if you win the contest I will reimburse your purchase.

Thanks for supporting the site by spreading the word, I really appreciate it. Have fun, and good luck!!

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Sneak Peek: Secret Product

Remco and I are working hard on a secret project that will blow your mind. I think it’s going to be really useful for a lot of you. Keep your eyes open, who knows when it will be done! Here are some renders so you can see what we’re up to.

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Fuel Your Motionography Motion Graphics Post

The Curse of Technology

This is an article I wrote for Fuel Your Motionography.

THE PROBLEM WE FACE

This is the time of year, especially at my office, when things start to get out of control. Projects gather together and pile up into a huge wave, cresting, boiling and ready to crash down with violence. I can already feel myself squirming, hunkering down, ready for the impact. The work at my office, along with my personal side projects, is starting to feel very overwhelming. Sometimes it’s interesting to take a step back and take a look at how you are doing your job. I’ve done that recently, inspired by an e-book I read called “Focus,” by Leo Babauta. It’s tagline is: “A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction.” It’s a free book, and I would definitely recommend everyone read it.

I’ve realized lately that my biggest stress is the fact that I am torn in so many different directions. And not on a large month to month, project to project scale. I’m talking about a minute by minute, second by second scale. Everything is screaming for my attention: Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus, 7 different e-mail addresses, skype, music, forums, blogs, keeping up on blog comments, news, industry updates, new plugins, videos, inspirational sites, new techniques, job requirements, personal projects, side gigs, and heck, youtube and vimeo and ESPN.com. This is a very real problem we all face today. One second we’re working, the next second we click the twitter tab, or our RSS feed growls at us. Then we follow a link which leads to an image, which leads to an idea, which leads to a google search and pretty soon we’re watching a youtube video about an elephant painting with his trunk in Thailand. Is that for real?

“IF YOU CHASE TWO RABBITS, BOTH WILL ESCAPE.” – UNKNOWN

One of the main concepts that Leo talks about is that humans are not created to multi-task. We are designed for focus. One task at a time. Recent studies have proved that the multi-tasking culture that we worship in our day and age actually is extremely unproductive and leads to wasted time and a constant, nagging stress. I want to share some tips that I have been implementing that have really helped me out. Not just in a “I think this is working” way, but in a dramatic “Holy dang, I just completely zoned in and now that project is done” type of way. If you feel like you’re in the same boat as me, try these things.

To read the rest of this article, click here.

Also, I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject!

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Learning Cinema 4D Announcement

I’ve been receiving a lot of requests for 101 style quick tips from people who are just starting out with C4D. This request is becoming a steady stream of e-mails flooding my inbox! So, I’ve decided to start posting frequent “Learning C4D 101” tutorials that I will sprinkle in between more advanced quick tips, freebie, resources and interview posts.

These 101 tips will not be anything special or things you can’t find anywhere else. The difference is that I will stick to my method of sharing information quickly, to the point, so you can learn as much as possible in a short amount of time.

If you’re past beginner stage in C4D, you can skip these tutorials. I’ll label them all 101 so you know when to avoid them. If you’re beginning C4D, I really hope they help you out and make the program a bit less terrifying and intense!

Some topics I have had requests for are: Using footage in C4D as textures, using object buffers, compositing projects between C4D and AE, making a 3D logo, motion blur, DOF and some basic modeling and texturing type tips.

If you have any other subjects you want me to cover, please let me know in the comments for this post and I’ll add them to the list!

So, keep your eyes open for a new series, starting soon. And as always, let me know if there’s anything I can do for you!

Cheers,

Joren

Contest

Result of the “Win Remco for a Day” Contest!

Drumroll please…

The winner of the “Win Remco for a Day” contest is: Christopher Burke!

Chris submitted a request for a Radio Tower model. Now, Remco will get to work modeling it and we will post it up tomorrow for everyone to download for free. Make sure to come back and check it out!

Congrats to Chris, and a big thanks to Remco for taking time to help with the contest.

If you guys enjoyed the contest, let me know and we will plan on doing it again in the future!

Cheers,

Joren

Transportation Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek Plus Giveaway Contest!

I’m really excited to share the first glimpse of the latest Remco/Pixel Lab collaboration! Launching sometime tomorrow is the Transportation Pack. It includes tons of vehicles and transportation accessories. We’re going to keep the price very reasonable, since it’s our goal to make these tools very available to you guys.

I’m also starting a contest to give away a free transportation pack. All you have to do is follow me on any social network: facebook, twitter or google plus. If you’re following me you will automatically be put into a drawing for a free pack. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning. Please share the word!

Keep your eyes peeled, if all goes well the Transportation pack will be hitting the virtual shelves tomorrow! Good luck with the contest!

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29 Ways To Stay Creative

29 Ways to Stay Creative

 

I stumbled onto this video recently and it really is spot on. (Make sure to check out the video at http://www.to-fu.tv)

The animation is great, but what’s really cool is the content. How to stay creative is such a loaded and tough question. I think these 29 ideas are very powerful. I noticed a few of them have to do with writing things down and having a notepad with you at all times for when inspiration and creativity gel inside your mind.

One thing I’ve used recently for this is Evernote. It’s a free online tool which is basically like an online notepad. You can makes notes, copy links and stick inspiring photos on it. You can access it anywhere you have internet which has been really key for me. When I have an idea for a tutorial, a video, an inspiring design I want to save for later, or a link for a tutorial I want to watch some other time, I can just post those to my Evernote. I would encourage you to set it up and start writing things down when inspiration strikes.

Here is a list of the 29 Ways to Stay Creative by To-Fu:

1. Make Lists

2. Carry a notebook everywhere

3. Try free writing

4. Get away from the computer

5. Quit beating yourself up

6. Take breaks

7. Sing in the shower

8. Drink coffee (I personally think this is the main way to stay creative)

9. Listen to new music

10. Be open

11. Surround yourself with creative people

12. Get feedback

13. Collaborate

14. Don’t give up

15. Practice, practice, practice

16. Allow yourself to make mistakes

17. Go somewhere new

18. Count your blessings

19. Get lots of rest

20. Take risks

21. Break the rules

22. Don’t force it

23. Read a page of the dictionary

24. Create a framework

25. Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect

26. Got an idea? Write it down

27. Clean your workspace

28. Have fun

29. Finish something

Got any other ideas? I’d love to hear them!

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